The first running of the Potomac Hunt Races took place in 1952, and the event has been an annual tradition in Montgomery County ever since. The event celebrates steeplechase racing—a form of competition that originated in 18th-century Ireland, when riders would dash across uneven terrain and use towering church steeples as their beacons. Today, regular two- to four-mile tracks have become the battlegrounds for steeplechase events, and horses equipped with on-board GPS systems have made church steeples obsolete. Potomac Hunt Races carries on the tradition of this modern-day version of steeplechase racing, while implementing a tradition of its own: donating a portion of the proceeds from each year's event to charity.
Cuba de Ayer Restaurant owners Jessica and William Rodriguez ensure their dishes demonstrate what the Washingtonian dubbed "the mandate of the Cuban restaurant: The food should never be too fine or too fussy." Their menu lets the traditional food speak for itself, from the marinated pork that arrives draped in sautéed onions to the hearty black beans and rice that accompany thinly-sliced steaks.
Steaming plates load tables inside the cozy dining room, which sports rich oxblood walls decorated with colorful artwork. Guests relax in snug booths with cups of café con leche and sweet tres leches cakes, a decadent alternative to glasses of milk.
Short of creating physical clouds to hold people aloft, Mattress Warehouse stocks almost every imaginable furnishing to help customers catch a few Z’s. Rows of name-brand mattresses from Sealy, Simmons Beautyrest, Serta, and Tempur-Pedic entice customers to replace their worn pad for new bedding, such as a standard mattress, a fluffy pillowtop unit, or a memory foam piece that conforms to bodies. Beyond mattresses, the warehouse also carries an ample collection of box springs, full bed sets with rails and headboards, and even premium futon mattresses that revitalize foldable couches.
Though its studio is located in the loft of a hay barn, Olney Yoga Loft is full of life. Air flows through the exposed rafters, natural light spills in through stain glass windows, and most importantly, the hardwood floors support scores of posing, breathing students every day of the week. The studio's certified teachers?each of whom draw from a spectrum of yoga training backgrounds?dole out nurturing instruction to students of all ability levels, including those with physical limitations. They infuse the classes they teach with elements of their own individual styles. That holds true whether they're guiding students through gentle poses in hatha yoga, coaching them through a dynamic vinyasa flow, or showing them how to take their keys out of their left jeans pocket using their right arm. Private and small-group classes in meditation allow for an even more personalized learning environment. In addition to yoga, the studio's practitioners perform holistic healing with qi gong and Thai yoga bodywork.
Under the watchful eye of executive chef Paul Hajewski, the kitchen at the Inn at Brookeville Farms shifts seamlessly with the seasons, taking inspiration from the harvest and locally available ingredients. Inside the romantic dining room, tabletops draped with crisp white linen provide a clean canvas for plates displaying grilled white sea bass, pork cheek ragu, and grilled airline chicken breast.?The cozy?dining rooms also?boast vintage chairs,?wooden floors, and?fireplaces decorated with antique vases and coal-filled stockings.
The picturesque inn is frequently home to special events such as wedding receptions, and the grand ballroom lets up to 200 guests dance the night away under soaring ceilings from which a trio of grand chandeliers dangle.
With three individual chains in its family of stores?Pet Valu, Paulmac's Pet Food, and Bosley's?scattered across Canada and the northeastern United States, Pet Valu claims the title as the largest pet-supply retailer in North America. Inside its well-stocked outlets are more than 7,000 products for dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, birds, and other animals. These include specialty items that range from grain-free dog food and multilevel bird cages to hamster balls that resemble helicopters and neon-colored shells so your hermit crab can achieve success in the online-dating world. Some locations are furnished with grooming facilities where professionals pamper dogs with shampoos, nail trims, and other perks, along with self-serve stations let owners wash their own pets. Stores also partner with local shelters to host regular adoption events.