Sky Top Orchard

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Can you believe that this was our first time apple picking?! As many times as we’ve been to the mountains, it’s never really been in the when the apples are ripe. On our way home from our friends’ wedding and cabin weekend outside of Asheville, we stopped by Sky Top Orchard. It was SO hot and very crowded. Evidently we weren’t the only people that thought the orchard would be the perfect spot to spend a Sunday afternoon! We spent a lot of time wandering around the orchard, sipping on apple slushees, and munching kettle corn! A lot of the apples we usually buy at the grocery store were already picked through, but we were able to get some varieties we’ve never heard of before. The orchard is set up to provide fun for the whole family, with a little bee train pulled behind a tractor, a bamboo walk, petting zoo, pumpkin patch, and general store area with treats to eat there or take to go. I would definitely make a trip back but maybe on a much cooler day! Have you ever been apple picking? I’d love to know which farm is your favorite.

My tips for visiting Sky Top Orchard:

  1. Make your way to the stands first. You’ll need pre-purchase a basket to visit the orchard.

  2. Bring a bottle of water!

  3. Stop by an ATM for cash before you get there to avoid the line.

  4. Wear tennis shoes! It’s rocky walking downhill and easy to slip.

  5. Come hungry for kettle corn, apple cider donuts, and frozen apple slushees.

  6. Opt for a mid-week visit over a weekend.

  7. Check to see which apples are currently picking before you come if you’re particular about the variety. Since you have to buy so many in a basket, you may want to have a few recipes in mind that will work with the texture and flavor profile of the apples you come home with.

  8. Baby-wearing is the way to go! Leave your strollers in the car up the hill.

  9. Bring a camera to capture all those priceless memories.

  10. Consider inviting your furry friends along with you! They’re allowed in the fields but not in the stand. We met another Airedale in the picnic area!