Although every season in the Blue Ridge Mountains has its own feel of magic, there’s something extra special about autumn. The changing of the leaves, the cooler air, the cozy evenings, and the fun activities like picking your own apples, always make this season memorable.

One of our guests’ favorite fall traditions is gathering with family or loved ones to pick apples at a local orchard. And this year, we’ve compiled a list of a few of our favorite U-Pick Orchards within an hour of the Resort!

Photo courtesy of The Orchard at Altapass

The Orchard at Altapass (Spruce Pine, NC)

The Orchard at Altapass is located about an hour from Chetola Resort along the Blue Ridge Parkway- mile marker 328.3. In addition to offering U-Pick apples or apple bundles, The Orchard at Altapass offers birding on the deck, walking trails, music + dancing, and a general store that serves warm apple pie along with other fun items! Fill up your basket with apples and memories this fall at The Orchard at Altapass.

Photo Courtesy of Perry Lowe Orchards

Perry Lowe Orchards (Moravian Falls, NC)

Perry Lowe Orchards is a sixth-generation apple orchard located about an hour from Chetola Resort in Moravian Falls, North Carolina. On their 100-acre orchard, they grow 30 different varieties of delicious apples for eating, cooking, and preserving. Perry Lowe Orchards offers U-pick tours on weekends, apples, apple cider (including special variety blends), local produce, and more!

To make a reservation to pick your own apples at Perry Lowe Orchards visit

Photo Courtesy of Apple Hill Orchard

Apple Hill Orchard & Cider Mill (Morganton, NC)

Apple Hill Orchard & Cider Mill is a fifth-generation apple orchard located about an hour from Chetola Resort in Morganton, North Carolina. At Apple Hill Orchard they offer 20 varieties of apples (18 of which are U-pick), a flower field (you can pay to pick flowers as well), and a market with a bakery that sells honey, jams, fruit butters, and a variety of baked goods like scratch-made apple donuts, fried pies, apple bread, apple cakes, and more! Enjoy a day of freshly picked apples and home-made baked goods that will make your mouth water with a visit to Apple Hill Orchard.

To pick your own apples at Apple Hill Orchard visit

No matter what orchard you pick during your stay, you’re guaranteed to come home with a basket full of delicious apples and fun times that will be cherished forever. We can’t wait to be a part of your family’s traditions and help you make new memories this autumn at Chetola Resort!