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Escape a few miles north outside of the hectic district and beltway and relax at the stylish, trendy, and quaint Bethesda Row. Choose from a wide variety of over 30 international restaurants including Irish, Thai, American, Asian, Spanish, Mediterranean, and American for a nice outdoor lunch or dinner. Enjoy desserts at specialty shops such as Dolcezza Gelato or Sweetgreen. There are plenty of new boutiques and stores to please all types of shoppers. Bethesda Row also holds many events such as Movie Nights and art fairs.
For more than 170 years, Fourth Presbyterian Church has committed itself to ministering to the people of the Washington area. Through educational programs and regular worship services, the church reaches families, singles and the elderly in the community. Seminary-level classes are offered at the Reformed Theological Seminary, located at Fourth Church. Counseling services are available and a large media center and bookstore are open to the public.
Nestled in the Glen Echo Park, the Chautauqua Tower was built in 1892. This tower is the only extant reminder of the Chautauqua movement. Added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1980, this tower is transformed in to an art space and every month showcases the work of a new artist.
Considered as a noteworthy landmark in the city, Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center is nestled amid the sweeping, windswept terrains of Kensington. Awash in pristine white, this religious attraction is not only steeped in a long-standing spiritual history but also stands as a symbol of splendid architecture. The well-manicured lush garden surrounding the structure enhances its glorious aesthetics. Its towering steeple gives the illusion of cutting the sky and the resplendent Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center is a sight to behold when it is illuminated at night.
This former amusement park changed its focus from thrilling rides to artistic amusements, many of which are directed at families. A beautiful hand-carved carousel is the only ride still operating in the park, now administered by the National Park Service. Visitors will find plenty of entertainment ranging from performances at the Puppet Company Playhouse to children's stories at the Adventure Theatre. Dances like swing, square-dancing and the waltz, among others, are held at the Spanish Ballroom.
Clara Barton spent the last years of her long, productive life at this Victorian home within walking distance of Glen Echo Park. Retired as head of the American Red Cross, she lived for nearly another decade in the house. Her creative renovations of the building resulted in a charming and intriguing curiosity. Visitors may view a film of the life of this tireless organizer and explore the home, which retains its essence even today. Admission is free.
The Kensington Historic District is a monumental district that was developed way back in the 1890s era. The district is moreover constituted by houses that boast of wraparound porches, lovely sidewalks and so forth. The architectural styles prevalent in the district are the Colonial Revival, Mission/Spanish Revival and the Late Victorian. The monumental district swanked by enormous lavish lawns and trees is included in the National Register of Historic Places.