What to do see in DC area
December 21, 2005 5:02 AM   Subscribe

Washington DC, Bethesda, Chevy Chase....Off beat, ( off the mall too probably), things to do between Christmas and New Years. Bonus for vegan, macro, farmers market food ideas
posted by flummox to Society & Culture (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The Vegetable Garden in Rockville.

MOMS (My Organic Market) is right down the road.
posted by mic stand at 5:38 AM on December 21, 2005

This might not be off beat enough for you, but the Mormon Temple in Kensington has a pretty amazing "Festival of Lights" that my family and I used to go to every year.

I don't know if you'll really find anything off beat in Chevy Chase or Bethesda. You might want to check out Takoma Park instead. They have a year round farmer's market open on Sundays from 10-2. It is also home to many thrift stores and boutiques, a food co-op and a bead store.

You could always go ice skating at the sculpture garden downtown. (Once again, not sure how off beat this is, but it's pretty cool.)
posted by puffin at 5:38 AM on December 21, 2005

Eastern Market.
posted by Heminator at 6:26 AM on December 21, 2005

Vegetable Garden is some of the best damn Chinese food I have ever had, and I'm a carnivore.

I also second the Eastern Market. Get some hot chocolate or coffee and just soak in it.

Damn, and someone mentioned Takoma Park's farmer's market. This time of year there won't be much produce, but lots of great candles, crafts and wreaths and the like.

Stop by Mark's Kitchen a bllock away for yummy vegetarian/vegan food (also has American favorites). Great for breakfast (Mark's Tofu Breakfast is yummy.). Tell Kate, Ann, Sarah, Mark and the others I said hi! Mark's is one one of the few things I miss about DC.
posted by terrapin at 6:30 AM on December 21, 2005

As a vendor at Eastern Market, I need to say that Christmas is the busiest time of the year and after Christmas many of us take a month or two off since the weather is cold and there aren't enough customers. This Saturday will be fine, but after this weekend, I might reconsider hitting outdoor markets.
posted by princelyfox at 6:33 AM on December 21, 2005

The Museum of American Folk Art in DC.
posted by StickyCarpet at 6:41 AM on December 21, 2005

National Museum of Health and Medicine. OK, too gross?

How about the Washington Dolls' House and Toy Museum (Closed X-mas Eve through Boxing Day and New Years Day)? OK, too cutsie?

How about the Textile Museum (also closed X-mas Eve and Day and New Years Day)?

Finish your day with a tasty meal at Nora or Coppi's?
posted by Pollomacho at 7:05 AM on December 21, 2005

Best answer: I'm going to see these guys on New Years Eve. Pretty cool local rock outfit.
posted by poppo at 7:36 AM on December 21, 2005

I heartily concur that Eastern Market might not be the best bet right after Christmas. It'll be pretty dead. The market itself will be open, so you can do some good food shopping, but the artists will mostly be gone.
posted by MrMoonPie at 9:46 AM on December 21, 2005

I would also recommend The Vegetable Garden. It's the best Chinese-vegetarian I've ever had.

Other things to do: the Garden of Lights at Brookside Garden.

Also, The Spy Museum
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 12:56 PM on December 21, 2005

Response by poster: Thank you everyone.
posted by flummox at 6:35 PM on December 21, 2005

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