An Apple-solutely Wonderful Autumn

Drink cider slushies and pick apples with me at the Cider Hill Family Orchard!


Elesia Guerra

Alumnus Elena Guerra ’20 looking for the best apples to pick.

Elesia Guerra, Editor-in-Chief

A day at the apple orchard perfectly embodies the fall spirit. The apple orchard that I visit every year is Cider Hill Family Orchard. My family can never go through the fall season without this autumnal experience.

Cider Hill Family Orchard has multifarious aspects that make it an experience that should not be missed. The main area of the orchard has a shop with fall goods, a food stand, a barn, and benches by the lake to enjoy food at. The fall food items are an exclusive treat that my family has during the time of our visits. The Cider Hill Family Orchard uses apples from their orchard to make the treats. The treats are unique as you get a taste of the apples that you can pick and that are not just from the store. Apple cider donuts, apple cider slushies, and kettle corn are treats that remind me of being surrounded by the leaves changing color and the crisp, cold air blowing. 

The main attraction of Cider Hill Family Orchard is apple picking. However, it is time consuming so it is always good to plan this visit to be a couple of hours. Since the land is vast, there are hayrides that bring people to different parts of the apple orchard and take them back to the main area when they are done. The hayrides are always an interesting part of the experience that makes it a blessing to not have to walk across the whole land to get to the apple orchards. Being surrounded by other groups of friends and family on the hayrides shows that fall is a season to spend time with the people that you care about the most. Apple picking always brings a sense of joy to those around me and myself, due to being outside in the crisp autumn air with beautiful scenery. With the apples, my family bakes apple pies that are delicious and warm with the special apples that we got to pick together. 

The fall season is incomplete without a visit to the Cider Hill Family Orchard. It is an experience that I look forward to all year, and I am filled with so much joy after my visits due to the warm atmosphere. The apple orchard visit is awesome to the core and brings fall to its true effect.