Okay, its officially fall because we went apple picking. Yep. Apple picking has become all the rage these days and to my calculations it is a smart marketing ploy for apple orchards to have eager tourists act as free labor (similar to when we took care of elephants in Thailand!). Now, I am not complaining because I got to go apple picking but it is a pretty ingenious idea when you think about it!
We woke up bright and early, and drove the two plus hours from San Jose to Apple Hill. We stopped in Sacramento for a coffee at the cutest coffee shop called the Mill. Then we jumped back on the road eager to start our apple picking careers. So here is what I learned.
- Arrive early because there can be a ton of traffic. Especially when going through Placerville. There is a random stop light coming off the highway that causes a bottleneck of traffic but do not fear, once you get past it, for the most part it is smooth sailing. Here are directions!
- Call ahead to know which of the orchards to visit. Each Orchard is home to different types of apples and each ripens at different times.
Apple picking was such a wonderful experience to share with friends and I would do it again next year. I would recommend going earlier in the season because some of the orchards felt a little picked over. If you need ideas for an Apple Hill apple picking outfit, I highly recommend going with the fall theme, you know what I am talking about – buffalo plaids, layered sweaters, plaid button ups and boots. If you are going apple picking, you might as well have fun with it, embrace fall and all its preppiness or hipsterness depending on your preference! The buffalo plaid skirt I am wearing is a piece my grandmother gave me from her closet. It is from the 1980s and I am pretty much obsessed with it every fall (thank you Mimi!).
PS: Thank you Kylie for organizing an amazing day of apple picking!