30. Columbia, Maryland

Merriweather Post Pavilion is a bit of a hike from DC; located in Columbia, Maryland, it’s about a 45-minute drive–and longer if you leave in after-work traffic, like we did. But when you have your first opportunity ever to see the Decemberists perform, you go anyway. Even if it’s raining.

We weren’t expecting much in the way of food choices at the venue, which turned out to be an underestimation. The only reason I’m including the assumption here is that it led us into town, which legit seemed composed of one big mall and nothing else. I must have missed a town center or something, right? Please explain.

Anyway, said big mall had Chipotle inside its food court, which was significant for me in that it’s the first time I’ve ever seen a Chipotle in a mall food court. I really love Chipotle.

We dined and dashed over to Merriweather, both because it was raining and because the traffic had made us super late. Because of the time, I was expecting to find a parking disaster, but what we instead found was the ability to drive basically up to the gate and park right next to it. I’m still not sure if that was a designated parking spot since it seemed too good to be true. But Merriweather continued to impress all the way through; it had so many more food and drink options than venues normally do (think grilled pineapple, quesadillas, fruit smoothies and falafel–menu here), and the setting was woodsy and perfect for concerts.


Then the Decemberists killed it and ended with the Mariner’s Revenge Song. Bucket list item: Check.

If you want to make your own trip there and don’t have a car, here’s some info on how to do that via shuttle bus.

And here are the Decemberists.


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