- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 5, 2004

When you go:

What: Ticonderoga Farms

Location: 26175 Ticonderoga Road, Chantilly.

Directions: Take Interstate 66 west to Route 50. Take Route 50 west for about 12 miles. Make a left onto Gum Springs Road and go about three miles. Make a left onto Ticonderoga Road.

Hours: Open from 8 a.m. to dark Mondays through Saturdays and from 9 a.m. to dark Sundays, through Dec. 24.

Parking: Parking lots available throughout the farm.

Admission: Free. Tree prices range from $24 (for trees shorter than 5 feet) to $250 (for 12-foot trees). For trees taller than 12 feet, Ticonderoga charges per foot. An oversized Fraser fir, one of the most popular trees, costs $56 per foot. Prices include tax.

Information: Phone: 703/327-4424 or click on www.ticonderoga.com

Miscellaneous: Wear sturdy, mud-proof shoes, as choosing and cutting a tree can involve getting a little muddy, particularly if it’s raining or snowing.

Dozens of Christmas tree farms can be found within an hour’s drive of the District. Some of them offer choose-and-cut. For a long list of farms, check the Web sites of the National Christmas Tree Association (www.christmastree.org) and the Christmas Tree Farm Network (www.christmas-tree.com).

The following is a small, random selection from those lists:

Virginia:

• Cedar Forest, 6501 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, 703/866-9494.

• May Tree Enterprises, 7809 Sudley Road, Manassas, 304/257-8887.

• The Christmas Tree Place, 37601 Allder School Road, Purcellville, 540/338-2947.

Maryland:

• Butler’s Orchard, 22200 David Mill Road, Germantown, 301/972-3299.

• Rocky Top Tree Farm, 26010 Long Corner Road, Gaithersburg, 301/253-4750.

• Tanner’s Enchanted Forest, 14300 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine, 301/579-2238.

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