October 12, 2012 || Oak Glen, California
Over the weekend, Brian and our friends decided to go for a fun afternoon of apple picking in Oak Glen, California. I had never gone apple picking before, but it was definitely on my fall bucket list for festive activities. Although LA doesn’t quite capture that true essence of fall, I have definitely been getting my fix by making a point to partake in as many festive activities as possible throughout the month of October! I am a Halloween baby, born on October 31, so perhaps it’s that or my cliche obsession with fall that has me completely obsessed with all things autumn!
We headed East first thing Saturday morning and made our way to the adorable little apple town, about two hours from LA. We had done a little bit of research online and set out for Willowbrook Apple Farm, although Oak Glen Road is lined with plenty of options so I’m sure any of the orchards would be a great pick.
After meeting up with our friends we picked out our apple bags, got a little run down of the family run property, and made our way into the orchard to pick the best apples of the bunch. I don’t really know what I had pictured. I think perhaps that the apples would be right at an arms reach, but we had to get a little creative aka climb atop the property’s lawn furniture to score the prettiest apples from the tops of the trees! (These photos of me pretending to pick an apple conveniently right on a bottom limb— definitely staged! Sorry!!)
If you’re wanting to go apple picking this season, I definitely recommend making a day trip sooner rather than later. The best places to go are all “U-Pick” meaning guests get to visit the properties and select the apples they want themselves, so the best of the bunch are already starting to get picked over even at this point of the season. Once they’re gone, apple season is over.
After you fill your basket full of apples and have a go at pressing your own cider, I definitely suggest venturing down to the Oak Tree Village for lunch at Apple Annie’s. In true fall fashion I opted for the bread bowl chili, but prepare yourself— the portion size is HUGE! If you finish your first round- seconds are on the house! Laws is another great lunch option, highly suggested by locals.
Don’t leave town before scoping out the homemade pies and venturing around the village. There’s plenty to do, lots to see, and the cutest little stores to stop in before heading home. We decided to skip out on the apple pie until November and went home with a tub of caramel from Village Candy Kitchen, ideal for making candy apples just in time for Halloween!
If you plan on going apple picking and want to visit Oak Glen this fall, here is a list of the top Orchards that I recommend enjoying while you’re here!