By Lynne Tucker
One of the most scenic historic spots in Southern California is nestled in the heart of apple country in Oak Glen, California where the summers are cooler and the winters dusted with snow. The five mile scenic loop of 30+ ranches, farms and businesses are open year-round. You will see one of the most scenic byways Southern California has to offer. Enoch Parrish opened the first apple orchard in 1876, followed by the Wilshire family. The Rivers brothers and their families came to Oak Glen in 1906. Their orchard, Los Rios Rancho (Spanish for “The Rivers Ranch”), is still in operation, as are many of the other original orchards and ranches in the area. The Law family came into the area with its own apple orchard in the early 1930s and built the first roadside packinghouse, first restaurant and gift shop soon after. In 1996 a wildland trust came to Oak Glen and offers a picnicking area and hiking trails, as well as many special activities that makes Oak Glen appealing to virtually everyone. Many families make a visit to Oak Glen for a number of festivities and events.
During your visit, be sure to stop at the following places:
The Hawk’s Head
A charming full-service restaurant modeled after a traditional 18th century tavern Bakery Believe it or not, it takes a lot of work to make an honest apple pie.
WILSHIRES APPLE SHED OF OAK GLEN
Offering the best quiche and hot chocolate and a wonderful gift shop.
Known for their famous mini apple cider donuts and amazing jams
For more information, hours and directions please visit http://www.oakglen.net/