Fall isn’t quite as spectacular here in Southern California as it is on the East Coast, and every year I miss it. For that reason, every year we go apple picking in Oak Glen, CA and experience fall’s bounty for one day. Oak Glen is less than an hour and a half inland (nearly to Palm Springs) and a mile up on a little mountain. The town is basically a bunch of orchards in a loop, which benefit from cooler weather and crisp air. There are a few that let you pick your own, but all have great apples and cider. We tend to gravitate towards the smaller operations like Snow-Line.
Snow-Line is always our first stop because they have fresh-made mini apple cider donuts. I think about these warm and crispy cinnamon-sugar bites often. The line can get moderately long for donuts, but it moves quick and guarantees you get fresh ones. The grounds are lovely, and although they don’t let you pick your own apples, they have a bunch of varieties and you can taste them all, as well as their ciders. They also have a pretty good little barbecue pit, and the same old guy has been playing Johnny Cash covers there every time we’ve been. It’s definitely worth a visit for a fall fix.