Rockville Travel Guide

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    plaza in front of the new library
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    Rockville 9/11 Memorial
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Rockville Things to Do

  • Visiting in Winter

    Usually winter with us is not very harsh. You will want a warm jacket and appropriate footwear.Here are a few photos of winter. This year was an especially cold and snowy (finally!)Check ahead of time if there is supposed to be tough weather when you visit. We often get ice storms in winter, so you have to be sure to have good footwear as the...

  • Rockville Town Center

    As I mentioned before, in the last 10 years downtown Rockville has changed quite a bit. a number of strip malls, older housing and businesses were replaced with brand new housing, shopping, some more entertainment opportunities and the new Rockville Library, which I have to say is very very nice.Most of the restaurants in the new Rockville Town...

  • Old Rockville Train Station

    Rockville was once a stop on the B&O (Baltimore and Ohio) Railroad. Its station, built in 1873, is one of the only surviving stations that were once part of the B&O Metropolitan Branch. The station served as the Amtrak Station in Rockville until 1981, when the whole thing was picked up and moved 50 meters to the south, making way for the modern...

  • Red Brick Courthouse

    The Courthouse in downtown Rockville was originally built to replace previous court/administrative buildings. We call it the Red Brick Courthouse for obvious reasons. Throughout most of its history it served as Montgomery County's local government center. The present courthouse was built it 1891.It should be noted that Montgomery County at that...

  • Hometown Holidays

    This years' celebrations will be held May 25-27 at Rockville Town Center.There will be up to 30 free concerts of different stages. The concerts are usually pretty good, we have had some good bands play over the years. On the final day, the main concert is always really good.Enjoy it while you can, this may be the last time this is held at this...

  • 9/11 Memorial in Rockville

    I still remember that day. We were informed that there had been an attack but none of us quite believed it at first. The thing was, a lot of us in this area know people that work in the Pentagon,(a personal friend of mine did) and the frantic phone calls to check on them.On September 11, 2003 a memorial was unveiled to remember 11 Rockville...

  • Independence Day

    On July 4 they used to have a great festival in what is now Rockville Town Center.You had your typical fair type entertainment but once the sun fell we had some fantastic bands(the Neville Brothers played here, Kansas did too (without Kerry L.)Now the celebration is held on the grounds of Montgomery College- Rockville.Metro- Rockville or Shady...

  • The Music Center at Strathmore

    The county is in the process of building a major music center in Rockville, which is set to open in early 2005 with scheduled performances from artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Eileen Ivers, Natalie MacMaster & more (these are just the ones I have heard of...) Just another sign that Rockville is growing & thriving...

  • Evolving downtown

    The second phase fo the downtown makeover is now open - very pedestrian friendly, plenty of garage parking, and lots of public art. Ok, the restaurants and shops are a bit pricey, but that doesn't seem to be stopping the folks hanging out in the plaza in front of the new library building.



  • Israeli Dancing at Tikvat Israel

    Every Thursday night, at least 100 people, old and young, Israeli and American, really all kinds of people - gather to dance at Tikvat Israel synagogue in Rockville. Israeli dancing consists of circle, couples, and line dances, which are choreographed not only to Hebrew music but also to Arabic, Turkish, Greek, Spanish, etc... There's plenty of...

  • The Glenview Mansion

    The Glenview Mansion, often referred to as simply "The Mansion" in Rockville, has an art gallery upstairs and hosts concerts and other events. The first Sunday of every month from 1-4 PM is the reception for that month's art exhibit, and there is usually some sort of free concert downstairs. The art is nice, usually by local artists, and there are...


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Rockville Restaurants

  • Miller's Ale House

    Came here for lunch with the boss and co-workers. I liked the vibe - kinda tavern/sports bar, but clean. :-) The service was not so fast, but the food was delicious. I had the filet mignon, which was cooked perfectly, and the side of potatoes and asparagus was delicious. I had intended to get dessert, but was too full.My officemates come here for...

  • Timpano's Italian & Chophouse

    Came here for lunch one day during my week of training. It is a very nice place - the staff was friendly, and very helpful. When we told our waitress that we had an hour for lunch, she made sure we had our food & bill quickly.They offer a "Lunch Trio" for $15 - pick one item from three sections. I had the filet mignon, caesar salad, and garlic...

  • I love the new location

    El Patio used to be a great place to watch soccer (futbol) games but its previous location, with lousy parking and very little space, made it difficult to enjoy a meal there.El Patio is one of the few Argentine restaurants in the Washington area and has served for a long time as the meeting place for Argentines living in this part of the region....

  • There is something called intrinsically...

    Chef Geoff's is the brainchild of a local chef Geoff, which opened its first branch in 2000. It has opened a few branches around the DC metro area since. We went to the one in Rockville and it has very interesting decor and interiors. Firstly, the restaurants' exterior does not give away the charm and sophistication of its interiors. The menu...

  • Fast paced Mid-eastern fare

    We had had a meal at one of their locations in Tysons Corner and wanted to grab a quick one close to our home, but we were very surprised and shocked that this location looked nothing like the one in Tysons. It is located in a quiet neighborhood in a nice new shopping mall, but once we were inside the place it felt like we were in a busy New York...

