The monthlong pumpkin festival at Butler's Orchard in Germantown, Md., packs a lot of fall favorites into one place. For $11, visitors can explore a straw maze, interact with farm animals and enjoy a hay ride. The farm also sells pumpkins and other fall decorations, as well as treats.
Apple Festival If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, then attending the 48th Annual National Apple Harvest Festival near Gettysburg, Pa., should have you covered for the rest of the year.
The Adams County Fruitgrowers Association launched the Apple Harvest Festival in 1965, after 10 years of Apple Blossom Sundays. It expanded to two weekends in 1975.
This carnival is geared toward the local crop, but you can also munch on barbecue chicken, sweet potato fries and that ever-present festival food, funnel cake.
More than 300 arts and crafts vendors will allow you to call on your inner artist. If that's not your type of thing, then go on a hayride, compete in an apple-bobbing contest or check out the antique cars.
The festival is held during the first two weekends this month, Oct. 6-7 and 13-14, rain or shine. Kids younger than 12 years old can attend for free. General admission is $9. Senior citizens 60 years and older pay $8. The admission price includes parking and shuttle services and entry into all the attractions and the exhibitions on six stages. Call 717-677-9413 for advance tickets or charter bus rates.
The National Apple Harvest Festival is located at the South Mountain Fairgrounds on Route 234, 10 miles northwest of Gettysburg.
WHEN: Oct. 6-7 and 13-14 WHERE: South Mountain Fairgrounds, Arendtsville, Pa. COST: $9, $8 for seniors over 60, free for kids 12 and younger
Wine Tasting "By making this wine known to the public, I have rendered my country as great a service as if I had enabled it to pay back the national debt," Thomas Jefferson once said.
The short drive to Oak Hill Estate in Delaplane, Va., for the John Marshall Tasting Experience will titillate the palate and open eyes to what the former president really meant by that phrase. Unfortunately, it won't do anything for the debt.
The tasting's namesake is Chief Justice John Marshall, whose father built the family home on top of a knoll in the middle of an oak grove in Fauquier County.
All of the wine tastings employ the judicial system in their names, including Circuit, Superior, Appellate, Supreme Reds and Supreme Whites, each beginning with a sparkling wine and ending with a Madeira.
Enjoy an amuse-bouche-sized delicacy of cheese, charcuterie or fruit that has been perfectly picked to bring out all of the notes of flavor in its wine pairing, either from Chief Justice Cellars or one of the many other brands the winery offers.
Tastings prices vary from $25 to $75.
All wines are available for purchase in the John Marshall Tasting Experience shop.