Over the weekend, my hubby and I did a day trip to visit my sister in Redlands. She goes to University of Redlands and since she’s been away at college I’ve become quite fond of this small little town on the way to Palm Springs. Like any good trip, it was completely planned around food.
The first stop on our food tour was Carolyn’s Cafe for their coffee cake. As you can see in he picture below, the cake is topped with an ice cream size scoop of butter. The butter gently melts down the warm coffee cake. It is sweet, soft, crumbly and extremely buttery. It is decadent goodness.
After going into a food coma, we drove up in the hills to Oak Glen. It’s a quaint town just an hour and a half from Los Angeles, but feels a world away. It’s a 5 mile loop with dozens of shops and scenic views. There are apple orchards along the route and spots for apple picking. The small mom and pop shops offer tons of different apple varieties, most I’ve never even heard of.
Our on way up the mountain we stopped at Mom’s Country Orchard. It’s the cutest little shop that sells hundreds of jams, jellies, nut butters, fruit butters, BBQ sauces, mustard, and honeys. There are countless varieties and you can sample any flavor you like. I probably sampled 20 different preserves and they were all delicious. I am the biggest fan of samples–it’s the reason I go to Costco.
After our sampling, we headed to the heart of Oak Glen. We stopped at Snow Line Orchard for for mini. apple. cider. donuts. Each step of the donut making process is done right before your eyes. After the mini donuts are fried, they are topped with a healthy dose of cinnamon sugar and handed to you still warm. They are heaven in a teeny tiny mini bite. My sister and husband started looking at me funny after the noises I made after my first bite… They are slightly crisp on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside.
After all our sweet treats, we walked around the Oak Glen Preserve with our pups. The leaves were changing colors. It was absolutely gorgeous and breathtaking. Andrew and I have been planning a trip to Yosemite soon, but walking around the nature preserve in Oak Glen felt like we were in Yosemite. It was cool and crisp and truly felt like fall. We don’t really get the feeling in Los Angeles so this was a treat.
On our way back down the mountain to Redlands we saw four deer! It added to the magic of Oak Glen. Before heading home we had to have our favorite shredded beef tacos from Cucas. It was a fun filled (and delicious food filled) day in Redlands & Oak Glen with my hubs, pups, and sister.