5 Stops To Make In Apple Hill

Photo of Brie Shimada
9 February 2017

It’s the most beautiful time of the year, when nature bursts with its most vibrant colors for the grand finale we like to call fall. Apple Hill is one of the best places in all of California to celebrate autumn. What better way to embrace this season than with apple cider, apple turnovers, craft fairs, pumpkin patches, and more! Here are our picks for places to stop in Apple Hill.

High Hill Ranch | © Joseph Thornton/Flickr

High Hill Ranch

High Hill Ranch is one of the most popular destinations in Apple Hill. This family-owned ranch is famous for its apple cider milkshakes and wine tasting. High Hill Ranch has a wonderful atmosphere, filled with family fun for all, including pony rides, hay rides, fishing, a seasonal pumpkin patch, face painting, craft vendors, an abundance of apple goods, and so much more. Art vendors are available seven days a week until Christmas Eve. We recommend you go early, right when the ranch opens at 9AM, to beat the crowd. If you enjoy caramel apples, try the caramel apple milkshake; you won’t be sorry!

Abel’s Apple Acres

Abel’s Apple Acres is an family favorite that offers a large variety of baked goods, including apple doughnuts, pies, fritters, strudel, and bread. But what Abel’s Apple Acres is really known for is the homemade candies, ranging from cappuccino and vanilla fudge to caramallows (caramel dipped marshmallows) and candied apples on a stick. Abel’s even has adorable country cutouts to take pictures with to document your trip. Abel’s Apple Acres offers an amazing maze, horse and pony rides, kids’ corral, pumpkin patch, and craft fair. This is the one stop for family friendly fun and for satisfying your sweet tooth!

Boa Vista Orchards | © Mitch Lorens/Flickr

Boa Vista Orchards

Boa Vista Orchards is open daily, year round, from 8-6PM, and it offers a diverse selection of produce, infamous apple cider, delicious baked goods, award-winning apple and red wines, and so much more. Visit the pumpkin patch to find your perfect jack-o-lantern or the restaurant for a mouth watering tri-tip sandwich. This bustling market is celebrating 100 years of family farming, so be sure to pick up some apples, berries, and pears from this season’s harvest. If you can’t make the trip to Apple Hill in person, online shopping is available for non-perishable items and gift cards, as well as the incredible wines!

El Dorado Orchards

El Dorado Orchards is home Apple Hill’s largest craft fair and its only train. This family-owned orchard has been operating for more than 50 years and is open during fall from last two weekends of September to the second weekend of November. The tree farm opens the day after Thanksgiving for the tree cutting season, on weekends only. El Dorado carries a variety of Boa Vista Orchards’ products, as well, so if you didn’t get enough at Boa Vista Orchards, make your way over to El Dorado Orchards for more cider and produce. Enjoy a train ride, for only $3.50, that takes you around and through the orchards. Be sure to visit El Dorado Orchards on your trip to Apple Hill!

Larsen Apple Barn | © Robert Couse-Baker/Flickr

Larsen Apple Barn

Larsen Apple Barn is a family-owned ranch that has been operating longer than any other in Apple Hill. It offers a wonderful array apples, pears, grapes, dried fruits, and juices. You can also enjoy lunch from its deli before touring the unique Larsen Family Museum. But the real draw of Larsen Apple Barn is the notorious bake shop that houses the most delicious apple dumplings and Apple Hill Cake in the area. Make Larsen Apple Barn your final stop so you can take an abundance of baked goods home. Your taste buds will thank you!

By Brie Shimada

Brie Shimada, a Sacramento native, is currently studying Communication Studies at San Francisco State University. She can often be found capturing photos of the city, reading a good book at Blue Bottle, or shopping local at one of the many farmer’s markets in San Francisco.