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Westmoreland Circle

It's hard to believe you're in a city when all that surrounds you are single-family homes with portable basketball nets lining the streets, tons of flowering trees that beat fighting the crowds downtown in spring, chirping birds, and the infamous Mushroom House across the city line. Nearby is the Dalecarlia Reservoir and Capital Crescent Trail.

There's not much by Westmoreland Circle, but it's better than nothing: along Western Avenue, there's Western Market; down Massachusetts there's Spring Valley for all your basic needs: CVS, Chicken Out, Crate & Barrel and See more.

>Wagshal's. For the outdoorsy types, you can pick up the Capital Crescent Trail on the opposite end of Mass Ave. or go for a woodsy (i.e. buggy) jog along Little Falls.


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Little Falls Parkway Trail
Hidden away from the popular Capital Crescent Trail lies a woodsy, rustic path where a brook babbles, animals scamper and leaves crunch under your feet. This is the Little Falls Parkway trail, a mile-and-a-half paved stretch following alongside a creek (actually a tributary of the Potomac). The trail begins where Little Falls Parkway intersects with Massachusetts Avenue in Bethesda, below the Capital Crescent Trail. You’ll also pass the reservoir before reconnecting onto the Capital Crescent Trail. The path is actually fairly safe, within shouting range of homes and with the occasional dog walker and runner. As long as you’re not having affairs with any congressional members, you’ll be okay. If you like avoiding self-righteous bikers and a little nature with your workout, this is a good after-work getaway.

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Mushroom House
This has got to be one of the biggest enigma’s in the DC area. Seriously, what is the deal with this house? Is it really inhabited by Smurfs? Is this what happens to ‘60s hippies who never sell out? Regardless of what the truth may be, the Mushroom house has gained fame among long-time DC residents or high school kids smoking pot in their cars who happen to drive by it. It is a private residence, and even if you catch a glimpse of its owners, they seem oddly reluctant to discuss their droopy, clay home. Unfortunately, no tours are offered, so if you want to see what’s inside you’re going to have to buddy up. If you’re in the neighborhood, however, it’s certainly worth a look.

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Mushroom House
So if Rodman’s leads to Narnia, then the breadcrumbs to Xanadu are just down the street. "The Mushroom House," as my brothers and I called it growing up, is a life-size smurf home tucked away in a nondescript Bethesda neighborhood. Just across the border from DC, this house is the work of Roy Mason, the futuristic architect who designed the Xanadu "homes of the future" in the 70s and 80s. I've taken many a friend there on late-night drives, Ween playing on the stereo, with the sole purpose of freaking them out – and I find that their reactions never fail to disappoint. If you take a small child there, be prepared for wide eyes and an onslaught of questions including, “who lives there, what goes on inside, when can we go again, and why can't we live there?” for the next month. This bulbous home is straight out of a fairy tale, a little piece of make-believe in an upper-middle class residential neighborhood. I'm telling you: the suburbs are full of all sorts of whimsy. Note: This is a private house, so don’t go knocking on the door asking for tours!

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