Photo by Laura Chase de Formigny

Editors' Pick

Best Place to Feel Far Away

The Comus Inn

There’s something for everyone at The Comus Inn, the historic Dickerson restaurant that was purchased in 2019 by Bethesda resident Doug Yurechko and reopened in 2020 as a “community recreation and entertainment destination” that even your dog will love. With a serene backdrop of Sugarloaf Mountain, the renovated inn is divided into three floors—a two-level restaurant and a lower level beer hall and outdoor beer garden, all helmed by chef Sammy DeMarco, who has owned or worked at fine dining establishments around the world. The restaurant menu, which was recently revamped, includes main dishes such as pork braciole and pasta with duck ragu. The beer hall has satisfying options to suit all tastes, including a cheesy, pillowy Detroit-style pizza and Chef Sammy D’s XXXL-BLTA, a ginormous bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado sandwich on toasted sourdough made with a pound of great applewood-smoked bacon (yes, you need to share it). There’s a rotating list of a dozen local and national craft beers, and a lot to do: foosball, shuffleboard, bocce, pingpong, cornhole, lawn chess, giant Connect 4, and plenty of board games. Add to that a schedule of live music, outdoor movies, trivia night and yoga. And those who just want to relax can claim an Adirondack chair and watch the sunset. (In the winter, they have firepits and heaters.)

Yurechko, who worked in real estate and construction for 20 years, was inspired to switch gears and get into the hospitality business after the untimely passing of his father, Lou, who died in 2014 shortly after retiring. Yurechko says he wanted to open a gathering spot where families and friends could come to “create memories,” a place that would embody the spirit of his father’s motto: “Have some fun today.”

The Comus Inn, 23900 Old Hundred Road, Dickerson, 301-349-2015, thecomusinn.com