Chances are you fall in one of two categories: You’re soaking up the last moments of summer sun or you’re eager for all things pumpkin spice. If you’re the latter, we have some exciting news for you.
Apple picking season is here. If you’re thinking it feels a bit early, you’re right. Farmers say the heat and sun are helping apples to ripen faster this year. So, though the air isn’t crisp quite yet, the apple crop is.
We’ve rounded up 10+ apple orchards within driving distance of Greenville (with options for you to pick or just pick-up) so you can get your fix of apples, apple cider, and — everyone’s favorite — apple cider doughnuts.
This fall excitement gives us all the peels. | Photos by @skytoporchard
Sky Top Orchard, 1193 Pinnacle Mountain Rd., Zirconia, NC | ~35 miles from Greenville | This fan-favorite spot is open for the season with Early Macs + Gingergolds ready for you to pick.
Jeter Mountain Farm, 1126 Jeter Mountain Rd., Hendersonville, NC | ~45 miles from Greenville | Apple picking is expected to begin soon, but you can always check Jeter Mountain’s website to see what fruit is available for picking each weekend.
Justus Orchard, 187 Garren Rd., Hendersonville, NC | ~45 miles from Greenville | This fourth-generation orchard and farm opens its apple picking Sat., Aug. 6, and when fall is in full swing, will also have pumpkins available in its pumpkin patch.
It doesn’t matter the season, we want apple cider doughnuts. | Photo by @granddadsapples
Grandad’s Apples, 2951 Chimney Rock Rd., Hendersonville, NC | ~45 miles from Greenville | Mix-and-match pre-picked apple varieties + enjoy fun fall weekend festivities like a corn maze.
Bryson’s Apple Orchard, 1011 Chattooga Ridge Rd., Mountain Rest, SC
~70 miles from Greenville | This Upstate orchard announced on Facebook it won’t have U-pick available this year, but you can still grab apples at its fruit stand.
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Charles Lindbergh — the first person to fly solo + nonstop across the Atlantic — visited Spartanburg on Oct. 12, 1927 to promote the future of aviation.
In 1927, Charles Lindbergh landed at SC’s only airport in Spartanburg. | Photo via SDASM
In honor of the 95th anniversary of Charles’ visit, the Spartanburg County Historical Association and the Spartanburg Memorial Downtown Airport are celebrating with a reenactment dinner on Fri., Aug. 13.
Enjoy the same menu in the same location (Converse University's Gee Dining Hall) with a similar program featuring Charles’ grandson, Erik Lindbergh, as the keynote speaker.
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It isn’t fall in my house until we pick some apples. | Photos via The Barilla Family circa 1997 + 1999
Editor's pick: Growing up in Upstate New York — where the local apple orchard was around the corner — it feels a little crazy to be apple picking in the heat of August, but I’ve learned my lesson from years past: go early to pick your own. If you do miss the chance for u-pick, it’s still worth a trip to the orchard for fall activities, and, of course, those delicious, delectable apple cider doughnuts, which are worth the drive all on their own. In fact, I'll be embarking on Kidding Around Greenville's apple cider doughnut tour ASAP.
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