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Fall is the most beautiful time of year in Baltimore. The air gets crisp, the sunsets are jewel-toned, the brightly-colored leaves seem to demand some peeping. Before you know it, though, those leaves will be gone and we’ll all be huddling in our parkas, dreaming of spring… so make sure to enjoy these gorgeous autumn days while they last. Here are three of my favorite Baltimore-centric ways to do so:

1) Visit the sunflower field in Harford County. Picture this: a field full of the happy faces of sunflowers, stretching as far as the eye can see. It’s a lovely sight, and one that’s only a short(ish) drive away in Monkton. Clear Meadow Farm grows sunflowers for their oil and seeds, but before the cash crop turns into, well, cash, it’s just a lovely field of flowers. According to Clear Meadow, the sunflowers are peaking right now, so get out there–and bring your camera. Located in Monkton at the intersection of Route 146 and Hess Road.


2) Wander through a corn maze. Every year, Howard County’s Mullinix Corn Maze picks a new theme for its elaborate 10-acre corn maze. This year? The United States of America. The maze opened this past weekend, and will be open every weekend through November 2. Visit in September to beat the October rush.

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Photo via Baugher’s Orchards

3) Pick some apples. Apple pie, apple crumble, applesauce: Just think of all the delicious things you can make with your bounty of hand-picked apples. My personal favorite picking spots are Larriland Farm (currently picking Empire apples, Jonagold apples, Magnolia Gold apples, tomatoes, beets, kale, and flowers) and Baugher’s Orchards (Jonathan, Golden Delicious & Mutsu apples). Happy picking!