Best Things First: Tobacconist
Georgetown Tobacco, located, as its name suggests, in the Colonial neighborhood of Washington, D.C., has changed little since David Berkebile opened the shop 40 years ago. Its antique decor—transported by Berkebile from a circa 1870 apothecary—is warm and inviting. Tobacco leaves hang from the ceiling, and cases and shelves are packed with accessories, gifts, and books on tobacco. Two walk-in humidors and humidified apothecary cases are filled with a seemingly endless variety of cigars. More than 1,000 pipes are on display, including vintage Dunhills and Charatans and antique meerschaums. Berkebile stocks countless pipe tobaccos, including 25 house blends with names such as Virginia Alliance, Christmas Morning, and Jabberwock. The shop issues a free catalog several times a year, and the enthusiastic staff is never too busy to answer questions or share information with a neophyte pipe or cigar smoker.