Terri's Cafe and Bakery's chefs plate classic American fare concocted from local beef and dairy, fresh game, market-fresh fish, and breads baked in-house. Inspired by American country kitchens, chefs smother homemade biscuits in sausage, chipped beef, or chipped-venison gravy, and dress light buttermilk or hearty buckwheat griddlecakes in toppings such as blueberries and chocolate chips. Ladled with spiced fig sauce or cranberries and nuts, baked brie warms up lunch-time palates for one of 18 bun-bound delights such as turkey breast roasted in-house, Maryland crab, or 8-ounce burger patties of bison or local beef. Knives come out at dinner to spar for bites of Kansas elk strip steak and engage in fencing matches across tables, and forks pirouette in angel-hair pasta tossed with plump shrimp and garlic. Pairs can dip into a dense, velvety bowl of local South Mountain Ice Cream to get their recommended daily intake of frozen dairy.
Black Hog BBQ & Bar slow-cooks a saucy menu showcasing succulent beef, pork, chicken, and sausage sidled beside an array of classic Southern sides. Round up a heaping helping of smoked brisket or pulled pork shoulder to fill a bun, plate, or polo shirt pocket before slathering it in one of Black Hog's signature house-made sauces such as zesty Carolina Red or tangy Mike's Mustard Sauce. Sandwiches smother servings of smoked pit ham or Arkansas beef into a pillowy bun, and sides sing harmonious backup to their meaty frontmen, with melty mac 'n' cheese and cool coleslaw draping taste buds in culinary nostalgia. While the protein palace also stocks a full bar, today's Groupon is not good for alcohol, and vice versa, as evidenced by the time it woke up in a strange bathtub folded into inappropriate shapes.
Whether it's a quick barbecue lunch between corporate presentations or a grandiose wedding banquet amid mountain views, High Point Catering knows how to make a meal memorable. For more than 40 years, the company has been honing its serving skills with meals freshly prepared onsite throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Its dishes run the gamut from gourmet selections such as lobster ravioli and bleu-cheese-studded filet mignon to their specialty: Texas-style beef brisket, Carolina-style pulled chicken, dry-rubbed spareribs, and other classics of the barbecue grill. Though they excel at adapting their culinary tools and 24-hour playback of the Iron Chef theme music to any environment, many party-planners might rather come to them. With sweeping views of Sugarloaf Mountain and Little Bennett Regional Park, the 150-acre expanse of High Point Farm lends not only a picturesque backdrop to important events, but also a zipline, paintball, water slides, and a host of other adrenaline-pumping amenities.
Staff Size: 2–4 people
Average Duration of Services: 3–4 hours
Pro Tip: Come ready for adventure and fun. Make sure you bring clothes that you don't mind getting wet.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: River Tours
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
With a name that means "where the paths cross," it's no surprise that Calleva is dedicated to bringing people of all ages and from all walks of life together to appreciate the outdoors. The certified MAEOE environmental center helps its guests dive into the heart of the wilderness right outside D.C. and raise awareness about its delicate ecosystems. In doing so, it encourages others to cooperate and take risks while stepping out of their comfort zones, like baby birds leaving the nest to start their own nest-building business.
To facilitate these efforts, a team of ACA-certified guides helms seasonal outdoor-adventure and educational programs. In warm weather, activities might include kayaking and canoeing down winding stretches of the Potomac River or paddling to a private island filled with ropes-challenge courses and other obstacles. Fishing and ecological-study programs present even more varied ways to explore the water. Other adventures include the year-round, such as backpacking; the cold weather, such as caving; and the whimsical, such as the annual haunted forest where ghosts and ghouls mingle under a zip-line course.