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,, 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.
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.
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Courtney Kless is the Editor in Chief of Family Times. Courtney is originally from Maryland. She earned her Master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism from Syracuse University. Courtney began her career as a sports journalist, then spent several years working in higher education, before joining the company in August 2019. She enjoys traveling, reading and hiking, and recently adopted a Labrador Retriever, Bailey.

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