Salutations! Last weekend we took the family on a day trip to pick fresh Fuji apples on Carter Mountain in Charlottesville, Virginia. Our teenage son has been hoping to go apple picking for the past couple of fall seasons and we kept putting it off because it’s a little over a two hour drive. We’re more of a one hour day trip kind of family, but we powered through. Grin.
It was well worth the long trek! The drive was beautiful with the changing leaves and blue skies. We arrived at Carter Mountain to a rustic red barn, simple and charming. There is a deck off the back lined with picnic tables that overlooks the orchards. The view was an expansive landscape of apple orchards and blue skies and we enjoyed the crisp mountain air. We munched on warm apple donuts first thing and then headed up the hill to the Fuji orchards. It was such a fun day! There were young families, couples, people with their dogs, girl scout troops, and families of several generations. It’s a great destination for everyone to enjoy. There is a bus to carry people up the mountain if you don’t want to hike.
The apples we picked are crisp and sweet, and my son has already whipped up a pie. On the way out we purchased more donuts to take home and hot cider for the ride. They’re taking pre-orders for Thanksgiving pies now.