We here at the Iris Inn are big fans of Carter Mountain Orchard in Charlottesville, Virginia. Carter Mountain Orchard is located right next to Michie Tavern and is only a few minutes away from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. The Carter family history dates all the way back to 1729 when the Honorable John Carter, Esquire purchased the land on which the orchard would one day thrive. After fighting through weather hardships, the orchard eventually developed into what it is today—a perfect spot to pick your own fruit, bask in the mountain scenery, and sample Carter Mountain’s line of products. Carter Mountain boasts a variety of fruits like white peaches, donut peaches, nectarines, Granny Smith apples, Pink Lady apples, and Albemarle Pippins, just to name a few.
I know, you’re probably thinking, “Why are you telling us about an orchard in the middle of winter?” Hold on, dear readers, there is a method to the madness.
Although Carter Mountain Orchard won’t re-open until sometime mid-April of this year, they offer the opportunity to browse through and purchase goods on their online store. Whip up a batch of New Hope Mills Whole Wheat Pancakes, and top them off with a helping of cherry preserves. Indulge in a square or two of creamy homemade fudge. Spread a spoonful of apple butter on your bread to give it that perfect cinnamon and cloves flavor.
Have any questions? Email Info@CarterMountainOrchard.com .
Don’t forget to book your room at the Iris Inn! (We’re only a half an hour away from Carter Mountain Orchard.)