Monday, October 22, 2012

Apple Hill Blate

{Blate = Blogger + Date}

Is it Monday again already?

Although this weekend was both relaxing and productive (the best kind of weekend in my opinion!) it also flew by way too quickly. Friday night consisted of a hike in the aspens near our house, pizza, and ice cream--not exactly Paleo, but it was fun! Saturday included a conditioning class at the gym, a great Michigan football win, and checking out the Telluride Mountain Film Festival (more on that later this week). Yesterday though, was a day I had been looking forward to all fall--going to the apple orchard! 

We spent yesterday at Apple Hill, which is basically a giant cluster of apple orchards and pumpkin patches in California (located between Tahoe and Sacramento). The best part was that we made the trip with my sweet blogging/real-life friend Natasha (of the lovely blog Schue Love), her husband Ryan, and their adorable baby Ethan. (You might remember we spent Easter with them earlier this year, funny that seems like ages ago now!) It was so much fun to spend the day with them and we had all had a great time sampling the delicious food at the places we stopped! And the best part about doing a fall activity with another blogger? They don't think you're crazy for taking a million pictures...because they're doing the same thing! Here are some highlights from our day: 

{Photographers...I mean husbands...hehe}
{Baby apple}
 
{Apple kitty!}
{Hangtown Kid Orchard was our first stop...their apples/pumpkins were somewhat sub-par, so I'd skip this one if you're heading out to Apple Hill. However, it's nice because all the different Apple Hill stops are marked with #s so they're very easy to find}
{Our next stop was Bill's Apples/Felice's Dolls...and their flowers were gorgeous! They had great already picked apples}
{Natasha, I totally took this from your FB...they are such a cute little fam!}
{Beautiful flowers}
{Love}
{Our next stop was O'Hallorans Apple Trail Ranch, and I'd highly recommend this place. They had lots of apples to choose from, and a cute pumpkin patch}
{Obviously we had to get a shot with our pumpkins...for the blog...ha}
{Pretty wildflowers}
{Our next stop was Apple Ridge Farms (at least I think that was what this one was called?) and they had the most delicious pies and apple sausage...yum!}
{Our next stop was Jack Russell Brewing Co. and this place was definitely busy! They had all different types of beer, as well as food vendors so it's a great place to stop for lunch}
{I really liked their pumpkin ale}
{Our last stop was Rainbow Orchards because we heard that they were famous for their apple cider donuts. This place was definitely crowded but luckily the line moved quickly and we got our donuts in no time!}
{Warm and delicious}
{Caramel apples are my favorite}
{We also got some cider to take home, it was so good!}
{Baby Ethan! He is the HAPPIEST little guy, and seriously how cute is that hooded onsie?!}
I'm so glad we made it out to Apple Hill this weekend and got to check another item off the old fall bucket list! Which reminds me, I need to get cracking on that because it currently looks like winter here in Tahoe:

Yeah

That's the view outside my window this morning.

{If you're wondering why it's still dark out, it's because I had to get up for an early conference call this morning...blech. The snow is still coming down and there is a quite a bit more accumulated now!}

Not too happy about it...but I suppose it's the price you pay for mountain living!

Hope you're having a warmer Monday friends! Xoxo

15 comments:

  1. Awww I love you pretties! so gorgeous. This looks like a blast too...wish I could've been there!

    But skipped the snow today of course. :) looks pretty tho!

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  2. so fun! i still haven't been apple picking or to a pumpkin patch this year, but i'm hoping to squeeze it in before halloween!

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  3. I can't get over how pretty those flowers are! I love how fall your weekend was :)

    Have a great week!

    Xoxo
    Makenzie

    http://sosimplychic.blogspot.com/

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  4. pretty!! looks like so much fun!

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  5. SOOO much fun! I think I'll post my photos tomorrow...and reference your post for more details! SO glad we went yesterday..cannot believe how much it's snowing today. Bleh!

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  6. I am so envious of your casual mention of a hike in the aspens! What a cool thing to be able to do. Great pics - looks like you had a great time!

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  7. Ee so fun! Love meeting bloggers AND apple picking, so you had the BEST day. Oh and it's snowing there?! That's nuts. Tell the snow not to come to New England! I do NOT want a repeat of last Halloween weekend haha :)

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  8. Looks like so much fun! Love all of the pictures. xx

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  9. How fun!! :D Aw! It's so exciting to hang out with bloggers! And Apple Picking?! BLoggers dream!

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  10. I totally think "Blate" is a real world - wish more bloggers lived around me so I could do the same!

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  11. Looks like such a blast! I've always wanted to go apple picking :) Perfect blate idea.

    xxx
    Jenna

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  12. what a great blate!! fun!!
    PS I leave the house when it's dark....not fun!

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  13. Love it! I went down the weekend before and went to all the same stops!

    http://icecreamandfrenchfries.blogspot.com/2012/10/apple-pickin-in-apple-hill.html

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  14. Thanks for the pics! I think I'll have to check out Jack Russell Brewing Co. :) Was it also an apple farm? My bf and I are going up Veterans Day wknd.

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  15. Eek! So much fun to spend the day with the Schue's! They're the sweetest. Clearly E loves you...his smiles says it all :) Love the pumpkin picture "for the blog"...I always say that, too!

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Your sweet words make my day! :)

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