Christmas Tree Hunting Adventures

By December 7, 2016Adventures

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and for me that is so true. I just love the Holiday season. I adore Christmas: the lights and decorations, finding the perfect gift for someone you love and wrapping it in festive paper with ribbons bright and finding the classic tree decorating it with pretty ornaments and lights.

GLB_201512100155_4942We have two trees in our house. One in the sunroom off our dining and kitchen area which features all the classic heirloom ornaments and multi-colored lights. A very traditional tree. Our living room tree showcases white lights with silver, white and metallic ornaments. It feels like it is straight out of Pottery Barn and is simply elegant. I love each tree for different reasons and feel so lucky to enjoy two trees in my home.

Last year, we switched from having one artificial tree to selecting two real trees and cutting them ourselves. We decided we would adventure to multiple tree farms and select a tree at each one this year.

Our tradition is to tree hunt with my husband’s family the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We arranged to check out Peacock Road Family Farm located in Laingsburg for our first time.

glb_201611261142_0699The drive out to the tree farm was truly scenic with classic country winding roads. There were many beautiful trees to admire despite the winter season. I imagine it is just glorious in the fall and may have to take a drive out hear to see it next year. The drive definitely put me in the festive spirit.

glb_201611261102_0697Entering the farm, it feels like visiting a unique little village. Peacock offers a welcome center and a beautiful gift shop with an workshop area you can watch as wreaths and decorations are made.

glb_201611261117_0698The shop features many ornaments and festive items for the season. I could not resist keeping the tradition to purchase a new ornament for the tree and found a rustic sparkly tree branch star that was just perfect.

photo-dec-06-9-23-22-pmThe village area has quaint buildings including a shop with donuts and cider where the staff were dressed as cute Elves.

glb_201611261101_0696We enjoyed a treat of the cider donuts as well as glazed and they were quite tasty. There is also a corral with live animals and playground equipment for the kids to enjoy.

glb_201611261101_0695You can select a tree from the pre-cut section if you desire. We, however, like to cut down our own. We all boarded the wagon to ride out to the fields to tree hunt. The wagon is quite comfortable with bench seating and the ride is curvy, scenic and fun.

glb_201611261225_0704Peacock Farm offers Fraser Fir, Douglas Fir, Concolor Fir, Blue Spruce and Black Hill Spruce tree varieties. One thing I wish was that there would have been signs for the different tree types or at least tags on the actual trees with the names. We walked all around the hilly area and finally found the tree we wanted to bring home. We selected quite a full and tall tree with stiff pretty branches.

glb_201611261225_0702The helpers loaded our tree unto the trailer behind the wagon. As always with adventures, the unexpected happens and the tree slid off in route so we had to stop to reload. The second time it happened, we brought the tree on the wagon with us to hold it securely for the rest of the trip. The tree boasted two numbered tags and one is given to take to the cashier stand and stamped for payment. I do have to admit that the tree here was a little expensive at $76. We are not one hundred percent sure of the tree type as the staff could not identify and the tag did not say, however we believe it is a Douglas Fir.

We waited for the tree to be shaken, baled and turned in the numbered ticket to identify which tree is ours. For a while, our tree was missing and we were afraid someone else had taken it home. Luckily, it was found!

Hope you enjoy The Mitten Adventure’s first video of our tree hunting adventures:

After this excursion, we decided to grab some lunch to re-energize. We then headed out to Tannenbaum Farms.

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Tree hunting at Tannenbaum is one of my favorite traditions that Garrin & I do. It started for him as a kid and for me back when we were dating.  It has such special memories associated with it. You can read more about our tradition with my blog post from last year here.

2015-11-28 10.42.25I just love this tree farm as I instantly feel the Christmas spirit when arriving. The air was chilly and crisp however still no snow on the ground so we could not complain.

We visited the gift shop with the beautifully decorated trees showcasing ornaments you can purchase.

GLB_201512100156_4945I selected a pretty metallic leaf for our living room tree.

photo-dec-06-9-22-38-pm I also could not resist a commemorative Tannenbaum Santa ornament since I did not yet have one despite my many visits to this farm. It is happily displayed on my traditional tree in the sunroom this year.

photo-dec-06-9-28-12-pmWe rode the the wagon to begin our tree hunting adventure and decided to explore the Fraiser Fir area. Tannenbaum offers Blue Spruce, White Pine, Concolor Fir, Scotch Pine and Fraiser Fir tree varieties. I love how clearly marked the tree sections are as well as the fact that the price tags tell the tree type on each one. Fraiser Firs are one of our favorites and there were many beautiful choices. We found a skinnier classic shaped tree that we knew was just perfect for our home. Tannenbuam shook and baled the tree prior to our trip back on the wagon. We did not have our tree fall off this time and the trip was soon completed. I paid for the tree at the front stand pleased with the $60 price tag.

I wished the staff Merry Christmas and headed home to welcome our trees. For all my readers, I wish you a Merry Christmas as well and hope you adventure to find your perfect tree this season!

 

 

About Liz Ball

Liz Ball is a freelance writer focusing on Michigan travel and local events in her community.