I’m a beach girl that absolutely adores autumn. Living in California, it’s fall that finally starts to cool down our state of perpetual sunshine. I prefer, and am a happy mid-70s weather kind of gal, so fall feels good.
Our family also looks forward to this time of year because our fall traditions always include a visit to Apple Hill each year. Apple Hill officially opens for business after Labor Day in September. If you haven’t been, it’s a lovely experience. Apple Hill has more than 50 members that include farms, bake shops, wineries, and Christmas tree farms. They’ve been in business since 1964. They’re easy to get to, just take Hwy 50 east past Placerville, and you’ll run into them.
I’m not a country girl, I’m more a suburbanite who loves cities, and European destinations, so for me to love a very apple pie, American-kind of down-home country experience, is saying something. Apple Hill is always a joy to visit. First, the food. I love apples. I love apple everything. There are more than apples, but you can’t beat the cider, donuts, fritters, pies, and BBQ. There are so many family-friendly activities, from the darling craft booths, hay mazes, horse rides, train rides and more. Weekends are always bustling up at Apple Hill.
Of course, once October rolls around we run into our anniversary. Ry and I were married on 10/10/01. Which we really liked for two reasons; ten in Chinese symbolizes perfection, double 10s are awesome, and since we both grew up in silicon valley, it was pretty cool to have the binary code to remember our wedding.
You can’t have fall traditions without Halloween. I mean, I guess you could, but once you have kids, you really can’t be the Halloween grinch. I begrudgingly admit that planning, and preparing Halloween costumes for my kids has been highly entertaining. I had no idea how much fun, and how much work and effort it would take.
In the end, the kids have such great memories about our past costumes, that I’m itching to find an idea for this year. Which means I HAVE NO IDEA. My ideas usually come super-last minute. It’s how my brain works, I guess. Do you have suggestions? I will take all suggestions!
What are you fall traditions? We are big on hot apple cider, we love Starbucks caramel apple cider. Yum. We love soups, and chowders, and all things warm and comforting too.
- Maria at Bicultural Mama: Mid Autumn Festival Fall Traditions with Moon Cake Recipe
- Grace from HapaMama: Fall Traditions: Pumpkin Patch Photoshoot Tips
- Thien-Kim at I’m Not the Nanny: 3 Ways to Celebrate Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
- Phyllis of Napkin Hoarder: My Grandmother Explains Chuseok
- Stephanie from Frankly, My Dear: Fall Traditions