“In Montgomery County, travelers will find a broad scope of America’s favorite pastimes,” says Visit Montgomery’s Marketing Director Cory Van Horn. “(It’s) truly close to the action, but a world apart.”
With energetic urban areas and more than 1 million residents, the county also exudes small-town vibes in places like the Rockville Town Square, Bethesda Row, Takoma Park’s historical Main Street and Downtown Silver Spring.
Groups can visit the farms on the Agricultural Reserve, where they can pick strawberries, blueberries, tart cherries and tomatoes, as well as pumpkins in the fall. They also can cut fresh trees near the winter holidays.
“Heralded as one of the best examples of land conservation policies in the country, the Ag Reserve encompasses 93,000 acres, almost a third of the county’s land resources,” Van Horn says.
In Frederick, visitors can hike Sugarloaf Mountain and take in the county’s tranquil setting: “a pastoral patchwork of farms and villages with a countryside view largely unchanged since the 19th century,” Van Horn says.
And in Laytonsville, Tusculum Farm is an ideal getaway for companies to meet with clients, corporate retreats, summits, team building and other special events in a beautiful, peaceful country setting. Van Horn says group programs are completely customizable, including everything from tables and boards to outdoor seating or taking over the deluxe theater for screenings and presentations.
In North Bethesda, the newest downtown center, Pike & Rose has become one of the most popular evening and weekend destinations in the area. Groups can visit Summer House Santa Monica, which offers California-inspired fare and wines; see a movie at the upscale iPic theaters; and go bowling or play bocce at NTA-member Pinstripes, which also serves up some extraordinary Italian and American cuisine.
Top photo: Pinstripes at Pike & Rose
Photos by Visit Montgomery
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