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Silver Spring

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Silver Spring is an unincorporated community in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Understand[edit]

Silver Spring is just across the northeast border of Washington DC at Eastern Ave.

The area was named after a spring discovered in 1840 that is now dry. Francis Preston Blair, one of the organizers of the Republican Party, discovered the spring and owned most of the land that now comprises Silver Spring. He named his mansion Silver Spring after the spring.

Get in[edit]

By Metrorail[edit]

The Silver Spring Metrorail Station is served by the Red Line and is on Colesville Rd between Wayne Ave and East-West Highway.

By bus[edit]

From outside of Montgomery County, MD[edit]

From other points in Montgomery County, MD[edit]

By bicycle[edit]

The Capital Crescent Trail runs from Georgetown to Silver Spring.

Get around[edit]

By foot[edit]

The entire downtown is very compact and easily traversed by foot.

By bus[edit]

Van Go Shuttle is a free purple bus that offers frequent service around Silver Spring M-Th from 7AM-midnight and F-Sa from 7AM-2AM.

Metrobus and Ride-on-Bus operate service around Silver Spring.

By bicycle[edit]

For information on bike-sharing programs in the Washington, DC area, see Washington DC#Get_around.

See[edit]

The Music Hall, President's House, Ballroom, and Swiss Chalet at National Park Seminary
  • National Park Seminary2791 Linden Ln. Dating back to 1187, this site, formerly a finishing school for girls and resort community, is odd. Inspired by the 1893 World Fair in Chicago, the Seminary owner decided to build 10 buildings of styles around the world including a Greek theater, a Japanese pagoda, and a Dutch windmill. Following the Great Depression and World War II, the Seminary could barely make ends meet, and the entire property was commandeered by the U.S. Army's Walter Reed Medical Hospital in 1942. The military demolished historic property and generally neglected the beautiful exotic and Victorian buildings. Gaining official historic status saved many of the buildings from demolition, but the neglect continued, allowing the elements and vandals to take their toll. In the 1980s, the "Save Our Seminary" group formed to protect what was left, and did an admirable job. The Army returned the historic Seminary properties to private hands and they were restored. 2-hour guided tours on the 4th Saturday of each month at 1PM: $5.

Museums[edit]

  • National Museum of Health and Medicine2500 Linden Ln +1 301 319-3300. 10AM–5:30PM. Founded just after the Civil War, this museum includes a collection of 25 million artifacts, including 5,000 skeletal specimens, 8,000 preserved organs, and 12,000 items of medical equipment. Free.

Religious buildings[edit]

Monuments[edit]

  • The Old Tavern Muralin Silver Spring Library (on Colesville Road). A 1937 New Deal-era post office mural.
  • Washington D.C. Northern Boundary Stone (along East West highway in front of the Summit Hills apartment complex). Erected in 1792, this stone represents the northern most boundary of Washington D.C. One of the oldest federal monuments.

Do[edit]

Parks[edit]

  • 2 Acorn Park8060 Newell Street. The 12-acre Acorn Park sits on the site of the spring the surrounding area was named after. While small, its acorn-shaped gazebo and grotto are hard to miss.

Eat[edit]

Map of Silver Spring

Downtown Silver Spring, near Ellsworth & Fenton Streets, includes many chain restaurants such as Chipotle, Panera Bread, Jimmy John's and Fudruckers as well as many ethnic restaurants.

