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An Apple Hill Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Oh, sweet Apple Hill.  On a beautiful, crisp Fall Saturday, my sister-in-law Lori and I braved the traffic clogging the tiny streets of Placerville and points due East in order to make our way to the land of all-things-apple.

Land O’ Apples

 

Apple Hill, one of Northern California’s apple-growing regions will take you into our agricultural past, down scenic country roads that will lead you from apple orchards to apple pie shops with a few wineries and beer rooms along the way.  You’ll find dozens and dozens of varieties of apples, plus anything and everything in your imagination that can possibly be made with apples.  Particularly exciting was the fact that new this year, some places, like Grandpa’s Cellar were serving gluten-free apple crisps, a popular option around our gluten-intolerant household.

Grandpa's Cellar

Gluten Free Goodness at Grandpa’s Cellar

Everywhere you turned there were apples.  Apple cider, apple pie, apple butter, even apple potpourri.

Apples

Apple Beauty

 

The gorgeous colors of Fall were around every corner.  The beauty of fall leaves on the ground.  The cheerful orange color of pumpkins.  The golden hues of a hay maze.  And, the reds, pinks, greens and yellows of apples.

Fallen Leaves

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Pumpkins at Apple Ridge Farms

 

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Hay Maze at Apple Ridge Farms

 

 

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Apple Tree Very Pretty

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Apple Folk Art

 

 

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Apple Entrails

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Trees

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Nature Trail Between Grandpa’s Cellar and Apple Ridge Farms

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More Apples on Trees

There were lots of stunningly beautiful places to picnic, go fishing, or just hang out in nature.

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Picnic Spot

 

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Apple Hill Nature

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And More Nature

And, there were lots of booths where craftspeople were selling their wares, like creative reuse of silver teapots that were turned into bird feeders.  Lori thought they’d also make nice candle holders for tea lights.  And, there were mobiles made from old camping utensils.

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Teapot Turned Bird Feeder

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Creative Reuse

And, yes there were lots of people, too, but at the end of the day, if you added up all the people as compared to all the apples, I think the apples would have won out.

Apples

So, if you’re looking for anything apple, as well as unique holiday gifts, or you just need to get away for some fresh air, Apple Hill is world’s away from the Bay Area, but will only take a couple of hours to reach.  For more information about all the apple farms, as well as the Apple Hill events, click here.

 

 


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