By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Snow-Line)
Oak Glen is a unique village with the charm of historic buildings and enough activities to keep you busy for days.
The Snow-Line Store, Apple Cider Mill and Apple Packing Plant, transport you back to the early days of Oak Glen. Built in 1898, the large building stands as a remembrance of the early settlers and still used in the same way.
Mert and his son Scott Hudson run the business keeping the atmosphere of the old packing plant without changing the building. The apples are graded and assorted here then shipped to the market.
Mert explained, “Most of the fruit was shipped to England until WWII when we began our Agra-tourism business.
People come here to see the equipment, the historic building and for our apple orchard tours. The “Orchard Walk” tour guides tell the story of Snow-Line’s history, apple farming, Oak Glen and apple history.
There is a smaller grading line than originally but still in-use. The apples are picked from the later part of August up to the first week of November.
During the season all of these bins are filled with apples. We grow and market about 36 varieties and have a tasting table in the store.
Our family operates the cider mill and are one of the few to make three flavors of cider- raspberry apple cider, cherry apple cider and original apple cider.
We demonstrate the traditional way of making cider and everyone can taste the different flavors.
Here cider is big business. It is our second most popular item. Apples being the first.
Don’t forget our original Apple Cider Mini Donuts sprinkled lightly with cinnamon sugar. They have been favorites for 25 years.”
Visitors can also pick-their-own raspberries starting August 15, until the frost, sometimes until November.
Outdoor Dutch Oven dinner Cooking Classes are scheduled in July and August.
They prepare a three-course apple-inspired dinner including an apple and raspberry salad, two side dishes, two types of meat, bread and a dessert, probably with apples.
The Snow-Line store offers apple jams, apple jellies, applesauce, apple butters, apple syrup, apple pies and almost every way you can serve apples.
The first family-owned business in Oak Glen, the Hudsons have always been involved in agriculture, operating Snow-Line for 36 years.
They have about 6,000 trees between their 15-acre orchard at Snow-Line and the 125-acre orchard at Four Oaks about three miles away.
The Snow-Line Store, Apple Cider Mill and Apple Packing Plant are located at 39400 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen, California. For information or directions, call (909)-797-3415. www.snow-line.com
Quick Getaways——-July 30, 2014–
“The Serendipity Ranch B&B Offers a Tranquil Setting”
Serendipity offers their B&B accommodations in a ranch setting. With acres of trees and flowers, guests walk around engrossed in the beauty of nature.
Relax or take a tour of the property. It is up to you. Nina and her husband Bill Foster enjoy taking their guests to the stable to see the llamas, mini-horses and goats. This is all part of the “ranch experience“.
Because all of the animals are tame, the guests can touch and feed them. Nina explained, “We socialized the animal and they love people.”
The couple grow vegetables in two gardens and serve them during breakfast.
This is real farm to table dining.
Just a few steps from the house, one of the main focal points of the property is the large pond. The pond could be used as a movie set. The pond measures 75’ X 100’ with a depth of 3’ and is stocked with more than 400 Koi fish. The Koi eat out of the guest’s hands.
Birds usually fly around the pond, gazebo, English garden and wooden bridge.
Nina discussed their location. “Oak Glen is in the mountains and we see many critters and creatures from a chipmunk to a 500 pound bear. Last week two bears went through our property. They are going to the orchards and restaurant dumpsters.
Just a short distance from the cities, Oak Glen is like being in another world.
Guests are surprised to find so much to do in Oak Glen. There is dinner shows, revolutionary war re-enactments, pick-your-own apples, traditional cooking lessons, contra dances, gospel nights, Pioneer Living Adventures Gold Rush Adventures, as well as apple cider and apple tasting.
Oak Glen offers four seasons of fun. Nina claims Oak Glen’s fall colors are as bright as those in New England.
The village of Oak Glen is in the San Bernardino Mountains with a population of only 300 yet they attract 1,000’s throughout the year. Oak Glen is ninety-minutes from Los Angeles, around two hours from San Diego and three-hours from Las Vegas. Great for a weekend or a few nights, there are activities for everyone.
For information about Serendipity Ranch B&B, directions or questions about Oak Glen, call Nina and Bill Foster at (909)-797-0253.
The Serendipity Ranch B&B is located at 11520 Green Lane, Oak Glen, California.
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August 6, 2014-
“The Old New England Hawks Head Tavern”
By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman and Hawks Head Tavern as indicated.)
Oak Glen is a small village where you can escape the modern world.
James Patrick Riley’s early New England, Georgian-style Hawks Head Tavern brings an authentic recreation of life in the 1700’s.
As you walk into the tavern, the Hawk’s Head attracts your attention. The waitress and staff are dressed in theme clothing.
Watch the Revolutionary War re-enactments from the tavern’s windows.
The flickering flames in the exceptionally large fireplace create a romantic atmosphere during the winter months.
This is the place to come for dinner theater productions.
owner of the Revolutionary War re-creations, Gold Rush Adventures, the Hawks Head Tavern and Riley’s Farm, offers visitors many experiences.
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August 13, 2014-
Apple Annie’s Restaurant