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Fulfill Your Maryland Fall Bucket List!

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Promenade residents…it’s almost that time of year! Get excited for pumpkin spice lattes, sweater weather, boots, and chilly nights! Maryland is certainly ready for this upcoming autumn season, so grab some friends and family and have some fun!

Free Fall Baltimore

“Free Fall Baltimore” is an annual monthly series that promotes FREE events to all residents and locals! From October 1st until November 10th, keep your eyes out for these fun occurrences. P.S., some events may require advance registration!

Night at the National Aquarium

On Saturday, September 28th and Friday, October 25th, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., enjoy free nightly tours of the greatest aquarium in all of the nation! This tour is fun for all, from kids to adults.

Celebrating the Arts and Artists of Progressive Art Studios

Baltimore is a hub for creativity and the arts. If you are passionate about culture and artwork, stop by on Friday, October 4th at 6:00 p.m. and October 12th at 11:00 a.m. Stroll through, admire some artful pieces and inspirational works, relax, and support your community and local artists.

Spooky Tuesdays

Are you scared? From October 5th until October 15th, 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., get scared with your local community! Come out for a nice evening fright at these haunted tours!

Pumpkin Carving

Grab some friends and family to decorate some cute, or spooky, pumpkins on October 26th at 1:00 p.m.!

Annual Renaissance Festival

The Maryland Renaissance Festival is happening on:

September 21st, 22nd, 28th, and the 29th

October 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, and 20th.

Get excited for these upcoming weekends and purchase a ticket online! Adults may be admitted for $27/person, but group bundles and subscription passes are also available. Look forward to various booths in the Village with local artists, craftsmen, and merchants that will be supplying one-of-a-kind items! Maryland will turn into an entertaining medieval kingdom with knife/axe throwing, ancient Celtic music, staged productions of the Shakespearean Romeo and Juliet, dancers, acrobatics, jousting, trick riding, chariot riding duels, and magic shows. If you get hangry, the Renaissance Fair will be serving a ton of yummy dishes, including warm apple dumplings, croissant sundaes, fresh seafood, and turkey legs! Make sure that you bring your appetite!

For the Hikers

Promenade residents, get some vitamin D and fresh air this fall season! Since there is a bit of an autumn breeze and no more blistering heat, it is perfect to go outside and see the browning and redding leaves and foliage. Check out some of these local locations:

Catoctin Mountain Extended Loop Trail

The Catoctin Mountain Extended Loop Trail is a moderate 8.6 mile trail near Thurmont, Maryland. Besides the beautiful greenery, the trail features Cunningham Falls, Hog Rock, Blue Ridge Summit, Thurmont Vista, Wolf Rock, and Chimney Rock! There are steep inclines on this long trail, but the mesmerizing views are absolutely worth the trek! Your furry friends may also tag along, but must be kept on a leash.

Catoctin Mountain also has an orchard! Stop by for some apple or pumpkin picking, or even purchase locally-grown produce in their market!

Green Ridge State Forest

Green Ridge State Forest is perfect for strolling, hiking, or even camping! It is one of the largest forests in Maryland and has stunning views of nature and foliage. Most families and visitors rate this site as an “excellent must-see.” Reserve a group site for seven people or more, or perhaps go fishing, boating, or even have a bonfire!

Lake Roland

If you don’t want to travel too far, then Lake Roland is right outside of the city! These scenic trails with water views are perfect for hiking, strolling, running, and biking. There are also two dog parks, a children’s playground, and an area to launch canoes and kayaks on the lake!

Patapsco Valley State Park

Patapsco Valley State Park is right along the Patapsco River, so get excited for some dazzling waterfront views! This public recreation area is a whopping 32 miles, so take advantage of the various beautiful views! As Maryland’s First State Park, there are tons of activities to do: canoeing, camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, picnicking, hiking, and fishing! Embrace your local history and partake in “Baltimore’s Best Hike,” according to The Baltimore City Paper.

Fall Farm Things for Everyone

Summer is coming to an end as the leaves begin to change. Instead of mourning beach days and sunny weather, head out to some local farms and partake in these fall-themed activities! Get excited for apple and pumpkin-picking, apple cider, and wagon rides!

Also, head outside and visit some of these local fields for foliage or mazes.

