Meeting and event planning in Montgomery County offers historic landmarks, beautiful scenery and diverse cities like Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, Rockville, Gaithersburg and Germantown. Montgomery County event venues benefit from being a short distance to Washington, DC, Baltimore, Annapolis and Northern Virginia. But while Montgomery County may serve as a gateway to Washington, DC, its affordability, accessibility, recreation and cultural wealth make it a meeting and convention destination all its own.
In fact, Montgomery County's accessible location puts it within 40 miles of three major airports, Ronald Reagan National Airport, Dulles International Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Groups can also ride the Metrorail system, the second-busiest rapid transit system in the nation. Metrorail operates via 13 Red Line stations throughout Montgomery County on 106 miles of track along five lines; these serve 86 stations. Visitors can also ride Metrobus, which covers 150 square miles in DC, Maryland and Virginia, with service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train provides rail service throughout Maryland, Washington, DC and West Virginia, and also connects to both Metrobus and RIDE ON Montgomery County Transit.
The largest among Montgomery County meeting venues is the 447-room Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center featuring nearly 50,000 square feet of total meeting space. Meeting venues include a 23,408-square-foot ballroom, 120-seat amphitheater and 20 meeting rooms.
Among Montgomery County special event venues and attractions, VisArts at Rockville, located in the heart of Rockville Town Square, is home to three galleries and resident artist spaces. VisArts is a dynamic nonprofit arts center that features educational programming for the public. Private events may be held in VisArts' Gibbs Street Gallery, Executive Conference Center and 2,500-square-foot Buchanan Event Room. In addition, one of Montgomery County's most beloved attractions, the Strathmore Music Center in North Bethesda, hosts world-renowned music and dance performances by international, national and local artists, as well as rotating fine-art exhibitions and literary lectures. The Strathmore Music Center also welcomes private events at its two venues, including the turn-of-the-century Mansion at Strathmore and Music Center at Strathmore, which features soaring glass walls and windows overlooking the site's 11 acres of hills and lawns.
Nestled within Wheaton Regional Park in Silver Spring, Brookside Gardens features a variety of garden spaces, including a Japanese Garden, Butterfly Garden and Rain Garden, as well as two conservatories. Brookside Gardens welcomes indoor private events in its Visitors Center and conservatory space, while outdoor private events can be held throughout the garden spaces. One of the largest professional theater companies in the DC area, Round House Theatre produces nearly 200 performances each year in its Bethesda and Silver Spring theaters. Round House Theatre welcomes private rentals in its 400-seat and 150-seat theaters, as well as its Education Center.
Many of Montgomery County's restaurants offer private event and group space. Located in North Bethesda, Seasons 52 creates healthy fare that evolves with the seasons. Groups can dine on healthy selections (nothing on the menu is over 475 calories) in the restaurant's four private dining options, on the patio or at the chef's table. Family owned and operated since 1977, Bethesda's Positano Ristorante Italiano features six private dining rooms, accommodating up to 600 guests, while Rockville's Mykonos Grill serves traditional Greek cuisine and offers a 50-person banquet facility. Also located in Rockville, the upscale vintage pizza bistro Matchbox is a Montgomery County favorite for group dining.
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