Pick Your Own Apples at Sky Top Orchards

Sky Top Orchards Scarecrow

We rode up the mountain near Flat Rock to visit Sky Top Orchard, one of the most popular “pick your own” farms in Western North Carolina. There were lots of families having fun, playing, picking apples, and enjoying the scenery on hayrides…

Hayride at Sky Top Orchards, Zirconia, NC

Of course it wasn’t all fun and games for the Sky Top Orchard staff. They were hard at work making sure everything was working and humming right along…

Sky Top Orchards Farm Workers

If you’re like us and you don’t want to “pick your own” apples, there are a dozen tasty varieties in all sizes of bags, baskets, and containers…

Sky Top Orchards Apples Farm Stand

We’ve heard about the hot, fresh apple cider donuts that Sky Top Orchard makes, but it was Saturday and the line was long, so we’ll go back during the week and get some. We didn’t have to wait to buy some fresh apple cider. And when we got home we immediately poured some of the best cider we’ve ever tasted…

Sky Top Orchard Apple Cider

Sky Top Orchard is only a short drive south of Hendersonville. For an interactive Google map to Sky Top Orchard click here. If you’d like some fresh apple cakes, cider, donuts, jellies, preserves, apple butter, honey, pumpkins, gift baskets, and other other apple-related items, visit Sky Top Orchards or one of the many “pick your own” farms, orchards and fruit stands in Western North Carolina. Here’s a short list of some of the most popular ones…

Apple Hill Orchard, Morganton
Apple Mill, Saluda
Atkins Orchard, Saluda
Barber Orchard Fruit Stand, Waynesville
Coston Farm, Hendersonville
Creasman Farms, Hendersonville
Grandad’s Apples ‘N Such, Hendersonville
Justus Orchard, Hendersonville
Lyda Farms, Hendersonville
Mountain Fresh Orchards, Hendersonville
Old Cider Mill & Gift Shop, Bat Cave
Orchard at Altapass, Little Switzerland
Piney Mountain Orchards, Hendersonville
Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard, Hendersonville

Be sure to check their websites or call for hours of operation and other information.

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Old Towne Market Has A New 7th Ave. Location

The popular Old Towne Market has moved to the up-and-coming Seventh Avenue District in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Old Towne Market, Hendersonville, NC

Owner Margaret Woods closed her Main Street and Locust Street stores and combined them into her new location at 310 Seventh Avenue East. The new store is filled with home decor, art, furniture, books, jewelry and more. It also has lots of convenient parking right next door. You’ll find the “new” Old Towne Market on Seventh Avenue (map) just off of Four Seasons Boulevard.

Blue Ridge Travel GuideOld Towne Market has consignment merchandise, country decor, items from Magpies of Hendersonville, and designer furniture from Found Feather Farm in Lake Lure. Old Towne Market will soon be expanding into the adjacent space next door, doubling the square footage to 8,000 ft., and adding more new vendors.

And if you’re looking for a copy of Blue Ridge Travel Guide, Old Towne Market has a few left.


Christmas Is Everyday Shop in Waynesville, NC

Before we finished our recent visit to Waynesville, NC, we stopped at our favorite little shop, Christmas Is Everyday. We can’t walk by without going inside. Santa Claus won’t let us…

I’m kidding of course. But Santa looks so inviting it’s realy tempting. We entered, as usual. When we got to the doorway we smelled a beautiful spruce Christmas tree and heard one of our favorite Christmas carols. And once inside, the store was packed with sweet gifts and Christmas decorations…

If you can go inside the Christmas Is Everday shop and not buy something, please tell us your secret. We’ve never been able to do it. And this trip was no different. We bought a gift for each of our nine grandkids.

You’ll find the Christmas Is Everyday shop at 113 N. Main St., Waynesville. Click here for an interactive Google map, or click here to visit the Christmas Is Everyday web site.


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