The historic apple orchard at Altapass stretches for over a mile along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Most of the trees are at least eighty years old. The apples from the orchard are picked and sorted by hand, an operation that is open for visitors to view. The packinghouse also serves as a gift shop, snack bard, exhibit space and music hall. Inside the gift shop, apple preserves, apple jelly, apple butter, apple jam, apple barbecue sauce, apple and pepper relish, and apple cider line the shelves. And then, of course, there are the apples themselves, picked fresh from mid July through the end of October.
Every weekend throughout the open months, the Orchard hosts a variety of authentic Appalachian musicians who play gospel, blues, folk, show tunes, classical, country and bluegrass. In front of the bandstand, is a floor space reserved for dancing. There's seating for around a hundred people.
At Altapass, the music is lively, the mood is festive, the chairs comfortable, the food is tasty and the mountain air is fresh.