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“Girls day Out!”
Review of Boa Vista Orchards

Boa Vista Orchards
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El Dorado Wine Country Tour from South Lake Tahoe
Ranked #1 of 51 things to do in Placerville
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Owner description: Open Every Day in Beautiful Apple Hill, We Pride Ourselves on Welcoming Visitors and Locals Alike with Fresh Offerings, Friendly Faces, and Gorgeous Views!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed October 10, 2012

Finally a little cooler in the Sacramento Valley so me and a couple of friends decided to make it a "Girls Day Out" to Apple Hill. First stop Highlands Ranch. Although It was very crouded, it wasnt near as crowded as I had expected. We had SO much fun, as I hadnt been in a couple years so everything was new and fresh. So many crafts, food, entertainment, and of course APPLES! Roma, Fuji, Golden, you name it! Also a nice play area for the kids, but when you dont have kids or yours are grown, what do you do ? Play in the kids area(no, we didnt get kicked out lol) I would go again and again this year but financially cant afford it. The beauty is you can go with no money and just look (exept for the price of gas to get up there :(

3  Thank shelstr
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

A fall tradition is to to head up to Apple Hill, buy an unbaked fully loaded apple pie, try apple turnovers or donuts and bring back juice and apples. I have many great memories of times with my children learning to fish, picnicking, and the train ride. One could just turn off HWY 50 at the Apple Hill sign or get a map at any of the many locations or from the internet. Today my grandson enjoyed the petting farm at Apple Ridge (#20) and I enjoyed the pulled pork sandwich. My daughter-in-law had her first caramel apple. Weekends are slow going since the curvy two lane roads are full of cars. However there are pony rides, face painting and craft fairs. The uncrowded weekday experience was fun and relaxing but I never minded the weekend crowds.

2  Thank Yvonne0
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

We visit Apple Hill nearly every year! Our kids are grown now, so schedules don't always allow the whole family to go. But we have memories of times when High Hill offered helicopter rides and Grandpa's Cellar offered apples you could pick yourself. And the kids loved to ride the train at El Dorado Orchards. We have our favorite places for fritters (Abel's Acres) and apples (Boa Vista), and we never miss High Hill for their crafters, caramel apples, and caramellos! Even though Grandpa's Cellar no longer offers pick-your-own apples, they do have wonderful pies, syrups, and the cutest little store! Certainly worth the trip from Stockton . . . and this year we decided to stay the night before in Sacramento to enable us to get there earlier - great idea!

4  Thank WanaBinHawaii
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

What a great place for a family outing! It's easy to find, just up Highway 50 from Sacramento, past Placerville. Apple Hill is a group of apple farms, pumpkin patches and Christmas tree farms. Many of the farms also offer a variety of kids' activities and foods and crafts. We used to go every year when our kids were little and this year we came back with teens and preteens and still enjoyed it just as much, even though our kids have sadly outgrown the haymazes and ponyrides.
We came on Labor day (opening day). Crowds were minimal and both berry fields and apple farms were open for picking, so it was the perfect time to visit for us.
We especially enjoyed the following spots:
Boa Vista Farms: Great variety of produce and an amazing spread of tasting tables, from their apples to their apple butter and jams. They didn't mind that our whole family (5 kids, Mom and Dad) participated enthusiastically in the tasting. We ended up buying their apple peanut butter and some frozen Dutch apple caramel pie, both were excellent.
High Hill farms: Parking lot shaded by large palm trees, a fishing pond and many tempting craft booths, especially beautiful jewelry on sale. We tried the famous cider milkshakes. Everyone in the family except me was a huge fan of the shakes--they tasted a little strange to me. High Hill farms had generous samples of juice and cider. You can see how the cider is made at their cider mill.
Rainbow Orchards: The ladies working the bakery here were so kind to my daughters, they really made them feel special. They made cider donuts freshly for our family and they were sooo good. You can sit on a terrasse or in the orchard to eat them and there was art on display also.
Denver Dan's: We picked our own apples here. They had more than a dozen varieties, all at one price. The lady working the counter was also very, very nice. We didn't recognize many of the apple varieties ripe at this time and she encouraged us just to eat apples off the tree to see if we liked them. You can fill out a postcard addressed to yourself and they will send it to you next year at the beginning of harvest season to remind you to return. Very fun experience! We came home with lots of apples for several weeks of school lunches that the kids will eat because they were so proud to have picked them themselves.
Mountain Berry Farm: I think this is mostly open in summer. They have many, many varieties of berries. When we visited, raspberries and blackberries were in season. The type of berries are clearly marked at each row of bushes. Before you go into the berry field, the staff explains the rules to you and advises you to wear sturdy shoes and watch out for bees. They are right, the field is somewhat steep and slippery and there are a lot of bees around. They didn't bother us, but visitors afraid of bees might want to pick up the berries at the farm store. We especially appreciated a big jug of cold water in the middle of the field with cups. Berry picking is hard work! My kids had never picked berries and enjoyed the experience. The golden raspberries were our favorite--so yummy.
There is no way to visit all of the farms in one day--we plan to come back next year and continue to explore. Highly recommended for all ages. It helps to pick up a brochure and map when you get there or check out applehill.com on line before you go to plan your day.

3  Thank California_momofsix
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Apple Hill is made up of a lot of different farms and orchards, and though we've lived in the area for almost 4 years we have yet to visit all of them. Each place has its own unique appeal and we have yet to find one that we haven't liked. Most of the orchards sell a hot lunch during the fall, have arts and crafts vendors, have weekend entertainment, and a few allow you to pick the fruit yourself. Our favorites for lunch are: Kids Inc. (tacos), Boa Vista (tri tip sandwich), and Bavarian Hills Orchard (German potato salad.) We do not care for Abel's Apple Acres or Apple Ridge Farms because the food has been very bland each time we've had lunch there. However, Abel's and Apple Ridge both are wonderful places to take the kids, as there are hay mazes, pumpkin patches, horse rides, and a petting farm (petting farm is at Apple Ridge only.)

Our absolute favorite u-pick farm is Pine O'Mine. The owners and folks who run the place are awesome! They have always been friendly, down to earth, and have always taken the time to kneel down and talk to the kids about the proper way of picking an apple. They don't just hand you a bag and let you be on your way; they take the time to talk to you, point out and explain the different types of apples and their qualities, and are more than happy to answer any questions you have. We visit them during the summer for blueberries/raspberries and again throughout the fall for apples. The apples here are the best! This is hands down our favorite grower in Apple Hill.

It does get very crowded during the fall, so plan on starting out early in the day. The roads and parking can be a nightmare at times, but that is just part of the experience of visiting Apple Hill during this time of year. Make sure to bring a little extra money so you can splurge on Hot Apple cider, an apple donut, or an apple muffin. You won't be disappointed.

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