Oct 25, 2012

Heaven on Earth!

Is this heaven on earth? Absolutely! It is Carter Mountain Orchard!

Apple picking isn't new to us; but apple picking in Carter Mountain Orchard was a unique experience!

Carter Mountain Orchard is located in Charlottesville, Virginia on a huge mountain. As you drive up the mountain you would wonder how is it even possible to grow apples in such a mountain. The roads are almost perpendicular to the sky(!) and it sure feels like you are driving up to heaven!

Once up there, you would forget you are on a mountain top as the ground is leveled flat. Yet the view of the rest of the Virgnia down below is amazing! There is also a huge vineyard where you can pluck your own wine grapes and press it into wine. Unfortunately we didn't have the time to visit there.

Last weekend when we visited they had Winesap and Fuji variety of apples for picking. Both were delicious. Upon entry you are handed a plastic bag for picking your own apples. You are allowed to eat as much as you want, for no cost. For the ones you decide to take home with you, you pay a reasonable price of $1.99 per lb.

The hay ride is $3.00 per person and they take you all the way around the apple trees. It was a fun experience traveling with my cousin and aunt & family.

They also sell apple cider donuts which are made right in front of your eyes and you can eat it fresh & still warm. It is absolutely delicious and we finished two dozenn donuts in a few minutes! Cousin Bibin was so kind to get us black coffee which went so well with the donuts.

If you ever happen upon Virginia, I strongly recommend you visit Carter Mountain Orchard. If you are far away to "ever happen upon Virginia" no worries; I will take you along the hay ride. Hop on in and hold on tight! Here we go...

Heaven on earth indeed - is it not?!


Rachna said...

Wow looks wonderful. I have done cherry picking quite a few years back. It was a great experience.

Balachandran V said...

Those apples look biblical! So tempting! :-) Wish you had pics on the landscape as well.

Mom with a Dot said...

Aw.....I love the kids waving their hands out trying to reach !! SO cute :)

Anonymous said...

What a cute video! I love to make chicken salad with chopped apples and mayonnaise. I also add lychees and celery to it. Delicious!

KParthasarathi said...

How I wish I were there along with you people and I like particularly the hay ride making things easy

anilkurup said...

You know , I have been awed by the apples and pears that are temptingly smiling from trees by the wayside while on the roads in Europe or the US. During my business travels, I have even jumped out of the car and picked from tees.
It was I think until some back in India asked me why be so fascinated with apples on trees in the West, while the same elation is not in us when we see bunches of mangoes on trees in India.

I wonder why we have this special awe for apples.

eye in the sky said...

I'm truly envious of this experience. Would love to pick apples too. :)

Bikramjit said...

now that is a good video :)

an apple a day keeps the doctor away he he he h


R. Ramesh said...

couldnot post on sandy post..hence here.take care friend..hope all's well..

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