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Try Four Types of Chili at Hard Times Café

Hard Times Café in College Park is a local eatery serving up world-famous chili, wings, burgers, tacos, and salads in an atmosphere reminiscent of the Old West. The menu centers around four historically authentic chili recipes created on the cattle drives of the Southwest: Texas Chili, Cincinnati Chili, Terlingua Red, and Vegetarian Chili. The Terlingua Red variety is a restaurant favorite and has a redder color than the others and offers a spicy kick. In addition to ordering chili by the bowl, you can also order the Frito Chili Pie, Chili Taters, or a Chili Dog with your choice of chili recipe.

Hard Times Café boasts a casual, comfortable setting with booth seating, a full bar, and multiple televisions. Stop by for their weekday Happy Hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. for discounted drafts, wine, and margaritas as well as $2 off all appetizers.

Take Your Pick of Wine Bottles at Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits, & Bistro

Located in the heart of Beltsville, Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits, & Bistro is a combination wine superstore and casual dining restaurant serving small and large plates, beers on draft and a full wine list. Favorite dishes include the Guinness Braised Corned Beef Rueben with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing on marble rye, and the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with smashed garlic fried potatoes. Stop in for a variety of weekly bistro events, such as Crafty Monday with $2 off any craft beer full pint and Half-Priced Wine Wednesday, when all bottles of wine on the Bistro wine list are 50% off. On the weekend, Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits & Bistro serves Saturday and Sunday Brunch with bottomless mimosas and classic breakfast entrees.

Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits, & Bistro offers a classy atmosphere with deep red walls and dim lighting. Seating is available at a variety of comfortable booths and tables. On your way out, stop into the fine wine store and bring some goodies home.

Meet Friends at Old Dominion Brewhouse for Happy Hour

If you stop by Old Dominion Brewhouse Monday through Saturday, try to time your visit for the hours between 4 and 7 p.m. That’s when the bar and kitchen team up to offer happy hour specials. They include $3 beers, cocktails and glasses of wine for less than $5 apiece, and apps ranging from nachos to sushi rolls that start at $3.

Happy hour is the perfect time to meet up with friends and enjoy a few drinks and bites. Order a round of house-brewed beers like the Oak Barrel Stout or grab a margarita. Complement your libation with the spinach-artichoke crab dip, chili cheese fries, or Asian lettuce wraps. If you want to try some of the sushi, order a shrimp tempura roll stuffed with crispy shrimp, avocado, and cucumber, plus a drizzle of eel sauce on top.

Enjoy West African Fare at Spectrum Lounge

Take one step into Spectrum Lounge and you’ll see why this brand new Beltsville restaurant and lounge is already a huge hit. The atmosphere is chic, the lights are dim, and the seating is focused on deep private booths that give each table a lot of privacy.

The menu emphasizes west African fare, particularly the chef’s signature smoked beef suya. Order yours with a couple of sides (try the fried plantains or cassava) and you’ve got hearty, satisfying meal. If you’re interested in expanding your palate, reviewers suggest you also consider the kitchen’s “special dishes,” including ekwang, a traditional Nigerian stew that combines a variety of meats and fish with spiced oil and leafy greens. Whatever you order, you can be sure that it’s made with high-quality, locally sourced ingredients, as that’s one of the owner’s top priorities. Yelp reviewers say this place is best for a romantic date or a night out with friends.

. Melt Away Stress With a Class at Numi Yoga

Numi Yoga is a yoga studio first and foremost, but it isn’t just a yoga studio. It doubles as a community space where artists display their works on the walls, locals come to enjoy movie nights, and yogis stretch out with the provided props and relax during the free open hours.

If you want to come in for a structured class, Numi Yoga offers a full schedule of those, too. Start at a foundations class, which teaches the basic poses and breathing techniques you need to begin your practice. Relax your mind and body at the free guided meditation session. When you’re looking for a challenge, check out the Vinyasa flow or Flow + Fly classes. Both move at a quick clip, and the latter introduces advanced inversions for seasoned yogis to try.

