By the Side of the Road: Why You Need to Visit Old Hill Hard Cider

hard-cider-300x200Just 20 miles away from By The Side of the Road Inn & Cottages is Showalter’s Orchard and Greenhouse, the home of Old Hill Cider and a little slice of heaven. Whether you’re a hard cider fan or not, it’s worth the trip out to see this unique orchard, cidery, and greenhouse!


A Bit of Backstory – Old Hill Cider

The orchard has been harvesting apples since the early 1900s, and the first owner just sold apples for processing. According to Old Hill’s website, the orchard was bought in 1965 by the current owner’s father, and he began to expand the orchard’s potential, first by selling apples directly to the consumer, and later by buying a hydraulic press to make apple juice. Over time, greenhouses were built and other produce was sold. When Shannon and Sarah Showalter bought the farm from his father in 2002, they knew they wanted to grow the business into something sustainable for future generations. So, they initially considered opening a winery, but then were introduced to something they’d never thought of: a hard cidery. Sales of hard cider began in May 2012, and Old Hill Hard Cider was born!


Old Hill Hard Cider – How It’s Different

If your only hard cider experience has been the sweet, syrupy ciders that taste like soda, you’re going to be pleasantly surprised when you try Old Hill Cider. These ciders are distinct, delicious, and food-friendly, very much like a good wine. The hard cider brewing process at Showalter’s Orchard uses modern innovation as well as some of the finest apple varieties available. Their website has a full list of the ciders they have available, like the Old Hill Betwixt Cider, Yesteryear, and Heritage. However, we think you should stop by their tasting room and try them all for yourself!


It’s Not All About the Cider

If you aren’t interested in the alcoholic beverages available (or you have underage guests with you), Showalter’s Orchard and Greenhouse is still be a great stop for your family! Not only do they also have delicious apple juice and apple cider, you can also take a tour of the orchard and let the kids stretch their legs, or have a picnic in a beautiful, scenic location. The greenhouse is fascinating as well, with a wide variety of annuals, perennials, and vegetables. And the gift shop offers an array of unique gifts, like traditional apple cider, apple butter, and candles. If the season is right, you can even pick your own apples!


Stay at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages

When you’ve indulged in delicious cider, enjoyed a picnic, and perused the greenhouse, head back to Harrisonburg’s top-rated, luxurious bed and breakfast, By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages. Our accommodations are second to none, and we have the perfect cottage or suite for you! Our delicious, gourmet breakfasts are delivered right to your door each morning, and our central location is perfect for exploring all that the Shenandoah Valley has to offer. Be sure to download our free Shenandoah Valley vacation guide for some great tips and destinations. Contact us today,online or by calling (540) 801-0430.