Top 5 Parks in Silver Spring

One of the best things you can do is take in nature’s beauty. Thankfully, Silver Spring has many places to do just that. We rounded up a list of must-see parks in the area. Make the most of your fall and check out these beautiful parks:

  1. Rock Creek Park passes along the west side of Silver Spring, and offers hiking trails, picnic grounds, and bicycling on weekends. The park is one of the larger ones in the area at 2,100 acres. It’s also home to fun attractions like the Carter Barron Amphitheatre, Rock Creek Planetarium, and Rock Creek Park Horse Center. After your park day is done, you can easily walk over to the Smithsonian National Zoo as the park borders it.Dog Park
  2. Acorn Park is in the downtown area of Silver Spring. The park used to be Francis Preston Blair’s estate named “Silver Spring” (sound familiar?) which was inspired by a mica-speckled spring he discovered. Although the park is not very large, it packs in plenty to see with an acorn-shaped gazebo and beautiful murals.
  3. Wheaton Regional Park is a great spot for families with an adventure playground, which includes climbing structures, swings, giant slides, a sandcastle, and more. The Brookside Nature center has live reptile and mammal displays that are fun for all ages. Tennis lovers will enjoy the six outdoor courts and when the weather is not so nice there is the Wheaton Indoor Tennis Facility available.
  4. Sligo Creek Park offers hiking trails, tennis courts, playgrounds and bicycling. With over 10 miles of hard surface trail, there are several areas to explore that provide recreation for people of all ages and abilities. There are 15 picnic areas along the path that are free to use. The parks ends at Wheaton Regional Park if you want to hit two parks in one day.
  5. Ellsworth Urban Park is a 3.6-acre park that surrounds the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River and is home to a playground area and tennis courts. The park just added a new dog park— a great place for your four-legged friends to run and frolic. Their dog park has separate areas for dogs over and under 20 pounds. Plus, there are benches to relax as you sit and watch your dogs play. The park has ample parking and is within walking distance to many restaurants and shops.

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Summer 2019 Stay-cation Ideas for Marylanders

Summer 2019 Stay-cation Ideas for Marylanders

 

The signs that the official start of summer is right around the corner are increasingly evident – kids are getting antsy in anticipation of their break, coworkers are sending out of office emails left and right, and stores are overflowing with swimsuits, sunscreen, and grilling tools.

With the abundance of sunshine and warm weather comes the itch for a vacation! Not everyone has the time or money for a “luxurious” vacation, though your Facebook or Instagram feed may make you feel otherwise. If you know you will be spending the summer locally, don’t worry! You can still experience social media worthy fun! Here are some stay-cation ideas to fill your summer weekends:

Catch a Game

Silver Spring, MD is conveniently located near both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, making attending a sporting event in either city a manageable outing. The Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles both have 13 home games to choose from this June. You can find the Nationals’ schedule here and the Orioles’ schedule here. You don’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy an afternoon at the ballpark filled with tasty treats and good company.

 

Pack the Perfect Picnic Basket

The White Oak Communities residents enjoy close proximity to numerous public parks, not to mention the green space within each property. Enjoy a meal and some fresh air by having a picnic. A wicker basket and checkered blanket aren’t necessities, but they’re charming! Whether you plan on packing classics or are having a potluck-style picnic, great food and conversation will having you feeling like you’re on vacation instantly.

 

Chill Out at the Movies

Escape the summer heat or a rainstorm one afternoon by taking in a movie at Regal Cinemas on Ellsworth Drive or AFI Silver Theatre on Colesville Road. Going to an early show may help you save money on tickets with matinee pricing, depending on the theater. A movie is a perfect activity to “escape” feeling like you’re at home if you’re craving time away. Captivating flicks are notorious for engrossing audiences and making people feel like they are elsewhere.

