Westfield Montgomery Mall is a constantly evolving, high-end shopping center, featuring stores like Nordstrom, Aldo, Sephora, Banana Republic, and Under Armour. Not only are there tons of stores for everyone in the family, but the center also includes ArcLight Cinemas, Lucky Strike bowling alley and gastropub, and dozens of dining options.
Take a stroll through Downtown Bethesda and you'll pass tons of specialty boutiques as well as brand name stores like lululemon, Kate Spade, Anthropologie, and Jos. A Bank. You can also find salons, home goods stores, and jewelers. Walk under festive lights as you shop on Bethesda Lane, a popular street filled with unique boutiques and dining.
Pike and Rose is a relatively new development that has become a lifestyle destination for locals. Shopping includes stores like H&M, Sur la table, Lucky Brand, and Nike Factory Store. While you're there you can grab a bite to eat at City Perch Kitchen + Bar, &pizza, Summer House Santa Monica, or one of the other popular restaurants. Pike and Rose also includes attractions such as The Beach in the summer, a winter wonderland in the park, a bowling alley, a movie theater, and AMP, a music and entertainment center.
The Shops at Wildwood are a mix of upscale shopping, boutiques, and casual dining. Check out stores like bluemercury, South Moon Under, and Coco Blanca or dine at Wildwood Kitchen, Fish Taco, or Le Pain Quotidien.
Bethesda shopping options are seemingly endless—you can find everything you want at one of the nearby trendy shopping areas.
The Capital Crescent Trail (scheduled to reopen in 2020) is one of the most popular trails in Montgomery County, stretching from Georgetown, D.C. to Silver Spring, MD. Passing right through downtown Bethesda, the trail is frequented by bikers, walkers, joggers, and rollerbladers of all ages. You can even stop for a quick bite or to shop in Bethesda or Georgetown along the way.
Visit Cabin John Regional Park for over 6 miles of hiking and biking trails, campgrounds, picnic areas, and playgrounds. Cabin John offers a wide variety of activities like educational nature programs, recreational sports, and skating at the Cabin John Ice Rink. The park offers residents a unique oasis in the form of a natural refuge within an urban city.
Residents get a nice break from the urban bustling city feel and can stay active at these popular outdoor areas.
Strathmore is an arts center that showcases a diverse variety of visual and performing arts and offers educational programs for both kids and adults. At the center, you can check out free art exhibitions, catch a comedy show or musical performance in the state-of-the-art concert hall, or take a stroll to the Strathmore Mansion for smaller performances.
Round House Theatre is a frequented theatre located right in downtown Bethesda that produces plays with a focus on casting local actors. If you're interested in getting involved, the theatre offers programs for kids and adults.
Imagination Stage is a popular venue for families with children because it holds productions and plays targeted at younger audiences. Additionally, the theatre offers youth classes and camps that encourage creativity from a young age.
If live action shows aren't your thing, you can catch an independent or foreign film at Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema, a small theater specializing in thought-provoking films from around the world.
While D.C. is home to many notable art museums, you won't have to leave Bethesda to experience impressive art. Waverly Street Gallery is a small gallery tucked between boutiques in downtown Bethesda. This contemporary fine arts gallery has diverse exhibits with art created in a wide range of media.
If you're looking to be cultured in the arts or just looking for something fun to do close to home, look no further than Bethesda's many arts venues.
One very popular food and music festival is Taste of Bethesda. Held annually in October, it features approximately 60 different restaurants from the area as well as several artists and a kid's corner. You'll get a taste of some of the diverse restaurants in Bethesda while enjoying live music and cultural performances.
Restaurant Week is held in the D.C. area twice annually: in January and August. Some of the area's most popular (and priciest) restaurants create multi-course prix fixe menus for under $40, making this one of the busiest dining weeks of the year. Make sure to book your reservations early!
Right on Wisconsin Avenue, you'll find the historic and unique Bethesda Farm Women’s Market, which has been a community staple since 1932. There, you'll find fresh produce, drinks, artisanal goods, and boutique items from a variety of vendors. You can stop by for a quick bite to eat at the food trucks, for tastings courtesy of local vineyards and breweries, or to shop at the outdoor Flea Market on Sundays.
There is no shortage of fun events and attractions in Bethesda. You can check out other can't-miss annual events like the film fest, summer concert series, outdoor movies, and more here.
You'll never be bored living in Bethesda. The residents value a strong and active community and like to come together at the many exciting local events and attractions each year.
By: EYA Homes
January 15, 2020
We are honored to announce that EYA neighborhoods have once again been voted 'Best of' in Bethesda Magazine's 2020 readers' poll. We were thrilled to see that The Brownstones at Chevy Chase Lake were awarded the Readers' Pick for Best New Townhome Community, with both Grosvenor Heights and Montgomery Row ranking in the top 5. The Lindley was also voted in the top 3 for the New Luxury Apartments category.
By: Colleen McGrew
November 1, 2019
The first thing you notice is the sunlight, brightly streaming through your floor-to-ceiling bedroom windows, shadows already dancing on the floor. It’s finally fall and you can’t wait to head out into the crisp air for an early morning run. Out the window, you notice a few auburn leaves falling to the ground and feel a surge of gratefulness that you don’t have to worry about raking the yard and maneuvering around piles near the sidewalks.
By: Colleen McGrew
October 11, 2019
From dog parks and local trails to dog dining and diving, we've compiled a list of the best local spots to enjoy some time with your favorite furry friend in and around Bethesda, MD!
Here are the top places to explore, eat, and enjoy with your dog: