Rooftop ice skating in Bethesda — and spiked hot chocolate, too

A new ice rink on the roof of the Canopy by Hilton will benefit Mel’s Rink Foundation. (Courtesy Canopy by Hilton)

WASHINGTON — A synthetic ice-skating rink is open on the roof terrace at the Canopy by Hilton at Pike & Rose in North Bethesda, and will support a local nonprofit.

The rink is operating as part of a partnership with Mel’s Rink Foundation, which provides mentally and physically challenged children and adults with athletic training, development and play space.

Two hours of skating time and skate rental cost $14 for children and $17 for adults.

There are good ice skating eats and local drinks, too. The rink is adjacent to Canopy Central Restaurant & Bar, which is serving a skating menu that includes toasted peanut butter and banana sandwiches, mini hot dogs, spiked hot chocolate with artisanal marshmallows, Irish coffee and craft beer from Rockville’s 7 Locks Brewing, Laurel’s Jailbreak Brewing and Waredaca Brewing in Damascus.

The Pike & Rose Canopy Hotel, which opened last year, is one of the first Canopy-branded hotels for Hilton. It is managed by PM Hotel Group.

The 177-room hotel’s restaurant buys all produce from Maryland farms, and features food and drinks from Maryland purveyors.

Federal Realty Investment Trust’s Pike & Rose neighborhood has grown to more than 50 restaurants, shops and entertainment venues.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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