- F​all in the North Carolina Mountains
Fresh North Carolina apples make a great A​pple Pie

Fresh North Carolina apples make a great A​pple Pie

Can you feel it? The days are getting shorter, the temperature is dropping and the trees are full of color. This can only mean one thing. Fall has arrived.

After enjoying a long hot summer, I’m ready for fall with its cool mornings, pumpkin spiced lattes , pumpkin scones, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin pies, and just about anything else “pumpkinish”. However, October is about more than just pumpkins. In little towns all across this great land people come together to celebrate the harvest. Each weekend with a short drive from wherever you call home, you can find local festivals loaded with artisans showing off their seasonal crafts and local entertainment. Let’s be honest, there’s also lots of great foods to try.

I especially look forward to visiting one of the multiple apple festivals each year. To me the trip is as much fun as the destination. There’s something special about driving on a narrow winding road way decorated with the colors of fall and trying not to look over the edge at the breathtaking view.

The sounds of people talking and laughing and the sweet smell of festival food drives me to walk faster than anyone else in our group. I like to find a good spot in the middle of all the excitement with my cup of hot coffee in hand, maybe an old fashion hot apple turnover or a warm biscuit with apple butter and watch people walk by.

I’m always amazed at who we happen to bump into. It’s almost like a family reunion that no-one actually planned. We just show up at the same place at the same time to enjoy the festivities. How cool is that?

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