Preparing for your visit to Montgomery County, Maryland this spring? Whether you’re an outdoor adventurer, a wine lover, or an arts and culture connoisseur, discover the can’t-miss things to do just outside our nation’s capital.
Hike Sugarloaf Mountain
Between its convenient location, easy parking, trail variety, and scenic views, Sugarloaf Mountain is an outdoors enthusiast’s paradise. Whether you’re new to hiking or an expert wilderness navigator, there’s a trail for any skill level. This adventure also lends itself as a kid-, dog-, and picnic-friendly experience. Check out all the reasons to hike Sugarloaf Mountain this spring.
Pick Your Own Produce at Butler’s Orchard
Beginning around mid- to late-May, Butler’s Orchard in Germantown opens up their farm for the season to visitors looking to pick their own strawberries. More crops like sugar snap peas, black raspberries, blueberries, and tart cherries also start to make an appearance in the spring and early summer. Keep an eye on their website for weather and field conditions, as well as their crop calendar.
Stay at a Rockwood Manor
Escape to the secluded wooded retreat at Rockwood Manor. This historic 1920s house has hosted first ladies, girl scouts, and international diplomats alike, and now serves as a unique and relaxing destination. No matter your next vacation, whether it be a friend group getaway or a family reunion, this countryside retreat is an ideal place to book a stay.
Taste Wine Flights at Urban Winery
Spend an evening sampling local artisanal wines at Urban Winery in Silver Spring. The first in the area to set up shop in a metropolitan setting, Urban Winery offers a variety of wine flight tastings ranging from $10-$15, plus a wide selection of Greek-inspired Mezze to compliment your palate. If savoring award-winning wines is your idea of a perfect spring activity, we’ve rounded up additional downtown and upcountry wineries and vineyards you have to visit.
Watch a Film at the AFI Docs Festival
From June 19-23, immerse yourself in special screenings, feature films, conversations, forums, and more at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. This annual festival showcases some of the best documentary films from all over the world and connects audiences to the makers and subjects.
Catch a Show at the Strathmore
There are a lot of great performances coming to the Strathmore Music Center and Mansion to look forward to this spring. From comedian Lewis Black to beloved Broadway stars Matthew Morrison and Shoshana Bean to classically trained violist Wil B. and violinist Kev Marcus, there are endless music and entertainment shows to choose from.
While you’re visiting the area this season, we also recommend checking out 6 Free Things to Do this Spring and 12 Most Instagrammable Spots in Montgomery County.