Dutch Country Farmers Market Promises Fresh Food From Pennsylvanian Farms

Vendors travel from the heart of Pennsylvania to showcase their freshly harvested food at Laurel's Dutch Country Farmers Market every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday all year long. The market boasts everything from fresh, grass-fed meats to colorful seasonal produce, so skip the grocery store and take advantage of this farm-fresh bounty instead. Stop Stoltzfuz Salads […]

Sip on a Locally Sourced Hard Cider at Great Shoals Winery

Local pears, peaches, and blackberries are just a few of the fresh fruits infused into hard ciders at Great Shoals Winery. This winery and cider house is all about using local ingredients, whether the team is crafting a hard apple cider featuring Spencerville Reds from Heyser Farms or a draft apple cider aged in bourbon […]

Plan a Weekend Getaway to the National Cherry Blossom Festival in DC

First, they're just small green buds clustered along branches that have remained barren since the fall. Then, slowly, the rosy-hued tips of the buds begin to open. And then, all at once, beautiful pink blossoms burst forth from the buds. DC's National Cherry Blossom Festival has begun. The festival returns every spring as a celebration […]

Try the Coconut Ice Cream at Thai at Laurel

Spicy rice noodles tossed with basil, onion, carrots, and chili pepper, plus chicken, beef, or seafood. This is the Drunken Noodle, the most popular dish that Thai at Laurel serves. Patrons also like the pad Thai, another classic entree that features mild Thai noodles with crush peanuts, bean sprouts and bean curd, scallions, egg, and […]

Ragamuffins Coffee House: Artisan Coffee and Gluten-Free Goodies

Fresh Baguette bakery and Bottoms Up Bagels are two Maryland-based businesses who contribute directly to the deliciousness at Ragamuffins Coffee House. This Laurel cafe sources some of its baked goods from these local producers, and all of its products from true artisans. Even the out-of-state companies, like La Colombe Coffee and Misfit Juicery, provide top-notch […]

Mark Your Calendar for the Gaithersburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 10

You probably have memories of celebrating with your family at the annual St. Patrick's Day parade as a kid. Getting all dressed up in green; pulling on a hat embellished with a shamrock; waving an Irish flag. Recapture the magic of this childhood tradition at the Gaithersburg St. Patrick's Day Parade this year. The parade […]

Big Bazaar: This Market Stocks Fresh, Authentic Indian Ingredients

Saurabh Pabari and wife Lavanya Ghorpade know firsthand how difficult it can be to find the ingredients you need to craft truly authentic homemade Indian cuisine. The pair grew up eating classic Indian dishes and, as adults, continued to craft the cuisine, but they had trouble finding the international spices and produce their family recipes […]

Don’t Skip a Tour of the National Cryptologic Museum

Located adjacent to the National Security Agency’s headquarters, the National Cryptologic Museum houses thousands of artifacts relating to USA cryptology. At the museum, visitors can get a glimpse into the lives of the people who worked on cryptology, the techniques they used, and the places they worked. As the first and only public museum in […]

Join the Toni Morrison Book Club at the Montpelier Arts Center on Feb. 28

Toni Morrison is more than just a best-selling author. She's also a Nobel laureate, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and a former Princeton University professor. You probably know her as the woman behind groundbreaking novels such as Beloved, Jazz, and Paradise, all of which you'll explore at the Toni Morrison Book Club hosted by the Montpelier […]

Do Happy Hour in the Test Taproom at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House

If you've ever been to the Guinness headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, then you know that this brewing juggernaut is serious about the way it crafts beer. After all, countless generations of brewers have been doing it since namesake Arthur Guinness opened the first brewery in 1959. However, the brewhouse's long history doesn't mean it's resistant […]