Fall is the season when the weather cools, parents are working and kids are in school. Family time is limited due to hectic schedules but remains to be essential for that much-needed bonding. Check out these fall getaways that you and the family can enjoy during the weekends, holidays or even as a mini fall vacation. Your family will be refreshed and rejuvenated in no time.
Apple Hill Growers Association
P.O. Box 494
Camino, CA 95709
www.applehill.comJust a few miles out of town on the outskirts of Sacramento, the Camino, Placerville and Pollock Pines areas boast the Apple Hill Growers Association. These 50 ranches, including “Christmas tree growers, wineries, a micro-brewery, spa and vineyard,” welcome you and your family to enjoy a pleasant day or weekend. Each family member can find something to enjoy whether that be a warm slice of pie or the beautiful scenery throughout the area. These orchards have kids’ activities, personal apple picking, fresh-pressed apple cider, apple pies, cakes, jams and much more. Even if you are not an apple lover, Apple Hill has festivities for you.
Snug Harbor Resort
3356 Snug Harbor Drive
Walnut Grove, CA 95690
www.snugharbor.netSnug Harbor, a waterfront park in the Sacramento River Delta Area, is a peninsula that can be reached by ferry or bridge. This fabulous location offers waterfront rental cabins, RV and tent sites and boating activities. There are about 300 unique restaurants in the Delta region that can be reached by boat and eateries are available within the peninsula. Enjoy the relaxation of waterfront views, fishing, boating or snuggling on your cabin deck, RV or by the river while connecting to WIFI. Yes, this resort has WIFI and DSL hook-ups “from almost every location in the park.” The family can check email, get audio and video entertainment, play games or make internet phone calls from your own laptop while enjoying the waterfront.
Nevada City Chamber of Commerce
132 Main St.
Nevada, CA 95959
www.nevadacitychamber.comWant to take the family for a drive to see the fall foliage? Just 60 miles from Sacramento is Nevada City, a Gold Rush historical town with great choices for lodging and dining. During the fall season, this small town with a big list of entertainment has the most attractive fall foliage. While enjoying the fall atmosphere, the festivities include the Gold Rush history, arts, outdoor recreations, community events and live theatre, movie and film festivals.
3115 Porter Creek Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
www.safariwest.comSafari West is an exotic wildlife park where you and the family can “fall into the wild” and escape into an African wildlife experience. This park has tours where you can ride on power wagons, the African Queen Trailer or on a Nairobi bus and get close to animals that roam and run free. Safari West provides large tents for you and the family to spend the night and wake up to the sound of rousing animals. It also features specials that include such kitschy names as fall into the wild, full moon madness, wild nights in wine country, romantic specials and girls’ getaway. Find a package that works for you and your family. Join Safari West on open house days when “kids can explore free on selected Sundays throughout November and December (excluding holidays) by reservation only.”
Stephanie Reed, a freelance writer in the Sacramento area, covers family and parenting issues for Examiner.com. She works and volunteers for local agencies and organizations promoting healthy family living. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.