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Enjoy fresh country air and pick your own fruits and vegetables about 45 minutes north of D.C. Butlers Orchard is a family-owned and operated farm open to the public throughout the year. The most popular festivity during the fall at Butlers is the apple-picking, pumpkin harvest and festival, and evening hayrides for both adults and children. Butlers Orchard also has their very own Farm Market that carries their own jams/jellies, fruit butters, and preserves, including juice-sweetened preserves. The market also sells ready-picked fruits and vegetables, gifts, candies, baked goods and cider. To escape city life and enjoy the outdoors and fresh food, take a trip to Butlers Orchards. -Shirley Hsieh
Old Ox Brewery is the passion and dream of father and son duo, Graham and Chris Burns. They have turned this into a family affair. Set in an industrial park, it is spread across 12,440 square feet (1155.71 square meters) and also has a tasting room. You can sample their brews in their tasting room and buy kegs and growlers to take home. During weekends, you will find food trucks in the premises which will take care of your hunger pangs. They even many televisions in the tasting room where you can catch a game.
Matthewstown Harmans Park or Harmans Park is set in an area full of hotels and shops. This local park is also on the way to the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). It features a playground, couple of tennis courts, a basketball court and a paved path. The pavilion is only available on rent for private events.
One of the more recent additions to Ashburn's brew scene, Lost Rhino Brewing Co., is quite aptly located on Red Rum Drive. The brewery focuses on craft and root beers. Founded by Matt Hagerman and Favio Garcia, the brewery is currently responsible for five different brews - each with its unique flavor and personality. Apart from weekly tours (Saturdays), Lost Rhino offers a nice tasting area that along with house-brewed libations, serves an interesting range of pub food - huge Bavarian pretzels, pulled chicken nachos, jalapeno-stuffed crab wrapped in bacon and lots more. Apart from an impressive beer program, they also offer local wines, craft-brewed sodas and lots more.
Enclosing the Troy Hill Manor, Troy Park at Elkridge is a new regional park that is still going through development. It is the eight county park of the Howard County. It features artificial multipurpose ground, bleachers, pavilions, benches and pavilions. There is also a playground for kids.
Travel back in time by visiting the Liberia, a historic plantation house that witnessed America's greats like Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis during the American Civil War. The brick structure was built in the year 1825 in the Federal style of architecture which was originally resided by Harriett Bladen Mitchell Weir and her husband. Listed on the U.S National Register of Historic Places, the house is now under the ownership of the City of Manassas. The house has been restored to its original form of construction and is open to the public by appointment.