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Six Places to Chop Down Your Tree, And Six to Eat

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The hardier folks among us get out of the city to chop down their own Christmas tree. If you're one of those people who make it an annual tradition to find a fresh tree, then consider this your roadside eating and dining guide. Eater DC points out a few dining spots a short drive away from some of DC's most popular tree farms, with a focus on the Leesburg and Frederick areas. It's the fuel you'll need before or after all that swinging, chopping and sawing.
—Tim Ebner


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mayne's Tree Farm

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3420 Buckeystown Pike
Buckeystown, Maryland 21717
301-662-4320
Chop: At the Mayne's Tree Farm, a family run operation, you cut down your own tree and then haul it back on a tractor-pulled hayride. Located in historic Buckeystown, just east of Frederick, this tree farm carries Scotch and White Pines, Douglas and Fraser Firs, and Norway Spruces.

2. Gaver Christmas Tree Farm

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5501 Detrick Rd
Mt Airy, MD 21771
(301) 865-3515
Chop: The Gaver Tree Farm is a 50-acre farm in Mt. Airy offering six different varieties of trees. If you forget the saw at home, the farm provides you with one free of charge.

3. Clemsonville Christmas Tree Farm

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10120 Clemsonville Rd
Union Bridge, MD 21791
410-848-6083
Chop: The Clemsonville Christmas Tree Farm was once home to the Guinness Book of World Record's largest Christmas wreath. The family-run farm also sells a number of smaller wreaths that will fit inside your car, and trees costs $20 to chop down.

4. AKA Friscos

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4632 Wedgewood Blvd
Frederick, MD 21703
(301) 698-0018
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Eat: An off-the-beaten but well-known spot for those in Frederick, AKA Friscos has been serving up lunch and dinner for more than 15 years and prides itself on a number of homestyle dishes and sandwiches. Try the exploded mash potatoes when you go.

5. Family Meal

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880 N East St.
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 378-2895
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Eat: Bryan Voltaggio's Family Meal opened this summer in a converted Nissan dealership. The diner serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner using local and farm-fresh ingredients. This is a more casual, come as you are restaurant for Voltaggio, and it has a kids’ menu. Reservations are accepted for groups of six or more.

6. Brewer's Alley

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124 N Market St
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 631-0089
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Eat: If you’re in need of a beer, Brewer’s Alley brews five year-round beers and a selection of seasonals, including its winter brew, the Scotch Ale. This beer is heavier in flavor and malty in taste. Brewer’s Alley is open for lunch and dinner.

7. Loudoun Nursery

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16463 Short Hill Road
Purcellville, VA 20132
Chop: Don’t like the idea of chopping and killing your tree? Loudoun Nursery has a number of potted conifers that will last well beyond Christmas. The nursery also has a field where you can cut your own tree. Trees in the field are priced at $70.00 up to 10 feet and $100.00 for larger trees.

8. Day Star Farm

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703-327-6269
Chop: There are a number of extras, including Christmas music, a candy cane tree, and a wondering donkey that roams this farm. Choose from White and Scotch Pines or Norway, White and Blue Spruces.

9. Buttonwood Christmas Tree Farm

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22042 Newlin Mill Road
Middleburg, Virginia 20117
Chop: Located in western Loudoun County, the farm has views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and serves hot apple cider. Trees include Norway and Blue Spruce, Canaan and Concolor Fir and White Pine for $60.

10. Magnolias at the Mill

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198 N 21st St
Purcellville, VA 20132
(540) 338-9800
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Eat: On Thursday, Magnolias at the Mills introduces its “12 Beers of Christmas” menu. This special dinner features a five course meal, along with two beers per pairings, plus a special icebreaker and nightcap drink.

11. Fireworks Pizza

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201 Harrison Street SE
Leesburg, VA 20175
(703) 779-8400
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Eat: The menu is made-up of local ingredients and some gluten free pizzas. The Barcelona pizza is topped with chorizo, cheese, olives and peppers.

12. The Q Company

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17 Catoctin Circle SE
Leesburg, VA 20175
(540) 450-6710
Eat: This restaurant was recently opened by husband and wife team, Mitchell and Sara Matzek. There are no salads here, but you will find Brisket, Pork, Ribs, Sausage, and fried Oreos.

