A One Night Weekend in Bethesda, MD

Who doesn’t enjoy getting away from it all every once in a while? Just a short drive away from Washington, DC, there are plenty of options to explore shopping, dining, and activities in Maryland’s culture capital. Here is our recommended weekend in Bethesda, Maryland.

Day 1: Stroll Around Bethesda Row

Spend the day at Bethesda Row, starting with breakfast at one of their delicious eateries like Bethesda Bagels and Terrain Café. Unwind with a spa service from Massage Envy or catch the latest film at the Landmark Theater. Now that you’re rested, admire the wonderful winter lighting along Bethesda Row as you shop at retailers like Amazon Books, Anthropologie, and Warby Parker.

Mon Ami Gabi in Bethesda

Day 1: Dine at Mon Ami Gabi

Enjoy a delectable French dinner in a bistro atmosphere at Mon Ami Gabi. With traditional staples like Onion Soup au Gratin, Steak Frites, and Escargots de Bourgongne, you can’t go wrong with adding these signature French flavors to your trip.

Day 1: Catch a Show at the Strathmore

The Strathmore Music Center and Mansion in North Bethesda showcases a robust lineup of performances and events. This winter, be delighted by the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Tribute and Celebration, Mozart Symphony No. 40 by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, or RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles (The Best of Abbey Road Live).

Day 2: Have Brunch at Founding Farmers

Take comfort in the brunch menu options at Founding Farmers. We recommend starting with the fluffy biscuits that come accompanied by honey butter before moving onto the main event. From French Toast to Farmhouse Favorites, there’s something on the sweet to savory spectrum for everyone on your trip.

Day 2: Shop at Westfield Montgomery

For a wide array of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle retailers, add shopping at Westfield Montgomery to your travel to-do list. The upscale mall includes anchor stores like Macy’s and Nordstrom as well as favorites like Express, Free People, J. Crew, and Lululemon.

Lucky Strike in Bethesda

Day 2: Dine, Drink, and Play at Lucky Strike

Head to Lucky Strike within Westfield Montgomery to experience the best blend of gastropub and bowling in the area. Order a seasonal craft beer or cocktail to go alongside a few bar bites before reserving a lane. Challenge your fellow travelers to a couple of rounds of bowling, and keep an eye on the weekend’s football games on the big TVs in between plays.


Stay close to everything on your itinerary when you book your room at a hotel in Bethesda. Looking for more weekend trips in Montgomery County, Maryland? Check out these ideas for additional inspiration.