Last Friday I took the day off work, so Steve and I could go explore the Virginia countryside. It was nice to have a long weekend, but it was even better to get out of the house and go someplace we’d never been. We’ve ventured into Virginia a few times—we may or may not have gotten lost a few of those times—but this time we went with a plan. You know me, ever the planner!
Several months ago I scoured the internet for a lovely orchard for us to visit, and I just happened to find this gorgeous orchard about 2½ hours from us. Showalter’s Orchard & Greenhouse in Timberville, Virginia is nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, deep in the Virginia countryside. We could not wait to see the orchard in person!
We actually took a bit of a detour and drove through Culpeper, VA before heading onto to the orchard, so the whole drive to the orchard was all back roads, some of which went straight through the Shenandoah National Park. The drive there was absolutely breathtaking, with trees, hills, mountains, and valleys everywhere we looked. It was so incredibly quiet and peaceful! And gorgeous! We both said a few times “this will be so beautiful in the fall when the colors change”.
It’s no secret that fall is my favorite time of year! The vibrant colors of fall leaves, the smell of leaves burning in the country, the taste of pumpkin spice coffee, the deliciousness of pumpkin scones, apple orchards, pumpkins, apple cider—I love everything about fall. Luckily for me, so does Steve. It’s something we’ve shared our whole relationship.
When we lived in Michigan, we visited Erie Orchards & Cider Mill in Erie, MI every single fall. We loved walking around the country store and purchasing sweet apple cider, pumpkin donuts, sugar-coated apple donuts, fritters, and more. Our trip to the orchard along with driving around the country to see the gorgeous fall colors was the highlight of our every fall, and we’ve missed our fall routine ever since we moved from Michigan.
Showalter’s helped take us back to the loveliness we used to experience every fall at Erie Orchards. It felt like home! Now when I say Showalter’s in deep in the countryside, I mean it—miles and miles of open country road until you stumble upon the orchard and all its infinite glory. The view is unlike anything we’ve ever seen, with panoramic views of the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains. I can assure you these pictures do not even begin to capture the beauty. Steve and I were seriously in awe of the view!
Showalter’s has over 20 different varieties of apples—luscious apples everywhere you look! We walked through the rows and rows of apples and took in the view. We literally just stood in the middle of the orchard, looking back and forth in all directions. Then we moved along into the little country store and found so many items we really wanted to buy, but knew we had to be mindful of our budget. There were cute black and red Showalter’s coffee mugs, apples, gigantic tomatoes, jams, candies…and many more goodies. Why, oh why, didn’t I snap a picture?
Our last stop was the Tasting Room, which is where customers can stop in and taste hard apple cider from Showalter’s newest creation, Old Hill Cider. We didn’t actually go into the cidery, but we should have. I know how awesome it looks from seeing pictures online, so I would’ve loved to see it in person, but there’s always next time!
There are a lot of gorgeous wooden tables in the Tasting Room where you can sit and enjoy yourself. On one of the tables were these beautiful hydrangeas nestled into an Old Hill Cider jug. I loved the old country charm! Before we left to head home, we stopped to check out a map that was hanging in the Tasting Room—a map where visitors can take a pin and mark where they’re from. We pushed our pin right into Monroe, MI and then checked out where others had visited from, which was pretty neat to see.
If you live in Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, DC, or Maryland, I highly recommend you make plans to visit Showalter’s this fall. Even if you don’t live in the surrounding area, you should absolutely plan a trip to the orchard, as there is so much to do and such beauty to see! Oh, and plan early because hotels and bed & breakfasts book up quickly…and well in advance of fall.
We absolutely loved Showalter’s Orchard and definitely look forward to returning in the near future! The drive will be even more gorgeous with all the fall colors. Seriously can’t wait!! After all, Virginia is for Lovers!
17768 Honeyville Road
Timberville, VA 22853