After years of hearing friends talk about how awesome Carter Mountain is we had to check it out for ourselves today, and despite a reaaaaally long wait to get in and some reaaaaally long lines for world-class donuts, we gave it six thumbs up. Warning: Do not arrive starving, you may just eat your arm. Or just go first thing in the morning, I bet it’s a lot less crowded.
The day was crisp, sunny and held no plans but picking apples and nibbling on treats. Could there be anything better on a Sunday afternoon? We headed to Charlottesville with the three kids my mom and husband and after an incredulous wait in traffic (I’d suggest going first thing in the morning vs. afternoon) we dove into the beauty that is Carter Mountain.
While we headed up the mountain for apples, my mom patiently waited in the gargantuan line for the famous sweets from Aunt Sarah’s Bakery. My little one decided she couldn’t make it all the way up the hill (many of the trees had been stripped of apples until the tippy-top) so we tromped back down to join mom and
catch the first glimpse of the sweetest-smelling doughnuts of all time (sorry Krispy Kreme!)
Along with cider slushies, those warm, ridiculously-fattening doughnuts were the icing on the cake that was this autumn day. The boys made it down the hill with a couple of bags chock full of gala apples and I rewarded my husband with an adult sangria slushie for his efforts.
The kids took turns hanging out with my mom in the store and running around the area underneath the scenic overview deck, and I secretly smiled at their joy in a trip that they had previously dubbed “boring” as it would contain no video games or movies.
Best momentsof our day?
1) I caught my seven and five-year
olds who are typically at each other’s throats running and playing together, stopping at times to play hide-and-seek with the other
children who were lucky enough to spend a day at Carter Mountain.
2) Witnessing my mom and little girl have several special moments together with just the vineyards, pumpkins and giggles of little kids surrounding them.