course what they’re able to do for audiovi-
sual technology is really top of the line.”
For planners seeking the ease of
meeting space combined with accommo-
dations for their attendees, Montgomery
County continues to provide an increasing
number of options that are as appealing as
they are functional.
“Downtown Silver Spring is a walkable
destination,” Groff said. “There are five
hotels, all in walking distance.”
The William F. Bolger Center in Potomac
is a combination hotel and conference
center, providing 431 guest rooms as well
as more than 70,000 square feet of meeting
and event space.
Three of the destination’s best-known
Out on the Towns
combination venues-the metro-adjacent
Hyatt Regency as well as the Residence
Inn by Marriott in Bethesda and the Hilton
Hotel & Executive Meeting Center in Rock-
ville-recently completed comprehensive
updates to their interiors. Both the Hilton
and Hyatt recently converted their outdoor
pools into ballrooms for more event space.
“We’re urban, but within the county we
have these districts that can be marketed
independently as their own cities, as distinct clusters for meeting space,” Groff said.
“There’s Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Silver
Spring, Rockville and Gaithersburg.”
There is also a newcomer to the list of
“Outside the beltway is this new area
we’ve branded the Pike District,” Groff said.
“It starts with the anchor at the bottom,
right outside the beltway, The Music Center
Though still in development, visitors
will find plenty to enjoy at the heart of the
new neighborhood, Pike & Rose. Already
bustling with comprehensive retail and
dining establishments, the district is slated
to host luxury offerings like Pinstripes, The
Red Door by Elizabeth Arden and Hilton’s
new concept in lifestyle hotels, Canopy, set
to open in 2018 as part of the second phase
of the development.
Having so many distinct communities
in such close proximity makes for quite
a range of downtime activities, whether
that means enjoying live entertainment,
shopping or dining at one of the county’s
“Downtown Bethesda has 200 alone,”
Groff noted, referring to the region’s remarkable resume of eateries.
“We’re a very multicultural destina-
tion,” Groff continued. “Wheaton, Md., for
example—you probably aren’t going to
stay at a hotel there. It’s a small town, but
it’s right on the Metro, and you can easily
visit for dining. Wheaton is really known
for authentic international foods. It’s really
unique because of its ethnic, cultural twist.”
“For me, whenever I go to a conference,
that’s pretty much the only time I get to
shop,” Groff joked.
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➜ Continuing its transition of the Rockville
Pike Corridor, planned urban neighborhood Pike & Rose (http://pikeandrose.
com) has entered Phase 2 of development, which will add more than 30 new
retail venues along with restaurants,
apartments and Hilton’s new Canopy
➜ Opening in 2017 within the Pike &
Rose development, Pinstripes (http://
pinstripes.com) is opening a new
two-story, 37,000-square-foot location
with 14 bowling lanes, 10 indoor and
outdoor bocce ball courts and patio dining, as well as a bistro and curated wine
cellar. The venue’s planned event space
will be able to accommodate groups
between 20 and 60 people.
➜ Hilton’s new “accessible lifestyle” brand,
Canopy ( http://canopy3.hilton.com),
will open the doors on its Pike & Rose
location in 2018. The 177-room facility
will offer 4,350 square feet of meeting
space, a 3,100-square-foot ballroom and
walkable access to the Metro’s Red Line.
➜ The Hilton Washington DC/Rockville
Hotel & Executive Meeting Center
( www3.hilton.com) recently completed
renovations to its 20,000 square feet of
soundproofed meeting space.
➜ The Hyatt Regency Bethesda (https://
bethesda.regency.hyatt.com) is currently
wrapping up a multimillion-dollar
renovation, complete with room, lobby,
fitness center and event space updates.
The venue provides over 20,000 square
feet of meeting space, including 19 meeting rooms and two executive ballrooms.
➜ Residence Inn by Marriott Bethesda
Downtown ( www.marriott.com) recently
completed a $20 million renovation
to its facility, including guest rooms,
common areas and meeting spaces. The
venue offers a total of 4,099 square
feet of event space over seven rooms,
the largest of which is 250 square feet.
➜ Simon Property Group’s Clarksburg
Premium Outlets ( www.premiumoutlets.
com/outlet/clarksburg) recently opened
its two-story retail outlet center in
Clarksburg. The center features luxury
outlet retailers such as Armani Outlet,
Kate Spade New York, Saks Fifth
Avenue OFF 5th and inviting community
space for down time between meetings.