Carter’s Mountain Orchard, Charlottesville VA

IMG_2781The past two weekends, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the gorgeous Charlottesville Va. area and of course Carter’s Mountain Apple Orchard. The first trip was a day trip with my girlfriends to celebrate a birthday, the second trip was for the entire weekend with my sweet family.

Carter’s Mountain is always our first stop when traveling to Charlottesville. Let me tell you, this place oozes with stunning autumn ambiance with everything you need for a day trip with friends or fun outing with your family.

The anticipation always mounts with each visit as we make our way up the heavily wooded and windy road. It’s the perfect entrance to set the scene for the breathtaking summit. We pass the rolling hills of grape vines and apple trees lined up like dutiful soldiers as we reach the top. IMG_2803

I know it’s almost time enjoy the stunning views but maybe more importantly to retrieve our prized apple cider donuts. Nobody does them better than Carter’s Mountain Orchard.

Of course there are acres and acres of beautifully plump apples of every variety, delicious hot cider and huge bins of every shade of pumpkins and gourds you can imagine. Falls bounty is evident everywhere you look. Scenic hayrides through the orchards roll by as we make our way to the charming little shop with wine, food, gifts and seasonal home decor. But we are there for one reason and one reason only, the apple cider donuts and dramatic vistas, also the hot cider… ok maybe two or three reasons!

IMG_2956Grab a dozen donuts, a cup of fresh hot cider and take in the sensational views of downtown Charlottesville. This is a really unique place with the perfect country charm you will love especially during the holiday season.

What a great place to bring the family and pick some fresh apples from the endless rows that make up the historical family owned orchard. But if picking apples


is not your thing, not to worry! There’s an array of apples and seasonable delights for you to choose from at the market. Check out their website at to get all the details and don’t let another weekend go by without visiting Carter’s Mountain.

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