FALL-ing in Love with San Diego?

Have you been enjoying the beautiful days and chilly nights this week? I’m frequently contacted by moms who are moving to San Diego, and I’m thinking about them, wondering if they are impressed with our So-Cal fall.

We’re only a week or so away from Halloween, and the temporary pumpkin patches you find at malls and such will soon be gone, but there are still many wonderful ways to enjoy fall with your little ones in San Diego County. Here are a few of our favorite outings…

Summers Past Farm
The kiddos can pick a beautiful pumpkin from this East County patch, but your family will enjoy visits to Summers Past throughout the year. The gardens are whimsical and are a fantastic spot for family photos. There are chickens, a rabbit and sweet farm cats around. Annual events and special workshops also keep families visiting year round. I’m determined that 2012 will be the year we make it to their popular fairy festival.

Van Ommering Farm (Oma’s Pumpkin Patch)
There’s never a bad time to visit Oma’s Pumpkin Patch. Open all year, Van Ommering’s is a working California dairy farm in Lakeside that hosts annual pumpkin patches as well as a Christmas patch. But we like to visit anytime to sled down the cotton seed hill, visit with the newborn calves, run through the hay bale maze and “milk” cows. Sure, it gets a little hot in the summertime, but somehow the kids never seem to mind.

Apple Picking in Julian
This weekend appears to be the end of apple picking season in Julian, but even without the the fabulous u-pick experience, it’s a great place to visit in the fall. I’ve never done it but have thought often about staying at a little Bed and Breakfast on a chilly weekend. The town is quaint and a great place to go if you’re missing the feel of East Coast fall.

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