Weekend in the Carolinas: Apple Picking and Hiking
Can we all just agree that fall is really the best time of the year for travel? The weather is perfect, the colors are unreal, and there are so many charming festivals and events going on. Normally, Hal, Rory, and I take a weeklong fall trip, but this year we headed out for a weekend jam-packed with fall goodness.
My parents recently moved to Greenville, SC, and I’ve been trying to convince Hal to let us move into their guest room. They graciously let us invite ourselves over and - even better - joined us for our autumn adventures.
First up: apple picking! I have always wanted to go (read: to eat the apple cider doughnuts that always seem to be at orchards in Instagram feeds). We visited Grandad’s Apples n' Such just outside Hendersonville, NC. It's about an hour-long drive from Greenville, but you drive through the prettiest views of bright fall-colored leaves and misty foothills. Seriously, it's like a scene from the Lord of the Rings.
Apple picking was a dream come true. And I will continue to dream about the cider doughnuts, caramel apple oatmeal cookies, and fresh hot apple cider. And now that I’m a pro (haha), a few tips/facts. 1) Get there right at opening if you can to avoid crowds. It gets cray. 2) Get dressed knowing you will be alternately chilly/hot and will probably get a little muddy. Hats are also a good idea! 3) You can take your dog! (As long as they’re on a leash.) 4) Be prepared to wait in line at the bakery and to indulge in touristy and kid-friendly goodness such as pumpkin patches and petting zoos. 5) Everything (and I do mean everything) in the bakery is delicious, but definitely don’t skip the hot cider or the doughnuts.
The next day we all packed up for a quick jaunt around Paris Mountain’s lake trail, an easy, short walk with gorgeous views of the lake and aallllll the pretty leaves. Again, it’s dog-friendly with leashes (though I did see several pups without leashes playing in the lake water!). You can also rent paddle boats, canoes, and kayaks. Really the perfect way for the whole family to enjoy the fall weather.
We’ll definitely be headed back to Paris Mountain for some of the longer trails once the temps get even cooler. If you have other Greenville (or nearby) recommendations, please leave a comment!
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