Is there anything more picturesque than an apple orchard on a crisp day? Aside from
pumpkin patches and corn mazes, it’s hard to think of anything more quintessentially fall. Living in Virginia means you have the option to visit some of the most beautiful apple-picking places in the country. The following is a list of places where you’ll love to spend some quality outdoor time this autumn.
1. Carter Mountain Orchard (Charlottesville)
Carter Mountain is a family-run orchard located just outside of Charlottesville. This pristine location offers pick-your-own fruit essentially any time that there is fruit on the vines, and apple season just so happens to be one of the most popular. The orchard is open seven days a week, and also includes a country store and bakery.
2. Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard (Tyro)
Silver Creek Orchard began as a packing shed in the 1950s. Today, this charming local business produces some of the finest apples in the area. The picking season begins in September and runs through October as well. There's also the popular Apple Butter Makin' Festival during the first and second Saturdays in October.
3. Stribling Orchard (Markham)
This breathtaking orchard has been farmed by the Stribling family for six generations. Spending a day here will be the country vacation you've always dreamed of, complete with apple picking, mountain views, and freshly baked goods. You owe it to yourself to experience the deliciousness of these freshly baked apple pies.
4. Crooked Run Orchard (Purcellville)
In the 1700s, the farmland that is now home to Crooked Run Orchard once belonged to Quakers. Today, the orchard grows all kinds of fruits. Apple-pickers will be able to choose from eleven various kinds, including Golden Delicious, Braeburn, and Suncrisp. Visitors can also visit the cidery and learn all about the fascinating process behind this seasonal drink.
5. Hollin Farms (Delaplane)
Not too far from Washington D.C., Hollin Farms is a family farm that specializes in grass-fed beef, vegetables, and pick-your-own fruits. While apples are certainly among the most popular produce, visitors are also encouraged to browse and take home some of the freshly grown fall vegetables.
6. Morris Orchard (Monroe)
The breathtaking Morris Orchard is nestled at the foot of High Peak Mountain in Monroe. Not only does this farm produce incredible fruit, it also ensures a memorable experience to anyone who visits. The combination of a small farm with a big view is the perfect setting to pick your own apples and enjoy some freshly-pressed cider.
7. Vintage Virginia Apples (North Garden)
Vintage Virginia Apples is the place where unique and extraordinary heirloom apples are grown every fall season. Also on site is Virginia Ciderworks, where visitors can taste these local flavors in action. It's hard to imagine a setting more beautiful to learn about these fruits.
8. Graves' Mountain Lodge
The Graves' Mountain Lodge Harvest Festival celebrates all things apple and has been a tradition for nearly 50 years. October is the month for hayrides, live music, delicious food, and of course, apple picking. This year's events will take place during the first three weekends in October.
Have you visited any of these lovely apple orchards? Be sure to share your experience with us!