As a long-time resident, it's been hard to see Carters Mountain transformed from a sleepy little orchard to a bustling business that lures in outsiders by the busload. This is not to say some of the improvements aren't for the better, it's just that it's a whole new animal now.
It's hard to get up there and pick apples and peaches without them having been stripped bare already. Weekends, forget it--lines of traffic snaking up the mile+ long drive. I'll pass on the crowds.
I know, I'm ranting. But the good old days had their charm at Carters Mt.
Now to the here and now: they've got a better shop, they have a kitchen, they have a wine store. Not a huge fan of the wine, but do enjoy the Thursday night sunset series overlooking Charlottesville with local music. On a gorgeous evening it's just a lovely, relaxing place to go hang out, bring a picnic (though their website now says outside food is forbidden, which will be a real shame if this is enforced), and chill out. In some ways the place maybe is becoming a bit too big for its britches, so it would be nice if they figure out how to chill out as well and discard stupid stipulations like "no outside" food. People are spending plenty there regardless, so don't be greedy!
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