You know what they say, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, and apple season is officially here! The mass varieties of apples spread throughout the fall season perfect for both locals and visitors to enjoy. Fall would not be complete without these seasonal treats along with many goodies that they comprise – from apple cider, doughnuts, slushies, and more. Experience the fun of apple picking and more during your visit to Rumbling Bald.
Here are a few of our favorite spots, festivals, and tips that will enhance your apple experience:
NC Apple Festival – Hendersonville
Hendersonville is the number one producer of apples in the state of North Carolina – making this festival the ultimate hot spot for apple lovers across the region. Running September 2nd-5th, the North Carolina Apple Festival takes over the downtown Hendersonville area with live entertainment, treats, live music, merchandise, and of course, apples on apples on apples.
Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard
Some good old-fashioned farm fun is always welcome during these autumn months. Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard in Hendersonville offers acres of apples in all manner of varieties along with a five-acre corn maze, apple cannons, hayrides, and other seasonal delights. You can choose to venture out into the orchards yourself for a you-pick experience or purchase the pre-harvest options on the day of your visit. Plus, don’t forget to snag one of their legendary apple cider doughnuts – freshly made every day.
Down the road is the ever-popular Grandad’s Apples – offering a wide selection of apples, weekend corn maze, and a delicious bakery. Family owned and operated, Grandad’s Orchard has become a staple of the county with its many apple choices and other treats along with their annual master corn maze. This local favorite always packs long lines on the weekend so pro tip: visit on a weekday or first thing when they open.
Apple Picking Tips
To get the full experience, you must take your crew hunting through the rows and rows of apples to seek out the perfect bushel. The perfect fruit shouldn’t take too much effort to pick – it should easily drop off with a gentle pull. Also, be aware of where you step – many rotten apples find their way onto the walking paths throughout the orchard, making for one interesting surprise. Every person has their favorite choice of apple (or two) so be sure to check out when your favorite hits harvest time before.
Rumbling Bald on Lake Lure is considered by many to be the central hub for fun excursions in the Western NC area. With so many exclusive offerings along with beautiful location and views, Rumbling Bald is your destination for the fall season. Choose from a variety of Lake Lure Vacation Rentals that range from a condo for two or a twelve-person mountain home. Not only the central hub for local excursions, Rumbling Bald offers our guests quality dining, two professional golf courses, spa and salon, lake activities, private beach access, and much more.
Rumbling Bald is the perfect fall destination for apple season and beyond.