The hidden gem of the D.C. area: Potomac, MD

It’s got that small town feel, with Washington around the corner

I grew up in the small town of Potomac for my whole life. Not many people are familiar with this town, but it can sure stand out compared to others. Potomac is one of the most affluent areas offering luxurious restaurants, astounding shopping malls and easy access to downtown. Here are all the best things about Potomac.

The community feel

With about 44,000 people living there, Potomac gives off a community-oriented vibe, which many areas do not provide. When people say that everyone knows each other, it’s true. Potomac is small enough that whether you’re running errands to get groceries or even going on a date night, it is inevitable that you will run into someone you know.


Easy commute to D.C.

One of the most unique aspects of this hidden gem is that residents are able to have the best of both worlds: a small town feel with D.C. only a short 25 minutes away. The atmosphere is ideal for families because Potomac is still in the outskirts of D.C., but close enough to have the access to go downtown whenever you want. What can I say? A little shopping spree in Georgetown never hurts.


Exquisite restaurants

After a long day of work or school on Fridays, who wouldn’t want to relax at some of Potomac’s finest restaurants? Places such as Founding Farmers, Old Anglers Inn, Renato Restaurant, Normandie Farm, En Bistro & Sushi and many more offer tasty and fulfilling meals. There is a wide variety of restaurants to choose from, while each having their own unique aesthetic. Why not try them all?


Mouth-watering dessert places

Dessert after dinner is 100% necessary. Potomac has several well-known hot spots to buy dessert. One of these places includes Snow Bots. The signature dessert from Snow Bots is whatever ice cream flavor you want, whipped cream, Oreo cookie flakes and sprinkles, all served in a warm Belgian waffle. If this does not sound like the best dessert ever, then I do not know what does.


Prestigious schools

Potomac is known for having a huge selection of great schools, both public and private. High schools such as Winston Churchill High School and Thomas S. Wootton High School have been ranked some of the best public schools in the Washington, D.C. area for 2016. For private schools, Holton-Arms School and Connelly School of the Holy Child are both very popular and selective schools.


Accessible hiking spots

The Potomac River is a must-see place for anyone who visits the area. There are always so many people walking their dogs, taking a morning stroll or jogging by the Potomac River because of its natural beauty. If you walk the entire canal, eventually you will arrive at the heart of D.C. The Billy Goat Trail is another close option that offers a wide range of levels for hikers. Check these locations out for a fun-filled day in the outdoors.


Baby, it’s cold outside

Lets be honest, most of us hate the cold weather, including me. Even though the crisp winds and the amount of snow can sometimes be unbearable, it really isn’t too bad (as long as you’re indoors). In fact, the winter season in Potomac is quite beautiful. The white “blanket” covering every inch of the grass, with the bright lights hanging from the trees – the epitome of basic. With this view, how could you not want to crawl up in a blanket, scroll through Pinterest, watch Christmas movies, all while holding a tall Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks?


By now, hopefully you are convinced that Potomac is quite the hidden gem of the Washington, D.C. area. Take out your agendas and begin planning a trip to one of the best towns in the country.

James Madison University