Germantown Travel Guide

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    Seneca Creek State Park
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Germantown Things to Do

  • Germantown Flea Markets

    Germantown Marc Train Station Flea Market (301) 540-9641 19320 Mateny Hill Road 20875 Germantown, MD 20875 Open: Seasonal Opening Month/Date: April 1, 2006Closing Month/Date:November 4, 2006 Days Open: first saturday of each summer month Hours open to the public: 8am-noon Dealers: 100 Visitors: 1000 Concessions:No Camping Facilities: No...

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  • Schaeffer Farm Yellow Trail

    Schaeffer Farm is a popular hiker/biker/equestrian trail complex near the South Germantown Recreational Area and Soccerplex. The yellow trail is the longest of five color-coded trails. Using multiple trails, many variants are available. The trail can also be combined with the Hoyle's Mill Trail for a long trek.Trails are well-marked. A map is...

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  • Germantown Recreational Park -...

    South Germantown Recreational Park is a 736-acre park with a wide range of facilities--from hiking trails to an indoor soccer complex. The Germantown park is the newest to be added in Montgomery County, Maryland. Facilities at South Germantown Recreational Park include hiking trails, picnic facilities, an indoor sports complex, 22 soccer fields...

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Germantown Restaurants

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    by Thalor Written Jun 6, 2004

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    The food is amazingly good. They have a great variety of very classy fair. You can take a date here and she won't be unhappy. You can dine here on a business trip and you won't be disappointed.

    On Sunday mornings and early afternoons they have an incredibly delicious brunch. Variety and quantity of foods is very good. The standard breakfast foods are there, as well as some nice touches that the early afternoon crowd will especially appreciate.

    I'm not a big drinker but if you choose to rest your weary elbows on the bar and chat with the waiters and the local patrons I reckon you will find them an interesting crowd with varied background and some good stories to tell. The bartenders make good drinks and are fast about it.

    The atmosphere inside is nice; decorous, yet warm and friendly. The lighting is very nice at night. They put some effort into creating nice mood lighting for the evening crowd.

    Daytime diners during the summer will appreciate the chance to dine outdoors in the covered patio area.

    Nobody I brought here has every been disappointed: friends, relatives, or dates. I've been here about half a dozen times myself for Sunday brunch, Saturday lunch, weeknight supper, and very late night dinner and drinks on Friday night after work. Jaspers is great for all occaisions.

    Favorite Dish: The crab dip appetizer is very good - especially with the fresh french bread - although if you don't like bread you can order it with chips instead.

    The seafood entres in general are pretty good. That is what I usually get here.

    By the way, I listed the food as "American" but it is really "fancy American". It's upscale, and possibly kind of international. It is hard to summarize.

    You should go to their web site and look over the menu. The description and pictures of the dishes will mean more to you than any one or two word label I could put on it.

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Germantown Nightlife

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    by Thalor Updated Jun 6, 2004

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    The crowdest, most happening place seems to be the Outback Steakhouse. Great music, friendly waiters, nice big booths, a big bar area, excellent Australian-theme wall decorations and decor - all make the place a very comfy environment. The food is good. The salmon dish is extremely delicious, if you like salmon.

    There is usually a one hour wait if you come at the dinner hour, so come early, get on the waiting list, borrow a vibrating pager and look around the nearest stores while you wait for your term to come up. Note the pagers have a limited range so don't go too far!

    Later in the evening, except on Friday and Saturday nights of course, there is no wait and you can get seated immediately. This is helpful to me as I usually get home from the office late at nght.

    Dress Code: Casual.

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Germantown Local Customs

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    by Thalor Written Oct 5, 2002

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    Other than that, nothing special about the culture here. It is very cosmopolitan.

    It is a diverse community with no particular leanings in any one direction.

    Tipping 15% in restaurants here is customary, like anywhere else in the US generally.

    When you greet people, asking them what they do at work, where they are going to school, or where they are from is generally the norm.

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Germantown Warnings and Dangers

  • Bad drivers will crash into you!

    Drivers in Germantown too often do not look where they are going.I was hit by careless and/or reckless drivers in Germantown in 1996, 2002, and 2004.I have never been hit by anyone in Virginia.And get the nature of these crashes, they are crazy.1996 - guy on Middlebrook Road not paying attention to where he is going on the way to work in his water...

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  • There have been some isolated...

    There have been some isolated incidents of violent crimes over the course of the last decade. They do not seem worse than elsewhere, though.Shouting racial slurs from your car to passersby has been proven to be a bad idea. As if someone would not know that already.There have been problems with itinerent panhandlers in the community on weekend...

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Germantown Favorites

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    by Thalor Written Oct 5, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Start off by picking up some tourist information at the Upcounty Government Center in Germantown. It is on the corner of Middlebrook and route 118. Just a couple of blocks west of I-270's intersection with route 118.

    It is not a 24 hour facility, so drop by during the day not super late at night.

    The public library is in the same building, in case you want to do a little research while you are there getting your tourist maps and pamphlets and what not.

    Fondest memory: Buying candy my first night in Germantown when I bought my house at the end of October a little over a decade ago. It made me feel like a real member of the community to give away candy to the kids who were trick-or-treating. It was the first time I had ever 'owned' the place I lived in, not just rented.

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