Western North Carolina this time of the year boasts of many u-pick apple orchards. Our family recently spent a Saturday morning at Sky Top Apple Orchard in Flat Rock, NC. Our daughters have
The Mountains Are Calling And We Must Go Part 2
Western North Carolina this time of the year boasts of many u-pick apple orchards. Our family recently spent a Saturday morning at Sky Top Apple Orchard in Flat Rock, NC. Our daughters have an annual tradition of going to the orchard, but this was our first time visiting.
At the recommendation of our daughters, we started out early in the morning and by the time we arrived…people were already literally “pouring” into the parking lot! There was an excitement in the air…along with the amazing smell of Apple Cider Doughnuts!! These doughnuts are delicious hot or cold, but if you are lucky enough to get them while they are HOT…well, they go to a whole new level! There is NO way you can eat just one!
There are ponds with ducks and geese, a barnyard area with chickens, sheep, goats, peacocks and more. They have lots of picnic areas and they even have a bamboo forest for the kids to explore.
Not only are the panoramic mountain views breathtaking, but the bins of all the different color apple varieties just somehow get you in the mood for Fall…which just so happens to be my favorite time of the year!
After we left the orchard, we headed down to the picturesque little town of Saluda. One of the things that make the historical town of Saluda unique is that it is located at the top of the steepest railroad grade in the country. In addition, many of the buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Something you "history buffs" might also enjoy is the Saluda Historic Depot located in the center of town. There are also many quaint little inns, cabins and cottages in the area that are available for rent.
Don’t be fooled by Saluda’s simple one-street downtown…it has great little restaurants and lots of unique shops. One of my favorite stores is the General Store. There are things in this store that you can’t find anywhere else and haven’t seen in years! I could rummage around in here for hours!
At the end of your day, stop in The Purple Onion and enjoy a great meal...featuring items with locally raised and organically grown ingredients. They also have a great outdoor dining area and, if you happen to be there on a Thursday or Saturday evening, you just might be able to enjoy some live music.
Sky Top Orchard and Saluda are just a couple more reasons we are blessed to call North Carolina home. There are so many beautiful areas convenient to the Metro Charlotte area. If you are looking for a fun little day trip or a weekend mountain adventure to just "get away from it all", we would highly recommend a trip to the western region of our beautiful state.
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