Who remembers my top 5 goals for fall last year? Visiting an apple orchard and pumpkin patch was definitely at the top of that list, and I’m sad to report that it didn’t happen. This year, I knew I wanted to change that, especially since we live in Maryland now! I’m happy to share, jackpot – we found a place that had both, and more!
Last week, Harrison and I hopped in the car and decided to visit the highly recommended Milburn Orchards. I had no problem picking the perfect outfit but I definitely learned a lot that I now know for future Fall seasons! So, in light of this, I decided to share with you all my best tips for visiting an apple orchard/pumpkin patch in October! We all know that us girls can be a little basic this time of year – including the PSL with pumpkin spiced whipped cream, fresh apple cider, and photos of your cute outfit in the middle of a pumpkin patch. No shame!
Phew, does it get busy! It took us about two and a half hours to get to Milburn Orchards, not including the stop at Homegoods I forced Harrison to make. By the time we arrived it was somewhere around 2:30. Since it was a weekday, it wasn’t as busy as they say it normally is, but to us it felt pretty busy. I can tell if we had waited any longer it would’ve been like the mall on Christmas Eve. (How many of you still go, though? Guilty!) The good news: they had plenty of pumpkins to choose from folks!
Go for the whole experience.
People looked at us crazy when we told them that we spent a day on the other side of the state because we wanted to visit an apple orchard and pumpkin patch. When we first started researching, there was a pumpkin patch about 40 minutes away, instead of two and a half hours. But once we saw photos, we realized that the only thing on the property was a small selection of pumpkins and a corn maze for the kids. Sure, this probably sounds fun, but why not enjoy the entire day doing Fall things?!
Milburn Orchards also offers Fall Festival Weekends, which includes hayrides, multiple corn mazes, a “boo barn,” pony rides, and more. I highly suggest researching what the locations around you offer in order to make it fun for the whole family!
I was planning on stopping somewhere like Chipotle for lunch, but Harrison simply stated, “No.” Apparently he’d done this before! I was so shocked to find that there was a full market, with a fresh kitchen and bakery! Oh my gosh you guys, the food blew me away. We both had a pulled pork sandwich, apple pie, and homemade ice cream. So good!
Don’t be afraid to explore.
Before we headed to the pumpkin patch side of the property, we endlessly walked through the aisles of apple trees. That’s actually where we shot the last outfit I posted! It was a beautiful, and actually romantic, experience. It was surprisingly quiet and relaxing, too!
Do you have any tips for going to an apple orchard and pumpkin patch? I think that the ultimate takeaway I had was how important it was to go early. I can’t stress that enough! I hope this a day that Harrison and I turn into a tradition. It was truly the perfect way to kick off the season. Happy Fall y’all!