Apple Hill 2011

September has arrived! Do you know what that means?? Apple Hill time!! Yes, my happy place people 🙂 Labor Day weekend is the kick off for many of the apple ranches in Camino. I have actually gone on opening weekend for many years but this weekend we were in Twain Harte with friends. I see a weekday trip happening in the very near future though.

Have you been to Apple Hill? Well let me give you the run down. It’s located in Camino and it is 56 family owned and operated apple farms. You will also find several great wineries in the area and in just under a month, PUMPKINS!! Eeeek. I can hardly contain my excitement.

A few bits of information — click here for the official Apple Hill Website. Each ranch has it’s own specific hours as well as merchandise. This is a popular destination for field trips of all ages. This being said, you will see busloads of people arriving at the more popular ranches.

Celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday on September 18th. Lots of extra fun to be had at participating farms. Click here for more details.

Did you know that Apple Hill also hosts a Harvest Run? This year is the 32nd Annual and it falls on Nov. 6th. Click here for more details.

A few of my favorite spots:

High Hill Ranch: This is a very popular spot, probably the busiest of all of the apple farms. They have an ongoing craft fair as well as a fishing pond and lots of apple goodies including a bake shop {tip: buy frozen pies for the holiday season – no one needs to know that you did not make this yourself ;)} Fudge Factory Farm is also located here! Chocolate people. Need I say more?

Abel’s Acres: A great spot to take the kids on the weekends. They have pony rides and a Hay-Bale Maze {weather permitting}. Abel’s also has an ahhhh-mazing selection of  caramel apples.

Apple Ridge Farms {formally Plubells}: This is probably my kids favorite farm. They have animals that you can feed {kids LOVE this!}, a hay-maze as well as a U Pick Pumpkin Patch. Seeing how much effort the new owners have invested in this ranch has been great and the transformation has been incredible.

Boa Vista Orchards: This is one of the few that is open year round. It is a popular spot right along the main road but a little extra tidbit? They also have fresh produce!  So you can get some apple goodies and even perhaps some fresh tomatoes as well.

Rainbow Orchards: Fresh, hot apple donuts. Need I say more? I didn’t think so 🙂

As I have mentioned, many of these farms also grow pumpkins. Check back in towards the later part of the month. Some farms even allow you to pick your own.  Fast forward alert … If you are wanting to cut your own Christmas Tree, you can also find some ranches that offer this. We went last year and had a blast. Especially cause we got to play in the snow while picking the perfect tree. Click her for Christmas Tree information.

You can find a 2011 calendar of events by clicking here.

Are you already an Apple Hill fan? If so, what is your favorite ranch and why?

Comments

  1. LOVE this! We have been hearing about Apple Hill since we moved here and have been waiting for Fall to go. It’s nice to see all of the info in one place! Thanks, Gabby!

  2. Sophia Allie says:

    I love our annual trip to Apple Hill! It’s our tradition go and hunt for the perfect Christmas tree! Also, Boa Vista has the best apple fritters I’ve ever had. Get ’em while their still warm from the oven! My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

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