Is there anything to not love about Fall? The cooler weather. The comfort food. All things pumpkin spice. And of course, fun outdoor activities. As soon as the calendar transitions into our favorite season, we start our Fall Bucket List and get busy!
We knew we wanted to introduce apple picking as one of our annual Fall traditions and based on the incredible images by Live View Studios, we think we did it right. We set aside a day on our shared calendar, started a Pinterest board for color coordinating outfits and counted down the days until we spent time together at Millstone Creek Orchards.
If you’re planning on hunting for apples, here’s our tips for a successful and enjoyable outing!
1. Reserve Your Spot
It’s no secret there are new rules and regulations in place because of Covid. The apple orchard is no exception. Be sure to purchase your spot in advance to guarantee entry into the orchard.
2. Plan Your Route
If you’re traveling to Millstone Creek from Raleigh, the trip will take about an hour. If you’re coming from the outskirts, say for instance Wendell, it will take more like an hour and an half. This is an important thing to check perhaps the day before instead of when you’re leaving unless you enjoy sweating the entire drive and barely making it on time.
3. Incorporate a Photo Shoot
We knew from the get-go we wanted to document our time together. We are so grateful for our friends Brent and Ana with Live View Studios. They graciously joined us and captured each moment. If you’re planning on taking pictures, be aware you are only given 20 minutes in the orchard before the tractor departs. The staff were so kind and allowed us extra time and a private hayride back from the orchard because let’s be real – taking pictures of 6 kids is almost an all day investment.
4. Take Portable Fans
No joke. These were a lifesaver. Just because it’s Fall in North Carolina doesn’t mean the thermometer agrees. It was on the hotter side and if it weren’t for the two portable fans Brooke brought, we would have been even sweatier messes than we were.
5. Let the Kids Indulge
After your time in the orchard, you’ll head back to the Apple Barn for free apple cider slushes. Don’t pass these up! They are delicious and especially refreshing if it’s 80 degrees. If you go to the orchard during the week, you’ll miss out on apple cider donuts as they are only available on weekends. But don’t worry, they still have apple fritters which are guaranteed to wreck havoc on your diet.
Whether you’re planning a family outing or a home school field trip, do yourself a favor and spend time at Millstone Creek Orchards! If you have any apple recipes, please send them our way. We may have an apple or 20 to use.