Your Guide to Apple Hill Farms During the Fall - Sacramento Real Estate Sacramento Real Estate
September 6, 2016

Your Guide to Apple Hill Farms During the Fall

Fall is truly one of the most magical times of the year. It means cozy sweaters, roaring fires, and all things apple and pumpkin. One of the most autumny activities is a trip to a nearby farm, where you can pick your own apples, go on a hayride, pet farm animals, and pick out the perfect pumpkin for your front porch.

Apple Hill Farms is the ultimate destination for the abovementioned fall rituals, in addition to so much more. And better yet, they have something going on throughout every season! However, fall is their most popular and busy season, so it’s a great time to visit if you haven’t already.

Apple Hill Farms, California

Photo courtesy of Apple Pantry Farm

At Apple Hill Farms, you’ll find a huge variety of apple and fruit farms, bake shops, wineries, a spa, flower gardens, wedding spots, berry farms, and Christmas tree groves. Explore their winding roads and scenic beauty that has been a destination for families for over 50 years!

To make the overwhelming task of visiting Apple Hill during the fall a little less daunting, use our guide to narrow down your desired activities, depending on the specific needs of your family.

What should I expect?

Apple Hill Farms is comprised of a network of over 50 farms spaced out all over the Placerville region. As each farm offers a variety of features, attractions and special produce, you will never run out of things to do at Apple Hill Farms. In fact, the main trouble you’ll have is narrowing down what you can include in a day’s visit, which is exactly why we created this guide!

Where can I pick apples?

While the farms at Apple Hill provide a number of activities during the fall, apple picking is one of the most popular reasons for a visit, which can be inferred from the name!

There are several apple farms that grow fresh apples, available to purchase or to pick straight from the tree yourself. Either way, you’re guaranteed to get some of the freshest and juiciest apples around, perfect for turning into apple cider, baking an apple pie, or simply sinking your teeth into!

Apple Hill Farms

Abel’s Apple Acres

Website | Location

September 2–December 24

Daily 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Apple Pantry Farm

Website | Location


Friday–Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (September & November)

Wednesday–Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (October)

Apple Ridge Farms

Website | Location

August 26–November 14

Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Apple Ridge Farms, Apple Hill Farms

Photo courtesy of Apple Ridge Farms


More Information | Location

September 24–October 30

Saturday 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Sunday 12:30–3 p.m.

Bodhaine Ranch

Website | Location

September 2–December 11

Daily 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (September 2–November 23)

Saturday–Sunday 11 a.m.–2 p.m. (November 26–December 11)

Bodhaine Ranch, Apple Hill Farms

Photos courtesy of Apple Hill Growers Association

Bolster’s Hilltop Ranch

More Information | Location

Weekends Only (September)

Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (October–November 25)

Weekends Only (November 26–December 13)

24Carrot Farm

More Information | Location

September 3–November 27

Daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m. September 3–November 27

Denver Dan’s Apple Patch

Website | Location

August 27–December 1

Daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Denver Dan's Apple Patch, Apple Hill Farms

Photo courtesy of Apple Hill Growers Association

Fudge Factory Farm

Website | Location

September–December 18

Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (September & October)

Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (November)

Friday–Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (December)

Goldbud Farms

Website | Location

July 15–December 15

Daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Goyette’s North Canyon Ranch

More Information | Location

September 3–November 4 (Apple Season)

Saturday–Sunday & Holidays 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Goyette's North Canyon Ranch, Apple Hill Farms

Photo courtesy of Apple Hill Growers Association

Harris Tree Farm

Website | Location


Thursday–Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (June–August)

Daily 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (September–December)

High Hill Ranch

Website | Location

August 27–December 24

Daily 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Kids Inc./Delfino Farms

Website | Location

Labor Day Weekend–December 4

Friday–Monday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Daily in October)

Kids Inc./Delfino Farms, Apple Hill Farms

Photos courtesy of Kids Inc./Delfino Farms

Larsen Apple Barn & Bakeshop

Website | Location

September 4–December 4

Sunday–Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Mill View Ranch

Website | Location


Daily 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

O’Halloran’s Apple Trail Ranch

Website | Location

Labor Day Weekend–December

Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

O'Halloran's Apple Trail Ranch. Apple Hill Farms

Photos courtesy of Apple Hill Growers Association

Pine O’Mine

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June 11–October 9

Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Rainbow Orchards

Website | Location

September 12–December 11

Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (September 12–November 27)

Weekends 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (December 3–11)

Sloan Winters Mountain Orchard & Garden

Website | Location

Labor Day Weekend–December 4

Friday–Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sloan Winters Mountain Orchard & Garden, Apple Hill Farms

Photo courtesy of Valerie Buell via Sloan Winters Mountain Orchard & Garden

Smokey Ridge Farmstand

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Friday–Sunday Year-Round 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Friday–Sunday During Fall 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Windmiller Farm

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September 3–November 6

Friday–Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.


