Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Great October Adventure III

In years past our family has dedicated some special time to get together and go on The Great October Adventure. OEventually our adventures somehow spilt over into the other months of the year but October still holds a special place in our hearts.  This year we knew we wanted a place with great views, that didn't involve hours and hours of driving and preferably a place with a winery or two near by.   (Hello!  It's Virginia Wine Month people)  After some discussion we decided on the Charlotsville area!

There are a number of reasons to visit Charlotsville but since this was an adventure we wanted something that got us outside and free to roam around.  Carter Mountain Orchard was our pick for the day.  I did a little research on the orchard and Saturday morning my parents, the kids, Mark and myself set off on the 3rd Great October Adventure.  Less than two hours from the house and right off of I-64 at exit 121, Carter Mountain is not hard to find.

Word of advise....get here EARLY if you are going this time of year.  Usually the 2th and 3rd weekend of October are prime times for the leaves (not this year sadly) so hotels book up fast, wineries get swamped and apprently orchards fill to capacity.  There is a mile long road going up the mountain before getting to the orchard.  When we arrived, about 9:45 am, we were able to get a parking spot without too much effort....but when we left, around noon, there were cars all the way down that mile long road!  

 There are apples already picked, apples for you to pick, pumpkins to buy, hay rides to ride (for $3), apple cider donuts to eat, wine shops to browse and a backery to shop in. 

I asked for smiles here......

And silly faces here.....I don't really see a difference.  LOL.

More advise....try the donuts!  Even if you try just one....they are AWESOME!  We got a dozen....they disappeared fast!

Can anyone tell me what these are...I have no clue

One of those great views

Yo dad...what are you looking at?

We tried the donuts, picked our own apples, went on the hey ride and got lots of good old country fresh air.  We enjoyed the visit.  I do think next time I will go when it's NOT supposed to be peak leaf turning time.  Far too many people for me!  If you want to read about past October Adventures you can do so here and here

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