Apples – and cider – have always been one of my favorite parts of fall.
So, what better way to treat myself then a visit to Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards?
For the second year in a row (and for the fourth time since 2015), Beak & Skiff was recently named the country’s top apple orchard in a USA Today poll. It offers something for all ages: u-pick apples, a bakery and general store with a variety of apple-based treats, a kids’ area, and, for those 21 and over, a tasting room.
We started by picking apples. Visitors must take a wagon ride to and from the orchard – but keep in mind, the last one leaves at 5 p.m. each day. Bags are provided when you arrive. There were three varieties of apples available the day we visited (visit Beak & Skiff’s website, beakandskiff.com, for an up-to-date picking schedule), and we filled our bag quickly.
Afterwards, we stopped by the 1911 Tasting Room. There were two flights available, ciders ($6) and spirits ($9), and all are crafted from the orchard’s apples. I chose the first option. If the weather is nice, I recommend taking your drinks outside so you can enjoy the views of the orchard and the surrounding hills. It’s the perfect way to spend a fall afternoon.
If You Go
Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards
Where: 2708 Lords Hill Road, Lafayette.
When: U-pick: Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 1911 Tasting Room: Daily from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Visit Beak & Skiff’s website for the hours of other attractions.
More information: beakandskiff.com.