There’s nothing like fall time in the Sierra Foothills. The crisp air and colorful foliage provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic date with your sweetheart. Autumn also marks the beginning of apple season, which is one of the most exciting times of the year in Northern California! You can experience it for yourself at the El Dorado Orchards in Apple Hill. Stroll through the orchards hand-in-hand, enjoy a relaxing ride aboard the Apple Hill Train, or find unique, handmade gifts at the craft fair. The possibilities are endless!
El Dorado Orchards is one of many fun attractions you can experience in Northern California. Be sure to request access to our complimentary Vacation Guide for a complete list of events, attractions, and activities in the area. It’s full of great tips to help you plan the ultimate fall getaway!
Top 5 Things to Do at El Dorado Orchards
1. Take a Scenic Train Ride
Is there anything more romantic than a train ride through the Northern California countryside? Operating for more than 40 years, Apple Hill’s only train ride departs from El Dorado Orchards. Climb aboard and get ready for a relaxing journey past picturesque ponds, lush crops, and local wildlife. Fall is an especially great time to ride, as the leaves begin to change to vibrant reds, oranges, and golds. Winter is equally as magical, with fresh blankets of snow and glittering frozen ponds awaiting around every turn!
2. Browse the Arts and Craft Fair
Art enthusiasts will love the craft fair at El Dorado Orchards! Browse the Apple Hill craft vendors for stunning local artwork, one-of-a-kind gifts, and other great finds. From woodworks and candles to home decor and jewelry, this is one of Apple Hill’s largest collections of handmade goods.
3. Stock up on Apples!
If you’re visiting during the Apple Hill Harvest, you’ll definitely want to pick up a bushel of apples or two! Check out the fruit stand for a variety of ripe fruit, including delicious apples and pears. You’ll also find jarred favorites like apple butter, honey, and jams. Then, stop into the bakeshop for apple and blackberry pies, caramel apples, apple cakes, cider, and so much more. It’s the perfect way to kick off the fall season!
4. Grab a Bite to Eat
Between all of the shopping, train rides, and exploring, you’re bound to work up an appetite! Make sure to stop by the food and drink stands to refuel. They offer a variety of mouthwatering selections here, including ice-cold smoothies and snowcones, tasty BBQ, and other homemade treats.
5. Explore the El Dorado Tree Farm
Would you like to bring home a real Christmas tree this year? In addition to fresh fruit, El Dorado Orchards is home to an incredible tree farm. Visit during the holiday season and pick out the perfect tree together. It may just become your new favorite winter tradition!
Other Apple Hill Farms and Orchards
After a fun-filled day at El Dorado Orchards, make sure to check out the other El Dorado farms in Apple Hill! There are more than 50 local, family farms, and each as something special to offer. Attractions include wineries, harvest dinners, concerts, rides, games, corn mazes, and so much more. Here are just a few recommendations to get you started!
- Boa Vista Orchards
- Fudge Factory Farm
- Denver Dan’s Apple Patch
- O’Halloran’s Apple Trail
- Rainbow Orchards
Book Your Romantic Fall Getaway at Eden Vale Inn!
When it comes to accommodations near El Dorado Orchards, look no further than Eden Vale Inn! Our enchanting Northern California bed and breakfast is located in the heart of the Sierra foothills. All of the best attractions, wine tours, and restaurants are just minutes away. During your stay with us, you can expect to start each morning with a delicious, full breakfast. After a fun-filled day of adventure, come back to the inn and unwind with a spa treatment or a glass of fine Sierra wine.
Rated as one of America’s Top 10 Most Romantic Inns, our luxurious guest rooms will sweep you off your feet! Each of our accommodations features in-room fireplaces, top-notch amenities, stunning views, and private patios or decks. When you book your stay in our Juniper Room, you can experience the ultimate retreat. Relax on your king-size bed, cozy up next to the fireplace, or take a dip in the couple’s deep soaking tub. Check our availability and book your stay today. We can’t wait to welcome you!