Comfort Inn Shady Grove - Gaithersburg - Rockville
16216 Frederick Rd.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-3502
Phone: (301) 330-0023
Fax: (301) 258-1950
Lake Needwood is the perfect place to visit if you want to indulge in a blissful time amidst nature. Come here on a beautiful morning and take a pleasant stroll near the lake. There are biking trails here and even trails reserved for hiking. Paddleboats can be rented out and you can spend a nice time exploring the surroundings of the lake. You can get a packed lunch and have a picnic with your family in designated the areas.
The Bethesda Trolley Trail (BTT), also called the North Bethesda Trail, offers hikers and bikers an escape from the city by an accessible trail interwoven through quiet, picturesque residential neighborhoods of North Bethesda to the serene secluded paths around the National Institute of Health campus leading right into downtown Bethesda. Over 6 miles long, the trail is a combination off-street, shared-use paths, on-street links using residential streets and sidewalks; it's accessible from five different Red Line metro stops. The BTT keeps and uses most of the original trolley paths that date from the 1890s and is one of eight rails-to-trails conversions in the Washington DC area.
Enjoy fresh country air and pick your own fruits and vegetables about 45 minutes north of D.C. Butlers Orchard is a family-owned and operated farm open to the public throughout the year. The most popular festivity during the fall at Butlers is the apple-picking, pumpkin harvest and festival, and evening hayrides for both adults and children. Butlers Orchard also has their very own Farm Market that carries their own jams/jellies, fruit butters, and preserves, including juice-sweetened preserves. The market also sells ready-picked fruits and vegetables, gifts, candies, baked goods and cider. To escape city life and enjoy the outdoors and fresh food, take a trip to Butlers Orchards. -Shirley Hsieh
Exhibitions featuring works of prominent local artists and those from around the world are held all year around. Galleries are located on the first and second floors. Impressive collections of other well-known museums are made available for viewing as a result of its association with them. Interesting educational programs are conducted for both children and adults. An on-site cafe is open during summer afternoons on weekdays.
The Congressional Golf Course features two courses—the par 70 Gold Course and the par 72 Blue Course. The latter was the site of the 1964 and 1997 U.S. Opens, the 1976 PGA and the 1995 Senior Open. Those familiar with Congressional consider it a monster of a course. Its fairways are long and tight, and it is heavily wooded. The most challenging hole is the par 4 17th, familiar to many television viewers. It is 440 yards downhill to a peninsula green.
The prominent 19th-century architect John Russell Pope, responsible for many notable homes and memorials in Washington, also designed Woodend, the Georgian mansion that currently houses the Audubon Society. Visitors may tour the home, visit its extensive exhibit of North American birds and browse its well-stocked bookstore. Outside, explore the 40 acres of wooded grounds, including a pond, meadows and a well-marked nature trail. Call to get information on the special events and activities sponsored here. Environmental education programs are available for all ages.
This old-fashioned but challenging course has been around since 1898. The 1921 U.S. Open, won by Jim Barnes, was held here. In its 100-plus years, the club has had only three head professionals, the latest named just recently. The terrain is challenging. The fairways are rough and narrow, and the grounds are generally hilly. The most challenging, not to mention difficult, hole, though, is the 18th hole - par 4, 433 yards uphill to a four-tier green.
Clara Barton spent the last years of her long, productive life at this Victorian home within walking distance of Glen Echo Park. Retired as head of the American Red Cross, she lived for nearly another decade in the house. Her creative renovations of the building resulted in a charming and intriguing curiosity. Visitors may view a film of the life of this tireless organizer and explore the home, which is furnished much as she left it. Admission is free.
An easy walking path leads visitors from the parking lot through wheat and corn fields and an orchard to an 18th-century farm house. The house was typical of a poor Virginia tenant farmer in the 1770s. Volunteers work the farm and do other household chores while keeping in character in dress and speech. Children will especially enjoy the farm animals, which include cattle, turkeys, hogs, chickens, dogs and cats. Throughout the year, special events are held to demonstrate old methods of cheese making, flax processing and other ways of life.
This is a multi-purpose arena located inside American University used by the American University's Basketball and Volleyball teams as a home ground. The arena is named after Jack I. Bender, the stadium features 7 by 9 foot animation and video display and an advertising signage, a back-lit scoreboard surrounding the field and comfortable seating arrangements. With a capacity of 6,000 odd people, this stadium definitely gets the vote as one of the best arena's to watch a game. The Bender Arena is also used to conduct concerts.
This small, lovely park in northwest Washington is popular with runners and dog owners. In fact, in recent years, the 57-acre park has become an off-leash park, dogs can run here, play with other dogs, and even splash a little. The New York Times has described the park's woods as reminiscent of Vermont. This park, the site of a two-gun battery during the Civil War, is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors and stays surprisingly cool even in the summer months.
Owned and managed by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is an extensive botanical park. Apart from serving as an open green space for the visitors, the park is also used an event venue.