As the fall air starts to cool, and the leaves transform from green to gold, a wave of excitement rushes over the US. It’s finally time for pumpkin patches and corn mazes, Halloween horror houses and Thanksgiving feasts, scarf-wearing weather and endless cups of hot cocoa. Fall isn’t just a season, it’s a lifestyle, and there’s no better place to get into the autumn spirit than Maryland.
Drive along some of Maryland’s scenic and winding backroads to watch a rainbow of warm colors flash by. There are lots of places in Montgomery County to explore the fall foliage — from botanical gardens to parks to hiking trails. Here are two of our favorites:
On the border of Maryland lies the Potomac River, which cascades through a valley filled with oaks and maples. Wander around the park for the day or trek down the iconic Billy Goat Trail. This trail is one of the most popular in Maryland, so if you want to avoid the crowds, go early in the morning. The waterfall and rock formations will be just as stunning. Dogs are also welcome – just on a leash!
If you want to escape the crowds and get the chance to view more birds and wildlife, the C&O stretches over 180 miles of dirt, rock and gravel trails. Check out some of the “bikepacking” campsites and parking lots, such as Swains Lock, or rent a historic lock house and take a quiet vacation that will take you back to simpler days.
The 50-acre public botanical garden in Wheaton is amazing year-round but during the autumn, the gardens are truly spectacular. They showcase several fall-blooming perennials and unique plant species that thrive during this time of year.
Walk through acres and acres of apple orchards, and pick your own apple treats before heading back to the cidery and tasting a hard cider slushie. Located just 20 minutes via farm roads from Tusculum Farm, Doc Waters Cidery is the perfect spot to see the changing leaves AND taste the fruits of fall.
If you’re traveling through Montgomery County this fall, chances are one of the charming towns will be hosting a festival of some sort. Between children’s parades, harvest gatherings, and holiday festivals Montgomery County always has an event with dancing music, great food, and fun activities. We have a couple of events that you should definitely mark your calendars for:
On November 16th, 2019, get ready for the breakfast of your lifetime. The Breakfast Festival of Maryland is the spot to be for all breakfast lovers, brunch enthusiasts, mimosa drinkers and biscuits-and-gravy devourers. Doors open at 10:00 am to a world filled with breakfast samples that will blow your mind away. Sample elevated french toast made with cardamom and topped with vanilla bean whipped cream, or taste an eggs benedict variation with prosciutto, avocado, a savory scone, and hollandaise sauce that will blow your taste buds away. Watch cooking demos, enter (or judge) the Biscuit & Gravy Competition, and reimagine breakfast at this family-friendly event.
Everyone loves a good Oktoberfest, and it seems like every small town, craft brewery, and pub is throwing their own celebration. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by the plethora of choices, then just stick to the best Oktoberfest around in the aptly named city of Germantown. With live music continuing all day and fun Oktoberfest activities taking place, this Oktoberfest is not one to miss. On October 5th, head downtown to Century Boulevard around 11:00 am with your finest lederhosen or dirndl to experience this authentic Oktoberfest!
With the rich agricultural history in Montgomery County, it’s no surprise that we throw a pretty darn good Fall Festival. With family-friendly games and activities, warm fall foods, pumpkins (of course!) and a local artist market, there will be something for everyone.
As soon as autumn is in sight, we break out the cozy blankets, light some fires and enjoy pumpkin spiced treats. Fall brings a wide variety of activities to get out and enjoy this beautiful time of year. Montgomery County is the embodiment of fall, with a rainbow of changing leaves, fun fall festivals, and the best autumn activities. Come visit us to take a hayride, sip some hot cocoa, or trek around in the woods to witness the changing scenery. You’ll never want autumn to end.
Ready to explore Montgomery County this fall? Book a stay at beautiful Tusculum Farm, where farm living meets luxury.