 

Explore Nature

You don’t have to be the adventurous type to explore nature. There are hikes in and near Silver Spring to suit all skill levels. Spend the day trekking the trails of Sligo Creek Park, Burnt Mills East Special Park, or Matthew Henson State Park to feel transported to a new place. As you pass little woodland critters and listen to the sounds of babbling brooks, you’ll be glad you aren’t sitting in traffic going to the beach.

 

Enjoy a Wine Tour

Maryland is known for many wonderful things including its wineries. Napa Valley has nothing on our local wine tours! Boordy Vineyards in Hydes, Serpent Ridge Vineyard in Westminster, and Hidden Hills Farm & Vineyard in Frederick are just a few of the most popular choices. Explore Google and TripAdvisor for a vineyard that piques your interest. You’ll be sipping on your favorite wine without having to sit on a cross country flight in no time!

 

Day Trips

Silver Springs’ location makes stay-cation worthy day trips a breeze! Beyond Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, popular day trips include Annapolis, MD, St. Michaels, MD, Arlington, VA, and Gettysburg, PA. Check out some ideas for a quick getaway here. Whether you have your own car or utilize public transportation, a day away will scratch your vacation itch without breaking the bank!

 

Curious about living in Silver Spring, MD for its convenient proximity to urban, suburban, and rural fun? Learn more about why it’s a great place to call it home all year long. Once you’ve moved into Vista at White Oak, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, or Montgomery Paint Branch you’ll have out of town guests raving about everything there is to do when they visit.

 

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

A New Silver Spring, MD Resident’s Guide to Getting Involved

If you are new to the area, welcome! Moving can be quite the process. Once you are all settled into your new Silver Spring, MD apartment, it will be time to start meeting new friends and exploring the community. To make things a little easier, here is a guide to different tools for getting involved:

Libraries

Local libraries are a wonderful source of local events and classes, often times free ones! The Silver Spring Library is located right on Wayne Avenue and provides events that cater to all ages and a wide array of hobbies. Recent classes include Writing for Teens, Spanish Language Mediation, Yoga, Montgomery County Master Gardeners, Start a Side Hustle Workshop, and more. Pick up a library card and attend a class that piques your interest!

Volunteer Opportunities

There are numerous ways to find a volunteer opportunity in Silver Spring. The Montgomery County Volunteer Center allows you to search for a cause within a reasonable distance. There is also the option to find opportunities through their monthly calendar. A second volunteer opportunity resource is VolunteerMatch.org.

Social Clubs and Activities

From hobbies to social sports, there is something for everyone! Just a few examples of local organizations include the Montgomery County Parks, DC Fencers Club, Daleview Swim Club, Boys & Girls Club of America, and Silver Spring Social Sports. Joining a local club or organization is a surefire way to meet your neighbors and make friends.

Events

Eventbrite.com, Patch.com, and SilverSpringDowntown.com are all excellent sources of events in the area of all sorts. From homework help sessions to improv comedy. Silver Spring’s proximity to Washington DC means that if you ever feel there is a rare lull in local events, you can pop over to our nation’s capital. Check out Washington.org for the latest upcoming events.

Whenever you move to a new town you will likely find that either the town or county (or both) have a website with a myriad of resources for new residents. The Montgomery County website links to resources such as Mass Transit, Newspapers, Places of Interest, Schools, and more. If you are looking to move to the area, find your new apartment home at Vista at White Oak Apartments, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, or Montgomery Paint Branch Apartment Homes, all of which are conveniently located to inviting events, organizations, and activities.

Meet Your Neighbors: Host A Picnic Potluck

Spring is a wonderful time of year to meet your neighbors. Whether you just moved in or are interested in getting to know them better, the warm weather encourages everyone to get out and about! Another thing that always brings people together is food – so why not arrange a neighbor picnic potluck?

The White Oak Communities in Silver Spring, Maryland have wonderful kitchens for preparing large meals. Select apartments within Vista at White Oak and Montgomery Paint Branch have gourmet kitchens, perfect for meal prepping. The Yorkshire Apartment Homes feature eat-in kitchens bathed in natural lighting. No matter which apartment community you call home now is the time to take advantage of the spring weather and your kitchen to cook up food for a friendly picnic potluck.

