A day in Chevy Chase + Ashland Park

A shot of the historical brick Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate.
Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate. | Photo by the LEXtoday team.

Driving through the Chevy Chase + Ashland Park neighborhoods sometimes feels like you’re driving through a movie set. . From the perfectly manicured lawns of S. Ashland Avenue to the picturesque Catalpa Road, this part of town is rich in history and things to do

History

In the early 1800s Chevy Chase + Ashland Park were originally one in the same. Both were a part of the 600-acre, all-encompassing estate of Statesman Henry Clay. It wasn’t until the 1920s that Henry Clay Simpson, a direct descendent of Clay, created Chevy Chase. The name — unfortunately not from the beloved comedian and actor — actually comes from a Maryland Golf Course that Simpson once belonged to. Completed in the 1930s, Ashland Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and home to Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate

DYK: Upon creation in the 1930s, lots in Ashland Park were sold for just $2,500. 

🏡 Digs for sale

Nearly half an acre on quiet cul-de-sac | 5BD, 3 BA | $825,000
Updated w/ basement + two-car garage | 4BD, 3.5 BA | $749,900
Large home on a corner lot | 4BD, 5.5 BA | $729,900

🍽️ Where to eat

Josie’s, 821 Chevy Chase Pl. | Three words — breakfast all day.
Coles, 735 E. Main St. | Perfect date night spot with a cozy environment + diverse menu.
Puccini’s, 833 Chevy Chase Pl. | A great family spot with pizza, pasta, and salads.
Oasis, 837 Chevy Chase Pl. | Aromatic + authentic Mediterranean food.
Magee’s, 726 E. Main St. | More than just delicious donuts + popular on the weekend so get there early.

Papi’s, 818 Euclid Ave. |
The Sage Rabbit
Bourbon N’ Toulouse
Graeter’s
Bella Cafe & Grill

🍺 Where to drink

Charlie Brown’s, 816 Euclid Ave. | A staple for decades, famous for its white russians + walls of books.
The Beer Trappe, 811 Euclid Ave. | Offering 100+ beers from all over the world to drink in-store or take home.
Bear & the Butcher, 815 Euclid Ave.
Chevy Chase Inn, 833 Euclid Ave.
Corner Wine, 835 Euclid Ave.

🛍️ What to do

John’s Run/Walk Shop, 317 S. Ashland Ave. | A runner’s paradise since 1978, John’s also hosts group runs twice a week.
Clay Ave. Shops, Clay Avenue | Home to Peggy’s, Monkee’s, Carl Myers + Stuart Mercer just to name a few.
Peplum, 824 Euclid Ave. 

Twirl, 121 Clay Ave.
Drybar, 836 Euclid Ave.
Pelo, 800 Euclid Ave.
Revive Sauna Studio