There's nothing quite like Fall at Sugar Water Manor. The bright, vivid colors and myriad of autumnal scents is like a scenery overload. Gone are the heat and humidity, replaced by crisp Bay breezes and mellow temperatures and sun-drenched afternoons. Visiting Sugar Water Manor in the Fall is just so very lovely.
We are always excited to welcome guests to the lodging offerings at Sugar Water Manor, but there is something extra special in Autumn. In addition to the three unique accommodations, we share 70 acres of grounds with our guests.
With no more than 12 guests on the property at any one time, everyone is able to use all of our amenities at the same time, and find their own little piece of heaven. Whether you are looking for an active vacation or a relaxing, sleep-late kind of getaway, you can find it here. Sugar Water Manor is really the perfect place to explore the Eastern Shore, MD.
Things To Do In Fall at Sugar Water Manor
1. Do some farm work.
Allow it may be easy to forget that this is a working farm, it definitely is. Guests are not required to do anything, but aren’t you intrigued? Want to find out how to feed a goat or collect eggs from a hen or harvest vegetables to use for your dinner?
Fall is generally harvest time and that means it is a great time to learn more about how the farm works. Things at Sugar Water Manor are organic and ever changing but all guests, even kids, are always welcome to help on the farm. All you have to do is ask, and we’ll be sure to inform you of the chores that need to be done and any farm plans happening during your stay. Fall is also when we start preparing and planting for our winter gardens.
2. Harvest vegetables.
For those visiting the farm in the Fall, get ready for some amazingly delicious fresh produce. For the most part, you will find the vegetables we have planted will be ready for harvest in August and September.
Our garden includes 7 fields, 12 raised beds, and 2 cold frames. Each is tenderly cared for using only organic practices. The produce changes every season, so there is always something fresh to harvest.
3. Enjoy the fire pit.
After the heat of the summer has passed, there is nothing quite like sitting around a campfire after a long day of activities (or a long day of nothing). During the fall and winter, the fire pit at Sugar Water Manor is the perfect spot to watch the sunset, enjoy some s’mores or even cook your dinner. We adore it when we see guests taking advantage of this natural “oven”. And kids love it too!
Want to get into the camping spirit? Here are a few of our favorite fire pit meals:
Hot Dogs on a stick
Kabobs with chicken, beef and/or fresh vegetables
Foil wrapped beef cubes and vegetables
Foil wrapped sausage with peppers
Hash browns, ham and an egg cracked on top
4. Stroll along the Manokin River.
Even when the summer is over and it might be a little too cold to get in the water for some people, it is still a fascinating place to be.
Spend some time just sitting and watching the flow of the river. Take a long stroll during low tide to try to find unique shells. Have a rock skipping contest. You can even try to spot the majestic Bald Eagles or darling deer who live in the area. Kayaking is just about year around (unless we have a big freeze) here, back some extra clothes to get a little wet and head off on a paddle.
5. Go fishing
At Sugar Water Manor, we are happy to provide our guests with fishing rods to fish straight from the beach on our property. You might catch one of the rockfish. You might even be able to find some other fun things on the end of your rod.
6. Get adventurous
While many of our guests opt to partake in a whole lot of relaxing, there are others who are looking for something a little more thrilling. Getting out and exploring, go fishing and there is duck hunting locally. For others, kayaking is more their speed. Even in the Fall guests are encouraged to take out one of the kayaks on property and try to navigate the Manokin River for an afternoon.
Head on over to Deal Island and check out birds and ducks who may start migrating up for the winter. Plan a journey over to Smith Island.
7. Play with the cutest animals.
For animal-lovers, or those who don’t have the benefit of being around animals a lot, the furry friends at Sugar Water Manor are always a hit.
The goats (Oscar, Chester, Otis, Annabelle, Willie, Penelope, Magnolia, Willow and Jack) will warmly welcome you to play with them. Likewise, we have over 40 chickens and 23 ducks who will happily enjoy your company.
No matter what you do during your farm stay at Sugar Water Manor, just be sure to leave the stress and anxiety behind. Be prepared to ditch your cell phone and instead spend time wandering and simply enjoying nature.
There are countless wonders all around and Fall at Sugar Water Manor is a fantastic time to find them.