5361 Spectrum Drive
Frederick, MD 21703-7339
Phone: (301) 668-2003
Fax: (301) 668-3514
Enjoy fresh country air and pick your own fruits and vegetables about 45 minutes north of D.C. Butlers Orchard is a family-owned and operated farm open to the public throughout the year. The most popular festivity during the fall at Butlers is the apple-picking, pumpkin harvest and festival, and evening hayrides for both adults and children. Butlers Orchard also has their very own Farm Market that carries their own jams/jellies, fruit butters, and preserves, including juice-sweetened preserves. The market also sells ready-picked fruits and vegetables, gifts, candies, baked goods and cider. To escape city life and enjoy the outdoors and fresh food, take a trip to Butlers Orchards. -Shirley Hsieh
A section of the Catoctin Mountain ridge forms the panoramic Catoctin Mountain Park. Visitors can enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, cross country skiing and other interesting activities in the park. The park is open to public throughout the year. The Visitor center is closed on major holidays.
Tucked away in pastoral western Maryland countryside, Antietam National Battlefield was the site of the bloodiest day of the Civil War, September 17, 1862. More than 23,000 Confederate and Union soldiers were killed or wounded during the battle. The landmarks—Burnside Bridge, Dunkard Church and Bloody Lane—remain largely intact. The Union victory at Antietam provided President Lincoln with the opportunity to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed slaves in the Confederate states and empowered the Union with moral authority. Antietam is about 90 minutes northwest of Washington and 9 miles south of Hagerstown, Maryland. The site opens to the public daily at 8:30 a.m.
Lake Needwood is the perfect place to visit if you want to indulge in a blissful time amidst nature. Come here on a beautiful morning and take a pleasant stroll near the lake. There are biking trails here and even trails reserved for hiking. Paddleboats can be rented out and you can spend a nice time exploring the surroundings of the lake. You can get a packed lunch and have a picnic with your family in designated the areas.
The Charles Town Races & Slots is home to the Hollywood Casino that features variety of options for gaming. Table games, a separate poker room and much more awaits you at the casino. For more details, check website.