Real Estate Agent with Forefront Real Estate/ Forefront Mortgage


Other than being a real estate/mortgage broker, if I had it to do all over again, I'd be a food and travel reporter. That way, I'd get paid to do two things I really enjoy. But since I'm not, I'll just blog about it instead.

I took my family and some friends to Oak Glen yesterday for a day of apple picking and exploring. If you're not familiar with Oak Glen, it is located in the lower mountains above Yucaipa. It's an easy, scenic drive. On they way up, we came to a stop while a group of horse back riders crossed the road. That set the tone for a wonderful day. We started out at Riley Farms. The Rileys own several different apple related businesses on Oak Glen Road.  This stop was a family run, working apple farm. When we arrived, we were given all the apple pickin' supplies we needed. These consisted of bags and an apple picking basket. From there, we were free to explore the grounds. What I found most interesting is that the Rileys live in a log home on the premises. The family and staff could not have been more friendly or helpful.  Along with various kinds of apples, there are also several blue berry and black berry patches. You may want to bring gardening gloves if you are going to pick these. The only drawbacks we found were the berries had been pretty well picked over, and the apples were still quite small. But given the amount of fun we had, it was all worth it.


From there, we ate at Apple Annie's in Oak Glen. Like everywhere in Oak Glen this time of year, it pays to get there early. The line starts forming about 11:00. Apple Annie's is famous for their fried chicken, and it didn't disappoint. The restaurant is located in Oak Tree Village. There are several shops, vendors, and most importantly.... the petting zoo. For $2, and an additional $1 for a cup of corn feed, we got to pet baby pigs, feed goats, sheep and emus. Once again, I was reminded what good, family fun is all about.  


If you make the trip, let me know what you think.

Comments (1)

Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ

HI PAT!  Yum!  Just outside of Tucson, there is a place like this for apple pickin'!  Your post is very descriptive and if I am ever in your town - I would be sure to go here!  PS - I like your "do-over" job! -- Gabrielle

Sep 16, 2009 09:38 AM