Baugher’s Orchard

This September and October, Baugher’s Orchard will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.! Look forward to apple-picking starting at 10:00 p.m. Bring your own bag and enjoy apples that are $1.49/pound. Wagons that will take you to the fields are $2.00/person.

Every weekend in October, Baugher’s will be hosting their annual Pumpkin Pickin’! Get excited for hayrides, pony rides, apple picking, the “pumpkin bounce,” face painting, and a petting zoo!

Freshly made foods will include: fudge, ice cream, kettle corn, burgers, and various sweet treats or baked goods.

Larriland Farm

Come visit Larriland farm to pick a pumpkin and turn it in your very own jack-o’-lantern! Look forward to the 20 minute Saturday and Sunday hayrides 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., pumpkin wagon-rides for groups, and the Straw Maze! There is also a Boo Barn for children aged 4-6. Bring your appetite because there will be food trucks, apple fritters, and apple cider every Saturday and Sunday. Check out their autumn hours online!

Clear Meadows Farm & Sunflower Field

Looking for a scenic background for that cute autumn Instagram photo? Sunshine Whispers has the most beautiful sunflower field. Finally in bloom, stop by and buy a pre-cut sunflower stem for only $1! Admission is only $5/car or $1/person. Baked goods and yummy foods will also be available to purchase!

Maryland Corn Maze

Come get lost in one of the best corn mazes ever right here in Gambrills! MD Corn Maze is open every Friday from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Sundays from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. MD Corn Maze’s 8-acre corn maze is Harry Potter-themed, so don’t be a muggle and stop by! Besides the maze, other farmyard activities include: butter making, pumpkin picking, hayride, pedal carts, sling shots, hay jumps, junior jumps, log cabin building, corn hole, pony rides, face painting, and tight-rope walking. Don’t miss out and conquer the MD Corn Maze with friends and family.

Weber’s Cider Mill Farm

Stop by at Weber’s Cider Farm everyday through November 3rd from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Come enjoy some freshly grown produce, fresh pressed apple cider, baked goods and pies, fudge, and ice cream from the Farm! The barn has also been renovated into a lovely gift shop with unique gifts, baskets, soy candles, home decor, children’s toys, and seasonal/holiday items! Purchase a ticket for $7/person for access to the hayrides, slides, tractor rides, duck races, petting zoo, and straw mazes!

The Johnny Appleseed Festival will be on Saturday, September 21st and Sunday, September 22nd, 11:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.! Look forward to the Satyr Hill Band and gem mining!

Feeling Thirsty?

Since autumn is right around the corner, apples are ready to be picked! Get excited for cozy nights with apple cider and various wines. Check out these local vineyards and drinkeries if you’ve been a little parched!

Boordy Vineyards

Are you a wino? Stop by for a nice glass of wine while enjoying the beautiful scenery, nature, and foliage. Browse through the extensive lists of blushes, reds, and whites while surrounded with browning and reddening leaves.

Some upcoming events at the vineyards include:
Good Life Farmer’s Market is on Thursday, September 19th from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.! Admission is free, so don’t miss out on live music with friends and family!

Crush ‘19 is on Saturday, September 21st from noon until 5:00 p.m.! Admission is $15/person for 7 wine tastings and a wine glass.

Distillery Lane Ciderworks

DLC is officially open for the fall 2019 season, so stop by on Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 5:00 p.m.! Recommended as a “must-go-to” by Trip Advisor, DLC never disappoints. Their Tasting Room admission fee $7/person for five ounce pours and a souvenir glass. Their cider is definitely tasty with their specialty apples.

Faulkner Branch

Starting this week, Faulkner Branch Cidery & Distilling Co., LLC will be open every Saturday and Sunday from noon until 4:00 p.m.! This family-owned business will satisfy any and all apple cravings that you have, from hard cider, produce, and preservatives! Call (410) 829-0334 for more details.

Willow Oaks Craft Cider

Willow Oaks is now open and ready for business every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Come sample and taste some cider, enjoy fresh produce, and browse the locally grown flowers and plants. Relax on their deck with friends and family after browsing their fine art, pottery, and jewelry.

We hope all of our residents here at the Promenade have a happy fall exploring everything a Maryland fall has to offer!