Truth be told, I’m not a huge fan of Halloween. However, pumpkin patches are definitely something I can get behind. Is it really fall unless you’ve picked a pumpkin out of the field, eaten some farm-fresh apples, and enjoyed the crisp fall air with a friend?
In college, I loved going to Carter’s Mountain Orchard in October to pick some apples off the trees, enjoy their famous apple cider donuts, and take in the stunning views of Virginia’s Blue Ridge. So when Kristyn suggested we head up to Butler’s Orchard for a morning of fall fun, there was no need to twist my arm!
A quick 45-minute drive from DC, Butler’s Orchard fills up fast—especially the weekend before Halloween!—so Kristyn and I hit the road early and were there by the 9:30 am opening. We had the pumpkin patch all to ourselves, and had the first pass at the apples and desserts in the red barn that serves as Butler’s Orchard’s Farm Market. On Kristyn’s recommendation, I came home with a delicious take-and-bake country cinnamon apple pie, Monterey jack queso, and the best pink lady apples I’ve ever had.
Ours was a quick trip—we were back in DC by noon after enjoying some Chick Fil A on the way home. But y’all, there’s just something about getting out to breathe some fresh country air, you know?
Since the weather was typical fall on Saturday—aka cold in the morning, but 75 by mid-day—I opted for this LOFT Side Tie Poncho. For colder days, I plan to layer my favorite striped tee (only $20!) underneath, but for Saturday’s transitional weather, a white tank top did the trick. It’s no secret I wear white jeans year round, and I seem to love wearing them to pumpkin patches especially, so that’s exactly what I opted for this go-round. And while the weather is still warmish, these Vince Camuto Peera Cutout Booties are on repeat. I am dreading the days when it’s just too darn cold to wear cutout shoes!
Have you made it to a pumpkin patch this year yet? Let me know in the comments below! x
Photos by Kristyn