Moving is both exhausting and thrilling for our family. There is an unexplainable high we feel when we roll into our new place looking for the nearest Super Target and scoping out what coffee shops and restaurants are nearby. Thankfully, our children are used to this crazy cycle after 10 moves in 7 years and get just as excited as us at every new place we’ve ever lived. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten them all packed into the car with suitcases and leftover items that never made it into boxes, looked in the rearview mirror, and counted my blessings.
We are in this life together with some pretty amazing people. (And a lot of toilet paper rolls.)
It doesn’t take long before we begin googling what is within a day’s trip around our home. We love Atlanta for this! The major airport means we can get around the US (and even international) places with no connecting flights and friends come traveling through often. We can drive any direction and hit mountains, cities, oceans, and corn fields…all within a mere 6 hours or less. Coming from Oklahoma, this is huge to us!
One of our first day trips after our move here and within weeks of Hugh’s birth, was a drive up north to the Blue Ridge mountains. Mercier Orchards is the largest apple orchard in the southeast and it is filled with family-friendly options. Seasonal u-pick fruit, a shop full of nationally renowned pies, wines, and ciders, and live music if you can time your trip just right. We have a very small yard with our rental, so the kids were mostly excited to just run wild and free out in the fields. There is a long line (that moves fast) for a wagon ride that will take you out to a certain point to pick your apples, but if you keep walking away from everybody you can have the back orchards all to yourselves. If you are thinking of making a trip, check their website to see what is currently in season. The views alone are worth it and I promise you won’t be disappointed!