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Mayne's Tree Farm
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Six Places to Chop Down Your Tree, And Six to Eat

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Mayne's Tree Farm
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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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Mayne's Tree Farm

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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.

Gaver Christmas Tree Farm

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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.

Clemsonville Christmas Tree Farm

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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.

AKA Friscos

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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.

Family Meal

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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.

Brewer's Alley

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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.

Loudoun Nursery

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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.

Day Star Farm

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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.

Buttonwood Christmas Tree Farm

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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.

Magnolias at the Mill

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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.

Fireworks Pizza

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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.

The Q Company

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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.

Mayne's Tree Farm

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.

Gaver Christmas Tree Farm

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.

Clemsonville Christmas Tree Farm

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.

AKA Friscos

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.

Family Meal

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.

Brewer's Alley

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.

Loudoun Nursery

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.

Day Star Farm

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.

Buttonwood Christmas Tree Farm

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.

Magnolias at the Mill

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.

Fireworks Pizza

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.

The Q Company

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.

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