Waterfalls & Oktoberfest: Catoctin Mountain Park, MD
Sep
29
9:00 AM09:00

Waterfalls & Oktoberfest: Catoctin Mountain Park, MD

Catoctin Mountain Park, MD: Moderate hike paired with an afternoon at Okoberfest in Frederick, MD.

Are you a waterfall lover? You’ll have a chance to view Cunningham Falls, Maryland’s largest cascading waterfall!

This 5-mile hike has it all! From the start, you’ll hike directly to Cunningham Falls, Maryland’s largest cascading waterfall. After checking out the falls, the trail climbs steadily until you reach Chimney Rock. The unique rock formations and the incredible views are worth the climb. The combination of Cunningham Falls and the magnificent views make this a must-do hike.

After the hike, we will head to Frederick, MD to take part in their Oktoberfest celebration! Multiple local breweries will be serving up beer that we'll enjoy along with traditional German food, drinks, and live music.

To learn more about Frederick’s Oktoberfest, click here: http://www.frederickoktoberfest.org/

We will be picking up and dropping off from the Metro Center station.

*Please note: Return times back to the city can vary from the listed times depending on the pace of the group and our area's notoriously terrible traffic. 

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Rivers, Vineyards & Brews: Weverton Cliffs, MD
Oct
14
8:00 AM08:00

Rivers, Vineyards & Brews: Weverton Cliffs, MD

WEVERTON CLIFFS, MD: SHORT MODERATE HIKE PAIRED WITH VISITS TO A WINERY AND BREWERY.

Although this is one of our shorter trails, you will still earn your post-hike drinks at both a local vineyard and brewery.

This 3-mile out and back hike may be short, but you'll still get your workout. After climbing up switchbacks for the first 1.5 miles on the well known Appalachian Trail, you will find yourself atop of Weverton Cliffs. From there, you'll be rewarded with wide views of the Potomac River winding through the Appalachian Mountains. 

This shorter trail will allow the time for stops to two impressive drinking holes. First, we will head to the beautiful Creeks Edge Winery, where you will feel as though your sipping wine in a large mountain lodge still surrounded by nature. From there we will head to Vanish Farmwoods Brewery, famous for massive flights of delicious beer. 

To learn more about the winery and brewery click the links below:

http://creeksedgewinery.com/         https://vanishbeer.com/

We will be picking up and dropping off from the Metro Center station.

*Please note: Return times back to the city can vary from the listed times depending on the pace of the group and the notoriously terrible traffic in our area.

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"Rollercoaster" Trail & Brews with a View
Oct
21
8:00 AM08:00

"Rollercoaster" Trail & Brews with a View

RAVEN ROCKS TRAIL, VA: STRENUOUS HIKE PAIRED WITH A VISIT TO A FARM BREWERY WITH ADJOINING VINEYARD

You’ll get your workout hiking this portion of the Appalachian Trail lovingly referred to as the “rollercoaster”.

This 5.8-mile hike takes you along a section of the well known Appalachian Trail known as the “rollercoaster”. It gets its nickname from the rolling climbs and descents you make on your way to the awesome view point from Raven Rocks. Bring sturdy shoes for this hike as the terrain is rocky and can be a bit tricky.

After the hike, we'll have some brew with the most outstanding view in the area! Dirt Farm Brewing and Bluemont Vineyard are right next door to each other and both boast incredible views of the valley below. You can choose to sip wine, beer, or both while you sit back, relax, make new friends, and take it all in.

To learn more about Dirt Farm Brewing and Bluemont Vineyard click here: http://dirtfarmbrewing.com/     https://www.bluemontvineyard.com/


We will be picking up and dropping off from the Metro Center station.

*Please note: Return times back to the city can vary from the listed times depending on the pace of the group and the notoriously terrible traffic that plagues our area.



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Views, Orchards & Vineyards: Sugarloaf Mountain, MD
Oct
27
8:00 AM08:00

Views, Orchards & Vineyards: Sugarloaf Mountain, MD

SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN, MD: MODERATE HIKE PAIRED WITH A VISIT TO AN ORCHARD AND LOCAL FARM WINERY

As an Autumn bonus, you will have the opportunity to pick up pumpkins, apples, gourds and other fall necessities on the way from the hike to the vineyard.