Take the Kids to Learn About History at the College Park Aviation Museum

The next time you’re up for a museum visit, stay a little closer to home and visit the College Park Aviation Museum. This Smithsonian Affiliate museum houses an impressive collection of artifacts pertaining to the aviation innovations of College Park Airport and Prince George County. 

The first thing you’ll see is their two-story exhibit space filled with breathtaking antique planes of all types. This grand entrance sets the stage for the rest of the impressive collections held within. Little ones will love College Park Aviation Museum because of its hands-on room filled with activities, flight simulators, and costumes perfect for a photo opp. What the museum lacks in size, it makes up for in charm and quality of the exhibits. 

Admission is a small fee, and plenty of staff is on hand for questions. The College Park Aviation Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is also available for private events and children’s birthday parties.


Spend the Day Outdoors at Buddy Attick Park

Named after the city’s first policeman, Buddy Attick Park in Greenbelt is a spacious and well-kept park with a 23-acre lake serving as the focal point. Enjoy walking, jogging, or biking along the dirt and stone path that winds its way through the woods and around the lake, approximately 1.25 miles long. Canoes, kayaks, and fishing is permitted in the lake with proper permits and licenses. The park also features picnic pavilions with grills, tables, and benches, a paved court area, playground, and restrooms. Locals love the park not only for the recreational amenities, but also because it is the site for the annual Easter Egg Hunt and 4th of July festivities and fireworks.

Buddy Attick Park has a limited amount of parking available and also a Permit Parking Area. Residents are allowed to apply for the Permit Parking Area at no cost. The park is open daily from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. and restrooms close at dusk.

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Amber Spice Offers an Array of Authentic Indian Dishes

Vegetarian dishes factor heavily into classic Indian cuisine, so you'll find a variety of plant-based appetizers and entrees at authentic Indian eatery Amber Spice.

Skip the meat and start with veggie mimosas stuffed with spiced potatoes or savory lentil "doughnuts" with house-made coconut chutney. For the main course, try the malai kofta. It features the house-made paneer, an Indian cheese, wrapped inside of dough, seared in butter sauce, and smothered with tomato gravy. The aloo gobi skips the paneer in favor of cauliflower, potatoes, fresh ginger, and Indian spices. If you're a meat-eater, Amber Spice boasts many options for you, too. For instance, the tandoor-grilled tikka masala comes with your choice of chicken, salmon, or shrimp, and the vindaloo offers lamb and chicken options. Add an order of garlic naan or tandoori roti to scoop up any morsels that get left behind on your plate.

Find Inner Peace at Body & Brain Yoga

Whether you're a longtime yogi or you're totally unfamiliar with a downward-facing dog, you're welcome at Body & Brain Yoga. Its signature yoga classes invite all levels to embrace the practice. The routines typically incorporate both moving and static postures and stretching with focused breathing and meditation, all with the end goal of calming the mind and energizing the body.

The yoga classes are just one of the options at Body & Brain, however. You can also check out a core strengthening class, a mix of stretching and exercises designed to strengthen your abs both inside and out. The energy movement class enlists tapping, dancing, breathwork, and other forms of movement to free up blocked energy within the body and ease anxiety, while low-impact Tai Chi and Ki Gong use slow exercises to heal from the inside out.

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Learn About the Great Depression at the Greenbelt Museum

Discover the New Deal legacy of Greenbelt, Maryland at the Greenbelt Museum, which focuses on how this planned community was designed and built during the Great Depression. The museum's historic house offers visitors of all ages an opportunity to see how a family of moderate income lived in the 1930s and 1940s. The house includes objects and furniture associated with everyday life during these years, such as Fiesta ware, depression glass, kitchen utensils, children’s toys, clothes, and linens. The Museum also offers walking tours, changing exhibitions, a quarterly lecture series, and other programs and events throughout the year.

The Greenbelt Museum’s historic house is open for guided tours on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. No reservations are required, but they do recommend that you arrive no later than 4:30 p.m. General admission is $5 and students/seniors are $3. Free parking is available across the street from the museum's historic house behind the public library and adjacent to Greenbelt Community Center.

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