Last weekend, P and I drove a couple of hours east to Apple Hill. Surprisingly, it wasn’t until last year that I heard of this quintessential fall/winter destination in the middle of California.
I must go to the pumpkin patch every year, so it was convenient that there was a pick-your-own pumpkin patch nestled among the fruit trees.
I can certainly see how a trip to Apple Hill would be a yearly tradition for many: it is essentially a couple dozen (or more) apple orchards strung together along a quaint, windy road outside of Placerville, CA.
Amongst the variety of apple trees are pumpkin patches, spas, wineries, tractor rides and horse back riding, tire swings, Christmas tree farms, bake shops, and homemade crafts.
We made the mistake of not arriving early enough on a mid-October Saturday, so I think the crowds/traffic got the best of us; but, we still visited a handful of farms and got a sweet taste of what Apple Hill is all about. Next time, I’d like to do more apple picking (we only did so at one farm) and craft shopping.
Hot apple cider doughnut – I could have eaten a half dozen more!