  • French-Vietnamese food

    Taste of Saigon is in Rockvile Town Center, right by the new Rockville Library and the Fire Station. You walk into the restaurant and notice the somewhat low lighting, which would be a factor except that there is great lighting from the outside. The decor is somewhat on the minimalist side-some fantastic orchids are what i noticed most. The food is...

  • Benjarong Thai Restaurant

    I like the Benjarong. Located in the middle of Rockville Pike, it is a step up from most of the smaller Thai restaurants we have in the area.As you come in you notice it's a bit larger than most of the other Thai restaurants around. There is a real spirit house, which most houses in Thailand have. The decor is simple and traditional (Thai) with...

  • Persian cuisine at its best

    Persian cuisine is unique to Iran and though I have eaten at many a middle eastern restaurants, I have to admit the aesthetics and subtle nuances, just like the language, are exquisitely Iranian, like the kebab which has its origins in Iran.This restaurant is a 5 min walk from my place and Im surprised I didnt get to try it before. A friend...

  • Chinese Buffet

    I have eaten at better Chinese Buffets. This one is at best sub-standard. After failing to eat at Seska Lounge where we were to meet my sister's friend, we settled for Chinese across the street. They were having last call of the day for the price of $8.25 per person, we made the cut and were seated for dinner. The buffet did not look attractive at...

  • matchbox rockville: Vintage Pizza Bistro

    I met some friends here for dinner - I wish I had brought my camera! The place is lovely - brick and wood, large fireplaces, HUGE booths. This would be a great place for a date. My friends and I had a wonderful time - I ordered a Pear Tree martini (sooo good!) and the small tomato and mozzerella pizza, which came from the open-fire oven so the...

  • Rolls 'n Rice Japanese Bistro Cafe

    Very close to the Legacy and Hilton Hotels, we came here for lunch. They had a great lunch deal - 2 sushi rolls with miso soup and a salad for $9.50. I had the crab stick and California roll, and watched the sushi masters make it at the counter. Nice place for lunch - very low key, modern, comfortable. Staff is friendly. Soda machine is self-serve.

  • Seasons 52

    Came here for dinner with my former boss and his fiancé - it was very nice. Restaurant has an elegant feel, but prices were not terribly expensive. Seasons 52 is a "fresh grill" which the waitress explained means that the menu changes with the season to ensure only the freshest, in-season ingredients are used - nothing is fried, and they do not use...


Rockville Transportation

  • Montgomery County Ride On Bus

    Montgomery County has a pretty efficient bus system that serves most of the region. Since the Metro only goes as far as Shady Grove Road in Gaithersburg you might find yourself needing to take a bus.Regular Fare is $1.80. Please consult the website as they have other pricing for seniors, the disabled and some others. ** you will get a discount if...

  • Amtrak station Rockville

    At the Rockville Metro station there are platforms for the Amtrak and Marc trains.The Amtrak part is rather limited, there is no ticket office or real services, just a platform.Rockville is the last stop before Union Station on the Capitol Limited line.the train starts at Union Station (DC) stops at Harpers Ferry WV- Cleaveland OH and ends in...

  • Train to/from Rockville

    Rockville has several stops along Metro's Red Line. Rockville Station will leave you at Rockville Pike. Cross the pedestrian bridge and you will be in Rockville Town Center. No more than 5 minute walkTwinbrook- this will leave you along Rockville Pike, there are more shopping opportunities and hotels here. Strathmore Hall- this stop leaves you...


Rockville Shopping

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    KaBloom, Fallsgrove: Fresh-cut flowers, European style

    by TaberTouch Written Jul 3, 2004

    Exuberant array of fresh-cut flowers that you can pick out yourself, to have arranged or take home and arrange yourself. Our Continental friends may think this is no big deal, but it's a welcome addition to my neighborhood.

    Talented designers and friendly service for the smallest bouquet to the largest arrangement.

    What to buy: Bring in your favorite vase and have them fill it for you! That's what you see in the picture, with a bonus dozen roses backing them up.

    What to pay: $20-25 to fill a small vase, arranged by one of their designers. Much less if you buy by the stem and arrange them yourself.

    Color galore!
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Rockville Local Customs

  • When there is a storm

    People from places where winters are snowy and cold will probably be amused by this.Here in winter it's crazy. When there is a storm approaching and we are supposed to get snow-even just a tiny bit, people will rush to the store to stock up on toilet paper, bread, milk. It really is sort of funny, you go in the night before a storm and the shelves...

  • Hometown Holidays!

    Every year on Memorial Day weekend, Rockville hosts Hometown Holidays, a three-day festival which really is one of the few traditions around here. In the past there were carnival rides, though this time they decided to bring in an art fair instead. There is the "taste of rockville", overpriced food from many area restaurants; street performer...

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Rockville Off The Beaten Path

  • Golden glow of autumn

    The little side streets of the myriad subdivisions hold unexpected delights. Look around - such treasures are there for the discovering.

  • Rockville ArtsPlace

    Rockville Arts Place is a unique and diverse visual arts center located on the border of Rockville and Gaithersburg, Maryland. Rockville Arts Place is composed of three galleries exhibiting the works of local as well as international artists working in a board range of media; 10 studio artists creating on site; open Ceramic, Glass and Photography...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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