We’ve compiled a list of our favorite things to do for adults (who may or may not still be kids at heart). So after you’ve taken the children around Apple Hill™, plan a return trip for yourself.
Taste hard ciders
You can purchase hard cider at some locations in the area. Hidden Star Camino is one of the few spots where you can taste on-site. They offer a range of ciders, along with baked goods and apple products to take home with you.
Learn about Apple Hill™ history
Not limited to just adults, the Larsen Farm Museum, located at Larsen’s Apple Barn, is a (free) view into the region’s past, including farm implements, photos, furniture, and apple ranching equipment. If you’re lucky, you may even have Mr. Larsen himself greeting you at the entrance.
Don’t miss the iconic Apple Hill™ treat
Some may argue that’s apple pie (or walkin’ pie or apple turnovers), but purists agree that the apple cider donut is at its best when consumed on location. You’ll find plenty of places to taste this local favorite throughout Apple Hill™. Fun fact: nutritionists agree that multiple apple cider donuts in a day provide you with twice your daily happiness needs.
Take a hike
The best way to digest the above-mentioned iconic treat is to take a hike. You’ll find nature and hiking trails at several farms, including Apple Ridge Farm, Harris Tree Farm, Delfino Farms, Starfield Vineyards, and O’Halloran’s Apple Trail Ranch.
See the best vineyard view in Apple Hill™
Wofford Acres Vineyards offers one of the best-unobstructed views of El Dorado County from its grassy picnic area. The drive out is well worth it, as much for their wines and hard cider as the views. Insider tip: Pick up a bottle or two of LaMancha Estate for later, and savor a ‘picnic pour’ of their hard cider as you enjoy the views.
Top photo credit: Hidden Star Camino