Where to stay..
We have set up a group block for our wedding weekend at the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland. The hotel is around 20 minutes away from the wedding venue, but we will be providing transportation to and from the wedding that day. We figured that downtown Silver Spring is a convenient place for our out of town guests to stay, with a metro stop 2 blocks away for easy access to the National Mall and monuments in Washington D.C. (~15-20 min metro ride), and lots of restaurants and shopping in close proximity.
Below are links to book online, or you can call 1-800-321-2211 and request to make a reservation at the Courtyard Silver Spring Downtown in Silver Spring, MD under the Wantuch/Blaine wedding block. The block is only available through April 18, 2012, so please try to book before then.
To book online:
Single King room (includes a sleeper sofa)- $120/night
Double Queen room- $140/night
Courtyard Silver Spring Downtown
8506 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910
What to do..
Hop on the metro or grab a bike from the capital bike share and check out all the (free) museums on the National Mall or pay homage to the founding farmers at their respective monuments. Metro map and schedule link: http://www.wmata.com/rail/maps/map.cfm and capital bike share link with map: http://www.capitalbikeshare.com/
While in D.C., check out Haines point for a stroll around the tidal basin or play 9-holes at the ‘peoples’ course (as Joel likes to call it), keep your eyes peeled for red foxes. For a non-city experience, check out the National Arboretum. For other plant-life, hit the national conservatory at the steps of the Capitol building, and don’t forget to jeer your favorite congressmen while there.
And if you don’t feel like trekking in to DC, Fenton Street in downtown Silver Spring is always fun to paroose around too…lots of stores for shopping, a movie theater, and your standard food and drink. Make sure to take advantage of the area’s diversity and check out some of the ethnic food in the area.
Some of our favorite restaurants and bars:
In Silver Spring…
-Bombay Gaylord– Where Joel and Caitlin officially started going steady back in 2010, and one of the couples favorite date night spots. Great affordable Indian food in walking distance from the hotel. http://bombaygaylordsilverspring.com/
-Jackie’s- upscale comfort food http://www.jackiesrestaurant.com/index.html
-Adega Wine Cellar and Cafe– we’ve actually never eaten here but heard it’s good…Italian Cafe http://www.adegawinecellars.com/index.php
-Quarry House- our favorite dive bar…and I really mean it when I call it a dive bar. Lots of good beer to choose from and usually live music at night. It’s under Bombay Gaylord…we often make a night out of pairing the two together. http://www.quarryhousetavern.com/
-Founding Farmers- Great farm-inspired American food and drink, fantastic atmosphere, and they do a fabulous brunch! Joel took Caitlin here on one of their first dates. It’s a quick 2 min walk from both the Foggy Bottom (where Caitlin went to PA school) and Farragut West Metro stations. http://www.wearefoundingfarmers.com/
-Buck’s Fishing and Camping- another one part of the whole green and local food movement. Unfortunately this one is not metro accessible. http://www.bucksfishingandcamping.com/
-District Commons- great space, and great flatbreads..also right off the Foggy Bottom Metro stop. http://www.districtcommonsdc.com/district.html
-Guaops- another frequent date night spot for the couple when Caitlin was still finishing up PA school. GREAT Mexican food, fun atmosphere. There are 2 locations, one in D.C. and one in Bethesda, both are metro accessible but it would be a long ride to the other side of the red line from Silver Spring…driving is probably best. http://www.guaposrestaurant.com/restaurants/washington-dc.htm