I don’t know about you guys, but I am in 100% Fall mode. The crisp weather always makes me want to get out and enjoy all the fun activities of the fall season. Bonfires, hikes, pumpkin patches…There is so much to do to embrace the season.
What is on the top of my fall to do list? Picking our own apples!
Well, the Hubs and I checked apple picking off of our fall list when we visited Catoctin Mountain Orchard in Frederick County, Maryland this past weekend. Catoctin Mountain Orchard is family owned and has been apart of the Frederick County Community since 1948. You can really spend a big chunk of time exploring this place, especially with kiddos! So many fun activities to do.
Upon arriving, we hopped on the wagon and enjoyed a ride to the apple orchard. The ride costs just $1 a person and is so worth it for the great views alone. Crisp Crimsons (tart) and Early Season Fuji apples (sweet) were available for the picking. The staff gave us a little tutorial on how to pick apples properly and off we went. The Hubs and I were amazed at how well maintained the orchard was and loved wandering around. We shoved our apple bag full of both varieties of apples before jumping back on the wagon to head back.
I am a sucker for flowers, so naturally I wanted to partake in “cutting your own flowers.” Seriously- why would anyone buy a mediocre bouquet at the grocery store for a dinner party when you can pick from dozens of types of flowers at Catoctin Mountain Orchard!? The flowers are stunning and for only $13 you can take home as HUGE bundle. (enough to split into 2 bouquets honestly.) I was in heaven.
Catoctin Mountain Orchard has a huge variety of items available at their market store. Fresh veggies and fruit are offered of course but they also have local cheeses, salsas, preserves and an impressive bakery section full of homemade pies! Everything you need for a picnic lunch… so that is just what we decided to do. Our picnic menu included: fresh lettuce + veggies & homemade honey mustard dressing for salads, fresh local cheeses, Catoctin Mountain Orchard honey crisp apple cider (seriously amazing you guys!), black berries, chips + homemade salsa and some blueberry pound cake for dessert!
We decided to head down a few minutes away to Cunningham Falls State Park and set up a little romantic picnic lunch near the lake. By this time we were starving and could not wait to eat!
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our day date coming next week!
***This post was sponsored by Visit Frederick County Maryland Tourism. As always all opinions are my own.