I MOVED TO THE Washington, D.C., area fromConnecticut 28 years ago—and I can stillrecall the feeling of dislocation. Besides notknowing how to get from Point A to Point B,I didn’t know the best places to dine and getmy hair cut, let alone how to find a doctor anda dentist.
Unfortunately, there were few resources
available to help me figure things out. (In
1990, the Internet as we know it was notan option.) Through word of mouth and trialand error I eventually found my way around—although not before enduring several badmeals and haircuts.
Nearly 30 years 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 + Maryland + Doctor” produced
more than 1. 3 million results!)
In 2004, my wife, Susan, and I launched
Bethesda Magazine from the basement of ourChevy Chase house. We started the magazinebecause we wanted to help keep localresidents informed about the people, placesand happenings in the area—and to helpfoster 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 neighborhoodsto 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 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 32 and 33 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.