Here are some recipes to consider suggesting when you send out the invite:

Potato Salad with a Healthy Twist

Shopping List: small red potatoes, green beans, olive oil, red wine vinegar, basil, parsley, salt, pepper, eggs, grape tomatoes

Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato Macaroni

Shopping List: elbow macaroni, mayonnaise, sour cream, granulated sugar, apple cider vinegar, celery salt, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, dried dill, pepper, green onions, Roma tomatoes, Romaine lettuce, bacon

Corn and Chicken Hash-brown Bowl

Shopping List: Frozen shredded hash-browns, Colby Jack cheese, sour cream, salt, pepper, a can of cream of chicken soup, milk, chicken, corn flakes, butter

Lemon-Parsley Bean Salad

Shopping List: red kidney beans, chickpeas, red onion, celery, cucumber, parsley, dill, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes

Chicken Fajita Casserole

Shopping List: vegetable oil, yellow onion, bell peppers, tortilla chips, cheddar cheese, salsa verde, sour cream, chicken

And don’t forget dessert!

Kitchen Sink Brownies

Shopping List: brownie mix, eggs, butter, dark chocolate chips, Oreos, potato chips, mini pretzel twists, and peanut butter cups

Blueberry Crumb Bars

Shopping List: white sugar, baking powder, all-purpose flour, shortening, eggs, salt, cinnamon, fresh blueberries, cornstarch

Honey Fruit Salad

Shopping List: blueberries, raspberries, mango, pineapple, watermelon, honey, lime, orange, pistachios

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

6 Quick Day Trips From Silver Spring, MD

It’s always pleasant when you have a day or two to be able to travel locally and explore nearby destinations. Silver Spring, MD is centrally located to popular locations throughout the rest of Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Pennsylvania! Here are some quick day trips to add to your “to visit” list:

Baltimore, MD

Charm City is home to the Orioles’ Camden Yards and Ravens’ M & T Stadium. If you aren’t intrigued by sports, the Inner Harbor boasts fun activities for people of all ages. Explore the National Aquarium, sail out on a pirate ship with Urban Pirates, or grab a bite to eat on a Spirit of Baltimore dinner cruise.

Annapolis, MD

Maryland’s state capital is rich with history and immaculate architecture. While window shopping on quaint avenues you’ll see many U.S. Naval Academy cadets in uniform enjoying time off campus. If you’d like to explore the campus yourself, guided tours are offered to the public throughout the year. Annapolis also boasts Sandy Point State Park, a popular beach in the summertime.

St. Michaels, MD

Just across the Chesapeake Bay from Annapolis is St. Michaels. Known for its fresh seafood restaurants, the Chesapeake Maritime Museum, and seasonal festivals, St. Michaels is an idyllic, small coastal town. This is a perfect, low-key day trip.

Washington, D.C.

Our country’s capital is practically in Silver Spring’s backyard. Only a 20-minute car ride away, D.C. offers a plethora of events, dining, and entertainment throughout the year. From free museums to the Cherry Blossom Festival there is never a dull moment.

Arlington, VA

Just moments away from Washington, D.C. by Metro, Arlington is a great option for military history-lovers. Major sites include the Arlington National Cemetery, the US Marine Corps War Memorial, and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Tack this stop onto your DC trip, or make it its own!

Gettysburg, PA

The site of President Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address, this town offers numerous historical attractions from tours to reenactments. Additionally, you can enjoy local fruit markets, bike tours, and riding stables. A rural retreat located less than an hour and a half from Silver Spring.

With so many possibilities for local fun and closeby adventures, Silver Spring, MD is a great place to call home. Discover which of the three White Oak Communities is the perfect match for you and your needs today: Vista at White Oak Apartments, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, and Montgomery Paint Branch Apartment Homes.

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.