The Labor Day holiday weekend marks the official opening of apple season in Apple Hill, California. Founded by the Apple Hill Growers, this picturesque region stretches from upper Placerville to Camino in the Sierra foothills, and it’s a popular destination during fall drawing visitors from the Bay area, Nevada and beyond. It is also where we lived for a handful of years.
Apple Hill is comprised of apple ranches, Christmas tree farms, wineries, bake shops, a spa, brewery and much more. Each year, families from the tri-county region make pilgrimages for pumpkins in October (peak season) and cut-your-own Christmas trees after Thanksgiving. Several of the farms, wineries and the brewery are open year ‘round, but from September into December, the hill is abuzz with activity.
Every year my family attends the opening weekend; the crowds are manageable and the country roads are easy to navigate. We typically make repeat visits during the season, but Labor Day is always our first to secure the Gravenstein apples I covet. If you’ve followed me for a long while you know Apple Hill is a source of inspiration. Whether it is pies, applesauce or cakes, the region offers the best fruit and produce at its peak of flavor. And there’s nothing like bringing that peak flavor into your baked and canned goods!
This Labor Day, I wish you a fantastic holiday surrounded by the ones you love, doing things you love to do. Enjoy this pictorial of my family photos from yesterday and through the years of our annual celebrations in Apple Hill.
Additional resources for three of my favorite area wineries: