Monday, September 29, 2014

Apple Picking ! Traditions for Fall in Oak Glen

Oak Glen - A family Tradition ~

For as long as I can remember, as a family, we have gone to Oak Glen for not just the Apple Picking farms but for so much more. 

It has now become a tradition for my own family, and as one of my mama's most favorite things to do, I will never let this one die out. 

It really is something special to take a short dive (about an hour) and arrive in fresh, clean and peaceful air ! The moment we step out of the car we feel like we are somewhere much further away . 

The drive up really is not bad and were coming from Orange County ! 

Headed in from Yucaipa, Oak Glen is basically one loop around, and very scenic any way you loop it. 
Starting from the bottom of Oak Glen Road you will see Parrish Pioneer Ranch - this is Probably my favorite of them all.. not the biggest but to me the best ! They have a special western live show with real action ! They have wine tasting and by wine i mean all kids, from apple to peach and much more. As if that is not enough fun they have all the apples, fresh candies and home made snacks you can ask for. Once you are outside don't forget to take pics on the pumpkins and stand up cut outs while you listen to the live music !If you cross the parking lot you can see live animals and awesome little shops to look and see what may grab your attention. More on Parrish Pioneer Ranch HERE !


FAMILY TRADITIONS !  0ver 40 years of visits ! My Moms Fav !

                BEST Peanut Brittle in Oak Glen !

The next Ranch up the Road is Oak Tree Village . This Village is just that !! A village setting with everything there in one strip and spot - food, music, fun and lots of stores to check out local goodies.
There is also a petting zoo here, fishing and also usually they have the jump houses up.
More info on this area of Oak Glen HERE !

Right up the road we like to make sure we stop at Snow Line (Info HERE)
Oh My you cant miss this apple house ! This is our other TOP Favorite Ranch ! Snow Line Cider Mill has the BEST Cider we have ever tasted.. well and brought home... yes we bring home a lot when we visit.
My Favorite is the Cherry Cider but we cant pass up the Apple Cider so we get both .. they also have a Raspberry Cider that is so fresh too but the kids chose Cherry this time !
One of our most favorite things to do while in Oak Glen is EAT.. and what better to eat than the fresh apple cider donuts .. yes you read that right.. and they are AMAZING ! We usually end up getting 4 bags of these babies just for 10 of us to share.. were addicted to them. Info on the donuts HERE . This is definitely a do NOT miss !
There is good food served and it is BBQ so if you are hungry for more than apple cider donuts you can enjoy a bite to eat.
At the cider mill they have rows and rows of raspberries - if you get there before mid September the chances of berry picking are good but towards October the berries are almost gone. Its our tradition to head up towards the end of the berry season but more into fall so we usually miss the major berries but we always ask to pay to pick and usually because there are not many left ... the amazing staff allows the kids to just pick a few from the outside and enjoy.. I mean really what a better tradition !?

We even had a handful to being home to make a few cups of fresh Raspberry Lemonade !

We got a few things on the way like some Fugi apples, Mini Cross Bred apples that were sweet but tart, some brittle and a few others things ..  but now it was time to YOU PICK ! 

We love to You Pick at Riley's Farm - But sometimes, because of its popularity and historic entertainment, it can get very crowded so we usually chose to visit the You Pick over at its sister spot of Riley's at Los Rios Rancho. This ranch is right up the street of Riley's Farm and has a lot of you pick areas to select from on two sides of the street. Quite a selection ! We stopped to pick here and we were able to pick up a few bags of Red Delicious and Spartan apples... so good ! More info on all Riley's farm fun found HERE 

You can work up an appetite picking apples so we like to take a rest, snap some pics and enjoy some lunch at Los Rios Rancho - where you can get BBQ, Honey sticks, apple pie, and our favorite snack the BBQ corn on the cob with all the fixings ! We usually do all of the above lol ! They offer hay rides too ! More info on Los Rios Rancho HERE !

There are so many options of things to do, see and be involved in that the day easily goes long with out it feeling like it ! 

We usually spend from 10am to 4pm or so up in Oak Glen and could easily spend so much more time.. but a lot of the ranches also close at 4pm or 5ish for dusk . 

I hope you get to take a day and visit Oak Glen soon !

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