Tis the season for all things apple and pumpkins. The last three years we’ve made the hour trek from Tahoe to Apple Hill with two other families for all things apple. Our trip this year was a well oiled machine and ended with wine….Yes, in fact the last two years we’ve end at a winery. Because why not.
Thinking about visiting Apple Hill? Here are my tips:
+ Keep it simple. Pick a few places to visit and plan your route ahead of time. This makes the world of difference. I would suggest only picking 2-3 apple farms to visit.
+ Go early. Traffic can be crazy so I suggest arriving at the first farm between 9 to 10 a.m.
+ Check the weather. It was 70-ish yesterday making jeans, sandals and a t-shirt perfect.
+Remember to have fun, eat apple pie and snap a ton of photos 🙂
Our 2017 route/farms we visited:
O’Halloran Ranch + Pumpkin Patch
We start here every year because it’s a tad off the beaten path. This means there are less crowds, but they have the best you pick pumpkin patch!
It makes for a picture prefect backdrop. Now if we could only all the kiddos to look at the camera at the same time. HAHA
…. and pulling a red wagon, like the one she has at home.
This was a fairly quick stop for Apple Cider Donuts. We opted to skip the infamous Rainbow Orchards for donuts this year. The verdict… We’ll be back at Rainbow Orchards next year as they serve them to order meaning nice and warm and extremely fresh.
This place is the perfect stop for lunch with a big grassy area for picnics, BBQ and pies! World Famous pies to be exact. We grabbed a pie to go, along with a 10 lb box of apples and let the kids burn some energy running around lawn.
They also have a corn maze, face painting, etc.
We wrapped up our day here. The grounds are gorgeous, perfect for lunch, and letting the kids play. We grabbed a few bottles of wine, enjoyed lunch and relaxed before heading home. They even have a sand pit for the kiddos!
All in all, it was a successful trip. Now I just need to figure out what I’m going to make with 10 lbs of apples! I’m open for suggestions.
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