Don't miss the orchard stands along your drive. There are several, all selling fruit and vegetables grown right in these foothills.
Catoctin Mountain Orchard, 15036 N. Franklinville Rd. (Rte. 15), Thurmont (tel. 301/271-2737; www.catoctinmountainorchard.com), has locally baked pastries and McCutcheon's preserves, as well as fresh produce. Pick your own berries in June and July, pumpkins and apples in fall. Open May through January, daily 9am to 5pm.
Gateway Farm Market and Candyland, 14802 N. Franklinville Rd. (Rte. 15), Thurmont (tel. 301/271-2322), has not only produce and fresh cider in season but also long tables filled with boxes of penny candy. Open Monday through Thursday from 8am to 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 8am to 10pm, and Sunday from 10am to 7pm.
Scenic View Orchards, 16239 Sabillasville Rd. (Rte. 550), Sabillasville (tel. 301/271-2149), offers valley views along with fresh produce, preserves, and breads. It's open daily from 10am to 6pm, June through Thanksgiving.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.