Head West for the Apple Hill Harvest

[Chris Moran, ThisisReno]

Apple Hill

This woodsy, hilly region includes about 50 farms that grow apples and other produce; many have bake shops, crafts fairs, walking trails, and other amenities. Details on each farm can be found on the Apple Hill website, AppleHill.com, along with a map and info on lodging and other activities.

Our recent visit was on a Friday — general consensus is that the region is easier to navigate during the weekdays, before the weekend crowds descend.

Fenton Herriot Vineyards
We visited Rainbow Orchards, where we sampled apple cider (delicious); High Hill Ranch, home of a craft fair with 75 vendors; and Abel’s Apple Acres, which has a gift shop with a nice selection of cookbooks. We tasted wine at Fenton Herriott Vineyards (I ended up with a bottle of Jane’s Way Lot 4, a crisp white blend) and checked out organic produce at the nearby 24 Carrot Farm.

In years past, we’ve picked apples at several of the farms, but this year, we were told by a few farmers that a frost earlier this season had affected the crops. We didn’t see any “you pick” opportunities on this trip. Already-picked apples, however, are still for sale....