On this 5-mile loop hike, you’ll have a chance to explore a variety of trails on Sugarloaf Mountain. You’ll experience a diverse section of the park with hikes along a ridgeline that offers beautiful views from several different overlooks.

After the hike, we'll enjoy wine and cider at Rocklands Farm Winery and Market. Not only can you choose from an awesome drink selection, you'll also have the opportunity to buy local pasture-raised meat and eggs and enjoy delectable meals cooked on-site from local vendors.

In honor of autumn, we will make a quick detour at Lewis Orchards on the way to Rocklands Farm, where you can choose from a cornucopia of apples, pumpkins, gourds, and other fall treats.

To learn more about Rockland's Farm and Lewis Orchards click here: http://www.rocklandsfarmmd.com/   http://www.lewisorchardfarmmarket.com/

 We will be picking up and dropping off from the from the Metro Center station.

*Please note: This trip has an earlier start and return time so people can have time to get their costumes ready for Halloween parties (we care a lot about Halloween at Trails & Ales). Also, return times back to the city can vary from the listed times depending on the pace of the group and our area's notoriously terrible traffic.

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Views, Cider, Vineyards & Brews: Sky Meadows State Park, VA
Oct
28
8:00 AM08:00

Views, Cider, Vineyards & Brews: Sky Meadows State Park, VA

SKY MEADOWS STATE PARK, VA: MODERATE HIKE PAIRED WITH A VISIT TO A CIDER BARN AND A COMBINED WINERY & BREWERY.

Whatever your favorite drink, we've got you covered, with visits to a cidery, winery & brewery.

This moderate 4-mile loop hike in Sky Meadows State Park offers some of the most spectacular views in the area. The hike begins at a historic pre-Civil War era farm, winds through beautiful pastures and meadows and ascends through the forest to the ridgeline where you’ll have a chance to hike along a section of the well-known Appalachian Trail. At the end of the hike, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning vista of beautiful mountain farmland.  

After earning our drinks during the hike, we'll travel to the Mt. Defiance Cider Barn and quench our thirst with a sampling of delicious cider. From there, we will head down the road to Quattro Goombas Winery and Brewery, where you’ll find everything from wine slushies and tastings, to beer flights, live music, and a pizzeria.

To learn more about the cidery, winery, and brewery, click the links below:

https://www.mtdefiance.com/ciders/

https://goombawine.com/

http://www.goombabrewery.com/

 

We will be picking up and dropping off from from the Metro Center station.

*Please note: Return times back to the city can vary from the listed times depending on the pace of the group and the notoriously terrible traffic in our area.

 

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Views & Virginia's History of Brew: Buzzard Rock North Trail, VA
Nov
3
9:00 AM09:00

Views & Virginia's History of Brew: Buzzard Rock North Trail, VA

Buzzard Rock North Trail, VA: Beginner's hike paired with a visit to the Virginia Beer Museum and a local brewery featuring live music.  

Want to know the history behind Virginia's beer production? You'll learn about their history of beer from 1607 to the booming craft beer industry of today when we stop by the Virginia Beer Museum.

This 4 mile out and back hike offers impressive views on all sides when you reach the narrow ridgeline.  You can gaze out over Buzzard Rock Cliffs to see neighboring mountain ranges while on the opposite side glimpsing views of the valley below. 

From there, we will head to the Virginia Beer Museum where you'll learn about the history of beer production in Virginia from 1607 until the present day boom of the craft beer industry. You'll also be able to try delicious beer from a variety of local breweries. We will then head to the Farm Brewery at Broad Run where you'll enjoy tasty beverages and food while listening to live music. 

To learn more about the Virginia Beer Museum and the Farm Brewery at Broad Run click here:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/VABeerMuseum/about/?ref=page_internal      http://www.thefarmbreweryatbroadrun.com/

We will be picking up and dropping off from the Metro Center and Rosslyn Metro stops.

