Free Things to do in Montgomery County

Explore what MoCo has to offer without breaking the bank. There are so many great things to do in the area that are perfect for dates, family trips, or just a solo excursion.

Get outside before the summer is over. Enjoy hiking, biking, and kayaking at the many parks and trails in the area. Wheaton Regional Park has over 11 miles of paved and natural surface trails. Have a picnic at the many available picnic tables and grills. There is a playground for the little ones so they can slide and swing to their heart’s desire. Pine Lake is nestled in the park if you want to fish or you can just relax by the water.

Brookside Gardens, is an award-winning garden within Wheaton Regional Park. The gardens are open without charge and includes an aquatic garden, children’s garden, and Japanese Style Garden— just to name a few. The gardens also often host active events like Yoga or Tai Chi. The area is definitely a must-see in Montgomery County.

The White Oak Library has a ton of free events, plus you can get all your summer reading in from their large selection of books. They have a weekly crafting event aptly named, “Crafternoons” where you’ll get to make your own creation in a guided workshop. Animal lovers will want to attend “Read to a Dog” where children can read to a therapy dog to improve their reading confidence. The list of upcoming events can all be found on their website. Continue reading “Free Things to do in Montgomery County”

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.

Spring in Silver Spring, MD

There is nothing quite like spring in Silver Spring, MD. While winter was mild, the rain this past year has not been. Now that April showers are a thing of the past, May’s list of local events promises to make you want to get out and about. Take a look at some entertaining activities to add to your social calendar this spring:

May 10

Shake off the stress of the week on Fridays throughout the spring and summer at TGIF Downtown Street Party. May 10 will feature Classic Soul music at the Fountain Plaza. Enjoy drinks and games while you jam out.

May 12

You won’t want to miss Songs I Never Get to Sing presented by Bethesda Little Theatre at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center. Enjoy the singing styles of a diverse array of artists as they explore songs that are typically sung very differently.


If you work near the Fountain Plaza and need a break at lunchtime, enjoy live music on Thursdays from 12:30-2:30 pm. Check out the calendar of performers.

Saturdays & Sundays

The FRESHFARM Downtown Silver Spring Market is a farmer’s market dedicated to fresh produce, desserts, and other goods directly from the producers. Pick up some tasty treats for the week and explore new vendors with each visit.

If you are new to town and not ready to jump into the local scene, check out some of these tips for exploring your new home. Organized events aren’t the only way to have fun this spring. Silver Spring, MD boasts nearly a dozen public parks, perfect for strolls or simply enjoying nature. Some are even pet-friendly! Residents of Vista at White Oak, Montgomery Paint Branch, and Yorkshire Apartment Homes benefit from their convenient location to all the bustle.

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:


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

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,, and 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 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.

4 Tips for Tackling Your Apartment Search

Searching for a new apartment can be equal parts exciting and stressful. Maybe you’re moving for work, for family, for friends, or simply for a change of scenery. Whatever the reason may be, there are some key things you should keep in mind to help make your search as smooth as possible.

  1. Start Your Search Early – ‘Better late than never’ is not the way to go when it comes to searching for a new apartment. No one wants to make a decision in a pinch because they waited until the last minute! When moving locally, start your search three months before your desired move-in date. This should give you plenty of time to find your new apartment. Moving locally is a little easier than moving states because you already have a grasp of the area and its resources. When moving to a different state, start your search at least four months out. You’ll want ample time to research different neighborhoods and visit different apartment communities.
  2. Compare Prices with the Value of Amenities – It’s important to keep in mind that apartment communities come with a host of amenities and perks. Be sure to confirm with your leasing agent which amenities are included in the price they gave you, on occasion, they may not be included.
  3. Know How Much Space You Need – Finding the perfect “Goldilocks” sized space – not too little, not too big – can be daunting. Utilize the square-footing detail on the apartment communities’ floor plan to determine if the space is the right fit for your personal situation.
  4. Ask The Right Questions During A Tour – If you have a list of requirements for your new apartment that are not negotiable, you’ll want to be sure to bring them up during a tour or on a phone call with the leasing professional. For example, if you have a pet ask if the apartment community is pet-friendly and if there are breed or weight restrictions.

The leasing professionals at the White Oak communities are dedicated to helping each person discover the perfect apartment for their desires and needs. The Vista at White Oak and Yorkshire apartment teams were awarded the 2018 Satisfacts Resident Satisfaction Property Award as a result of outstanding resident reviews! A bonus tip for tackling your apartment search is finding a community with stellar online reviews and awards such as the Satisfacts Award! 

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.