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Carter Mountain Orchard, Charlottesville

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Farm Tourist Spot
Pick your own apples, peaches, and nectarines at Carter Mountain Orchard. Enjoy different varieties of fresh seasonal fruits, including pre-picked fruits, delicious baked goods, and ice cream. Enjoy views of Charlottesville, the Piedmont, and the Blue Ridge Mountains while you sip the family-owned orchard's famous apple cider. This site also sells a number of other products, such as butters, jams, and crafts, and even offers wine tours. Make Carter Mountain Orchard a part of your Charlottesville vacation plans using our Charlottesville travel itinerary planner.
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  • Stay for lunch enjoy the awesome view. Before you leave pick hour own Applesand then enjoy fresh apple cider and apple donuts. They also have a general store with collectibles and huge draft beer menu...  more »
  • If you want a view the scenery is the best! Come to view. Food, wine cider and shop enjoy it all. Plenty of places to sit and enjoy the view of the Blue Ridge MTNS. Leave with apples you picked yourse...  more »
  • We came here late in the afternoon, and enjoyed the visit. We were too late to pick anything, but bought some goodies to take to family. Had a doughnut, and a cider. Beautiful view there, worth the dr...  more »
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  • I went to the website, I phoned. It all looked and sounded very inviting. I talked three friends into coming with me. We drove 1 1/2 hours each way for the peaches and the lunch from the executive chef. What we found was a beach like kiosk, with foil wrapped sandwiches, that had been left far too long. They were tasty, but terribly dry - and nothing like the photos on the website. The peaches (I got a 1/2 bushel) are hard, and not ripe. Disappointed, and slightly embarrassed, because I talked my friends into coming with me.
  • Beautiful day on Carter Mountain. Very lovely views. Bought lots of peach made products. They stated yesterday was a busy day with customers so their fresh peaches from their trees was limited. Would have liked to try their wines but did not asked.
  • I really enjoyed the scenery, donuts, peach ice cream, and wine tasting. However, $8 for a jar of blackberry jam was enough to prevent me from purchasing from the gift shop. Instead I got a bottle of wine! I agree with other reviews saying it's strange to have to pay to pick your own fruit. They should charge for the "fruits of your labor" (get it? Haha) and that's it. Overall a good experience, but I'd probably only go back for the peach ice cream.
  • Great views of Charlottesville! Nice shop selling unique items, local artists works. Seasonal fruits for sale, bakery, ice cream and right next to a winery.
  • Bold tasting room, wine apple and peach picking. In the summer on Thursdays tou can watch the fun set.

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