There is no better way to enjoy a warm summer day than to eat and drink at some of Montgomery County, Maryland’s best outdoor attractions. Enjoy a craft beer along the Tastemakers Trail, treat yourself to a scoop of cow-to-cone ice cream, find a nearby restaurant on MoCo Eats, or indulge in brick oven pizza on a farm. Wherever you go, take off your mask safely and indulge with some tasty treats.
1: Silo Falls is the perfect place to eat, drink and be merry outside with live music, an outdoor bar and dozens of tables spread throughout their 48-acre property. You can even bring a picnic basket filled with local goodies from several nearby farms and relax overlooking the lake.
2: Stop by The Family Room in Laytonsville for a scoop of South Mountain Creamery ice cream. They have a handy pick-up window that makes grab and go quick and easy. Take a peek at their flavor forecast on social to find out what’s in the dipper each week.
3: Get a taste of the 93,000-acre Agricultural Reserve by visiting farmers markets throughout Montgomery County. Shop for artisan goods, meet local farmers and indulge in produce picked at the peak of freshness.
4: Grab a burger from Copper Canyon Grill and have a picnic along rio’s lakefront in Gaithersburg. Enjoy views of the water while you nosh at the “picnic scene” across the lake. After you eat, take a ride on the carousel or paddle boats.
6: Head to Downtown Silver Spring, grab your meal to go and enjoy the open-air tables on the plaza. Search for your favorite Silver Spring restaurant on MoCo Eats. Afterward, check out the inspirational window art near The Eleanor.
7: There’s a new brick oven pizza place in town and it happens to be the Calleva Café on Calleva Farm in Dickerson. Head out to the farm on Friday nights for delicious pizza, fresh-made lemonade and local craft beer and wine. Save room for ice cream and wander the farm on a beautiful summer evening.
8: Invite your favorite friend to brunch and stop by Terrain Café in Bethesda for a locally sourced, farm-to-table meal. We recommend the Shakshuka, featuring braised tomato, sheep’s milk feta, crispy chickpea and sourdough.
9: Make a reservation and head out to the farm to pick-your-own blueberries, tart cherries and black raspberries at Butler’s Orchard. Once you’ve picked your produce, head inside the market for a strawberry lemonade slushy or a freshly baked pie!
10: Enjoy a hip and casual dining experience at one of five different “Streetery” locations, created by Bethesda Urban Partnership, throughout Bethesda’s downtown. Don’t forget your to-go cocktails with the purchase of takeout from your favorite eatery.
11: Head to Woodbourne Creamery for a scoop of “cow-to-cone” ice cream. The farm’s herd of Golden Guernsey cows are grass-fed and provide all the goodness of double Omega-3 fat to create a lush, rich ice cream like no other. A few fun flavors include: Toasted Coconut Chip, Ginger, Malted Milkball, Andes Mint and Cuppa Joe.
12: Sip, savor and explore the craft beverage scene in Montgomery County. Use the Tastemakers Trail as a guide and toast to the perfect weekend.
13: Spend the day at Montgomery County’s newest brewery, Lone Oak Farm Brewing Company, in Olney, MD. The farm features 28.66 acres of bucolic fields and streams, a pond, and wide-open spaces filled with wildflowers and wildlife. We recommend ordering a charcuterie plate, paired with their signature Lone Oak Lager.
14: Channel your inner sommelier at Coopers Hawk in Rockville. Enjoy a variety of blends in their Napa-style tasting room or enjoy an expertly paired meal on their outdoor patio. We like the Bubbles tasting flight featuring Cooper’s Hawk Lux Sparkling, Sparkling Rose, Prosecco and Almond Sparking.
15: Always looking for a new, delicious dish? With nearly 800 restaurants from throughout the county, find your next favorite restaurant at Moco Eats. Search for outdoor dining, pickup, delivery and more!
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