So we live in a town known for its beaches, but in about one hour San Diego moms and their families can be in rural Julian, CA, famous for its apple pies and a terrific place for little hands to pick ripe apples right off of the tree.
Now this is an experience I had only read about before the kids and I took our first trip to Raven Hill Orchard. On a crisp fall morning we headed for the scenic drive East of San Diego into the hills of Julian. When we arrived at about 9:45 in the morning, there were already many families milling around the orchard’s 8,000 dwarf trees scouting out the best of the seven varieties of apples grown there.
For $10 we were able to fill a bag with as many apples as we could fit…that turned out to be 28 sweet, juicy, red Empire apples. We sampled one right off the tree before deciding that this was the variety for us.
There was something poetic about our trip to the orchard…wholesome, natural, beautiful, simple, festive. It’s a great way to celebrate fall in Southern California.
For a complete list of Julian Orchards and other fabulous things to do while you’re there visit the Julian Chamber of Commerce website www.julianca.com.
Raven Hill is open each day from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. during “Julian Apple Days,” mid-September through October or when apples are gone. For more information call 760.765.2431.