Rockville Neighborhood Guide


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Fittingly, many prime wellness attractions neighbor the EVEN Hotel Rockville-Washington DC Area, which offers a menu of tools to stay fit, including in-room yoga mats, a 24-hour gym and healthy food options in the Cork & Kale Cafe. When you’re ready to explore the area, here are a host of other spots to check out:

Great Gyms

Most Rockville gyms are outlets of national or regional proprietors, including North Bethesda Sport & Health, a 32,000-square-foot, two-story behemoth just south of the hotel in the recently developed Pike & Rose complex. Inside, options include a cycle studio, free weights and more than 100 pieces of cardio equipment. There’s also rooftop space, where some of the gym’s 110 weekly classes take place outside. A $20 guest pass includes admission to a class.

Also within walking distance: Gold’s Gym in Wintergreen Plaza. It’s well-stocked with free weights, resistance machines and cardio equipment. Or have a sweat in the steam room or sauna. A $15 day pass also includes access to group exercise classes and the cycle studio.

Must-Try Classes

North Bethesda Sport & Health beckons travelers with Yin Yoga, 75 minutes of targeted stretching and relaxation. Class leaders emphasize breathing technique and keep 90 percent of the poses seated.

For those on a tighter schedule and/or looking for a higher energy workout, book Lumi Fit‘s Jump N Pump. It involves trampolines and dumbbells in the service of metabolic conditioning and body sculpting. Like all of Lumi Fit’s classes, it only takes 30 minutes. And the walk from the hotel is just five minutes. Bonus: A $10 day pass includes access to unlimited classes for that day.

Healthy Eats

Silver Diner, the flagship location of a Rockville-based local chain of restaurants, sources ingredients from nearby farms in keeping with co-founder and Executive Chef Ype Von Hengst’s desire to serve healthy versions of diner classics. The 16-page menu, which includes takes on burgers (bison), meatballs (lamb) and local fave, crabcakes, uses icons to note dishes that are gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, and low in fat and cholesterol. Entrees under 600 calories are also available.

Find all the tasty staples of Japanese cuisine at Temari. The mom-and-pop restaurant serves sushi, ramen and assorted fish dishes, and receives high praise from locals. Note: It’s small. During prime dining hours, getting seated might take a while.

Amazing Trails

Walkers, runners, bikers and their canine friends are welcome on Rock Creek Trail, a 14.5-mile paved path that roughly parallels winding Rock Creek and extends from the Washington, D.C. border to just north of Rockville. Access the shaded and mostly flat trail at multiple points in and near Rockville, the nearest with parking being a little over two miles away at Parklawn Local Park. Bike riders, find a Capital Bikeshare 1.6 miles north of the hotel, just west of Rockville Pike. Heading south, the trail connects with Rock Creek National Park in the District, making it a great option for an extended ride or for the long run of your marathon training.

Northbound, Rock Creek Trail reaches Lake Needwood, or you can veer off and connect to the Lakeside Trail, a 3.23-mile loop around Lake Bernard Frank, a half-paved, half-natural path that involves twice hopping along rocks to cross water. It’s not suitable for biking, but it is a more hilly, less trafficked option for walkers. To access the Lakeside Trail directly, it’s less than a five-mile drive from the hotel.

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Michael Yessis