Carter Mountain Orchard

Carter Mountain Orchard, Charlottesville: Address, Phone Number, Carter Mountain Orchard Reviews: 4.5/5

Carter Mountain Orchard
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Located next to Monticello and Michie Tavern, Carter Mountain Orchard is family-owned and -operated and welcomes visitors year-round. Enjoy seasonal peach and apple picking, Country Store & Bakery treats , wine and hard cider, and breathtaking views overlooking Charlottesville. Don’t miss our calendar of live music and family-friendly events. From season to season, there’s always something fun to do!
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Chesapeake, VA22 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
We have been coming to Carter Mountain for years. We love picking apples in their orchard. This year was different because of covid. We did not mind the $8 per person fee (our 3 young kids were free) because it guaranteed us a spot. We were there a total of an hour and a half- quickly picked a bushel of apples, enjoyed donuts and slushees, shopped in the store and left. We had plenty of time and the lines were not bad for us. We will continue to support local farmers,especially in hard times like covid!
Written October 18, 2020
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Fredericksburg, VA7,621 contributions
Nov 2021
I’ve driven by this beautiful place several times over the years going to various other attractions in the area. This time, I went to the top of Carter’s Mountain to the orchard and have to say I was very impressed! It’s beautiful up there, with views of the city below. They have a lot of shopping options (food and such) up there and plenty of parking. Yet, I would hate to come there on a weekend day, I’m sure it’s completely overrun with many families.
Written November 20, 2021
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Written December 12, 2021
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Mark G
Catonsville, MD2,572 contributions
Dec 2020
We have been coming here since the mid 1970's, before kids, with kids and now after kids and still love the view, that drive that is now paved, the atmosphere and addition of the Bold Rock Cidery. The changes we had seen and the old and new memories abound. We enjoyed a few Bold Rocks at a table overlooking Charlottesville along with those incredible apple cider doughnuts. Quite crowded on a Sunday afternoon in December and there was still a large selection of apples available and many people on their way to pick more. It is said that on a clear day you can see the skyline of Richmond 70 miles to the East, but as many times as we have gone up to the platform to look, we have never seen it. A great place for young and old.
Written December 29, 2020
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Fredericksburg, United States3 contributions
Sep 2021
It is sadly not like it use to be. Apparently today's 80 degree Friday before any Fall color has arrived is peak. Considering how few people were there compared to past trips, I don't understand. Tickets must be purchased in advance. And their system is slow and glitchy. We tried several times before we actually got the purchase to go through. No refunds for any reason. So read the rules to purchasing very carefully. The tickets are good for 3 hours, Once there, you stand in long line to show your ticket to get your color coded bracelet that tells their people your time slot. You then wait in another long line to purchase their bags to go pick your own apples. Make sure you have downloaded your own map. I don't mind the climb, but it's steep enough you may wish to pay for their hay ride. We got their medium bag of apples (estimated to hold 10-15 apples). In summary, I drove 4 hours round trip and stood in 2 long lines to pick 15 apples in the heat (you can NOT bring your own water and beware the food / drink line is the longest slowest line of all) for the low cost of $2.50 per apple. Technically I stood in the take your overpriced cider and apple desserts to go line until a worker started yelling about how we had two lines going to same cashier and chaos ensued. We sat our things back where they belonged and left. Went to Wegmans and bought cider for a third of the price and had a large variety of much cheaper and frankly better looking donuts and pies to pick from. Plenty of open lines and a smiling cashier too. The air conditioning and clean restrooms were added bonuses. On the bright side, the other guests at the orchard were friendly, the view is lovely, and I like apples. Nonetheless I can not see returning when tickets are required. If you can go on a slower day and don't mind paying more than even a high end grocery store for apples for the experience and you have patience for the long lines and rude employees, it can be a fun family outing. However for every smiling child I passed another who was struggling with not being able to reach the apples, the long lines, the heat, the smell of rotten fruit, etc.
Written October 15, 2021
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Solomon Borgawker
Raleigh, NC5 contributions
Oct 2021

I think their popularity seems to be driving their greed of charging an entry fee of $8 per person which is exorbitant and unnecessary. When a family intends to purchase many goods worth upwards of $250, they should do better than charge for entering the store.

