Apple Hill, Porcelain and 31 Years of Bliss

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) DRE# 00949880

Thirty one years of marriage and all my wife wanted was a trip to Apple Hill and a new toilet.  I did not know that porcelain was the preferred gift for thirty one years of marriage, but who am I to argue. 

Apple Hill is about an hour's drive up Highway 50 from Elk Grove.  It is a perfect place to visit for the day.  It is open year around, but really comes alive during apple season with all kinds of fun things to do.  There are pumpkin patches, mazes, craft shops, bake shops, wine and hard cider tastings, you pick farms and, a little later in the year, perfect farms to get your fresh cut Christmas Tree.  All in an area with a beautiful backdrop.  Here are a few of the ranches that we visited on our day trip.

Boa Vista-We stop here every time we go to apple hill.  This was are starting point this year and we sampled their baked goods.  Mary Margaret ordered the blackberry dumpling.  I was all set to try an apple donut when they brought out apple fritters with big chunks of apples in them.  We were both happy!

Boa Vista Baked Goods  Boa Vista Baked Goods donuts apple fritters

High Hill Ranch-This is another ranch we always visit.  It has all kinds of fun stuff to do.  There is a restaurant, all kinds of gift shops (tents), baked goods and even a big pond for fishing.  It is a very big operation.

High hill ranch truck  High Hill Ranch Fishing Pond

Apple Ridge Farms-This was a new one for us and we are very happy we found it.  There was all of the normal, Apple Hill fun stuff to do, plus they had this display of beautiful flowers!

Apple Ridge Farms flowers  Apple Ridge Farms kid's maze and pumpkin patch

Bill's Apples and Felices's Dolls-This was another new one for us and another great find.  This is were we had the best Fuji Apple of the day and they gave us each one for free!  The grounds were beautiful too!

Bill's Apples Ranch Entrance  Bill's Apples Shop and flowers

Abel's Acres-This is another of our standard stops at Apple Hill.  It has plenty to do too, but I did not take any photos at this one.  They do have a very cool metal horse on display. 

Apple Hill Recap for High Hill Ranch

There is so much to do and so many farms that you do have to pick and choose were you are going to stop.  Many of the ranches have something distinctive, but most all of them sell apples, pears, pumpkins, produce and crafts.  Many have a restaurant, a maze, a pumpkin patch and other activities for the kids.  There are also places to taste apple cider, hard apple cider and wine.  The Christmas season will be here soon and Apple Hill is a fun place to get your fresh cut Christmas Tree.

Apple Ridge Tree

And remember, some say diamonds are a girl's best friend.  Trust me, it is porcelain!

Thank you, Kathy Streib, for this month's ActiveRain October Challenge-Help Us Fall in Love With Your Area.

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Comments (17)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Ray... wishing you 31 more years of bliss! You'd never catch me asking for a toilet to celebrate an anniversary or birthday or any special occasion. Diamond is my birthstone... always happy to get one of those!

Oct 11, 2021 09:53 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Happy Anniversary and wish you continued years of bliss an happiness.  Why not apples?  Wishing you a great week.  A

Oct 11, 2021 09:59 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Good Morning Nina Hollander, Broker.  The porcelain may have been my attempt at humor.  It was more happenstance that the trip coincided with the new toilet.  I should have had it done the previous week.  31 more years would be a blessing, for sure.  Thank you!


Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel.  We did get a bunch of apples and pears.  I am going to try making apple butter for the first time.  A new post in the works?  Maybe.

Oct 11, 2021 10:23 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Raymond - We are really getting into the fall spirit now.  I think I want to go to our local orchard now and write about it.

Oct 11, 2021 11:26 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Raymond Henson, eXp Realty - Your post so reminds me of our trips to "Appleland" in Yucaipa CA.  It was a way to experience Autumn while enjoying all that Appleland had to offer like, apple pie, apple cider, a petting zoo, fall color, and crisp air. 

Oct 11, 2021 11:32 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ray, I know I wished you Happy Anniversary on FB, but a TOILET?   That is quite romantic!  LOL

Oct 11, 2021 01:41 PM
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty There's nothing but delight from your post. Please the wife (whatever she wants), and have an Autumn apple blast! Thank you for sharing!

Oct 11, 2021 03:49 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Raymond- I love what you and Mary Margaret did for your 31st anniversary. I just bought some Fuji apples them!!!! And thank you for this entry. 

Oct 11, 2021 05:49 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Raymond(and Mary Margaret too) - Happy Anniversary(belatedly).  I enjoyed this post.  

Oct 12, 2021 04:59 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a wonderful couple and I am glad that I have gotten to know both of you and get to hang out with you every so often!

Oct 12, 2021 05:31 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Raymond

We will celebrate our 54th in Feburary, don't think we'll make it nother 54.  However, 31 more for you and your bride is in the books.  

Oct 12, 2021 05:32 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Well it looks like you two had the perfect day to celebrate an anniversary. Apple picking is one of our family traditions that we look forward to each year.

Oct 12, 2021 08:40 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I love the fall, Grant Schneider.  Next up for me will be putting up all of the Halloween Decorations.  I will be looking forward to your local orchard post.


It was a surprisingly fun day for us, Sheri Sperry - MCNE®.  It sounds like Appleland would be a fun place to visit too.  

Oct 12, 2021 10:07 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Hi, Joan Cox.  Full disclosure, I was supposed to have the toilet installed the week before while my wife was in AZ., but I may have played a bit too much pickleball that week and it did not get done.  The plumber did show up on our anniversary for the installation, though.  He is a good friend so that made it fun. 

Porcelain did make for a more interesting title, right?  😆


It was a delightful day, Wendy Rulnick.  Whatever she wants has been my motto for ages.  You know we always have votes on all important matters in our house.  It is always close, but she wins every single time.  I get 1 vote.  She gets 1.1.  The system seems to work!  Ha!

Oct 12, 2021 10:15 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

It was a fun day, Kathy Streib.  Usually, it is so crowded, but we went on a Thursday and it was great.  Thanks again for the fun challenge this month.


Thank you, Michael Jacobs.  I hope you had a chuckle or two.  

Oct 12, 2021 10:17 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

We are very happy to have met you too, Brian England.  I hope we get a chance to hang out again soon.


Congratulations on 54 years together, James Dray.  That is a real inspiration.  I hope you two have many more years to celebrate!

Oct 12, 2021 10:20 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I don't know if ours counts as a tradition, but we sure do have a fun time each time we go, Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400.  And thank you, we did have a very good day together.

Oct 12, 2021 10:21 AM