5 of the Best Things to Do at Apple Hill

Apple Hill, in Northern California, is home to much more than apple orchards. Here, you can taste exquisite wines from local vineyards, attend unique seasonal events, enjoy a picnic amidst scenic landscapes, and so much more. Visitors have been exploring this incredible area for over 50 years! With so many things to do at Apple Hill, you may want a little advice on where to get started. We can help! Read on to find suggestions for some of our favorite activities!

All of the fantastic things to do at Apple Hill are just a short drive from Eden Vale Inn in Placerville, CA. We welcome you to explore our entire area for an unforgettable vacation experience. Explore shops and boutiques downtown, dive into our history during the Gold Rush, and discover hiking trails through the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Our guide is your key to the trip of a lifetime; get yours now!

Your Guide to the Most Fun Things to Do at Apple Hill

1. Pick Up Fresh Fruits, Vegetables, and Baked Goods

Fruits and vegetables

With cooler temperatures and plenty of activities, fall is one of the best times to visit Apple Hill Growers. It is their most popular time of year for a reason. Of course, you can expect the many farms and orchards to come alive with ripe fruits, treats, and fun for all ages. Hand-pick apples right off the branch, enjoy tasty jams, and grab a warm slice of pie. There’s so much more to experience here, too!

  • Featured Farm: Boa Vista Orchards

When planning your tour through Apple Hill Growers, we highly recommend saving time for Boa Vista Orchards. This 100-year-old, family-owned farm is open every day year-round and is well worth a visit. Here, you can pick up produce, sip on refreshing apple cider, and enjoy freshly-baked treats. If you have a sweet tooth, it’s hard to resist their caramel apples and sugar-coated apple doughnuts!

To get the full Boa Vista experience, pair the remarkable scenery with a glass of exquisite wine. You can enjoy options from red and dessert varieties to some unique apple wines! There are tastings available as well as full bottles for purchase. Feel free to bring some back and enjoy a drink by the crackling fire pit or serene ponds at Eden Vale Inn. Or, grab some farm-fresh items and plan a romantic picnic in the Sierra Nevada Foothills!

Can’t make it to Boa Vista Orchards, but still want to try some of their products? Order online and choose from salad dressings, jams, wines, and more. If you do plan on making the trip, their hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more information on upcoming events and mouthwatering pictures of their treats!

2. Tour Vineyards and Wineries

Couple at a vineyard enjoying the things to do in Placerville

Apple Hill isn’t just for apple orchards. Top-notch wineries and vineyards grow some of the region’s best wine grapes here. While you’re in the area, be sure to check some of them out! It’s a fantastic date idea and a great way to spend an afternoon.

Boeger Winery is the oldest commercial winery in our county and offers excellent tastings and fun events.  Feel free to stop by their tasting room year-round from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Another great option is Lava Cap Winery. The grapes from this family-owned farm are grown in high-elevation volcanic soil for exquisite taste. Check out their summer music series for a fun evening!

Local tip: Feel free to plan out your day ahead of time by perusing the map of Apple Hill. It’s a convenient way to see the wide variety of destinations in the area.

For another unforgettable experience, consider our Chauffeured Wine Tour! As our guest at Eden Vale Inn, you can enjoy exclusive tours and tastings at our favorite wineries. Plus, your private chauffeur takes care of the driving and sets you up with a delicious picnic lunch!

3. Attend Unique Events

Family enjoying an event at Apple Hill

Make sure you take a look at Apple Hill’s events calendar to plan your trip according to the exciting happenings. Here, find details on upcoming music concerts, produce seasons, festivals, holiday celebrations, and more. There are even hands-on activities and educational lessons, like how to make jams like an expert!

Did you know that several farms stay open through the wintertime? If you decide to visit Apple Hill in December, feel free to attend holiday celebrations at Madrona Vineyards and Fenton Herriott Vineyards! Stay tuned to the calendar for even more options as they are announced.

