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Great Apple Orchards?

Elyssa | Sep 9, 200804:34 PM     37

With all this rain and the AC on overdrive creating a chill my thoughts turned towards Fall this afternoon (despite it being 80 degrees out). I've never been apple picking in the DC area but grew up in New England and use to go every single year. I have wonderful memories and decided to rent a Zipcar this year and go apple picking.

I'm willing to drive upwards to 1 hour to either VA or MD (not sure which one has better orchards). Ideally I would love a farm or orchard that not only offers lots of apples to pick from but also other fall favorites, including apple cider and hot apple cider donuts. Bonus points if there are other fall veggies (perhaps a farmer's market) and even lunch offerings (growing up I would always go to a spot in NH that had a big BBQ each weekend with BBQ chicken, roasted corn, hot apple cider and other delicious offerings). So any recommendations?

In addition, I have no idea when the peak season is in this area. Ideally I would love to go 2 weekends from now when I have a free weekend and before the High Holidays (mmmmm apple kugel!) but I'm guessing the apples and everything else won't be ready by then. Around what dates should I aim to go?

Thanks for your help!

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