Last weekend I went to visit cousins who live in Oak Glen (elevation about 4,700 feet) where autumn was in full and colorful swing. Because of the higher elevation and the crisp nights, the leaves on many of the trees were beginning to show brilliant color.
This is almost a hidden nook in San Bernardino County where thousands of apple lovers trek each year from September through November to celebrate the harvest of this crisp fruit.
Some people come to pick their own plump apples from the trees at farms that encourage them to fill a basket (for a fee, of course) while others come to taste apple-inspired foods suited for all tastes — apple sausage, jams, jellies, pies, tarts, dumplings and ciders — the menu choices go on and on at the many shops and restaurants. From Nov. 25-27 there is an apple butter festival in the glen.
There is a scenic five-mile loop to drive that is studded with apple farms to visit. Even though the pick-your-own-apples event is over for the season, all of the farms are selling pre-picked bags of apples of many varieties we are familiar with, as well as the special Vasquez and King David apples that are only grown in the glen.