They charge for everything in there including for apple picking and hay rides. They why the $8 price gouging ???

To be fair they can charge the entry fee, but that amount should be redeemable for anything to buy in the store. When was the last time we were charged to enter the Walmart or any store and then pay again to buy what you need from there ?

I refused to pay the more that $80 I would have to pay for the people in my group and we left without entering the store with no over prided goods. I read in the reviews, a trip to the local Wegmans will be a better experience and get you some of the items at a better price $ than what is sold up there for 3 times more $$$$.
Written October 18, 2021
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Oct 2020
Although the place is crowded and expensive, we used to buy apples there every fall because of convenience and the nice views.

This year (10/12/2020) however we were greeted by an angry man screaming at us "Do you have a ticket?! You are not allowed in here without a ticket!!!" Turns out this year they are charging $8 admission per person just to buy apples. We will not return ever, after having been herded out like goats.

I recommend buying heirloom apples at some of the premium ciderworks. Less crowds, and both apples and cider taste better too.
Written October 14, 2020
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Virginia47 contributions
Oct 2020
We have been local patrons of Carter's Mountain for over 12 years, bringing our kids here annually to pick apples. It is a beautiful location with panaramic views of the city of Charlottesville atop a small mountain. We normally look forward to this tradition, even though the prices are high ($15 for a standard pumpkin that costs $5 at grocery stores). That's okay, considering the views. However, this weekend- Oct. 9th was not a good experience. It was off-putting from the moment we had to stand in a long line to purchase entry tickets costing $8 per person (over age 9). This was steep for a place that has always been free to visit. It cost $24 for myself and 2 kids to walk in, plus $20 for a "peck" bag of apples that we picked ourselves. Wow- $44 to come in and pick a bag of apples! This does not include any pumpkins, drinks or donuts you might want to purchase. I understand that Covid19 has required everyone to take precautions, but they didn't handle it well. Once admitted, there were no real safety measures in place. There were long lines of people standing too close together, and way too many people in the orchards. Many patrons were not wearing masks. The only controls they had in place were the steep prices and limited time to visit. One of the male entry workers very rudely told me off when I asked about the new "Covid" fees, after another woman had just told me today (Friday) was free! It was disorganized and seemed like all the workers were stressed. The experience just made me sad. I hated to see Carter's Mountain take advantage of loyal patrons during this difficult time. Many visitors were upset and disappointed this year. It has the potential to be a wonderful place to visit with better management. 2 stars (rather than 1) for the views!
Written October 10, 2020
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9 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Just a greedy price gouging corral for the gullible.
Typical CHarlottesville Disorganized, once in car line you can't get out, pay to enter their gouging "store". Stale donuts. $35 for about 10 pounds of apples after you've paid them $8 to enter ...
pure arrogant cheating the gullible customers.

You can get the views anywhere on the free Bkue Ridge Parkway or James Monroe's Farm . Trump Wibery (same area) always keaves my friends happy and satisfied with good people and good products! Bring your picnic lunch for out front tables! Free!

I would give Carter Mountain 0 stars if possible.

Never again!!!
Written October 21, 2020
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Jen R
Chesapeake, VA669 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
In the era of Covid some places are taking advantage of patrons. Apparently CM is one of those places. An $8 per person time slot on a weekend is required for the ability to pick, and in order to pick you must also purchase a $20 minimum (small bag) per 2 people. Lines are everywhere, and though signs say a line is for one thing we discovered you can spend 20 in line only to find out you’re in the wrong line. And, they are out of so many things.

The theme for our CM day was lines, lines, pay, disappointment, repeat.

Though this use to be a yearly tradition for us, in the future we will seek out smaller, nicer, more service-oriented orchards.
Written October 16, 2020
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Charlottesville, VA95 contributions
Oct 2020
Three of us visited Carter Mountain for the first time on a Tuesday to avoid the $8 admission fee, It look a whole to get into the area where food was sold and a longer whole to wait in line to order. Once the food was served and we were able to find a table we were disappointed to find the burger was cold and the fries barley warm. We did not want to stand in another line to complain about it. IF we go again we will eat before we go.
Written October 6, 2020
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