Carter Mountain Orchard, Charlottesville
As were heading towards what feels decidedly like winter, with icy cold and frosty mornings where you can see puffs of breath forming little white clouds in the air, I thought I’d bid goodbye to fall with this little throwback post from sunny Virginia.
After heading down the winding mountain roads of the Shenandoah Valley’s Skyline Drive, we took a trip to a local orchard that seemed to be extremely popular with the locals.
The sun was blazing in the sky and it was just below 30 degrees, but the leaves had already started turning and the orchard was offering its colorful harvest of apples and pumpkins. It felt a little like we were stuck in an odd limbo between summer and fall.
We wandered around and admired the fruit being offered, and browsed the little shop for souvenirs of the edible and decorative kind. Fall and Thanksgiving decorations were abundant, and we strolled past shelves upon shelves stocked with apple butter, jams, and other delicacies.
After some time in the sun and heat (hey, we live in Denmark, we don’t get those kinds of temperatures very often!), we took the opportunity to cool off with some delicious apple cider slushies. If you’ve never had one, it may just change your life!
There were heaps and heaps of pumpkins in all shapes, sizes, and colors.
And, of course, a big ol’ pumpkin patch!
There were hayrides through the orchard, or just venturing out on your own to pick apples at your heart’s desire – pay by the pound.
Feeling a bit lazy, we instead opted to sit on the terrace by the small cafe, enjoy the view over the rolling hills of the Shenandoah Valley, and sink our teeth in some pumpkin donuts.
Yes, they were as good as they sound!
We ultimately did take a little stroll into one of the orchards, but the trees were growing so wildly that it was a bit too much of an obstacle course for our taste (and our shoes).
I’m currently day-dreaming myself back to the sunny hills of Virginia, with its beautiful orchards and wineries (see one of them in this post). I guess I’ll just have to make another cup of apple-cinnamon tea and turn up the “hygge” instead…
Do you know any pick-yourself orchards around Copenhagen? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to go sometime!
Carter Mountain Orchard | 1435 Carters Mountain Trail, Charlottesville, VA 22902 | website