It’s national pumpkin day! The fall is my favorite season. I love the sweater weather and all the fun activities. There is only one weekend left before Halloween so now is your chance to visit a pumpkin patch. This year we went to three pumpkin patches. My favorite by far is The Great Country Farms in Bluemont, Virginia. They have pumpkins, apple picking, hayrides, farm animals, live music and lots of other kids activities. Bluemont is a good hour away from us so when we go we like to make an afternoon out of it. We typically spend a couple of hours at The Great Country Farm either apple picking or pumpkin picking and walking around. Aiden is still a little young to enjoy all of the other activities, but there is definitely a ton to do.
The pumpkin patch is the perfect place to bring a baby. You get to enjoy the fresh air which is great for baby (and has the added benefit of tiring them out). Aiden is almost a year so he had a ton of fun practicing standing and walking around the pumpkins. There are usually other things to do while you are there and delicious treats like apple cider donuts so it’s really perfect for the whole family.
After the farm, we like to visit Dirt Farm Brewing. It is owned by the same family that owns the farm and they offer a 10% discount if you have a wrist band from the farm. The Brewery is set up on the top of a hill and has a gorgeous view of the valley and mountains. It is amazing. There is lots of space for kids to run around outside when the weather is nice. They have a limited menu so you probably want to get your food from the farm, or bring your own, but they do have really good pretzel bites and flat bread pizza. The beer isn’t bad either 😉 — they actually grow their own hops.
Although the fall is my favorite time to visit, the farm and brewery are open all year and offer different seasonal activities throughout the year. We take all of our family and friends to visit because we love it so much.
Tips for visiting The Great Country Farms/Dirt Farm Brewing:
- Make it a day trip — Plan to be out there for the day and pack accordingly. You can visit the farm and then the brewery and enjoy the view.
- Bring snacks — The Great Country Farm has a restaurant but you should check to make sure it’s open before you count on that. We usually make sure we have snacks and then get lunch at Dirt Farm Brewing.
- Follow them on Facebook, or check Facebook before you go — This is the best way to check for updates. The farm will post whether there are special events or cancellations (in the case of bad weather).
- Bring a camera — There are so many photo opportunities that you don’t want to miss, especially if you visit Dirt Farm Brewing.
What are your favorite fall activities?
Looking for other things to do with your baby? Check out this post on visiting the zoo!