Byline: Gabriella Boston, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Dumbarton Oaks Gardens, a 16-acre oasis right smack in the middle of Georgetown, is a nice alternative for those who long for walks outdoors but can't go to area parks in the wake of Isabel's destruction.
The gardens are open year-round and have lots of natural beauty and varying architectural and hardscape features, including nine fountains, a pebble garden, mosaics and a swimming pool.
"Kids seem to especially enjoy the water features, the pool and the fountains," says Gail Griffin, superintendent for gardens and grounds.
Children also enjoy running and playing in the open space, although technically, visitors should try to stay on the paths, Mrs. Griffin says.
The gardens are built on a slope - stairs and winding paths bring the …