Mountain Fresh Orchard
Mountain Fresh Orchard is about 19 miles from A Touch of Luxury Cabin. This apple orchard near Lake Lure, is just a few minutes drive from Grandads Apples N Such, and Stepps Hillcrest Orchard. This is the perfect place for a pit stop, if you are driving in from Hendersonville and heading towards Lake Lure. All of their apples are pre-picked. They currently sell sixteen types of apple varieties; be sure to check out their apple ripening schedule. In addition to their apple dumplings, apple caramel cakes, apple cider donuts, and other apple bakery items, Mountain Fresh Orchard also has many canned goods such as relishes, chow chow, salsa, honey, syrups, and jellies, etc. Be sure to take home a can of their popular Granny's Old Fashion Apple Butter! During season, they also sell pumpkins and fall decorations.
Visit their website for their apple ripening schedule.
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Justus Orchard is 17 miles from our cabin, and a short drive to Grandads Apples N Such and Stepps Hillcrest Orchard. In addition to apple picking, Justus Orchard offers U-Pick blueberries. Blackberries are available July and August; apples are available mid August through early November. In the bakery, you will find many apple goodies such as apple fritters, apple cider donuts, apple cider slushies, and their famous apple fried pies with ice cream.
Labor Day weekend through October, "Good to the Bone BBQ" comes out to the orchard and sells BBQ plates. Every weekend at this apple orchard near Asheville, there will be plenty of activities for the kids such as feeding the farm animals, riding the cow train, and playing on the gigantic Jumping Pillow. They also sometimes have music, face painting, and other family activities.
Fast forward to 55 seconds in the video to watch the activities at the orchard.
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Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard
Stepp's HillCrest Orchard is 17 miles from A Touch of Luxury Cabin, and just a few minutes from Grandads Apples N' Such. Kids will love this apple orchard near Asheville, NC. On weekends families can enjoy taking wagon rides, practicing target skills by shooting apples from the Apple Cannon, or visiting the farm animals; they also have a 5 acre corn maze.
Be sure to try both the fresh pumpkin donuts and apple donuts, along with their apple cider and apple slushies. Feel free to bring a lunch to eat in their picnic table area. This orchard near Asheville, NC also has a pumpkin patch, and you can pick your own pumpkins to take home. Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard's 2018 fall season begins Labor Day weekend.
Watch the video to learn more about the apple orchard.
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Sky Top Orchard
Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock, NC, is within a 15 minute drive of Hot Dog World or Binions Roadhouse. This apple orchard near Asheville, North Carolina has gorgeous views from the top of Mt. McAlpine, so try to visit on a sunny day if possible. Sky Top Orchard has a play area for children, a bamboo forest to explore, and an area to visit farm animals. Bring coins for the feeding machine, if you would like to feed the geese, ducks, and goats. Wagon rides through the orchard are available for purchase. During the busy season the orchard can get very crowded; it is best to arrive early when they open, or after 3 p.m. Get your apple cider donuts early, as they are quite popular, and the line can get very long. Sky Top also has a gift shop where you can purchase pre-picked apples, and other apple treats and local goods. Call ahead to confirm availability if you want to pick apples and it is towards the end of the season, as the website information may not be up to date.
- Bring cash, as the line for the ATM can get long
- Find out where to purchase tickets for the wagon ride, before standing in line for the ride
- Download the orchard rules on their website
This is a great video of Sky Top Orchard, by Stan of Simply Easy DYI.
Kid's playground area with slides, swing sets, and miniature houses.
Arrive early if you want to avoid lines like this.
Visit their website for more information and to download orchard rules.
Grandad's Apples N' Such
Grandad's Apples N' Such is 19 miles from A Touch of Luxury Cabin. The orchard is open from July/August to early November. You can pick your own apples, or buy ones that have been pre-picked. On weekends during the fall, they have several kid activities, in addition to their five acre corn maze.
If you want to feed the goats at the Barnyard Corral, be sure to have a few quarters for the machine. This apple orchard near Asheville has a huge selection of pumpkins too. Grandad's Apples has a bakery with a large variety of apple goodies. Be sure to try their apple ice cream, apple cider donuts, and apple cider slushies. Shop in the Country Store for local homemade goods and gifts.
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