Today, we went to one of my favorite places - Outhouse Orchards. It was the first orchard that I ever ventured to, and - while being healthily skeptical of the whole situation - I slowly found myself falling in love with the autumn season. I mean, here I was thinking I was a die hard Florida girl when - BOOM - right out of left field, I start being totally captivated at the changing of the leaves, don't mind the chill in the air, and trade in my sandals for my sneakers.
Outhouse Orchards is an especially amazing place because it's the quintessential fall outing all wrapped into one nice, neat little package. There's apple picking, yes; but there's also live music, apple cider, a pumpkin patch, BBQ food stands, and - to top it all off - apple cider donuts coated with cinnamon sugar that melt in your mouth and make you want to shove twelve more down your throat right on top of the last one. I mean, really. They are insanely delicious.
A quick note: they try to tell you that there are no apples on the trees when you get there. I'm not saying that they're wrong but... go up the hill anyway (trust me)! There are apples on the trees if you search for the secret spots that no one's hit yet, or, if you just want some apples to tote home anyways, there are enormous bins at the top of the hill that have over ten different varieties at the ready. So even if you're not up for reaching into the trees, you can still get your fill of fresh, ripe apples.
Follow the day promptly with (a.) another cup of fresh hot apple cider, or (b.) hot cocoa with extra mini marshmallows - duh. Then, curl up with your favorite blanket and find someone to snuggle for the cold months ahead.