  • 1 8407 Kitchen and Bar8407 Ramsey Ave +1 301 587-8407. M-Th 11:30AM-10:30PM, F 11:30AM-Midnight, Sa 5PM-Midnight, Su 11AM-9PM. American menu features house made charcuterie, locally-sourced produce, meat, and seafood, and a very creative selection of mixed drinks. $6-32.
  • 2 Abol Ethiopian8626 Colesville Rd +1 301 650-0061. Su-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM. As one of many Ethiopian haunts in Silver Spring, Abol serves spicy meat and stews atop sourdough flatbreads, often intended to be eaten by hand. $10-30.
  • 3 Crisfield Seafood8012 Georgia Ave +1 301 589-1306. Tu-Th 11AM-9PM, F-Sa 11AM-10PM, Su Noon-9PM. Seafood, seafood, and more seafood. $11-30.
  • 4 Ghar-E-Kabab944 Wayne Ave +1 301 587-4427. Daily 5PM-10PM. Ghar-E-Kabab (The House of Kabab) serves traditional Indian and Nepalese cuisine -- much of it vegetarian -- at reasonably affordable prices. $10-30.
  • 5 Lebanese Taverna933 Ellsworth Dr +1 301 588-1192. M-Th: 11AM-9PM, F-Sa: 11AM-10PM, Su: Noon-8PM. Tasty Lebanese fare. Mains: $9-28.
  • 6 Mandalay930 Bonifant St +1 301 585-0500. M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-10:30PM, Su noon-10PM, closed 3PM-5PM daily. While the restaurant's ambiance may not lend itself to fine cuisine, Mandalay offers some of the best Burmese fare in the Washington area -- a mix of Indian, Chinese, and Thai cuisines. $12-20.
  • 7 Masa Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi921-J Ellsworth Dr +1 301 608-8989. M-Th 4:30PM-10PM, F 11:30AM-11PM, Sa 12:30PM-11PM, Su 12:30-10PM. Authentic Japanese teppanyaki style cooking, with sushi, noodle and vegetable dishes prepared table-side. $13-35.
  • 8 Mi Rancho Tex Mex Restaurant8701 Ramsey Rd +1 301 588-4872. Fresh Tex-Mex at reasonable prices, with both indoor and outdoor seating, an extensive selection of Margaritas, and house-made chips and salsa. $8-15.
  • Parkway Deli8317 Grubb Rd +1 301 587-1427. M-W: 8AM-9:30PM, Th-F: 8AM-10PM, Sa: 7AM-10PM, Su: 7AM-9:30PM. One of Washington area's most well-known New York-style delicatessens. The attached restaurant is frequently busy on Saturday mornings, owing to the area's large Jewish community. $3-15.
  • 9 Pete's Apizza962 Wayne Ave +1 301 588-7383. Su-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM. New Haven-style "Apizza" is the main draw of this tucked-away establishment, though Pete's menu also features salads, panini, pasta, and gelato on the side. $10-30.
  • 10 Tastee Diner8601 Cameron St +1 301 589-8171. A true Silver Spring institution, Tastee has served up classic American diner food all day, every day since 1947. $5-10.
  • Woodside Deli9329 Georgia Ave +1 301 589-7055. M 7AM-5PM, Tu-Sa 7AM - 9PM, Su 8AM-5PM. Another popular area delicatessen. $5-15.

Drink[edit]

Bars[edit]

  • 1 Quarry House Tavern8401 Georgia Ave (below Bombay Gaylord),  +1 301 587-8350. Su-Th 5PM-midnight, F-Sa 5PM-2AM. This bar has been a neighborhood staple for over 70 years. At first glance it's just a friendly looking dive bar, but upon further inspection it reveals itself as something of a gastropub—the food is heads and shoulders above usual bar fare (fried pickles are a must), and they have a great, long list of Belgian beers! Live bands on weekends and a weekly Rockabilly night Sa.
  • Stained Glass Pub12510 Layhill Rd (right off Georgia Avenue),  +1 301 933-4444. Opened in 1979. Named for colorful windows. Good pizza and live entertainment including karaoke and live bands.

Cafes[edit]

  • 2 Fenton Cafe8311 Fenton St +1 301 326-1841. M-Sa 8AM-8:30PM, Su 8AM-6:30PM. Sweet and savory crepes and espresso prepared to order in a cozy environment. $2-10.
  • 3 Kaldi's Social House918 Silver Spring Ave +1 301 557-9991. 7AM-9PM. Comfortable cafe for strong coffee, espresso, as well as tea and pastries. Lovely roof-top seating.
  • 4 [dead link]Kefa Cafe963 Bonifant St +1 301 589-9337. M-Th 7AM-6PM, F 7AM-9PM, Sa 8AM-5PM, Closed Sunday. A quaint cafe and art gallery owned and operated by two Ethiopian sisters. Serves coffee, pastries, sandwiches, salads, and soups. $2-12.

Sleep[edit]

Go next[edit]

Routes through Silver Spring
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