6 orchards and cideries around the Triangle

We’ve rounded up three NC u-pick apple orchards + three local cideries to check out this fall.

A cider in front of apples and pumpkins.

Off Main hard apple cider is a seasonal favorite at Bull City Ciderworks

Photo by @bullcitycary

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To ring in the season of pumpkin spice, comfy sweaters, and hayrides, we’ve found three u-pick apple orchards around the Triangle that we think are bushels of fun. Plus, since we know that sip happens, we also included three local cideries as an ap-peel-ling bonus. 🍎

🌳 Quali-tree orchards

Millstone Creek Orchards, 506 Parks Crossroads Church Rd., Ramseur (60 minutes from downtown) | Start your afternoon with a fall-flavored dessert from the on-site bakery, Granny’s Kitchen. After you check it out, head over to the orchards to pick apples for your own sweet treats — just be sure to make a reservation in advance.

Blueberry Thrill Farm, 6938 Eaglesfield Rd., Gibsonville (60 minutes from downtown) | Don’t be fooled by the name — though it’s known for its blueberries, the farm also grows pumpkins and apples that are ripe for the picking. Pro tip: While you’re there, stop by the chicken coop. All chickens are pasture-raised + you can get a dozen eggs for $6.

Devil Dog Orchard, 771 NC-150, Reidsville (90 minutes from downtown) | Say hi to the local livestock that call this orchard home while you take your pick of fruit from the apple trees. As a bonus, watch the cider-making process by the barn + sample the product.

🍻 The in-cider info

East Bower Cider Company, 2020 Progress Ct. | Raleigh’s first cidery opened a little over a month ago and it’s already serving up an extensive selection of ciders. The best part? The patio is dog friendly so you can sip on cider with your furry friend. Bonus: Check out our Q+A with the owners.

Mordecai Beverage Co., 2425 Crabtree Blvd. | We know summer is ending, but the strawberry lemonade cider is worth a try. Pro tip: Head over on any Tuesday from now until Tues., Nov. 1 to join the Run Club. Runners set out at 6 p.m. and all levels of experience are welcome.

Bull City Ciderworks, 210 E. Chatham, Cary + 305 S. Roxboro St., Durham | Both taprooms offer a wide range of ciders, but if you’re looking for something seasonal, we’d recommend the Off Main. It’s made with local apples + it’s perfect to enjoy at one of Bull City’s weekly events.

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