Why Not Stay?
This is a do-able day trip from the Los Angeles area: Oak Glen is about 90 minutes straight down the 10 freeway (barring traffic, bathroom or snack breaks). Bring the jammies and after a full day of all things apples, you can get the kids all ready for bed and they can sleep in the car as you drive home that very evening. But if you can, try making this a mini-weekend vacation. Palm Springs is only 45 minutes past Oak Glen, and it gives a marvelous getaway feeling when you can spend the morning apple picking and then an hour later be splashing in the hotel pool in the desert heat!
Some putts with those Pink Ladys? Lyman’s, which has been around since 1741, might be the Tri-State’s poshest apple-picking venue. Along with its lush pick-your-own orchards, the orchard operates three top-notch golf courses and the Apple Barrel, a market beloved by locals for killer house-baked pies, desserts and donuts. Apple-wise the operation is just as polished, with smart staffers, plentiful Pick-Your-Own stations and even recipe sheets for the fruits of your labor. Swap apple-picking tales over refined Italian fare at Luce (), where homemade meat cannelloni are a favorite.