*Please note: Return times back to the city can vary from the listed times depending on the pace of the group and the notoriously terrible traffic that plagues the area that we call home.

 

 

 

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Rivers, Vineyards & Views: Harpers Ferry, WV
Nov
17
9:00 AM09:00

Rivers, Vineyards & Views: Harpers Ferry, WV

Harpers Ferry, WV-Moderate hike paired with a visit to a vineyard with mountain views.

You'll soak in history as well as great views of Harpers Ferry and the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers.

The Maryland Heights trail is a moderate 5.3-mile loop hike offering a historical experience as you make your way through multiple Civil War forts overlooking the Harpers Ferry area. After a trek up to the ridgeline that will certainly get your heart rate up, your efforts are rewarded with two impressive viewpoints of Harpers Ferry and the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. Please note, the way down the mountain can be tough on the knees, so if you have knee problems, hiking poles or a sturdy walking stick are recommended.

After the hike, we will head to Big Cork Vineyards, a winery nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains, just a short drive from the Appalachian Trail. You'll sample a delicious selection of wine while enjoying the vineyards and surrounding mountain views.

To learn more about Big Cork Vineyards, click here: http://www.bigcorkvineyards.com/explore/vineyard/ 

We will be picking up and dropping off from the Metro Center and Rosslyn Metro stops.

*Please note: Return times back to the city can vary from the listed times depending on the pace of the group and the notoriously terrible traffic that plagues the area that we call home.

 

 

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Trails, History & Ales: Manassas National Battlefield, VA
May
13
8:00 AM08:00

Trails, History & Ales: Manassas National Battlefield, VA

MANASSAS NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD, VA: BEGINNER'S HIKE PAIRED WITH A VISIT TO A LOCAL BREWERY AND BEER GARDEN

A scenic hike that's great for history lovers

The site of two civil war battles, Manassas National Battlefield offers visitors a chance to hike along many key points of interest from each battle. On this 5.4 mile hike, you'll be able to learn about the first battle of Manassas. The trail is not only informational, but also beautiful, offering diverse changes of scenery as it winds along farmlands, forests, and streams. There are informational signs for visitors at each point of interest detailing what took place. 

After the hike, we'll head to 2 Silos Brewing Co. The brewery offers a large selection of tasty beer and a food menu with a wide variety of healthy food options not often found at breweries. 2 Silos also has an impressive outdoor space with many large fire pits, cornhole, a beer garden and live music! 

To learn more about 2 Silos Brewing Co., click here: http://2silosbrewing.com/

We will be picking up and dropping off from the Metro Center and Rosslyn Metro stops.

*Please note: Return times back to the city can vary from the listed times depending on the pace of the group and the notoriously terrible traffic that plagues the area that we call home.

 

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Views & Brews: Annapolis Rock, MD
Mar
17
9:00 AM09:00

Views & Brews: Annapolis Rock, MD

ANNAPOLIS ROCK, MD-BEGINNER HIKE PAIRED WITH A VISIT TO A HOP FARM AND BREWERY.

You'll take in impressive views from Appalachian Trail and then head to a 53-acre hop farm with an equally impressive "Mega" 12-beer flight. 

Popular with hikers and climbers alike, the Annapolis Rock hike boasts some excellent views. This 5-mile out-and-back hike climbs to the ridgeline and runs along a section of the Maryland portion of the Appalachian Trail. Once you make the initial ascent to the ridgeline, this hike becomes a lovely walk in the woods. 

After the hike we'll head to Vanish Farmwoods Brewery located on the 53-acre Black Hops Farm. Vanish has a huge tasting room, plenty of outdoor space with lawn games and fire pits, great food, and their famous 6, 12, or 24 beer flights! 

To learn more about Vanish Farmwoods Brewery, click here: https://vanishbeer.com/

We will be picking up and dropping off from the Metro Center and Rosslyn Metro stops.

*Please note: Return times back to the city can vary from the listed times depending on the pace of the group and the notoriously terrible traffic that plagues the area that we call home.

 

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