Monday, September 24, 2012

Fall into Fall In The District – Corn Mazes

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My full-fledged football devotion, and change in the weather, means one thing readers… fall is upon us! Now before you start complaining that oh everyone is “so into fall” and you hate getting out of bed because of the drastic temperature difference or shaving your legs becomes a nightmare since goose bumps take over the minute the warm water is turned off, let’s face it... ANYTHING is better than 100+ degree temperatures in the heatbox that is Washington, D.C. Fall is fantastic, folks. Whether it’s ordering pumpkin spice lattes, going pumpkin picking, heading to an orchard, getting lost in corn mazes, admiring fall foliage, appreciating the chill in the air, or just loving frizz-free hair, sweaters, and boots, most people are all aboard the love of fall express. In fact, I think these little kids explain my obsession with comfy sweaters and cute boots best.. I LOVE MY COMFY SWEATER! I LOVE MY COMFY SWEATER. HOW CUTE ARE THESE BOOTS?



Readers, I invite you to fall into fall in the District with me. For the next couple of weeks, I’m going to outline my favorite places to visit in (you guessed it) the fall. Corn mazes, orchards, pumpkin patches, the best places to look at the fall foliage, etc. I’ve got it all planned out (for those that know me well, none of them are shocked that Captain Always Has A Plan RWB is on top of this.)

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This week we’ll start off with one of my fall favorites, corn mazes. It will come as a shock to no one that I’m a kid at heart. Honestly, I wish that one could answer “My Little Pony” when asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I will happily play Barbies with any darling little girl I’m babysitting and love to get makeovers from my nine year old cousin Maddy. I’m also a big fan of Disney movies and sparkly things. So naturally, corn mazes are one of my favorite things in the world, since they bring out the inner-kid in us all. Since most open this weekend, I included a few of my favorite corn mazes in the D.C.-area.

Corn Maze In The Plains
So what is better than chilly nights, warm hot chocolate or apple cider? Chilly nights, delicious drinks, and a corn maze. The Plains Maze in The Plains, Va., offers all of that. Open Sept. 29-Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. for the kiddies and also from 6-10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (Oct. 5-Nov. 3) for the grown-ups, you are sure to have a great time. But don’t worry, you are supplied with a map and a flag (in case you get lost). Also, my word of advice, don’t go with your friend that swears he is “naturally gifted at navigating” and doesn’t feel the need to stay within the plowed lines, this ends badly. For discounted tickets, check the Living Social deal here (two people, only $9).

2012 Witch Maze At The Plains Maze
Temple Hall Corn Maize & Fall Festival
Temple Hall Corn Maize in Leesburg, Va., is one of my favorite corn mazes in the area. It opens this Saturday, Sept. 28, and remains open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The maze is also open on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. And what’s better, each weekend has a theme. Like any good preppy princess, I love me some theme parties. In fact, when le roomz (this is what I call my roommate because we’re really classy and fancy) invited me to join her book club her main selling point was everyone gets to host and I knew this is something you would adore (TRUTH). Now if that STILL hasn’t sold you on packing up and heading to Leesburg for a corn conundrum, well then maybe the pumpkin blasters (yes pumpkin cannons) or piggy races are all you needed to commit. For a discount coupon click here.

2012 Maize Maze
Lawyer’s Moonlight Maze
While a little out of the way, Lawyer’s Moonlight Maze is absolutely worth the drive. Located just outside of Frederick, Md. (about an hour drive), I promise you it will not disappoint. Lawyers is the biggest maze in Maryland, with four mazes making up the entire 8.6 mile maze. There is also a fun campfire to warm your bones and delicious cider. Plus, for just seven dollars you are granted admission to the entire premise: corn maze, outdoor movie, and bonfire in a tee pee. Open weekends from Sept. 14 – Nov. 4 (5 p.m. - 10 p.m. on Fridays, noon - 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon - 4 p.m. on Sundays), this is well worth the trip (and you could even make a nice little day of it and enjoy a delicious lunch at Volt beforehand). Just take note that this is a cash only maze.

Cows-N-Corn
My sister's Swiss calf, Velvet
As most of you know, I grew up on a dairy farm in western Maryland. So naturally, I have a soft spot in my heart for cows, specifically Brown Swiss calves. Now that I think about it, clearly have a type because my favorite pets tend to be fawn colored, sassy, and stubborn. But, I digress. Since I grew up on a farm, it only makes sense that one of my corn mazes is located on a working dairy. Cows-N-Corn is located south of Manassas, Va., off I-66. It is open weekends only, beginning Sept. 15. Fridays are Hot Dog & Hayride night, so reservations are required. But Saturdays and Sundays are more of a come when you feel like it (Saturday from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.). Admission is $9 per person and includes corn maze and hayride. I just do need to point out, since this is a working dairy, biosecurity is very important. To protect the health of the animals housed at Cows-N-Corn, if you have been out of the United States within 14 days of your scheduled visit to the farm, please reschedule until such time that your foreign visit will be outside the recommended 14-day waiting period. Safety first, y’all!

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So grab your boots and head out to the fields and explore! I promise, you will have a blast. Plus, I heard from a friend that if you have a couple glasses of wine or a few beers before your adventure (and have a willing designated driver of course) corn mazes are even more fun!

Yours In Fall Fabulousness,







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    1. Glad you enjoyed it. Corn mazes are so fun to me, even if I am navigationally challenged and prone to get lost!

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