I MOVED TO THE Washington, D.C., area from
Connecticut 27 years ago—and I can still
recall the feeling of dislocation. Besides not
knowing how to get from Point A to Point B,
I didn’t know the best places to dine and get
my hair cut, let alone how to find a doctor and
Unfortunately, there were few resources
available to help me figure things out. (In
1990, the Internet as we know it was not
an option.) Through word of mouth and trial
and error I eventually found my way around—
although not before enduring several bad
meals and haircuts.
A quarter-century later, things have gone
from famine to feast. These days anyone who
is moving to a new community has countless
resources available at the click of a mouse.
That’s a wonderful thing—and a big problem.
The amount of information available online
can be overwhelming. (A recent Google search
of “Bethesda+Doctor” produced more than
In 2004, my wife, Susan, and I launched
Bethesda Magazine from the basement of our
Chevy Chase house. We started the magazine
because we wanted to help keep local
residents informed about the people, places
and happenings in the area—and to help
foster a sense of community.
Now we are pleased to publish the
Bethesda Magazine “Newcomers Guide,” an
annual print and digital publication. It is the
resource I needed when I moved to the area.
It is full of useful information for newcomers
I believe the guide is an invaluable resource
about towns, neighborhoods, real estate,
schools, dining, doctors, dentists, things to do
and much more. It also contains hundreds of
Web addresses in the print edition and links
in the digital edition so you can obtain more
for newcomers. It will help you make educated
and informed decisions about all the choices
You have moved (or are moving) to an
extraordinary area. Bethesda and the
surrounding towns are among the most
affluent and well educated in the country.
The public and private schools are superb.
There are literally hundreds of neighborhoods
to choose from, and countless dining,
shopping and recreational options. (Of course,
the summers and the traffic can be brutal,
but no place is perfect!)
I believe you will love living in our
community. Welcome to the neighborhood.
Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Bethesda Magazine
to the neighborhood
P.S. BY READING BETHESDA MAGAZINE,
you’ll learn a lot more about your new
community. To subscribe, simply fill out the
card between pages 184 and 185 or go to
BethesdaMagazine.com. I also urge you to
check out Bethesda Beat, our daily online
news briefing that will keep you up to date on
local happenings. You can read Bethesda Beat
on our website.