This time last year we did a little road trip to Oak Glen, CA to go apple picking. Apple picking is an East Coast tradition that’s as American as apple pie and I wanted Jackson to experience it at least once.
Oak Glen, CA is about 90 miles (about 1 hour and 30 minute drive) east of Newport Beach, CA. It’s a bit of a hike but well worth it.
The farms are all beautifully decorated. The leaves on the trees are turning colors and there are apples to pick!
Actually, there is more to do than just apple picking. You can press your own cider, enjoy hayrides, run through corn mazes and/or sunflower fields, kids’ crafts, animals to be seen, country music to be heard, shops to be explored and more.
Apple Of My Eye!
Our kiddo loved picking apples and exploring the local area (which means something). It was the perfect way to kick off the fall season.
Should you feel up for an adventure this weekend, here are a few things I learned from last year’s day trip to Oak Glen:
- There is more than one farm – Riley’s Apple Farm, Los Rios Rancho, Willowbrook Apple Farm, Stone Soup Farm & Heritage Orchard to name a few – and each farm offers different activities so do your research in advance.
- It’s extremely busy making it difficult to find parking.
- There are a few restaurants in town but I would recommend packing a picnic lunch to save money and avoid the long lines. You can always buy some treats at the orchard’s merchant shops to add to your picnic and sample the local fare.
- Because the town is mile high in elevation, you will find it about 10-15 degrees cooler than its surrounding So Cal valleys, so bring a sweater.
Wow, I got a little off topic on that trip down memory lane!
Any ways, here are some links from about the web that caught my attention this week.
- How much is that piece of paper worth?
- Female entrepreneurs reshaping how we connect and do business.
- With our oldest heading off to university next fall, this one hits close to home for a few reasons.
- Instagram is rolling out a new anti-bullying feature call “Restrict“.
- It’s OBVIOUS why you don’t need a PhD to enjoy wine.
I hope you have a great weekend!