17. The new Mason-Dixon Wine Trail (formerly Uncork York) is a multi-state wine region featuring more than a dozen family-owned wineries that wind through the Susquehanna River Valley in Pennsylvania, to just south of the historic Mason-Dixon Line in Maryland. Visit any of the dozen wineries for the Wine Just Off The Vine celebration, Nov. 12, 13,19 and 20, for a peek into the art of crafting fine wine. Go to masondixonwinetrail.com.
18. Atlantic City is typically bustling with gaming and nightlife, but fall brings fewer crowds and great hotel deals. Visit in time for the inaugural Beer vs. Wine event on Oct. 22. Some two dozen American craft breweries take on 15 American wineries as attendees decide which beverage pairs best with a variety of foods prepared by local restaurants. Go to acbeervswine.com.
19. Celebrate fall with classical music performances by the BSO at the Music Center at Strathmore, situated on 11 scenic acres in Bethesda. Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique," cellist Alicia Weilerstein, and the world premiere of "Chuphshah! Harriet's Drive to Canaan," a homage to Marylander Harriet Tubman from African-American composer James Lee III, are among the offerings on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. Go to bsomusic.org.
20. Explore the charm of small town America during the annual Mountain Magic In Fall Bluegrass, Antiques and Crafts Festival. Held Oct. 1 in Buchanan, Va., against the backdrop of the town's historic Main Street, the festival showcases its heritage through music, crafts, history and architecture. Go to townofbuchanan.com.
21. The Crooked Road, Virginia's Heritage Music Trail, winds through the mountains and valleys of southwest Virginia, where the music is as rich as the brilliant fall leaves. Live music venues, museums and cultural centers lie along the trail. Top bluegrass acts perform at venues like the Carter Family Fold, the Floyd Country Store and the Rex Theater in Galax. Go to thecrookedroad.org.
Festivals and fun
22. Summers Farm in Frederick hosts the Great Pumpkin Fun Run – a cross-country course through the corn fields - on Sept. 25. The 5K run and 1-mile fun run benefit St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital. After the run, enjoy the farm's many seasonal offerings, including hayrides, corn mazes and a pumpkin patch, of course. Go to summersfarm.com.
23. Cinema takes center stage this fall at the Chesapeake Film Festival, Sept. 23-26, in Easton, Chestertown and Cambridge. The festival brings the finest in narrative documentary and short film to the region, along with discussions, receptions and more. For a full schedule, go to chesapeakefilmfestival.org.
24. The Waterfowl Festival in Easton is a Maryland Eastern Shore tradition for all ages, with food, music and myriad activities. The event is Nov. 11-13 and includes geese and duck calling contests, a food and wine tasting pavilion, and artists from around the country. Go to waterfowlfestival.org.
25. Enjoy the beauty of fall in the mountains of Garrett County at the annual Autumn Glory Festival. The event, held Oct. 12-16, features parades, music art exhibits, antique and craft shows, food and more. Don't miss the Oktoberfest dinner and concert by the Oom-Pah band, dogsled events, and the official Maryland State Banjo Championship. Go to visitdeepcreek.com.
26. Experience the picturesque autumn beauty of Philadelphia's northern countryside in Bucks County, Pa. Local towns get in the fall spirit by hosting a series of events — from lantern-led ghost tours to hayrides, to a folk art competition with larger-than-life scarecrows. The 40th annual Apple Festival offers scrumptious treats such as apple dumplings, fritters and a fall favorite, apple cider. Go to visitbuckscounty.com/events.
27. Philadelphia's Manayunk EcoArts Festival, Sept. 24-25, is an earth-friendly celebration with technology, interactive demonstrations, and entertainment — all focused on being nice to planet Earth. Go to visitphilly.com.
28. Pay homage to history this fall in Gettysburg, Pa. Dedication Day on Nov. 19 honors President Lincoln's visit, complete with recitations of the famous Gettysburg Address. On Remembrance Day, held this year on the same date, thousands of re-enactors and living historians will converge on the town to honor Civil War soldiers. At day's end, volunteers will light 3,500 candles in the Soldiers' National Cemetery and place flags at gravesites. Go to gettysburgfoundation.org.
29. Fall Arts Jubilee (now through Nov. 6) in Alexandria, Va., highlights the arts with events throughout the city, from outdoor art festivals to indoor performances, exhibitions, and films. Round out the experience with a visit to the Torpedo Factory Art Center and shopping at boutiques and galleries. Pop into a café or dine in one of the city's acclaimed eateries, enjoy a glass of wine or craft beer. Go to visitalexandriava.com.
30. Fall's gorgeous hues abound during the Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens, about 12 miles from Wilmington, Del. From Oct. 29 to Nov. 20, some 200,000 chrysanthemums in vibrant yellow will drape the walls, form chandeliers and be arranged in other artful configurations inside the four-acre conservatory. Outside, gorgeous gourds and giant pumpkins decorate the sprawling grounds. Go to longwoodgardens.org.
31. Whether you're a model train buff, or simply love beautiful gardens, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania's annual Garden Railways Tour will delight. This self-guided tour of 10 private homes features working model trains set amid landscaped gardens. Sites are located in and around Lancaster, Pa. Tickets for the Oct. 9 event can be purchased at the museum or online. Go to rrmuseumpa.org or call 717-687-8628.
32. Need family-friendly activities that won't break the bank? Then head to Fairfax County, Va., for a variety of outdoor fall fun that's inexpensive — and sometimes free. Spend the day hiking or rock climbing at Great Falls National Park or savor the serenity of the new Korean Bell Garden at Meadowlark Gardens, said to be the only one of its kind in North America. Go to fxva.com.
33. Fall is an inspiring time to visit Washington as the national monuments, memorials and outdoor spaces take on a brighter hue. The National Arboretum in D.C. hosts a fall foliage display every year and also offers an orchid show, sale and exhibit on Oct. 8-10. Go to usna.usda.gov.
50 picture-perfect fall getaways
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