MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
Montgomery County, Maryland is an exceptional destination for groups to visit due to its winning combination of natural beauty, historical significance, and diverse attractions. The county boasts stunning parks and recreational areas, such as C&O Canal National Historical Park and Brookside Gardens. For history enthusiasts, Montgomery County offers a wealth of historical sites, including the Clara Barton National Historic Site and the Glen Echo Park, which provide insights into the county’s past. Additionally, the county is home to a vibrant arts and cultural scene, with numerous museums, art galleries, and theaters that cater to a wide range of interests.
Enjoy These Great Montgomery Attractions and More:
- Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve
- Landmade Brewing
- Mansion at Strathmore
- Clara Barton National Historic Site
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND DAY-TO-DAY ITINERARY
DAY 1: Get a Taste of The Rural Side of Montgomery County
Locals Farm Market is a place to savor the culture of Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve. Their mission, if you’ll join us, is to house a cafe and farm-to-table restaurant celebrating local food and community in the historic Steven’s House in the heart of Historic Poolesville.
Nestled in the midst of one of the nation’s leading agricultural reserves, The Crossvines is a research farm, an events venue, a dining destination, and a learning hub in one, intertwining new venture and excitement with Maryland’s rich farming history.
- Guests can enjoy a sunny afternoon picnic at the winery or taste local artisanal cuisine at the bistro.
- Educational programming, winemaking facilities, and demonstration vineyards provide educational opportunities for viticulture, agritourism, and culinary arts programs in partnership with local institutions. Visitors can connect to and learn about the local wine and agri-tourism industries at The Crossvines.
- The Crossvines is a tranquil escape, featuring a full-service winery and stunning grounds and gardens to explore. The Golf Course at The Crossvines, which is located on the property, has already established the site as a destination in Montgomery County, with almost 7,000 yards of championship golf and waterfront views across two scenic lakes.
Landmade Brewing occupies 33 acres of grounds including a former cattle stable that is home to our Brewery, Tasting Room and General Store, along with several outdoor spaces for our guest’s enjoyment. All of our beer is brewed and fermented on the farm. We make our beer using the most local ingredients we can get our hands on including peaches and apples from the farm’s orchards and herbs and natural yeast from the property’s gardens.
Situated in the Piedmont Plateau of Maryland, Windridge’s family-owned vineyards were carefully selected based on a unique mix of geology and microclimate. With rolling views of Sugarloaf Mountain, Windridge Vineyards is the perfect location for a tranquil escape.
DAY 2: Experience the Arts & Cultural Heritage of Maryland’s Cultural Capital
The Mansion at Strathmore is home to intimate artistic programs presented by Strathmore. Enjoy a concert in the acoustically superb Music Room, explore our galleries and current exhibitions, indulge in Afternoon Tea, stroll through the sculpture gardens, and find a special something at the Shops at Strathmore. Enjoy Afternoon Tea in the warm atmosphere of The Mansion at Strathmore. The sounds of local musicians fill the room as you sip Strathmore’s Signature Blend Tea, made specially by Master Tea Blender John Harney, and lunch on light delectable tea savories catered by Ridgewells.
Nestled among 300 acres in the heart of Potomac, Maryland, Glenstone Museum is a place that seamlessly integrates art, architecture, and nature into a serene and contemplative environment. Guided by the personal vision of its founders, Glenstone assembles post-World War II artworks of the highest quality that trace the greatest historical shifts in the way we experience and understand art of the 20th and 21st centuries. These works are presented in a series of refined indoor and outdoor spaces designed to facilitate meaningful encounters for our visitors.
Josiah Henson Museum and Park is a former plantation property where Josiah Henson was enslaved. Henson was a famous abolitionist, author, and preacher and was the inspiration for Harriet Beecher’s famous novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. The original home to former plantation owner Isaac Riley still stands and is accompanied by new museum exhibits that tell the story of Josiah Henson’s life including what it was like to be enslaved most of his life and what he did to overcome it.
DAY 3: Step Outdoors and Explore 3 National Parks
The Clara Barton National Historic Site in Glen Echo, Maryland was established in 1974 to honor the life and work of Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross famed for her medical care and service to soldiers in the Civil War. Notably, it is the first national historic site dedicated to the accomplishments of a woman. This Montgomery County historic gem includes nine acres of land and Ms. Barton’s own 38-room residence, which served as an early headquarters of the American Red Cross and where Barton spent the last 15 years of her life. Scheduled tours are available through the National Park Service.
Glen Echo Park is one of the liveliest visual and performing arts sites in the Washington area. The Park is home to 13 resident artists & organizations, including two award-winning children’s theaters; a nature & aquatic life program for kids; a thriving social dance program; a restored 1921 Dentzel Carousel; numerous art studios and galleries; and hundreds of classes in visual & performing arts, including ceramics, painting, photography, glass, music, dance, and more. These activities, as well as free summer concerts, festivals, and special events bring thousands of visitors to the Park each year.
Enjoy lunch at The Irish Inn, which was named one of the top 100 restaurants in the DC Metro area.
Stay, shop and dine at the Gaithersburg Marriot Washingtonian Center on the rio lakefront. Located near Rockville, MD, the hotel is less than 45 miles from three major airports, and is a short drive to the metro station that takes you into downtown D.C. Take a short walk to rio lakefront for shopping, dining and entertainment for the whole family, or host your next business event or dream wedding in elegant meeting rooms and banquet halls. The lake beside our Gaithersburg hotel creates the ideal backdrop for an outdoor wedding. Dine at The Bench, an on-site hotel restaurant, to experience culinary delights.
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Lee Callicutt, CSTP
Senior Destination Sales Manager