October has always been a busy month for me because of my job. Event Planning lends itself to being busy when the rest of the world is also busy whether that be weekends or the entire month of October. We work while everyone else plays.
After being out of town producing an event and being away from my husband for so long, I knew I wanted to indulge in all things Fall with my guy.
So Chris and I got ourselves ready yesterday, hopped in the car and started the thirty minute drive to Butler’s Orchard which is in Germantown, Maryland.
Please note that the Fall Festival is being held on the follow days: October 12, 13, 14 (Columbus Day), 19, 20, 26, & 27 & Last Call for Fall on November 2 & 3! There is also an entry fee for the festival and they take CASH ONLY. Tickets are $12pp, but kids 2 and under are free.
We had the BEST day date together at Butler’s Orchard!
VISIT THE BIG THREE- PUMPKINS, APPLES & SUNFLOWERS
Butler’s Orchard is a huge property and the festival grounds are much larger than I anticipated. There were so many things to do and see! Since we were on a day date and don’t have kids not everything was geared towards us, but we didn’t feel slighted in least. Access to the three fields were included in the festival ticket price the weekend we went, but we didn’t find the orchard in our travels. We DID get to wander the sunflower field (which was right next to our parking spot) and take a few photos. I was so surprised at how beautiful they were! With the hot summer and lack of rain, I was sure they’d be sad droopy sunflowers, but they were stunning. Butler’s also has a hayride that will take you out to their pumpkin fields, but we were short on time and opted to drive to another patch within the Butler family farm footprint.
Hot tip: If the line for the hayride is super long and you don’t feel like waiting, there is a pumpkin patch on your way out of the festival. Follow the PUMPKINS sign and you’ll find a small patch with a good variety.
DRINK AND EAT ALL THE FALL GOODIES
Fall to me means all things apple so the first stop was for apple cider donuts. I’m about to make a pretty bold statement…. are you ready…..? Butler’s Orchard has the best apple cider donuts I’ve EVER had. This is coming from the girl who gets Weber’s every single year, tries apple cider donuts whenever they are available and makes her own when the craving strikes. Butler’s Orchard were the BEST apple cider donuts ever. They weren’t dried out, had the right amount of apple flavor, cinnamon sugar ratio was perfection and they were a medium size so not too much or too little.
We also had a pit beef sandwich, a hot dog, fries and Doc Waters Pumpkin Spice Apple Cider (alcoholic). Everything was delicious.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THE PHOTO OPS
One of the many things Butler’s Orchard does well is photo ops. They understand their audience and KNOW that Mamas are dressing their littles in flannel for the family photo that will then hit the interwebs. They’ve sprinkled photo opportunities throughout the festival and their farm. Not only are the sunflower field and pumpkin field picturesque, but the vintage Ford truck with their logo and the face in the whole cutouts with BUTLER’S ORCHARD in big letters across the top are adorable. Their name is in each of the ops and perfect for social media promotion as well as serving as a reminder for later years when looking through photos and reminiscing.
PET THE FARM ANIMALS
You can’t visit a farm and NOT pet an animal! We stopped by to see the donkeys, sheep, goats, pigs and would have pet the horses if we had had a small child with us to take advantage of the pony rides. So many sweet animals and educational opportunities!
CHECK OUT THE REPURPOSED FARM EQUIPMENT IN THE KIDS PLAY AREA
I was amazed at the amount of repurposed farm equipment used in the kids play area. Butler’s has done a fabulous job of reusing pieces to make fun activities for kids! There was a John Deere combine repurposed into a slide, old well water spouts repurposed into a rubber ducky game, old wood made into horses for a lasso tossing game and old farming tubes incorporated into a hay maze. The creativity was commendable and as a fan of our planet, I was happy to see them breathe life into bulky old pieces of machinery instead of throwing them away.
VISIT THE MARKET ON YOUR WAY OUT
After devouring our apple cider donuts we decided we needed more so we stopped at their market on the way out of the farm. I’m so glad we did because we also left with a quart of apple cider (YUM!) and an armful of tiny pumpkins for our front steps. The pumpkins had the cutest names- Baby Boos and Jack B’Littles. Oh Butler’s Orchard, you’ve stolen my heart!
Hot tip: The parking lot in front of and attached to the market filled up QUICK! There is an additional lot with plenty of spots across the street.
SUPPORT A LOCAL & FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS
Butler’s Orchard has been around and open to the public since the mid 1950’s and is a family affair. Most of the staff were wearing nametags that had the year they started working with dates back into the 70’s. Check out their ABOUT page on the website to meet the family- I loved scrolling through and learning about the Butler family. L
DAYDREAM ABOUT THE YEARS TO COME WITH LITTLES IN TOW
We are very much enjoying our time just the two of us (plus Cannoli & Mar), but with kids on the horizon we’ve noticed that as we do activities together we have started dreaming out how much fun they’ll be with littles in tow. The cute photo ops, giant bouncy inflatable, slides, and corn maze will be even more fun with sweet little babes in years to come.
If you made it this far in the recap, THANK YOU! If you can’t tell, we had a GREAT day at Butler’s Orchard and I am positive that this is going to be a DeMillo family tradition moving forward. Please visit if you are local, you won’t regret it!
I’m trying to make more videos of our adventures to keep and share on the blog/social media. Usually Chris and I take turns recording the video and then he edits (because it’s his profession and he’s so stinkin’ good at it), but he has a big project to work on this week so I was all on my own editing. I’m pretty proud of the video below!