Fall Fun in Frederick, Maryland

Fall Fun in Frederick, Maryland

Autumn is my favorite season, so I was obviously super stoked when I spotted TWC's flyers promoting a trip to Maryland for a day filled with fall activities. On Saturday morning, a group of 20 or so TWC students boarded a bus to Frederick, Maryland, a historic town located about an hour away from DC. The trip was chaperoned by some of the alumni-in-residence, who were filled with tips on things to do once we arrived.

 

>>Frederick, Maryland

 

Upon our arrival, we embarked on a brief walking tour and were then given an option to break off and explore whatever parts of the town that we wanted for a few hours. We were to all meet up at the bus later in the afternoon to continue our day trip.

 

 

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I found this to be a fitting shot of the rapid shift of weather that made for a bit of a spookier, Halloween-themed trek through the older part of downtown Frederick.

 

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Here is a shot of the group assembled at the start of the walking tour at the Community Bridge.

 

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The Community Bridge has been transformed from your average concrete bridge into a mural of artwork that encapsulates the thriving creativity of this town with its large-scale engagement of public art. To create an illusionist painting, artist William Cochran and his assistants used permanent silicate paints on all six walls of the bridge. Scattered on the walls, the viewer will find “carved" looking symbols contributed from thousands of residents and participants from across the U.S. and 30 other countries.


In the upper left corner of this photo, you may notice a sketch of a girl, who was drawn to elicit a 3D effect when walking around the bridge. She follows you at every angle. Cool? Creepy? Regardless, definitely a sight to take in.

 

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More artwork weaved into the Community Bridge Mural.

 

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I really appreciated the interplay of light and shadow that made the ivy look so realistic.

 

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Taking in the golden colors of autumn leaves.

 

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More art and vibrancy along the creek.

 

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My roommate and I checked out La Paz-one of the places the alumni-in-residence recommended. Located along the Carroll Creek Promenade, this family owned Mexican restaurant is speckled with colorful, festive décor, and a lovely patio overlooking the street and the creek. Not to mention, the food was delicious. I was feeling brunch, so I ordered the Omelette de Verduras-stuffed with cheese, broccoli, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers. Om nom nom.

 

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I’m a total old fashioned, nostalgic bookworm and love checking out the local bookstores of any town. The Curious Iguana describes itself as “an independent bookstore with a global focus.” I felt right at home in its cozy crevices stacked with books of all genres as the Pandora indie folk playlist blasted. The hipster in me shamelessly dug it and had to be pulled away by my roommate so we could explore more of Frederick.

 

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Downtown Frederick was lined with shops, boutiques, and studios with vibrantly playful and seasonal displays.

 

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I just fell in love with some of the aging buildings with their faded brick and chipped paint.

 

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Buskers jamming out on the street by the coffee shops. Very strategic location.

 

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Being the chocoholic that I am, I couldn’t resist entering Zoe’s Chocolate, another destination on the list of recommendations. This family owned chocolate shop combines the traditional artisanal chocolate preparation with today’s trending flavors and ingredients. I’m a total dark chocolate fiend, so I purchased The Raw Bar-extra intense dark chocolate sprinkled with roasted cocoa nibs. Pictured below with a cute little pumpkin I collected from the pumpkin picking from later in the day.

 

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We stumbled upon this gorgeous church and noticed that the door was left slightly ajar so decided to take a peak and snap a few photos.

 

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There’s just a story waiting to be written about this white dress hanging in the window.


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Yet another place on the list-angelcakes-a gourmet cupcake heaven. The shop is tucked away behind some of Frederick’s bustling coffee shops, but once you make your way in, you are warmly greeted with the cool croonings of Frank Sinatra and the sweet smells of uniquely flavored cupcakes.

 

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>>Crumland Farms


After boarding the bus, we continued our trip to the nearby Crumland Farms for a day of hay rides, pumpkin picking, corn mazes, haunted activities, hot cider, and all other fall childhood memories I secretly still love.

 

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Looks like this guy had a rough night.

 

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My roommate looking adorable and ready for the hay ride!

 

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Michael Myers casually hanging with our group.

 

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I’ve often wondered how long I’d last in a horror movie because I always feel that I’d be the person with the camera documenting everything and completely oblivious to whether or not my life was in any danger. Oh well. Journalism, amirite?

 

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Shot from the back of the hay ride.

 

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Pumpkin picking!

 

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We chose our pumpkins!

 

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I may or may not have been a little too excited.

 

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Smashing pumpkins, anyone?

 

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This was the absolute golden hour. A photographer’s dream.

 

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And then we grabbed our not-so-helpful maps and began the corn maze.

 

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There were mailboxes scattered throughout the maze that provided “clues” as to whether or not you were on the right track. Let’s just say we somehow ended up arriving at the same mailbox about 10 times.

 

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Gold & delicious corn looking so enticing in the sunlight.

 

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We stumbled upon a bridge in the middle of the maze that helped orient us a little bit when able to survey the landscape.

 

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Yeah, just kidding. This didn’t really help us much. But it was a cool view of the farm, and helped us realize how far we had ventured.

 

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I spotted some more TWC students from our group, looking just as lost as we were. Check out that ominous sky too. Perfect Halloween setting.

 

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As the clouds started coming in and the sun started to set, I was just about ready to get out of that maze.

 

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We didn’t really know what that was, but decided to take a picture.

 

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AT LAST! Didn’t think this moment would ever come.

 

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We found a friend along the way and with some teamwork, finally made it out.

 

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We then headed back over to the main part of the farm and partook in some of the haunted fright-fest activities. My roommate and I chose to check out the haunted barn. No cameras were allowed, so that portion of the night will remain a mystery. Let’s just say I lost my voice a little bit from screaming so much…

 

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To end the night, we gathered around the bonfire with some hot apple cider and exchanged stories about our day. We all agreed that this was an awesome day and a great opportunity to take a break from the busy bustle of DC and recharge, rustic style.

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