I am not a morning person, but there is something about catching the sunrise that I can’t resist. When I was little, my cousin and I used to climb up on the roof overlooking the ocean on the rare occasion when we actually woke up on time. Day after day we overslept, but on the days we didn’t we would sit up there for what felt like forever and talk about everything.
In the wee morning hours while it was still dark, my sister and I snuck out in her vintage bug, Murphy, driving north towards Sugarloaf Mountain. When I head out for an adventure, I like to bring a nice big tote packed with my DSLR camera, a few lenses, a snack or two, sunglasses and my wallet. I like that this tote has a front pocket where I can easily slip my phone and keys.
Sugarloaf Mountain is covered in oaks, hiking paths and rock formations perfect for climbing and surrounded by luscious green pastures. The park is open daily from 8:00 AM until one hour before sunset, but if you make a mini road trip at sunrise, there are plenty of spots along the country roads where you cam stop for stunning views.
If you go in the afternoon, visit the winery at the base of the mountain for a few samples or a full picnic. They sell cheese plates, wine by the bottle and have tables set up outside in addition to an indoor space. Your pups can join you, too. Sugarloaf Mountain is a quick drive from DC on 270 North. I’ve been making day trips here with my family for as long as I can remember.