A day trip to Oak Glen, California is one of the great escape from city life in Southern California, especially in the fall and winter season. We were recently there again, eating all the yummy fall treats, and wanted to share all the fun things to do in Oak Glen.
Oak Glen, California is a family favorite. There are many fun activities and things to do in Oak Glen. The weekends are packed with families and kids running around smiling and enjoying the beautiful environment it offers.
My sister-in-law introduced me to Oak Glen, CA, a few years ago, and I fell in love with pumpkin butter at Mom’s Orchards. She discovered it chasing fall while living in Los Angeles. It’s one of her favorite places to bring my nieces to not only in the fall season but year-round.
This post is geared towards the fall season as it is one of the most popular times in Oak Glen, California. That said, it’s a great place to visit any time of the year. Find fall foliage, cold temperatures, and even snow during the winter and berry picking in the Summertime.
Recently, the El Dorado fires threatened many of these Oak Glen homes, businesses, and farms. Firefighters worked day and night to save them – the appreciation from the locals is palpable. As you drive into Oak Glen, you will see the charred landscaped and the edges of where fires ended.
Now more than ever, we should support these local businesses that are doing their best to keep their family farms open and running.
COVID: Masks and social distancing are expected and requested at all establishments.
Things to do in Oak Glen, California
Mom’s Country Orchards
You will fall in love with how cute this country store is, and it smells like they are always baking something. They sell homemade jams, fresh-baked sweet bread, fresh-pressed apple cider, hand-dipped caramel apples, and all sorts of goodies.
We always leave there with a few things. Our first time there, we went a little overboard but, we were stocked for the entire fall and winter with jams.
This last time we got their apple blueberry raisin bread for $5 – a steal. It was DELISH. Also, an apple cider ice pop for a $1 (it was a hot day outside)., which was super yummy.
There is no apple picking at Moms, but they do sell apples in their produce section.
Once upon a time pre-COVID, they’d have taste samples of apples and all of their popular jams.
Location: 38695 Oak Glen Rd, Yucaipa, CA 92399 (Google Map It)
Snow Line Orchard and Winery
Three words: Apple Cider Donuts
A road trip to Snow Line Orchard in Glen Oak, California to try their freshly made on the spot mini apple cider donuts is 100% worth the trip. These donuts melt in your mouth. They are perfectly sweetened and literally two bites. Perhaps one bite if you’re so eager.
They also have apple pie slices, which we did try. The filling is delicious, the crust was a tad mushy for my taste.
Wine flights are available outside. If you get the chance try their apple brandy.
Take your donuts and wine, find a spot in one of their picnic areas near their ancient chestnut tree. Enjoy the live music they provide on the weekends.
If you go during the weekend, there will more than likely be a long line. Social distancing and masks are encouraged. I can’t guarantee everyone is following the rules or care. Just being honest by making you aware.
Raspberry picking available at this orchard when they are in season.
Parking is free.
Location: 39400 Oak Glen Rd, Yucaipa, CA 92399 (Google Map It)
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Wilshire’s Apple Shed
Visit the tasting room at Wilshire Apple Shed and try free complimentary hard cider samples from Oak Glen Cider Company.
Also known for their coffee house and pizzeria, you can’t leave without having pizza. Enjoy a hard cider with pizza prepared in their wood-burning pizza oven.
If hard ciders are not for you, grab a coffee and a pastry. Take in the views of their farm from the porch.
Currently open from Wed-Sun from 11AM to 7PM.
Location: 11925 Oak Glen Rd, Yucaipa, CA 92399 (Google Map It)
Oak Tree Village
At Oak Tree Village, now known as Oak Tree Mountain, you will find:
- multiple artisan shops
- food stands
- live music
- petting zoo
- train ride
- ax throwing
- and plenty of room for the kiddos to run around
Parking: There is a $5 charge for parking. Not sure if it is just weekends only or because it is peak season, but beware of that. I suggest finding parking on the street.
Location: 38480 Oak Glen Rd, Yucaipa, CA 92399 (Google Map It)
Apple Annie’s Bakery and Restaurant
Apple Annie’s is one of the most popular restaurants in the area, and it is known for its 1/4 mile-high apple pie.
Expect traditional diner type foods.
I highly recommended putting your name on the list one or two hours before the time you would like to eat. It is super busy. They do not take reservations. Seating in the outdoor patio is only available at this time.
Grab a pie to go! They have a separate bakery for baked goods.
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Apple Picking in Oak Glen
One of the top things to do in Oak Glen, California is to go apple picking. Angelino’s flock to Oak Glen as soon as apple picking season starts. And again at the end of the season to celebrate at the apple butter festival.
In the summer, you can find farms that do berry picking.
There are multiple u-pick apple orchards that you can visit.
Los Rios Rancho
Over 300 acres, this family-owned farm in the mountains is home to 10,000 apple trees. The farm also produces raspberries, corn, strawberries, and pumpkins.
Recently, the farm suffered a devastating loss due to a fire that engulfed a portion of its facilities. You can read more about it here. They are still open for business and ready to welcome you and your family into their farms.
U-pick apples and pumpkins are open daily.
Fall activities include:
- kid crafts
- wagon & tractor ride
- corn maze
- live music
- petting zoo
Pick up steak sandwiches at the Farm Fair Courtyard, some roasted corn, and a cold apple cider for lunch. Sit at one of their picnic tables and enjoy.
The Southside of the ranch and hiking trails are closed.
Parking is free.
Location: 39611 Oak Glen Rd, Yucaipa, CA 92399 (Google Map It)
Willowbrook Apple Farm
Visit a 100-year-old Stayman-Winesap apple farm. Willowbrook Farms has over 300 acres of Stayman-Winesap apples for you to pick. This farm is owned and operated by the Driscoll family since 2018.
From September to late October, or until the apples run out, apple picking is open to the public.
If they do run out of apples, their fall festivities and stores will still be open.
Fun tip: Press your own apple cider and try it in its purest form.
Make sure to stay up to date with their calendar of events. In October, they have wine-tasting and smores on select weekends. Oh, this sounds like a winning combo to me. Reservations are highly recommended.
Location: 12099 Oak Glen Rd, Oak Glen, CA 92399 (Google Map It)
Stone Pantry Orchard
At Stone Pantry Orchard is open on the weekends only for apple picking and pumpkin picking. Blackberry picking and pear picking available when in season.
One of the best things about this 130-year-old farm is that it is strictly for picking fruit. U-press cider is also available and sold by the 1/2 gallon. Delish.
There are no gift shops or extra festivities.
Farm tours available by reservations only.
Parking is free.
Location: 11993 S. Oak Glen Rd., Yucaipa Ca 92399 (Google Map It)
After spending so much time at home during the pandemic, we thoroughly enjoyed our day in Glen Oak. It was such a nice change of pace and environment. We can’t wait to return and hit some of the other spots on this list. I especially would love to go on my very own pie tasting tour.
Where would you like to head to first? Will you be visiting Oak Glen, CA? Have you been? Let me know in the comments.
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