1435 Carters Mountain Trail, Charlottesville, VA
How far is it: About a 3 hour drive from DC
The Gala apples are ready, and the gorgeous views continue at the Carter Mountain Orchard in Charlottesville, Virginia. Go for the cider donuts. Go to gather on the hill with others to watch the sun set. Go bring your dog; let them run around. Go for the on-site tasting cellar, which will top your day off nicely.
Prices: You pay by the pound, but there's no fee for picking
18780 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont, VA
How far is it: About 1 hour 10 minutes from DC
There’s a little bit of everything here: In addition to the apples, there are pumpkins and grapes to pick, fish to fish, wagon rides, and more. Apple-wise, they have Gala, Jona Gold, Jona Free, Candy Crisp, Fuji, and Ruby Jon varieties in September and early October.
Prices: Admission is $8 for children 3+ and $10 for adults 18+
608 Russell Road, Berryville, VA
How far is it: About 1 hour and 20 minutes west of DC
Complete with a guide for ‘how to harvest’ its apples, Mackintosh Fruit Farm is also home to delicious farm dinners and a pig roast on September 29. It's free to pick samples at the farm, but they urge you to limit yourself to just that -- a sample -- and tip for the taste. (Per the website, "It is not free to eat in the fields.")
Prices: Mackintosh prices its apples via a weekly newsletter they encourage you to sign up for. According to the farm: “We do not post any prices online either on our website or on social media.”