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. With so many things to do at Apple Hill, you may want a little advice on where to get started. We can help! All of the fantastic things to do at Apple Hill are just a short drive from Eden Vale Inn in Placerville, CA. Read on to find suggestions for some of our favorite activities to enjoy during a visit to Apple Hill!

a farmer's market in Northern California

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

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. You can expect the many farms and orchards to be buzzing as visitors enjoy hand-pick apples right off the branch, tasty jams, warm slices of homemade pie, and other farmstand favorites.

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 our luxurious bed and breakfast near Apple Hill. Or, grab some farm-fresh items and plan a romantic picnic in the Sierra Nevada Foothills!

Innkeeper Tip: If your schedule is flexible, plan a midweek visit Sunday-Thursday to avoid the crowds and get lower rates at Eden Vale Inn as well!

a man and woman wine tasting in apple hill in the summer

2. Tour Vineyards and Wineries

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!

Innkeeper 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.

band playing at a Placerville music festival

3. Attend Unique Apple Hill Events

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.

couple having a romantic dinner in Placerville at Christmas

4. Enjoy Farm-To-Table Dining Nearby

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, we recommend grabbing a table at The Independent Restaurant and Bar. Another favorite is the Smith Flat House for its expansive patio, artisan pizzas, and Mediterranean-inspired meals. 

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.

Rowboat on the Pond

5. Stay in Luxury Nearby at Eden Vale Inn

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 a serene pond and lush gardens. 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!