Eco-conscious pet owners will find a lot to love at Bark!, a chain of local pet stores. The store’s web site says it aims to partner “with you, your pet, and the planet to enrich the human and animal bond by providing products that are healthy, ecologically sustainable, and socially responsible.” All of the dog foods and tr ...Read more
Welcome to Your Gaithersburg, a guide to what’s happening in one of the best places in the DC metro area to live, work, and raise your kids. Did we mention that Gaithersburg is also one of the best commuter towns?
With easy access to three airports (two of them being International), a subway, train, bus and highway you can get just about anywhere from Gaithersburg. A short drive away and you can reach the ocean and all the ways to escape by boat.
We keep you informed about the events , recreation , restaurants , shopping and real estate news you need to get the most out of Gaithersburg. Plus, we profile who and what’s happening around town with our feature articles - to give you a deeper flavor for this fantastic town.
If you’re visiting or new around these parts, here’s your jumping off point for experiencing the best and brightest that Gaithersburg, Maryland has to offer. Take your pick of topics above, or head to the home page for the latest in Gaithersburg.
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Gaithersburg was not always Gaithersburg. The town we now love started off as a settlement called Log Town. Founded in 1765 it was a small agricultural settlement. By 1850 the post office, housed in a store owned by Benjamin Gaither, used the name “Forest Oak” after a large oak tree on Gaither’s property. When the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O for the Monopoly players) Railroad came through town in 1873 they named the Ephraim Francis Baldwin designed station “Gaithersburg”. At the towns incorporation five years later “Gaithersburg” was the name officially given to it.
But the city has never forgotten that 300 year old Forest Oak. Even though the historic tree came down during a summer storm in 1997 it lives on in Gaithersburg’s logo. An oak tree encircled by a green “G”, graces flags, letterhead and signs around town.
Geography and Climate
We can give you the technical details of Gaithersburg’s location by saying its coordinates are: 30°7’55”N 77°13’35”W or that it has an area of 10.34 square miles with only 0.14 square miles of that being water. Perhaps you’d be the kind who wants to know Gaithersburg is at 350 ft. elevation? Or… maybe not.
Some may want to know that Gaithersburg is located in the geographic center of Montgomery County, Maryland. The southeastern border is a mere 13 miles from the northwestern border of Washington, D.C.
But what most people are interested in is that our average temperatures range from 35°F in winter, 57°F in spring, 80°F in summer, and 60°F in fall. Spread evenly through the seasons, on average we have 40 inches of rain a year.
So yes, we get snow. And yes we get heat. We even can get rain and wind. But none of it lasts for very long. That’s one of the perks of being in an area where your weather can come from the North, the South, the East and the West. The only downside is when it tries to come from all at once!
As we mentioned before, Gaithersburg is connected to just about every form of transportation. While the scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, located in Gaithersburg) haven’t quite figured out a teleporter, we’ve got just about everything else.
Within an hour’s drive you have access to Baltimore-Washington International, Dulles International and Reagan National Airports. For those with the desire to do their own flying you can head 15 minutes away to the Montgomery County Airpark.
Gaithersburg’s Shady Grove Metro Station is the beginning of the Red Line for the regions subway, Metrorail.
Maryland Association of Rail Commuters (MARC) operates two train stations within Gaithersburg: Gaithersburg Train Station at Olde Towne and the Metropolitan Grove stop on the west side of I-270. Nearby Washington Grove stop is also a short distance away.
Amtrak cannot be forgotten! While they do not stop within city limits, they do run through it and have stops nearby.
For those who don’t like to ride the rails, there are a number of routes and schedules available using the Regional Metro buses and the county-operated Ride-On buses. They can connect you to DC and to rail lines.
If you don’t like to leave the driving up to someone else you have a wide variety of routes and roads available to you. The main line through town is I-270 which connects the I-495 Washington Beltway with I-70 West. The InterCounty Connector (ICC) begins in Gaithersburg. The ICC, a toll road, links I-270 to I-95 in Laurel, Maryland.
If all of that doesn’t give you enough options for commuting or just taking off on an adventure then just wait until the CCT is built! The CCT, aka Corridor Cities Transitway, is a planned bus rapid transit line with a total of 8 planned stops in Gaithersburg. The current planning has it starting at Shady Grove Metro Station and connecting all the high density western neighborhoods.
During the last 1990s and 2000s Gaithersburg has seen an increase in its diversity. With around 60,000 residents we have more than 2,000 businesses. Our proximity to Washington D.C. means we often are hosts to international and domestic visitors, some who fall in love and decide to never leave.
Gaithersburg has received numerous accolades. CNN/Money Magazine rated Gaithersburg on the Best Places to Live: Best Small Towns list as #25 in 2010 and #23 in 2012 . We’re moving up in the ranks, where will 2013 find us? BusinessWeek declared Gaithersburg the best place to raise your kids in Maryland in both 2010 and 2009 . With security on many people’s minds, you can rest assured that Farmers Insurance Group has us as one of the top ten most secure places to live. The Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick corridor was ranked #4 in 2009 and #5 in 2011 . But our accolades don’t end there! In 2009 Gaithersburg received a federal award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. We received the Building Healthy Communities in Active Aging Commitment Award , proving that Gaithersburg is a great place to live for all ages.
Montgomery County is one of the best counties in the country for education. Not only are our public schools top-notch, but there are many private options available as well. Read this article to get help on selecting the right one for you.
For higher learning, Gaithersburg is within an hour’s drive of over a dozen colleges and universities. Some of them; like George Washington, Howard, Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland, are internationally known. Schools such as American and Catholic Universities, Hood College, George Mason and Montgomery College offer a smaller setting without skimping on quality.
With all the pluses to life in Gaithersburg, we know you’ll love living here as much as we do!
Hey Gaithersburg Tweeters! You may be using Twitter to keep up-to-date on all the happenings in the world and in the U.S., but what about everything that’s going on in Gaithersburg? There are plenty of local organizations on Twitter to follow. Some of them well give you the news, others will give you suggestions for dinner and some will give ...Read more
Social media makes it easy to keep up with your favorite shops, restaurants and organizations from the comfort of your own home. Here are 20 Facebook pages Gaithersburg residents should 'like.' The following list is in no particular order. Beyond Comics Fleet Feet Sports Gaithersburg The Track in Gaithersburg Maryland Dogfish  ...Read more
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