13 Gift Ideas for that Special Someone Who Values Experiences More Than Things

Still looking for the perfect gift to give that special someone this holiday season? We’ve gathered together our favorite gift experiences from some of Montgomery County, Maryland’s best getaway destinations, performance venues, tours, or entertainment spots. Whether you want to gift to a foodietraveler, athlete, or history lover—these experience presents are sure to be one to remember.   

For the History Lover:

C&O Canal National Historical Park: Give the gift of a stay at one of the seven lockhouses located at C&O Canal National Historical Park. Each lockhouse is fully furnished and offers unique living experiences that mirror those of the 19th century.   

Tusculum Farm: Escape reality with a stay at The Inn at Tusculum Farm—a luxury farm experience with three restful accommodation options to choose from for a getaway: The Coop, The Farm House, and The Carriage House.   

For the Traveler:

Downtown Upcountry Getaway:Our Downtown Upcountry Getaway package has everything one needs for a relaxing weekend vacation. The package includes a stay at Canopy by Hilton, artisanal breakfast for two guests, valet parking, a self-guided Tastemaker Trail experience brochure, Visit Montgomery Travel Guide, iPic GOLD card, and more.   

Oh So Bright: Give the gift of a weekend getaway just outside of Washington, DC in Montgomery County, Maryland. With over 50 featured hotels, local events, and attractions, you can create your very own, perfectly curated holiday getaway package.

For the Foodie:

True Respite Brewing Co.: Explore the making of a great brew with the signature Tasting Experience at True Respite Brewing Co. Guests will be led through a 5-beer guided tasting, followed by a walk-through of the production facility- guests will even have the opportunity to sample a few unfinished beers straight from the tanks! True Respite Tasting Experience tours range from 60-70 minutes in length and are offered on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month at 3 pm.  

Mayorga Organics: Giving the gift of a Mayorga Organics Coffee Roastery Tour is sure to surprise the coffee lover in your life. During this guided tour, they will take you through the facility and give an overview of their coffee roastery and chia processing plantDuring this farm to home experience, you will learn about the origin of coffee and chia and how it is processed.  

For the Explorer:

Waredaca Trailrides: Saddle up and head to Waredaca Brewing Company’s True Brew Trailrides for a unique experience combining outdoor adventure and brewery fun. Enjoy an escorted trail ride through 310-acres of farmland before sitting down for a beer tasting at their on-site brewery. * 

For the Athlete:

Top Golf: Score a hole-in-one at Topgolf—a premier entertainment destination in the area. Enjoy delicious food and drinks while you and your friends take turns on the course. This gift is sure to surprise and delight any competitor in your life!  

For the Adventurer:

Adventure Park at Sandy Spring: Prepare for an ultimate ziplining and climbing experience at the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School. Tackle 13 trails varying in levels of difficulty that create over 190 unique challenges. This is great for families and friends of all ages who are looking for a day of bonding and team building. **

ShadowLand Laser AdventuresGear up and head to ShadowLand Laser Adventures for an afternoon of friendly competition. The arena is filled with colored lights, upbeat music, and an exciting fog-filled environment—which makes for the ultimate laser experience.  

Dream Aero: Take to the sky at Dream Aero, an aviation experience that reproduces every aspect of a real flight including takeoff, landing, and following a light path. During your time in the flight simulator, you will be accompanied by an experienced pilot to help you along your journey and help you master the basic elements of flying a plane. 

For the Creative:

VisArts: Spark some creativity in your special someone by treating them to a class at VisArts. Choose from a wide variety of intimate classes such as ceramics, drawing, jewelry making, painting, and more. 

Strathmore: See a live performance by major international artists of folk, rock, blues, pop, R&B, jazz, world music, show tunes, dance, and classical music.  Shows included in the 2020 roundup are Step Afrika! Step XplosionNational Philharmonic, and Bowie Symphonic

Round House Theatre: One of the leading professional theatres in the area, the Round House Theatre is home to exceptional new plays and musicals performed by artists from all around the country.  Big LoveCost of Living, and Spring Awakening are a few of the plays that will be shown early next year. 

Olney Theatre: The Olney Theatre Center is one of the best spots in the area to see a play fit for the whole family. The diverse array of professional productions brings together a broad range of artists, students, and audiences. Performances coming up down the line are The Diary of Anne Frank, Dessa Rose, and The Humans 

*Waredaca Trailrides are currently closed for the season but will reopen in the spring.
** Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School is currently closed for the season but reopens mid-March and runs through early December.  

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