June 19: Making their way to bethesda
Our intrepid summer interns at MCEDC are on the go again. They have been given the opportunity to jump on the metro, explore different parts of the county, and help us tell the great story of Montgomery County from their newcomer’s viewpoint.
Anna Wright is grad student studying Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a special interest in food economy and agriculture. Claudia Elzey is a grad student at the University of Pennsylvania, studying City & Regional Planning. These fabulous interns join us by way of the Montgomery County Council’s new 10-week Summer Associates program, a collaboration among the Council, the Council’s Office of Legislative Oversight, and MCEDC.
With Metro money in hand, they headed to the thriving urban center of downtown Bethesda.
Pop-Up #2: Bethesda, June 19, 2017
Buildings, Bustling and Bagels: Our Visit to Bethesda
Ride up the massive escalator out of the Bethesda metro station and the first thing that hits you is a city-scene scene of large office buildings, bustling traffic, and professionals walking briskly, purposefully, across the street.
Five quick takes
Quaintness and Charm Amid the Bustle: If you, like us, are wandering the streets looking for things to do, walk south on Wisconsin Avenue a few short blocks to Bethesda Row. The scene becomes quaint and charming as you turn onto Bethesda Avenue. Here, you can find locally roasted coffee at Quartermaine Coffee Roasters, delicious New York Style Bagels at Bethesda Bagels (they are enormous), and inventively delicious baked goods at Spring Mill Bread Company.
The Call of the Crescent Trail: This area is also one of the key access points to the Capital Crescent Trail, where you will find cyclists, runners, and strollers galore. We find out that the trail is an expansive 11-mile stretch running from Georgetown to Silver Spring. The tree-lined trail has become so popular that people are beginning to complain about congestion. We are quick to appreciate its beautiful draw.
Local Business Meets Hungry Interns: Although not all the small shops are local businesses, Spring Mill Bread Company is. The friendly staff will offer you free samples of its specialty breads, baked on-site with fresh, organic ingredients. Today, we tried (and loved) their Apple Streusel bread. The soft, moist bread softened the tart apple flavor, while the cinnamon crust added the perfect complement of sweetness.
The Pursuit of Honest Tea: What would a visit to Bethesda be without a bottle of Honest Tea? We purchased ours from Bethesda Deli, a fast and friendly sandwich counter at Bethesda Place. The cold drink was a welcome respite from the summer heat. We sipped our tea and finished off our sandwiches from the deli in the courtyard of Bethesda Place. Although there is not much park space near the metro station, there are many open courtyards and terraces between office buildings.
Rounding Out the Visit in a Triangle: We finished up the visit without straying too far from the metro station and wandering through the Woodmont Triangle neighborhood, full of small restaurants, shops, and a wide mix of people lingering on outdoor patios. One of these gems is Lilit Cafe, where we ordered espresso and gelato as an afternoon treat (okay, one more treat). The staff was friendly, the coffee was tasty, and the gelato was divine.
Bethesda, it turns out, is delicious!