|Another road trip, another farm, another day of huge smiles and memories made!
Congaree and Penn is a farm dedicated to agriculture & culinary experiences. They are located on Old Kings Road, about a 40 minute drive from the Beaches. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday, open Wednesday – Friday 10am-2pm & 5pm-9pm and weekend hours: Saturday & Sunday 8am-2pm & 5pm-9pm. Reservations are required. There are several types: the farm pass, where you simply walk through the farm at your leisure, reservation to dine, or in our case, we made a reservation for grape picking! They offer several seasonal picking events. PRO TIP: Sign up early. Spots fill up very quickly. I registered for this over a week in advance, but blackberry picking was already booked through June! They offer a beautiful venue for weddings and also host a variety of other events like the goat greet, canine field day, and sunset cruise.
Upon arrival, we checked in at the farm stand at the entrance. We were given our basket and commenced with picking. This was a lot of fun, minus the real-feel temperature of 103 degrees. (Yes, this is not a typo!) They encouraged sampling of the different varieties of grapes (3 different kinds) which my boys loved! In case you didn’t know, (because I didn’t), muscadine grapes have seeds, so I was able to teach my oldest how to spit into nature. (ALL BOY!) PRO TIP: Best to wear sneakers or shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty or muddy. Even more important, pack an all-terrain or jog stroller. Sadly, I didn’t, and it was difficult to push through the rougher patches.
Once our basket was filled, we walked (I trudged) our way to the animals. They have an area for goats, chickens, and two beautiful horses. The animals came right up to the fence, but you can’t feed them. (Insert disappointed faces.)
Once we were sufficiently covered in sweat, we made a bathroom stop prior to heading to the car. PRO TIP: The bathroom is located inside the Quonset Hut and masks are required upon going indoors. This is where I checked out the menu and my taste buds got really excited! There are 3 dining options: in the taproom (reservations only), on the patio (first come first serve), or picnic a la farm, BYO blanket. PRO TIP: You are not allowed to bring outside food. The menu looks delicious, complete with farm-grown, vegetarian, and gluten-free items. They also have a kid’s menu. I would’ve loved to stay for lunch, but in my son’s words: “Mommy, I’m too wet.”
I have already perused the C and P website for fall details and they do have pumpkins! Besides this being a great family outing, this would be a lovely date or Girl’s Day venue! Our Congaree and Penn adventure was wonderful; a great combination of outdoors, new experiences, and culture!