Chris and I FINALLY made it to Apple Hill yesterday and we had a blast! Apple Hill is located in El Dorado County (about an hour east of Sacramento) and consists of apple orchards, pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms, and wineries. I mentioned on Friday that Apple Hill is a great place to visit in the fall if you live in Sacramento and love apples because it’s a fun way to get outside with your loved ones and eat ALL THE APPLE THINGS: apple donuts, apple fritters, apple pies, apple cider, caramel apples, caramel apple cider milkshakes, apple turnovers, apple wine, apple beer, apple champagne, and so much more! In fact, I like to joke that Apple Hill is where apples go to die, because it pretty much is.
We got to Apple Hill around 10am and immediately started our day with an apple donut and an apple fritter at Abel’s Apple Acres. This particular orchard had a mini-craft fair going on. They also offered a lot of fun stuff for kids like pony rides, a hay maze, and some fun photo ops.
Next we headed down the road to Boa Vista Orchards where we got to try their famous apple cider and check out their huge selection of apple products. There was so much to choose from, it was kind of overwhelming!
Our third stop was at High Hill Ranch, home of the famous Fudge Factory Farm. High Hill Ranch seemed to be super busy and popular (probably because it has a fudge factory). This is where Chris and I had lunch, then shared a caramel apple cider milkshake. I was a little skeptical of the idea of an apple-flavored milkshake at first, but it turned out to be delicious!
Our last stops of the day were at Rainbow Orchard and Apple Ridge Farms. At this point, we were so full that we didn’t try anything at either location. We ended up enjoying the scenery and taking some goodies home for later: a caramel apple, a gallon of apple cider, and a dozen apple donuts!
Apple Hill was so damn fun, I’m already excited to go back again soon. It’s such a family-friendly place, I’d love to take our nieces with us next time. Also, we didn’t end up going to any of the wineries (Chris isn’t a big wine fan), so I would love to plan a girls’ day trip to Apple Hill sometime soon for some vino tasting and apple pie. Regardless of how soon I go back, I know for sure that Chris and I are going to make Apple Hill an annual fall tradition.
How was your weekend? What are some of your favorite fall traditions?