Hotel wants visitors to see D.C. ‘like a local’ from Bethesda

Bethesda Row (file photo)

As part of a new marketing campaign, Marriott has offered some tips for how to see D.C. like a local from Bethesda might.

Marriott’s #LikeALocal package (hashtag included) is offering weekend packages at the chain’s three area hotels — the Bethesda Marriott at Pooks Hill, the Bethesda Marriott Suites on Democracy Boulevard and the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center on Marinelli Road.

The offer promises to let travelers “bypass the tourist traps to experience the District like the locals do.”

According to Marriott, that means shopping at Bethesda Row, hitting up Strathmore and running or biking on the Capital Crescent Trail, all things locals definitely like to do.

Bethesda locals also apparently like to eat.

“Eating in Bethesda means eating well,” according to the promotion. “Locals love starting the day with Bethesda Bagels’ artisan offerings, for example, and following it up with a savory lunch at Cava Grill. Serving tasty, healthy and fast versions of the food that made Cava one of D.C.’s best restaurants, Cava Grill is an ideal precursor to dinner at Jaleo. There, renowned chef Jose Andres has made tapas a household word — and a go-to meal option — with his exciting recipes and multiple locations.”

The package includes a $20 credit to app-based ride service Uber, which probably won’t sit well with some local taxi cab companies.

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