Where: Poolesville, Maryland
How far: About 30 miles or 45 minutes from Blair
Why: Fun, foliage and fresh air
If fall brings to mind the dreaded return to school and the exchange of your favorite flip-flops for sneakers, think again. Fall is a time for drinking apple cider, playing in leaves and frolicking in the fresh air.
The Farmer's Market
From Blair, get on the Beltway and head west towards Potomac. Take the River Road exit and make a left onto River Road. It's not long before you'll spot the first stop: The Farmer's Market, located at the intersection of River Road and Congressional Parkway (right after the red tractor).
The market sits in an open field, and two small structures shelter its fruits and vegetables. If you're looking for some quality local produce, this is the place to go. The Farmer's Market, open daily through October, has ripe fruit, fresh vegetables and a friendly staff. It also sells flowers, as well as squash and pumpkins. The peaches are a hit, juicy and ideal for a Sunday afternoon snack.
The C&O Canal
The next destination is Swain's Lock on the C&O Canal. To get to the Lock, make a left onto Swain's Lock Road from River Road. It's a small sign, so pay attention. Parking is available down the narrow beaten road.
For those who wish to enjoy the scenery from the water, boat rentals are available for $10.50 an hour. From the water, you're able to view the wildlife and paddle through an area that was once accessible only to tug-boats and colonial travelers.
Walk along the gravel path and make your way down a slight hill towards the Potomac River. Enjoy the beautiful view of the river beneath the trees and bring a snack or picnic to munch on.
For more information about the C&O Canal, check out www.nps.gov/choh or call (301) 739-4200.
The farm offers pumpkins and hayrides in the fall and Christmas trees in the winter months. The farm also has chickens, pigs and a turkey.
On the way out, make sure to pick up a caramel apple, honey stick, milkshake or another tasty treat for the ride home.
To find out more about Homestead Farm, visit www.homestead-farm.net or call (301) 977-3761. The farm is located at 15600 Sugarland Road.
Emily-Kate Hannapel. If Emily-Kate were to die tomorrow, she would want to be eating ice cream when it happened. Ben & Jerry's Heath Bar Crunch, to be exact. She is the president and sole member of Blair's Vegetarian Club, a captain of the Varsity Field Hockey Team, … More »