I couldn’t help but notice the number of families chatting about taking their little ones to Sky Top Apple Orchard in Flat Rock, North Carolina. Neither my husband nor myself are originally from the Carolinas, which makes it an adventure for all of us when we discover a fun new family spot to visit!
Even though Sky Top is a bit of a drive for us, we decided to make a day trip…a day trip that – at the time – included a 2.5 week old baby. Yes, I know…we’re crazy.
We began our adventure with an early lunch at the nearby Flat Rock Village Bakery. I had heard great things about this little restaurant, and when we arrived, I realized that I had actually already eaten there a few years ago. After listening to my husband go on about what kind of person can’t remember when they’ve already eaten at a restaurant they’ve picked out for us to try I then explained to him what a great little spot it is!
Yummy baked goods…wood fired pizzas…super fresh and delicious sandwiches…they have lots to choose from, and I loved the turkey/avocado sandwich that I ordered!
After lunch, we drove on to the apple orchard. After a quick introduction to the property, we set off with our wagon (If you have little ones, I would definitely recommend bringing a wagon!) and our basket (They have plenty of baskets for you to use!).
Our first visit to Sky Top was in mid-September, which was the perfect time to pick Galas and Golden Delicious apples.
My oldest loved the way his daddy held him up in the air so he could reach the apples toward the top.
We ended up picking a great batch of Golden Delicious apples…
…and then we purchased a bag of Galas from the orchard’s store.
Want some apple-themed book suggestions? Maybe you could read these in the car on the drove over to the orchard! Our top picks can be found here!
While we were at Sky Top, we also made one other purchase. I would be mistaken if I told you that the main event at this orchard is the apples…it’s actually these Apple Cider Donuts that are made from scratch and sold on site:
These little puppies are served warm, and they are completely wonderful in 10,000 different ways!
P.S. Your family will devour one dozen while sitting right there at a nearby picnic table, and if you fail to purchase a second dozen to take home, you will live to regret it.
Sky Top Orchard
Flat Rock, NC
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