Looking to get away for New Year’s Eve? We’ve created an itinerary with our recommendations of where to stay, things to do, and places to eat in Montgomery County, Maryland to help you plan your perfect end-of-year vacation.
Day 1: Check into your Hotel
Take advantage of holiday hotel packages, like the Super Holiday deal for three nights at the award-winning Comfort Inn Gaithersburg. For $445 (tax inclusive), receive complimentary hot breakfast, unlimited five-day Metro rail passes for four, and hotel shuttle service to and from Shady Grove Metro (red line).
Day 1: Dinner at Botanero Restaurant
Now that you’re all settled in, savor a meal at Botanero Restaurant. Their seasonally- and globally-inspired small plates focus on clean and fresh ingredients. Botanero Restaurant also serves specialty wines that pair perfectly with their menu offerings.
Day 2: Dive into the arts and brewery scene in Silver Spring
After fueling up for the day with your complimentary hot breakfast, put the unlimited Metro rail passes to good use to explore Montgomery County along the red line. In Silver Spring, take in public art at the Silver Plaza before catching a movie at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. Following the film, enjoy a local beer from Denizens Brewing Company.
Day 2: Explore Bethesda + Chevy Chase
In Bethesda and Chevy Chase, you’ll discover a shopper’s paradise with plenty of retail choices ranging from consignment to luxury. If spontaneity is more your style, find hidden gems by foot when you walk through the charming shops at Bethesda Row. Once you’ve finished exploring, wind down the evening with American comfort cuisine from Clyde’s of Chevy Chase.
Day 3: Explore Rockville
Take the Metro to Rockville for a walk through the Historic Rockville Town Square. While you’re there, enjoy a classic, wintry skate at the largest outdoor ice-skating rink — 7,200 square feet to be exact — in Montgomery County. After gliding around the ice, tap into your creative side by attending a ceramics or painting class at VisArts.
Day 3: Ring in the New Year
After freshening up back at the hotel, head out to the New Year’s Eve celebration at BlackRock Center for the Arts. Participate in their Casino Royale-theme BlackRock’n New Year’s Eve party featuring blackjack, roulette, poker, and craps tables. Attendees will have a chance to win tickets to one of BlackRock’s events, get their photo taken, and enjoy a complimentary midnight toast.
Day 4: Shop Downtown Centers and Outlet Malls
Before you check out, explore the RIO Washingtonian Center or the Clarksburg Premium Outlets. Built around a scenic lake, the RIO Washingtonian Center is one of the top places to shop with retailers like Bluemercury, Dick’s Sporting Goods, LOFT, South Moon Under, and Target. Meanwhile, the Clarksburg Premium Outlets has quickly become a popular place to find steals and deals on designer brands. It’s a can’t-miss shopping stop with stores like Calvin Klein, Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, Levi’s, New Balance, and Under Armour.