  • Featured Event: Apple Hill Harvest Run

If you want to get exercise, support a good cause, and have an overall great time, be sure to sign up for the Apple Hill Harvest Run in early November. Lace up your running shoes and prepare for nine miles of scenic landscapes throughout neighborhoods and farms at Apple Hill. Over two miles of the route brings you through the beautiful Apple Mountain Golf Resort! It may be difficult to continue on the path without stopping to marvel at the breathtaking views!

Are you not up for the full nine-mile trek? Don’t worry! There’s a three-mile walk, and two fun runs for kids available. No matter which one you participate in, you’ll be supporting a good cause with all proceeds benefiting the Camino Union School District. All participants get a custom shirt, a participation medal to remember the occasion, and even a complimentary wine tasting from Lava Cap Winery!

Local tips: For ideal parking at the event, head toward Abel’s Apple Acres near Lava Cap Winery. Locals ages 16 and above can also use a discount code for the Apple Hill Harvest Run. Make sure you enter your zip code when you register online.

For comfortable lodging and a delicious, freshly-made breakfast to start your morning run, we invite you to stay with us at Eden Vale Inn!

4. Grab a Bite to Eat Nearby

Pizza at an Italian restaurant near Placerville

If you need to fuel up after your adventures at Apple Hill, enjoy a farm-to-table meal from many excellent restaurants and cafes in the Placerville area. Many of them source their ingredients directly from Apple Hill Growers!

For delicious, American-fusion style food and drinks, grab a table at The Independent Restaurant and Bar. Or, pull up a chair at Smith Flat House for artisan pizzas and Mediterranean-inspired meals. You can even try some signature recipes in Apple Hill’s 50th Anniversary Cookbook! It’s an excellent way to remember your visit and bring some of our local flavors to your home!

If you have any questions about nearby restaurants or activities, we’re happy to help! You’re welcome to take advantage of our concierge service at Eden Vale Inn for guidance in booking the ultimate Apple Hill trip from start to finish. Call us at 530-621-0901 or book online!

5. Enjoy Fun For the Whole Family

Family in pumpkin patch at Apple Hill

Apple Hill isn’t just the perfect backdrop for a romantic date; there’s also plenty to do for people of all ages! Bring the family and work together to find your way out of corn mazes or take rides on ponies. You may even be able to get up close to a variety of animals at the petting zoo! You can also pack a picnic and enjoy some quality time together in scenic landscapes.

  • Featured Activity: Check out the Apple Hill Pumpkin Patches!

A visit to Apple Hill is the ideal opportunity to pick up the perfect pumpkin for carving or baking. Enjoy spending some quality time together and even snap some photographs for the scrapbook! When the fall season hits Apple Hill, you’re sure to find several pumpkin patches with an abundance of these orange plants ripe for the picking. Check out Apple Ridge Farms, Bluestone Meadow, 24Carrot Farm, Delfino Farms, Goyette’s North Canyon Ranch, and many more. Whether you make them into a sweet pie or carve them into a spooky Halloween decoration, you’re sure to create lasting memories!

Local tip: Since the fall harvest in October is by far the most popular time here, consider visiting mid-week. If you can’t adjust your trip, don’t worry. Just start your adventure on the east end of the farms and return toward the west so you can avoid some traffic on the weekends.

Stay in Luxury Nearby at Eden Vale Inn

Bed by plush sitting area in the Madrone Room


Do you need a place to stay so you can experience the wonders of Apple Hill? Eden Vale Inn provides you with luxurious accommodations on a scenic, 10-acre country estate in Placerville. We are much more than your average bed and breakfast. Just a short drive from the farms, we offer fresh morning meals, elegant spa services, and top-notch amenities to enhance your stay. We invite you to take a walk through our landscape, featuring serene ponds and lush gardens.

Warm decor and natural light fill our Madrone guest room, creating an incredibly welcoming atmosphere. Feel free to relax on your private outdoor deck with a couples deep soaking tub. When you’re not resting in your comfortable king-size bed, feel free to gather around the pond or firepit on the patio. We think you’ll find it hard not to feel relaxed and rejuvenated after a stay with us. Check our availability and book your stay today!