48 Hours in Germantown

Plan your next 48-hour weekend getaway to Germantown – one of Montgomery County, Maryland’s most relaxing communities. Positioned equally between Washington, DC and Frederick along the I-270 corridor, Germantown is a perfect road trip destination that is abundant with vast parklands, ethnic cuisine, cultural experiences, and outdoor adventures.

DAY 1: Stay at Fairfield Inn
Nestled in the heart of Germantown next to the new Topgolf, Fairfield Inn Germantown Gaithersburg has everything you need to make your visit to the area more comfortable and relaxing, including complimentary breakfast, a 24/7 market, free Wi-Fi, and free parking. The hotel is only one exit away from Clarksburg Premium Outlets and a short 5-mile drive to the Shady Grove station on the Metro Red Line if you’re interested in taking a day trip to the nation’s capital.

DAY 1: Start Your Morning with Breakfast at Provisions Cafe
Grab a quick bite to eat or cozy up on a couch with your morning coffee at Provisions Cafe, a charming neighborhood spot that offers great hospitality, delicious breakfast options, and a wide variety of coffee options. Whether you love quiche, breakfast sandwiches, or pastries, Provisions Cafe has a little something to satisfy anyone’s craving.

DAY 1: Tour the King Barn Dairy MOOseum

What was once a part of a large dairy operation, The King Barn Dairy MOOseum is now home to collections of artifacts telling the story of the rich dairy history in Montgomery County, Maryland. Take a tour and you will watch educational videos about how butter and ice cream were made, learn about the various cows that were used for milking, and hear stories of dairy farmers.

DAY 1: Enjoy L.A. Style Tacos at Tortacos
For a mid-day pick-me-up and authentic Mexican food, be sure to visit Tortacos, a family-owned restaurant founded by a father and his two sons from Los Angeles. On a mission to bring L.A. Style tacos to the East Coast, they opened up their business in Montgomery County, Maryland and offer up flavorful dishes like tacos, quesadillas, tortas, burritos, and a variety of vegetarian options.  

DAY 1: Perfect Your Swing at Topgolf
Topgolf is part driving range, part entertainment complex, part restaurant and bar, and 100% a good time. This is the newest attraction to hit Germantown and is the perfect spot to bring family and friends together for an afternoon of friendly competition to see who has the best golf swing. After a few rounds of game play, Topgolf is a great place to grab an evening nosh and a perfectly crafted cocktail.

DAY 2: Wake Up with Breakfast at Lancaster County Dutch Market
Lancaster County Dutch Market has everything you need to start your day on the right foot. When you enter the market, you will be welcomed with the smell of fresh pastries, pretzels, fried chicken, and breakfast sandwiches- all handmade by vendors from Central Pennsylvania.  Grab a quick bite if you are on the go or sit down for a freshly made breakfast at the Dutch Family Restaurant. On your way out, pick up a couple of donuts and chocolates for the road!

DAY 2: Get Active at South Germantown Recreational Park
South Germantown Recreational Park is the ideal place to have some fun outdoors. Rent a bike and pedal your way through the variety of paved trails, or join a basketball game at the Maryland SoccerPlex & Discovery Sports Center. When the weather starts warming up, check out The South Germantown Miniature Golf and Splash Park for a fun way to cool off during the hot summers

DAY 2: Explore the Black Hill Water Trail
If you’re looking to spend the day on the water, consider heading over to Black Hill Regional Park. With over 2,000 acres of land and spectacular views of Little Seneca Lake, this park is truly a breath of fresh air. Rent a canoe, kayak or rowboat from Black Hill Boats and explore the natural beauty of the lake by following the Black Hill Water Trail. For a narrated experience, pontoon rides aboard the “Kingfisher” are available on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

DAY 2: Have Dinner at Sabai Sabai Simply Thai
There’s nothing better than sitting down to a great meal after an action-packed afternoon and Sabai Sabai Simply Thai is just the spot for a great dining experience. Sabai Sabai Simply Thai is Germantown’s first Thai restaurant and offers authentic and fresh dishes like Tom Yum, Pad Thai, and Drunken Noodles. Their menu also includes tasty vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options so everyone can enjoy the experience!

DAY 2: Surround Yourself with Arts and Culture at BlackRock Center for the Arts
After dinner, finish off the night by fully immersing yourself in arts and culture. See a live theater performance, browse through a free gallery exhibition, or take an art class with a focus on music, theater, and studio arts.

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