Cut Down Your Own Christmas Tree!Followers of our blog may have noticed that while we are city dwellers, we escape to the countryside as often as possible. There is nothing better for the soul than a deep breath of clean country air, filled with lingering notes of earth and pine. We leap at any reason - a vineyard, apple picking, donuts! - to explore those winding rural roads not so far from the metropolitan area. If you haven’t yet visited rural Virginia, we’ve got the perfect outing for your first jaunt- Christmas Trees! Of course you can pick up a perfectly good Christmas Tree from Home Depot, but why not start a new tradition of visiting a Christmas Tree Farm and cutting down your own? This is a surefire way to get into the Christmas spirit, as well as to have a quiet moment away from the hustle and bustle of daily life within the Beltway.
We’ve chosen some wonderful Christmas Tree Farms to feature this week. They are all slightly different in their amenities, hours and services, so we recommend checking their websites or calling them before visiting. Most farms provide twine to tie your tree to your car, but recommend bringing bungee cords or strong straps to secure it.
Snickers Gap Tree Farm
Hours: Weekends 9 am - dark, Weekdays 12 noon - dark
Snickers Gap Tree Farm in Round Hill, Virginia, offers a wagon ride between the car park and the barn, which will set a jolly tone for the rest of your festive day. After you’ve meandered the fields, selected and cut down your tree, and pulled it back to the barn, warm up with some complimentary hot apple cider while you stroll through the local goods, snacks and holiday wares for sale.
Wolff Tree Farm
Hours: Weekends 9 am - 4 pm
Wolff Tree Farm is one of our favorite finds in Hamilton, Virginia. Only open on weekends, its owners are dedicated to fostering a truly merry atmosphere. The complimentary hot chocolate and baked goods will energize you after you’ve cut down your tree, and the fire pit (for S’more roasting!) will have you lingering all afternoon. The star on this Christmas tree farm is the antique sleigh, just perfect for a family photo full of rosy cheeks.
Hours: Weekends 9 am - 5pm
Lowelands Farm in Middleburg, Virginia, is a working farm, so once you’ve selected and cut down your Christmas tree, you must visit their farm animals and partake in a free hayride. Lowelands also offers complimentary hot mulled cider and tastings of their gourmet foods. Check out their Christmas shop for holiday decorations and Lowelands Farm Fine Foods (they specialize in wine vinegars and honey).
Pruitt’s Little Farm
Hours: Weekends 11 am - 4 pm
If you have a dog, Pruitt’s Little Farm is the place to visit as it is very dog friendly, even offering special biscuits just for canines! Once you and Fido have chosen and cut down your tree, gather around the outdoor antique parlor stove to warm your hands while enjoying some hot chocolate and candy canes. Spend some time here taking in the expansive Blue Ridge Mountain views and soaking in the memory of this day.
A last tip: bring a checkbook or cash as most farms do not accept credit cards.
We here at Dwel love celebrating! If you are looking for some more tips on how to celebrate this holiday season, please contact us here.