Sightseeing in Bethesda


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  • Terasol
    Is Terasol an art gallery, a coffee shop or a French bistro? Yes to all, actually. This Chevy Chase spot serves three square meals a day from its charming café space, where warm lighting and a plate-glass window light up the ample woodwork inside. Even more color comes from the large amount of artisan jewelry, pottery and crafts that hang on the walls or sit inside long, open shelves. As much an artistic shop for locally-made goods as it is a restaurant, Terasol supports DC’s creative side with occasional showings and constant displays of beautiful wares. Of course, they also support the old French countryside, with a rustic menu that ticks off great dishes like a checklist: French onion soup, beef bourguignon, mussels and frites. A warming quiche is available , and the croque monsieur will satisfy the largest of appetites.
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    5010 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
    Washington, DC US
  • Adventures for Creative Tourists
    Adventures for Creative Tourists helps DC visitors explore the city's more artistic side. Though, if you do want to see the top museums, custom tours can help you explore the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art, Portrait Museum, the Anderson House Museum, and the Kreeger Museum. Custom Tours include the option to upgrade to transportation and an option to stop for meals so that you don't feel tempted to nibble on a still-life bowl of fruit.
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    11521 Taber Street
    Silver Spring, MD US
  • Ravenchase Adventures
    Josh knew the first treasure hunt he set up was a success when he saw the happy look in his three younger brothers' eyes as they uncovered the final treasure chest. Based on Josh's clues, the younger Schwabs had just gleefully trekked across Warrenton, Virginia, and into the Shenandoah Mountains in search of their goal. But the event was more than just a fun way to spend the day: it also gave them inspiration at a time when the future felt grim, as their mother was undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Although that has since become a fond memory of a good day, it's also warmly remembered by the family as the catalyst that led Josh to establish Ravenchase Adventures, where he now sets up just such engaging hunts for the public. Now Ravenchase is an event company that offers pre-set and custom treasure hunts and adventure races. As the company has grown, Josh's team has even set up events for a variety of well-known clients, from DreamWorks Studios to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. But regardless of who participates, he and his dedicated staff ensure each two- to three-hour adventure is filled with brainteasers, mysterious clues, and baffling ciphers. Each solved clue leads the groups across town with treasure maps. Fun prizes await at their final destination. In an effort to give back to the community, the company also set up the nonprofit Ravenchase Foundation, which supports organizations that inspire and teach tolerance for history, logic, and the arts.
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    4701 Chase Avenue
    Bethesda, MD US
  • Frame Avenue Art Gallery & Custom Framing
    Frame Avenue is Bethesda's premier custom frame gallery & design boutique. Offering creative and innovative picture frame design combined with the best quality and service guaranteed.
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    4919 Cordell Ave
    Bethesda, MD US
  • Be With Me Playseum
    There's a bustling, kid-friendly metropolis inside each Be With Me Playseum. The centers surround visitors in kid-sized "city shops", which offer areas to decorate cupcakes, play dress-up, or create art projects. Other hands-on activities aim to teach through imagination. A bakery, for example, doubles as a place to learn fractions, while a diner teaches good manners. Whether it's the grocery or the pint-sized version of Chinatown, one thing ties all of the different areas together: books. The playseum doubles as a children's used bookstore, and staffers place different tomes into the most appropriate area. Books on firefighters will likely be near the fire truck, while reference books on animals will be inside a pet store complete with real frogs, doves, and other animals ready to discuss the hidden themes of Curious George.
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    7000 Wisconsin Ave.
    Chevy Chase, MD US
  • Laugh Riot at the Hyatt
    If fine food and refreshing beverages are on your to-do list, check out Laugh Riot at the Hyatt in Bethesda. During the restaurant's weekend rush, waiting in line is the name of the game (so avoid Friday and Saturday nights if you're looking for something quick). Don't feel like driving? Public transportation is right around the corner, with a nearby stop at Bethesda Metro (Red). Don't fret! Parking options are readily available near Laugh Riot at the Hyatt.
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    7400 Wisconsin Avenue
    Bethesda, MD US

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