The Perfect Fall Day Trip

One of my favorite fall traditions: apple picking. Zack’s been going with his family since he was a kid, and I’ve been going with them ever since we started dating in high school.

When we moved to California in 2014, we wanted to keep the tradition going, and that’s how we discovered Oak Glen, California (thanks, google!).

Oak Glen is a little town that sits in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains – about 1.5 hours outside Los Angeles. You’ll find a handful of apple orchards, shops, and restaurants, It really is the perfect little escape from the city to experience a taste of fall.

Typically we invite a big group of friends, pick apples, have a picnic, get lost in a corn maze, and eat our fill on cider donuts. Due to COVID, this year looked a little different.

Zack and I decided to go alone (first date out in months). Instead of our usual visit to several orchards, we only went to our favorite: Snow-Line Orchard & Winery.

While they don’t offer the u-pick apples, it’s always been our favorite place in Oak Glen. They have the perfect little field for a picnic – and we came prepared with a FEAST. If you visit, you cant forget to check out their unique wines and ciders too. We opted for a tasting flight of the sweet wines – the green apple wine is SO good. And you absolutely MUST get the apple cider donuts. (Click here to find out more things to do at Snow-Line.)

So I guess technically we didn’t go apple picking this year – but we had a great day and left feeling totally relaxed. Plus we really lucked out with some fall-feeling weather (unlike the heat wave we are currently experiencing right now).

Next on my fall bucket list: pick out pumpkins and decorate our apartment for fall, bake/cook some fall-inspired recipes, and plan a fun halloween night in for two!

– Courtney

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