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Road Trip: Travel Guide To Apple Picking In Arkansas

September 24, 2011 6:00 AM

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Photo Credit: Miguel Villagran/Getty Images

Photo Credit: Miguel Villagran/Getty Images

apple Road Trip: Travel Guide To Apple Picking In Arkansas

Photo Credit: Miguel Villagran/Getty Images

Cadron Crest Apple Orchard
86 Mode Road
Guy, AR 72058
Market Phone: 501-679-1025

Upick Hotline: 501-679-3243 (For what’s available for picking and weather updates.)

Hours: Monday-Saturday 8-5, Sunday 1-5 (weather permitting)

http://www.pickyourown.org/AR.htm

After a scorching summer, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement the changing seasons bring. Fall means lower temperatures, holidays and football around here, but North Texans don’t get to experience some of the fun the rest of the country does when it comes to harvesting fall crops, like apples. So, we know it may sound crazy but, if you’re up for a 5 and a half hour drive northeast to a town called Conway in Arkansas, you’ll be able to do just that. A short drive north of Conway leads you to Cadron Crest, a local pick-your-own apple orchard. Conway is also home to several fine restaurants and lodging options. Make a weekend of it and come home with all the apples you can pile in your trunk.

picking apple Road Trip: Travel Guide To Apple Picking In Arkansas

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Getting There

I-30 will take you east to Little Rock. Then you’ll get to Conway, which is north of Little Rock, by way of 1-430 north and then I-40 west.

To continue on to the apple orchard, take I-40 west to U.S. Highway 65 north. Exit for State Highway 25 north and take it 6 miles until it brings you to the little town of Guy, Arkansas.  The Cadron Crest orchard is located across from the school.

From mid-September through mid-October, the Cadron Crest apple orchard welcomes guests to stop by and pick their own apples from some of the 26 varieties of apple trees growing there. Usually 2 or 3 varieties are ready for picking at a time. Cadron Crest charges by the pound, and the price varies based on the season and the demand. They provide all the tools you need to pick and collect your apples, but be sure to bring cash or check since they don’t accept credit or debit cards.

apple harvest Road Trip: Travel Guide To Apple Picking In Arkansas

Photo Credit: Miguel Villagran/Getty Images

Staying There

Ward Mansion
1912 Caldwell
Conway, AR 72034
501-499-1400

http://www.wardmansionbandb.com/
If you’re after a romantic weekend, you should consider staying at the beautiful, updated Ward Mansion. This B&B offers three suites that, of course, include breakfast every morning. Suite rates start at $135/night. It’s also located within walking distance of some of Conway’s finest restaurants. Families and larger parties may wish to inquire about the upstairs apartment, complete with it’s own kitchen. It sleeps up to six comfortably and starts at $175/night.

Other lodging options in Conway can be found here:

http://www.conwayarkcc.org/play.php?id=8

You’re hungry for more than just apples?

Joanne Stephens, owner and operator of Ward Mansion, highly recommends two restaurants that are located in the heart of Conway, and within walking distance of her B&B.

Mike’s Place
808 Front Street
Conway, AR 72032
501-269-6453
http://www.mikesplaceconway.com

Mike’s Place is known for their dishes with New Orleans flare. You can get an entrée like seafood crepes (a house specialty) for less than $17.

Michelangelo’s
1117 Oak Street
Conway, AR 72034
501-329-7278
http://www.michelangelosconway.com

Michelangelo’s, as you may have guessed, is a traditional Italian restaurant. The menu features dishes like Chicken Scaloppine for less than $14.

Make a weekend of it, head up north for the apples, and stay for the hospitality and good food. Sounds like a great excuse to getaway to a (hopefully) cooler climate to me!

Jill Krause is a blogger, product ambassador and mother to 2 young children. You can find her humorous take on life as a parent at www.BabyRabies.com.

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