1. Mayne's Tree Farm

3420 Buckeystown Pike, Buckeystown, Maryland 21717
Chop: At the Mayne's Tree Farm, a family run operation, you cut down your own tree and then haul it back on a tractor-pulled hayride. Located in historic Buckeystown, just east of Frederick, this tree farm carries Scotch and White Pines, Douglas and Fraser Firs, and Norway Spruces.
3420 Buckeystown Pike
Buckeystown, Maryland 21717

2. Gaver Christmas Tree Farm

5501 Detrick Rd, Mt Airy, MD 21771
Chop: The Gaver Tree Farm is a 50-acre farm in Mt. Airy offering six different varieties of trees. If you forget the saw at home, the farm provides you with one free of charge.
5501 Detrick Rd
Mt Airy, MD 21771

3. Clemsonville Christmas Tree Farm

10120 Clemsonville Rd, Union Bridge, MD 21791
Chop: The Clemsonville Christmas Tree Farm was once home to the Guinness Book of World Record's largest Christmas wreath. The family-run farm also sells a number of smaller wreaths that will fit inside your car, and trees costs $20 to chop down.
10120 Clemsonville Rd
Union Bridge, MD 21791

4. AKA Friscos

4632 Wedgewood Blvd, Frederick, MD 21703
Eat: An off-the-beaten but well-known spot for those in Frederick, AKA Friscos has been serving up lunch and dinner for more than 15 years and prides itself on a number of homestyle dishes and sandwiches. Try the exploded mash potatoes when you go.
4632 Wedgewood Blvd
Frederick, MD 21703

5. Family Meal

880 N East St., Frederick, MD 21701
Eat: Bryan Voltaggio's Family Meal opened this summer in a converted Nissan dealership. The diner serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner using local and farm-fresh ingredients. This is a more casual, come as you are restaurant for Voltaggio, and it has a kids’ menu. Reservations are accepted for groups of six or more.
880 N East St.
Frederick, MD 21701

6. Brewer's Alley

124 N Market St, Frederick, MD 21701
Eat: If you’re in need of a beer, Brewer’s Alley brews five year-round beers and a selection of seasonals, including its winter brew, the Scotch Ale. This beer is heavier in flavor and malty in taste. Brewer’s Alley is open for lunch and dinner.
124 N Market St
Frederick, MD 21701

7. Loudoun Nursery

16463 Short Hill Road, Purcellville, VA 20132
Chop: Don’t like the idea of chopping and killing your tree? Loudoun Nursery has a number of potted conifers that will last well beyond Christmas. The nursery also has a field where you can cut your own tree. Trees in the field are priced at $70.00 up to 10 feet and $100.00 for larger trees.
16463 Short Hill Road
Purcellville, VA 20132

8. Day Star Farm

41374 Reservoir Road, Leesburg 20175
Chop: There are a number of extras, including Christmas music, a candy cane tree, and a wondering donkey that roams this farm. Choose from White and Scotch Pines or Norway, White and Blue Spruces.

9. Buttonwood Christmas Tree Farm

22042 Newlin Mill Road, Middleburg, Virginia 20117
Chop: Located in western Loudoun County, the farm has views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and serves hot apple cider. Trees include Norway and Blue Spruce, Canaan and Concolor Fir and White Pine for $60.
22042 Newlin Mill Road
Middleburg, Virginia 20117

10. Magnolias at the Mill

198 N 21st St, Purcellville, VA 20132
Eat: On Thursday, Magnolias at the Mills introduces its “12 Beers of Christmas” menu. This special dinner features a five course meal, along with two beers per pairings, plus a special icebreaker and nightcap drink.
198 N 21st St
Purcellville, VA 20132

11. Fireworks Pizza

201 Harrison Street SE, Leesburg, VA 20175
Eat: The menu is made-up of local ingredients and some gluten free pizzas. The Barcelona pizza is topped with chorizo, cheese, olives and peppers.
201 Harrison Street SE
Leesburg, VA 20175

12. The Q Company

17 Catoctin Circle SE, Leesburg, VA 20175
Eat: This restaurant was recently opened by husband and wife team, Mitchell and Sara Matzek. There are no salads here, but you will find Brisket, Pork, Ribs, Sausage, and fried Oreos.
17 Catoctin Circle SE
Leesburg, VA 20175

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