Places to see in Blue Ridge Georgia
Mercier Orchard is a must stop attraction in Blue Ridge
Mercier is only 10 mile from Red Apple Cabin, which is so convent for there you pick season. Apples in the late summer and fall. Blackberries in the summer and the list goes on. During apple season, you can watch the packing line in the back! Tuesday and Thursday are tour bus day, avoid these days at all cause. Unless you want to people watch while enjoying a doughnut and wine, then in that case perfect location.
Mercier Orchard… A must see! Of course apple season is the best time to visit the orchard. The trees are filled with every kind of apple variety you could imagine. Pig races, carnival games, wine tastings, hay rides are just a few things the orchard has to offer during apple season. The hills behind the store are rolling with apple trees that is surrounded by a big lake were you could watch the cardinals nest. The store is filled with apple delights, everything from fresh apple to our family favorite the Apple Cider Donut. You can also enjoy their breakfast buffet every weekend or lunch during the week.
Pamper Yourself with a Visit to A Working Apple Orchard
The orchard is open year round, offering ciders, cakes, cookies and a giant gift shop full of lotions to popcorn. You name it! One of favorite things to do there when we are in town is to sample the flavors of wine the orchard has made with that years apple crop. Every time we go, we fall in love with a different one. You can cozy up to the tasting bar or enjoy your wine out on the deck. However, you cannot buy wine until after 12pm.
Specialties You can't find back home
Have you ever tried humming bird cake? Well they do it right at Mercier. Its amazing southern cake filled with bananas, coconut, pecan and pineapple. If that is not enough, they cover the whole thing in a sweet cream cheese icing that is to die for. They also make their own candies, truffles, brittles, buckeyes and much more. Did I mention the pies? They sell millions a year; yes, that is a lot of fruit. They have regular sized pies, but for those who want just a piece they offer hand pies! Small fried pies you can nibble on as you walk through the rows of apple trees or they are happy to box them up for later. They have so many flavors to choice from But I must say, SWEET POTATOE! No joke, the best hand pie around. If donuts are your thing, as they are my families. Then, welcome to heaven…. The minute you walk through the door you are greeted with the amazing aroma of the fresh apple cider donuts being fried. I have seen people almost pass out on first bite, really. They also have GIANT apple and pecan fritters, I have to take back several to family when I visit the orchard.
Oh, I did not mention the cider and apple tasting bar in the back, filled with apples and ciders that fill the farm. That way you can taste before you purchase, but try the pink lady, they are the best, well I think!
Mountains on My Mind
Mmm... Them donuts sound tasty! Bring me home a dozen or two!!
We always stop at the Orchard on our trips to the mountains. It is a great place to get out and walk around to take a stretch and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.