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8 Things You Didn't Know You Needed To Do This Fall

While the torrential downpours we received this summer put a damper on our summer fun, there is an upside that we're about to see from all that water...fall colors. Beautiful glorious lustrous fall reds, oranges, purples, and golds, just to name a few. Last year we didn't get the full effect of fall foliage because it was too dry. Well, not this year friends. For all my fellow pumpkin spice, UGG wearing, pumpkin picking, apple cider sipping aficionados, this--THIS--is our year.

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Big Cork Vineyards

Big Cork Vineyards

This vineyard in Rohrersville, MD sits up on a hill that looks over a picturesque valley. Near Harpers Ferry and just a short drive from Frederick, MD and Leesburg, VA, you'll have a one of a kind view of the mountains whether you're inside or out. Musicians play every Saturday here, so why not bring the dog and the kids and drink some wine out on the patio and enjoy the majestic view?Visit Big Cork

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Paddle to the Sweetshine

Paddle to the Sweetshine

This relaxing paddle on the Shenandoah will put you in the heart of the fall foliage. You may want to leave your UGG's at home for this one as the water can be pretty chilly. Instead, whip out those wool socks you've been looking at longingly all summer and get out on this fall colors tour before heading over to a one of a kind distillery nestled in the blue ridge mountains.

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Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive

I'm sure you've heard this one before but DO THIS. You think I'm joking. No. It's the perfect way to view the fall colors from the car.  Great for those with small children or those that are less active...or those like me that just enjoy a great scenic drive. They even have a Fall Color Report so you can hit the road at the right moment.

Screamland Farms Frederick, Maryland

Okay, so this isn't exactly fall foliage but there is a maze, so it sort of counts! I have to include this because I know you will have a friend who wants to do something scary and this is literally the only way I will let people in gory costumes run at me. So, what I'm saying is, I got you because with this haunted ride you actually get to shoot zombies with a paintball gun. This scare fest runs through the first weekend in November and lines get long. So head out early and enjoy the colors on your way up to the farm for a night of screams and vengeance on the people who jump out at you

Biking the C&O Canal near Harpers Ferry, WV

There's no better place to view fall foliage than walking or biking on the C&O Canal. From DC to Cumberland you can see an array of landscapes as leaves as the path follows the river. Personally, I find nothing more magical than peddling on the path while leaves swirl around me as they drop from the trees. Don't have a bike, no problem. In DC, check out Fletcher's Boathouse. They have bike rentals that start at $11/hour. In Harpers Ferry, come see us at River & Trail. Our beach cruisers start at $20 for a 4-hour rental. Lastly, in Cumberland, check out Cumberland Trail Connection. Their half day rentals start at $20 as well.

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Amazing Farm Fun in Chantilly, Virginia

Amazing Farm Fun in Chantilly, Virginia

Located just an hour from DC, Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga has it all. From goat petting to hayrides to pumpkins--and let's not forget the longest swing bridge in Virginia--this place is the perfect place to revel and frolick in fall. It's a great day out for families and anyone looking for fun...and it may just be a few minutes from about 15 different vineyards. Do with this information what you will!

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Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting

Have you been reading this list thinking 'I want something more exciting than a drive but I don't think I want to shoot Zombies'? We've got the perfect trip for you! Head out to River & Trail for a fun 3-hour whitewater rafting experience. All this rain means there's still some great water moving through the area--which is rare in fall!  End your trip with a picture perfect view of Harpers Ferry aglow in red and orange leaves.

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Maryland Renaissance Festival

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Do you like shows, costumes and food on a stick? The only correct answer to that questions is yes. The Maryland Rennaissance Festival has been around for 20+ years. Enjoy walking around in this rustic village in the woods and enjoy a show while walking around with a goblet full of ale and a turkey leg. Renn Fest usually runs from the last weekend of August to the 3rd weekend of October and has become a can't miss for my friends and me.