Day Tripping: Fall Vibes and Apple Picking at Los Rios Rancho in Oak Glen

Even though I grew up in Southern California, I’ve always yearned for a traditional fall where the leaves turn and the air is crisp. On a good year we’ll have lots of days with chilly weather and some rain. We’ll also see an orange tree or two. I know it’s nothing compared to what other parts of the country sees, but I’ll take what I can get.

I was feeling particularly desperate to get into the autumnal spirit this year. California has been suffering from heat waves and drought, and most of October was a sweaty 80+ degrees. It was really bumming me out. As soon as we heard that temps were dropping and that the mountains might see some light snow, we immediately planned to wake up super early and take a day trip up to Big Bear.

It was definitely cold but no snow. Just some a couple of flurries and drizzle. We really had nothing to do without snow so after breakfast we decided to ditch Big Bear and head back down the mountain to Oak Glen in Yucaipa for apple picking. Best idea ever.

The scenic drive down the other side of the mountain was gaaawwgeous. Look at the trees!

San Bernadino National Forrest in November

Where to see fall foliage in Southern CaliforniaThere are several orchards to choose from in the area of Oak Glen. We visited Riley’s at Los Rios Rancho.

Riley’s at Los Rios Rancho is an adorable little spot to pick winesap apples. They hand you the necessary tools and you’re off to pick as many apples as your heart desires.

Riley's Apple Farm - Apple picking in Southern California

Apple Picking in Southern California

After spending some time there we went over to the main part of Los Rios Rancho. There’s a cider press, BBQ, a shop with tons of yummy apple foods, live music, and a petting zoo.

ANIMALS.

Piglet Goats at Los Rios Rancho

horses at los rios rancho

My phone died so I couldn’t take any more pictures, but you get the point. IT’S AWESOME. If you’re looking for fall fun, definitely look into visiting the Oak Glen area.

Now I have pounds and pounds of apples sitting in the kitchen which means one thing. Gnats. Just kidding! APPLE BUTTER.

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DIY: Golden Snake Halloween Wreath

I’m the type of person that likes to put something on the front door that lets everyone know “HEY WE’RE FESTIVE AND STUFF”. We live in an apartment so I can’t put any crazy lawn ornaments up and we don’t get any cute little trick or treaters but you will have to pry my front door decor from my cold dead hands. Anyway here’s this year’s wreath!

I decided to go against the traditional circle shape and used an oval grapevine wreath as my base and used plastic spiders and a rubber snake and mice to decorate it. I got these items at Michael’s.

DIY Halloween Wreath Idea

Obviously these things aren’t really my style on their own so I hit up my stash of crafting supplies.

DIY Halloween Wreath Idea

I painted the entire snake gold using a coat of Martha Stewart’s metallic paint in Golden Pearl and then a coat of Martha Stewart’s liquid gilding in gold over the top scales. SHINY! I painted a few of the spiders too.

DIY Halloween Wreath Idea

Then, I painted the mice black using Martha Stewart craft paint and added a little bit of ‘hair’ on their backs with Martha Stewart’s onyx tinsel glitter.

I also sprayed the wreath black and then lightly brushed it with Martha Stewart’s Black Vintage Decor Paint to add some more depth and creepiness.

DIY Halloween Wreath Idea

 

I used hot glue to affix everything to the wreath and then used black sheer ribbon to hang it. Tada!

DIY Halloween Wreath Idea