Apple Hill | All You Need to Know
Apple Hill is located in the western Sierra Foothills in El Dorado County. Just an hour’s drive from downtown Sacramento, this locale is filled with fruit orchards, breweries, tree farms, and wineries. It’s a perfect out-of-town spot for a quick countryside getaway.
Apple Hill is an easy hour-long drive east of Sacramento. Head out of Sacramento on eastbound US-50 toward Lake Tahoe. As you pass Placerville, you’ll start to see several Hill exit signs: the Schnell School Exit 48, Carson Road Exit, Camino Exit, Cedar Grove Exit 54, and Pollock Pines Exit 57.
If you are unfamiliar with area roads, make sure to print out the maps provided by the Apple Hill Growers Association. Keep in mind that driving the scenic roads in Hill can be beautiful, but don’t forget to watch the road. Some of them have sharp turns that can hide some oncoming traffic if you aren’t careful.
During peak season in October, there’s a free shuttle bus service on the weekends. You can drop off your car at one of the two shuttles stops: one is at the corner of the Schnell School Exit 48 and Carson Road, and the second is near the Cedar Grove Exit 54 and Eight Mile Road.
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Apple Hill CA
Autumn in the Gold Country means clear blue skies, fiery red grapevines, and an invigorating snap in the air. It’s apple season too, with more than 30 orchards and farms dotting the area east of Placerville, about a 2-hour drive east of San Francisco. Visit u-pick farms and roadside stands centered around the tiny hamlet of Camino to sample tart Granny Smiths, thin-skinned Galas, and other varieties, many grown by a new generation of farmers.
Other local finds include Jack Russell Farm Brewery (try the Farmhouse Ale), a handful of wineries such as Fenton and Lava Cap, and Time Out Spa, where (by advance reservation) you can get a bliss-out treatment. Or simply spread out a picnic blanket at High Hill Ranch, and nibble on oven-warm apple fritters or spread fresh apple butter on crackers—does autumn get much better than this?
Apple Hill Farm
Explore The Best of Hill Desserts, Shopping, & Crafts. The Hill Farm High Hill Ranch Features The Top Selling Apple Donuts, The Largest Apple Pies, Flavorful Crisp Apple Ciders, & The Greatest Selection of Handmade Arts & Crafts. Visit One of California’s Most Highly Anticipated Tourist Events Happening Every Year at Hill in Placerville, CA.
Plan Your Trip to Our Hill Orchard on Opening Weekend & Taste The First Batch of Hand-Picked Apples, Baked Into Every Bite of our Homemade Apple Desserts! High Hill Ranch Begins Hand-Picking Apples Straight from The Hill Orchard in The Middle of August!
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Apple Hill Orchard
Nestled in South Mountains of Western North Carolina, Hill Orchard is conveniently located only 4 miles from I -40, just south of Morganton, NC.
Our family has been growing apples in this location since 1955 and our apple-growing roots go back five generations. Over the years, we have expanded our orchard to include a cider mill, a country store, U-Pick apples, educational tours, group tours, and a bakery.
Despite the changes over the years, one thing has remained the same. We still enjoy welcoming visitors each fall and seeing customers return each year as their own families grow and change. U-Pick Season in the OrchardWe still loves to see the first fruits of our labor and to share them with you. From the first drop of cider to the last bin of apples, we encourage you to visit and share our family tradition. We hope that it will become a family tradition for you, too!
Apple Store Ridge Hill
The Apple Store is a chain of retail stores owned and operated by Apple Inc. The stores sell Macintosh personal computers, software, iPods, iPads, iPhones and other consumer electronics such as Apple TV. All stores offer a Genius Bar for technical support and repairs, as well as free workshops.
Apple Hill California
Hill is the trademarked name of the Hill Growers Association and refers to the 55 ranches located in the Sierra Mountain foothills in El Dorado County, California, in and around the community of Camino. Since its formation in the 1960s, Hill has become California’s largest concentration of apple growers as well as a significant tourist destination noted for its rural ambiance, apple products including pies and cider, and other produce and attractions.
In the early 1960s, a pear blight encouraged growers in and around Camino, CA to switch their production to apples Gene Bolster, who was an apple grower; Dick Bethell, El Dorado county’s pomology specialist, and farm advisor; Ed Delfino, the county’s agricultural commissioner; and Bob Tuck, a retired army officer, organized what is known today as the Hill Growers Association.
The team started in mid-June 1964. They had finished preparing everything in August for the first press picnic. The picnic consisted of each Hill family hosting a meal for some of the press members. Many of these press members became close friends. The growers also produced 50,000 paper litter bags that were passed out at the state fair. They offered 2 pounds of free apples to anybody who brought a bag with them on a Hill visit.
Hill consisted of 16 original ranches, eventually growing to 55 ranches including Christmas tree growers, and wineries, vineyards, a microbrewery, and a spa. In 2001, more than 9,300 tons of apples and 2,494 tons of pears were produced by local growers.