Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fall Fun!

Saturday we found ourselves with an unexpectedly free day.  No plans, nothing that needed to be done (at least not urgently), so we decided to do something fun!  After seeing this post over at Cass House about going to a local orchard to pick apples, I thought we should give it a try.  We also had a gift certificate to Michie Tavern, which happens to be right next door to the orchard, so this worked great!

We went to Carter Mountain Orchard in Charlottesville.  It was a cloudy morning, but perfect, not too hot. I think one of the best things about this orchard is the views.  It sits right on top of a mountain, on one side you have a view of Charlottesville, on the other, farm land and forest.  It is really beautiful!

Here is a view of the apple barn.  This is where they have their store, here you can find homemade apple cider donuts, hot and cold apple cider for $.50 a cup, all types of canned goods made from produce they grow, bird houses made from gourds, and of course, fresh picked apples, pumpkins, and squash.  Next to the apple barn they have a restraunt.

We decided to pick a few apples, just a few.  Well, hubby had a little too much fun with the apple picker. (a pole with a wire cage and bag on the end so you can get the apples in the top of the tree)  We ended up with a whole bushel of Jonagold apples.  Let me tell you, they are so good!!  Hubby had so much fun with the picker, he picked for other people too!  We had fun to say the least!

We also took a hay wagon ride around the orchard, which Little Monkey absolutely loved!  I took some pictures of her with some pumpkins, and a cut out of an apple with a worm in it.  It was a really fun time, and we want to go back!!

After we finished at the orchard, we went to Michie Tavern for lunch.  Michie Tavern is a fun experience, especially if you like history.  It is from the 1700's, and now serves traditional tavern fare from 11-4 each day.  They also have a gift store, Clothier where they sell period clothing and quilts, and other hand made items,

the Metal Smith where they sell all things metal, most of it made locally, and the last store is the General store, which used to be an old grain mill.  They sell all kinds of goodies, and they still have some of the old mill works on display. 

It was so fun just to be out and enjoy the fall weather with my family!  I am looking forward to more days like this.  Fall is my favorite season!


  1. Melissa, we have what we call "Apple Hill" here. It is a fun place to visit also. We, (Mr and I) were just saying that we should go as an assembly (can you imagine that!) one of these Sunday afternoons. Delicious apple pie and gift shops that sell everything from carmel to fudge to trinkets for the home. I haven't gone for quite a while and your post just wetted my appetitie. Now, just to find the time.

  2. Oh, Melissa, what a nice day y'all had! I want to do something fall-ish soon to get into the spirit of the season. This post is inspiring!

  3. That sounds like a fun day. My cousin is a docent at Michie Tavern. I've never been myself.

  4. Looks like you had a fun time! The Jonagolds are good, aren't they!

  5. Fun, Mel! I just love all the history around there. Definitely having to come visit you soon. (Within the next couple years.;) ) I really think the kids would enjoy seeing history up close. I love fall. We're heading to Robber's Cave Camp this weekend. Hoping to have some fall weather there but I think it is supposed to be in the eighties. Oh well. It will get here soon enough. Glad ya'll had a fun day.