The next time you’re vacationing in Gordonsville, Virginia, consider Carter Mountain Orchard. The orchard in Charlottesville, open mid-April through November plus weekends in December, is the place to go to pick your own fruits. You and your family can make your way up the hill to grab whatever is ripe and ready. Then you can look forward to enjoying the true fruits of your labor.
Apple picking is a great family-friendly activity for vacationers of all ages. The relaxing, laid-back atmosphere at the orchard will be just the thing you need to wind down on your trip. You can enjoy peaches as well as all kinds of apples—Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji and Pink Lady to name a few.
If you don’t have time to wander through the trees and grab your own fruit, you can purchase ready-picked fruit in Grandma Ruth’s Country Market to take back with you to the resort or home. If you are interested in farm-fresh produce, you will also find fresh vegetables, pickable pumpkins and other special treats. And what’s a visit to an orchard without a cool cup of cider and a homemade donut to go with it? At Aunt Sarah’s Bakery you can grab some of both, along with other sweet treats.
And if you go to to the Carter Mountain Orchard, keep in mind other area spots worth checking out right near the apple orchard—like the Thomas Jefferson home at Monticello and the historic Michie Tavern, where you can dine the way people dined in the 18th century, complete with servers in Colonial attire. It’s all worth the half-hour drive from Gordonsville.