Julian, California is about a 2.5 hour drive from our house. Last year we went apple picking there and had so much fun we decided to do it again this year. We asked our son, Evan, and his girlfriend, Lauren, to join us. I did a little more research this time and found out there are wineries in the area and picnic sites, so we packed a picnic lunch and spent the whole day there. One thing I didn't do this year was to call ahead, so when we arrived in town we found out it was the last day to pick apples. A lot of the crop had been damaged by frost in May and so the crop was very small this year. Small as in amount of apples produced not the size of the apples. But you would never know that by this tiny apple pictured here.
It seems the apple in the mouth will be Mr. R's traditional photo, so Evan did it too. The weather was warm (a little too warm for me) but it was really clear and a beautiful day. After picking apples and pears, we went to Menghini Winery where we enjoyed our picnic lunch, using my "Awesome Picnic Quilt" as a tablecloth. We tasted wine at three different wineries and enjoyed talking with the owners of each one.
It was a nice relaxing day, but a little far for a day trip. So next year, we decided we will stay in one of the local B&B's, and make it a weekend getaway.