Yesterday, my parents and I went to visit and explore the Apple Hill Area, where there are an abundance of apple orchards and farms, and also pumpkin patches and wineries. It was about a 2 hour drive, but everything we got to eat and each orchard and farm we went to offered a different experience that was enjoyable and memorable.
Our first stop was Rainbow Orchards, home of the apple cider doughnut. These doughnuts are AMAZING. They’re coated in sugar and are delicious. Definitely worth the wait in line.
In addition to the doughnuts, we also bought fresh pressed apple cider and two varieties of apples, the Rome Beauty and Pink Lady. Can’t wait to bite into one! I also purchased an heirloom pumpkin for a Halloween decoration (apparently you can roast and eat them as well). For now, it’s going to sit on the porch so trick or treaters to look at.
After Rainbow, we headed to Larsen’s, just a bit farther down the road. They’re known for their apple pies, so we bought one and it’s now in our freezer waiting for Thanksgiving to arrive. They had a family apple farm museum with all kinds of artifacts, and of course, the apple farm where there were boxes upon boxes of apples to choose from. After sampling a couple of apples, we ended up picking out the Arkansas Black variety. They have a very dark red color to them, almost like a plum.
We then traveled to Jack Russell’s Farm, which in addition to brewing hard cider, has a beer brewery, a winery, and a meadery (mead is a fermented honey drink). We did tastings of both beer and hard cider. My personal favorites were the pumpkin spice and apple ales, and the blackberry hard cider.
Our last apple orchard/pumpkin patch stop (we also stopped at a winery at the end) was O’Hallorans. They had a beautiful apple orchard you could walk around, and a gigantic pumpkin patch. Of course, I had to take a photo with the pumpkin patch sign above my head and pumpkins littering the ground behind.
Exploring Apple Hill was a great experience and a perfect weekend/Sunday activity. It made for a fantastic day in my happy and healthy adventure, and hopefully my experience (or yours, if you get out to an apple orchard and/or pumpkin patch!) makes your adventure happy and healthy too. 🙂 ❤