Where can I find the perfect pumpkin?

There are a myriad of fall activities available at the farms, from drinking farm-fresh apple cider to picking the perfect pumpkin. While several Apple Hill farms grow pumpkins, these are a handful of the best for your pumpkin-pickin’ adventure:

Bluestone Meadow is growing five varieties of pumpkins this year, including their most successful Challenger Pumpkins, which have deep ribbing, a long and thick green sturdy handle and a dark orange color, ranging from 20–26 pounds. Bluestone Meadow can be found here.

Cardinini’s Pumpkin Patch is an authentic pumpkin patch, where you can cut your own pumpkin straight from the vine in their 6-acre field featuring several varieties of carving and specialty pumpkins! Don’t forget a trip through their corn maze for the full fall experience. Cardinini’s Pumpkin Patch can be found here.

Apple Hill Farms Pumpkin Patches

Mill View Ranch hosts an enormous pumpkin patch, which grows in size each year (no pun intended). With so many other fall elements on site, like pies, jams, apples, popcorn balls, a live scarecrow and more, this is the perfect destination for picking pumpkins! Mill View Ranch can be found here.

O’Halloran’s Apple Trail Ranch has a 3-acre pumpkin patch featuring pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. All of their pumpkins are ready for you to cut off the vine to turn into a jack-o-lantern or decorate your home with! O’Halloran’s Apple Trail Ranch can be found here.

Looking for more patches filled with pumpkins? Check out all the farms with pumpkins in the Apple Hill Farms region.


How do I find the farm I’m interested in?

Use Apple Hill Farms’ convenient Farm Finder to locate a farm you’re interested in. In fact, you can filter your search by apples, bake shops, Christmas trees, flowers, food, gifts/crafts, kids’ activities, other fruits, pumpkins, spas, u-pick farms, and wineries!


What activities do the farms have specifically for kids?

While arguably any destination is suitable for children (besides the wineries and spa), there are several activities specifically geared towards kids. Check out their lengthy collection of farms the kids are sure to enjoy, featuring all sorts of activities from scavenger hunts to gold panning and corn mazes to pony rides!

Kid Activities at Apple Hill Farms

Photo courtesy of Apple Hill Growers Association

When is the best time to go?

As can be predicted, weekends during the fall are quite busy at the farms. If your schedule allows, consider visiting the farm during the week, especially if you have little ones who aren’t in school yet — or don’t have little ones at all! Otherwise, consider following the farmers’ lead and getting to the farms early in the morning order to beat the mid-day crowds.

It’s also important to keep in mind that each farm follows a different schedule, so make sure you check their hours of operation before your visit!


Which wineries can I visit?

If you’re after a relaxing kid-free activity at Apple Hill, want to embark on a romantic date, or simply desire to unwind after an afternoon spent picking apples, a visit to one of the area’s wineries is your answer. And thankfully, they are not in short supply.

Apple Hill Farms Wineries

Photos courtesy of Lava Cap WineryFenton Herriott Vineyards and Boeger Winery

Boeger Winery is open daily year-round from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This picture-perfect winery rests on a historic homestead with a breathtaking backdrop. Boeger was founded in 1972, and is the oldest commercial winery in El Dorado! Stop by their intimate tasting room to sample some quality wine in a historic setting.

Fenton Herriott Vineyards is a Placerville winery with a long-standing passion for exceptional wine. Their attention to detail from grape to glass is evident with each sip. Stop by to experience this first-hand from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. any day of the week, year-round.

Sample Lava Cap Winery’s wines in their tasting room then enjoy a picnic in the gardens overlooking their vineyard. Sip on their premium estate bottled wines, including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Barbera and Syrah. Lava Cap is daily open all year long from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Need more winery suggestions? Stop by Madrona Vineyards, Wofford Acres Vineyard or Honey Bear Ranch. You can’t go wrong with any wines crafted in this region filled with rich soil and educated winemakers!


Did I hear something about a spa?

You sure did! Time Out Spa and Resort is the perfect place to rejuvenate your body after a long day spent on the farms — or a long week at work! Indulge with a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, or any of the spa’s additional luxurious pampering servicesBook your appointment, keeping in mind that Time Out is closed on Mondays, open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and open Friday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Apple Hill Spa

What did we miss?

With so many farms and fall-loving activities, it’s likely we missed one of your favorite components of Apple Hill. Let us know, and we might just add it to our guide!

Category Neighborhood Guides, Placerville

Holly Ragsdale

Holly is a content specialist for Lyon Real Estate, the leading independent real estate company in the greater Sacramento region. The Lyon blog focuses on community news + local events, as well as home inspiration + design trends. Enjoy!

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