Everything the other reviewer says about this CVS being crowded and a bit on the unclean side are quite true. But what makes this CVS so great is that is open 24 HOURS a day and is the only such store in an enormous radius. Can't beat that for convenience.
A little out of the way of Germantown's main shopping areas (Milestone shopping center, the new "downtown" shopping center), but still, right next to a major intersection (Middlebrook & 355) and definitely nice to have. Built within the past few years, so it's clean and new.
I agree with the other reviewer. Seneca Valley seems to put undue focus on its athletics over its academics. It's a bad sign when a public high school, the institution in which we entrust our kids' education, is more well-known in the region for its football team than for anything else. Add to that its aging facilities and you have a pretty strong reason to avoid this school. Montgomery County is a quite affluent county with a strong educational system, but if you are looking to maximize your student's potential, don't look here...look to its other schools first. Nearly all of them (with the exceptions of maybe Einstein, Wheaton, and a couple others) beat out Seneca Valley on standardized measures like test scores and college matriculation, which are an important indicator of where a school truly places its values.
Seneca Creek State Park is amazing - miles of quiet, secluded hiking/biking/etc trails tucked right in the middle of an increasingly urbanized county. It's a shame more people don't know about and use them. Or maybe it's not.
The new Germantown library is simply stunning. Same great collection (except larger now), part of the same great countywide library system, and as always with very helpful librarians. The new building is gorgeous ?? a well-organized, modern, multi-level complex set right in the new ??downtown? part of Germantown. Taxpayer dollars well-spent.
A Starbucks is a Starbucks. What makes this one great is its location, in Woodley Park right across from the National Zoo. There are chairs and tables outside, so you go there on a nice day, see the zoo, and then relax at the Starbucks afterward and just enjoy the weather.
The pizza at CPK is better than you'll find at most chain restaurants, but of the two locations I've been to (this one and the one in Rio/Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg), quality was very inconsistent and this Dupont Circle location came out the loser. Not to say the pizza's bad, it's just not "spectacular." Still, the staff are nice, the decor is nice, and there's plenty of variety in meal options.
I'd say the location (right next to the bustling Dupont Circle) and its atmosphere are the real draw of this establishment, meaning that if you're in the area and like pizza, it's worth a try. But don't make a special trip here.
I'm not a fan of this Target. Compared to other Targets, this one is dingy and some of its store clerks can be quite rude. When I need to go to Target, I make the trip to the one in Greenbelt (6100 Greenbelt Rd) - to me it's worth it for a cleaner, friendlier store.
Went there a couple of times, and I'm not a big fan of their Italian ice - it tasted too synthetic and full of chemicals for me to ever want to eat it again. However, their frozen yogurt was really creamy and full of flavor, and I'd definitely recommend it. Better than the University of Maryland frozen yogurt.
Lakeforest is still a pretty good mall -- it's anchored by a Macy's, a Sears, a JCPenney, and a Lord & Taylor -- yet it's beginning to show signs of it's age. It's relatively small, and without a true food court like the one you find at Montgomery Mall. Plenty of stores to get all your shopping done if you are just going there to run errands, but if you are looking for more of an "fun" experience (i.e. if you're a high schooler looking for a place to hang out on a Friday night), MoCo's other malls will probably serve you better (namely Montgomery Mall).