A drive outside the city limits is sometimes exactly what is needed to refresh the soul. Augusta has several quaint southern cities located a short drive in almost any direction. Monroe, Athens, Greenville, Savannah and Madison are under 3 hours from Augusta and have endearing town personalities. There are also some nearby farms and orchards where travelers can view turning leaves and sample the fruits of the earth. One of these spots, located in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, has row after row of apple varieties not far from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The dirt road corner spot has hills peppered with apple varieties like Granny Smith, Gala, Arkansas Black, Pink Lady, Red Rome, Winesap and Muscadine grapes to share while catching beautiful views of the fall colors in the process. Owners Stephens and Julia Gregory make sure their harvests produce peaches, nectarines, apples, pears, persimmons and their own brand of honey from MacGregor Bees each year.

If you are looking for a quiet afternoon to step into nature, breathe deep and experience some relaxation, try a ride out to MacGregor Orchard. After picking apples you can enjoy a scenic drive through the foothills for viewing the autumn colorsĀ­. We were told they should be at their peak in the next two weeks.

The folks there are super chill and friendly. Tell them we sent you!

2400 SC Hwy 11, Travelers Rest, South Carolina

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