My favorite place to go in August is Sebastopol, California, which is a beautiful bucolic town in Sonoma County about an hour north of San Francisco. Frankly, I am happy to go there any time of the year, but in August, Sebastopol holds the Gravenstein Apple Festival. Sadly this post is not about that festival because since the stinkin’ Los Angeles Unified School District changed its fall start date to mid August, we haven’t been able to go. But, hey, I am a problem solver, and I need to live out my fantasy life of living on a farm with a fruit tree orchard. So we headed east instead of north. Thanks to the kid’s event site Red Tricycle we learned about the town of Oak Glen out in San Bernardino County up the hill form the town of Yucaipa.
In fall Oak Glen is all things apple! Apple picking, apple eating, apple drinking, apple pressing. There is a quaint 100 year old town and farms with New England-esque historic buildings. I was in heaven (did I tell you I like apples?). The husband, the boys, and I picked apples and pears, ate mini apple cider donuts, wandered the beautiful orchards, and pressed our own apple cider (amazing!).
I still love the Apple Festival in Sebastopol, but this pickin’ is a little closer to home and I don’t have to keep the kids out of school because I want to be a fruit farmer.