Every year in October, I look forward to taking my son to the traditional season apple harvesting festival up the mountains above Yucaipa, California, in the little, charming farming and arts community of Oak Glen for apple picking. In San Bernardino County, California, off of Interstate 10, Oak Glen Road exit; follow Oak Glen Road all the way into the hills. The directory provided by The Oak Glen Apple Growers’ Association, http://www.oakglen.net/text-docs/map-directory.pdf, is an excellent source to help you find your way to and around Oak Glen.
With a plethora of orchards, shops, local fun to chose from, I have a hard time figuring out what I want to take my son to see first. The shops carry local arts and crafts, pies, cobblers cakes, apple butter, honey and much more. The festival is all month long in October, starting the last weekend of September, but you can visit the shops and restaurants any time during the year. I also love to go up after fresh falling snow to let my son make a snowman and throw snowballs, stunningly beautiful!
Stop by the Oak Tree Village for the festival, the seasonal events, entertainment, pan for gold, pony rides and visit the petting zoo and fish in their trout ponds; all supplies are provided old school style (a branch and string). NO CATCH AND RELEASE! YOU CATCH, YOU BUY (pay buy size)! Ride the small train and the local arts and crafts sales stands have some stunning items available. Show up at the restaurant for breakfast, stay for the festivities and don’t leave without picking up a Mile High Apple Pie and some Apple Butter.
Stop by Riley’s for the Apple Crumble (one of my favorites). Stop by Willowbrook Farm to press your own Cidar. Los Rios Ranch is one of my favorite stops. In the Summer, Los Rios Ranch has western movies showing on the lawn in July. The Apple Dumplins Bakery and Restaurant has a tasty Apple Crisp and stay to visit the lovely shops and galleries.
My child has a blast being in those apple fields and loves to take the apples home to make his own pie with his daddy. My child had such an eventful day that he slept on the way home. I had such an enjoyable time and the scenary in those hills is breath-taking.
It’s a fun activity to do on a cool fall day. Bundle up because it can get windy. Take a camera otherwise you’ll miss out on capturing some fond memories. The best age to take your child is 4 or 5 years of age. Mothers beware; any younger than 4 years old may not be enjoyable for you!
Off of the Interstate 10, follow Oak Glen Road straight up. A beautiful drive too, especially after a snowfall!
Don’t miss out! It’s a must see for the US road traveler!
On a side note, Los Angeles Mayor Villarigosa has been trying to bring water pipes through the beautiful nature and lovely orchards of Oak Glen, instead of along Interstate 10. With children not getting as much fresh air and outside activities these days, lets keep the land and culture of Oak Glen preserved for future generations. Please consider stopping by the website and getting informed and involved in keeping Oak Glen alive!
Oak Glen Apple Harvest Season in Yucaipa, CA
Oak Glen Apple Growers Association
Yucaipa, CA 92399