Area Attractions

We are located approximately an hour outside of Washington, DC, and Baltimore.

We are also  part of the Gettysburg Wine and Fruit Trail. For more information:

Below are some area attractions near our orchard:

  Downtown Frederick: Frederick’s historic downtown is a beautiful city, located about 20 minutes from our farm. Dotted with little shops, cafes, parks, and churches, Frederick is a great place to poke around on a nice afternoon. Baker Park, Carroll Creek, and Schifferstadt (the oldest house in Maryland) are some places to check out!For restaurants serving DLC check out:
 winetrail-logo-antietam Antietam Highlands Wine Trail: We are part of the Antietam Highlands Wine Traill, a collection of five wineries in our area (all can be visited in one day): Distillery Lane Ciderworks, Orchid Cellar Winery, Big Cork Vineyards, Red Heifer Winery, and Knob Hall Winery. The Antietam Highlands include the world-renowned Antietam National Battlefield, and several other Civil War battlefields and sites. South Mountain climbs to 2,140 feet, high above the Potomac River, and valleys below. The area includes five national parks, 10 state parks, and more than 30 museums.Web:
  South Mountain Creamery: South Mountain Creamery is a working dairy farm in the neighboring town of Middletown, MD (a 10-15 minute drive from Distillery Lane Ciderworks). It has been featured in the Washington Post, New York Times, and Dairy Business Magazine (they had the cover photo!). In 2006, the family who owns and operates the farm, the Sowers family, won the prestigious “Large Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year” award. South Mountain Creamery raises cows and over 110,000 white-laying hens (they have their Certified Humane Raised and Handled certification). Stop by their farm to watch the daily milking, help with the daily calf feeding, tour the farm, and buy some of their delicious dairy products (we recommend the ice cream!).8305 Bolivar Road, Middletown, MD, 21769Tel: (301) 371-8565Web:
  Orchid Cellar: Orchid Cellar is Maryland’s premier meadery, specializing in honey wines. Honey-based beverages date back to the time of the Egyptians, Greeks, Celts, and Mayans—the most notable tradition of mead-making can be found to this day in Poland. Orchid Cellar meticulously recreates some of the old recipes using their knowledge of modern chemistry and biology to understand the ancient process of mead-making. Visit the meadery in the neighboring town of Middletown, MD (a 10-15 minute drive from Distillery Lane Ciderworks) to tour the farm, taste the mead, and learn more about mead-making.8546 Pete Wiles Road, Middletown, MD, 21769Tel: (301) 473-3568Web:,-Inc.
  Dan’s Restaurant and Taphouse: Recently opened in June 2012, Dan’s Restaurant and Taphouse is already a favorite restaurant among locals. Located in their newly remodeled building on Boonsboro Square (in the neighboring town of Boonsboro, MD—a 10 minute drive from Distillery Lane Ciderworks), Dan’s showcases the best in local breweries, vineyards, and farms. Dan’s is also the first restaurant to offer DLC hard cider on tap, in addition to twenty-three other local and craft beers.3 South Main Street, Boonsboro, MD, 21713Tel: (301) 432-5224Web:
  Appalachian Trail: The Appalachian Trail is a multi-state pathway and trail that stretches from Maine to Georgia. In Maryland, the trail runs along the South Mountain ridgeline in Frederick and Washington counties (the trail is visible from Distillery Lane Ciderworks). Most of the trail corridor is in public ownership and has numerous scenic views and campsites along it.Web:
  Catoctin Creek Park and Nature Center: Catoctin Creek Park is one of the numerous areas for nature enthusiasts to visit while visiting Distillery Lane Ciderworks. The recently renovated Catoctin Creek Nature Center allows visitors to learn about the plant and wildlife in the park from staff naturalists, before hitting the trails. The trails form a big loop and you can walk the whole thing in about an hour. While visiting, be sure to check out the new indoor turtle pond exhibit!2929 Sumantown Road, Middletown, MD, 21769Tel: (301) 600-2050Web:
  Gathland State Park: Located just two miles from the farm, Gathland State Park is the closest entry point to the Appalachian Trail. The park was once the mountain home of George Alfred Townsend, a Civil War journalist. In the 1800’s, the property featured a unique collection of buildings and structures that were designed by Townsend. Today, the Main Hall and Lodge (both partially restored in the 1950s) still stand, as well as a stone monument that is dedicated to the memory of Civil War correspondents. In addition to visiting these buildings, visitors can also hike the Appalachian Trail, visit the museum, and eat a picnic lunch on the pavilion.900 Arnoldstown Road, Burkittsville, MD, 21718Tel: (301) 791-4767Web: