When pumpkins, Halloween costumes, and candy corn appear in the store, you know autumn is here. For Northern California that means a beautiful change of seasons and some really cool activities for people of all ages.
Fall Colors in Auburn
Auburn, as in Auburn, California, describes only one of the many colors you’ll see—along with shades of red, gold, purple, pink, blue, brown and magenta. For magnificent views of nature’s palate, visit Auburn State Recreation Area. It’s located in the heart of gold country on the North and Middle Forks of the American River, site of the great California gold rush in the mid-1800s. You can still do some panning there, and see for yourself how those stricken with gold fever toiled from sunup to sundown. You can also hike, boat, fish and camp. If you like whitewater rafting, you’ll find more than two dozen private outfitters ready to help you gear up for a thrilling ride.
From October 7 to 9, the Auburn Wine, Ale and Spirits Festival offers a sampling of epicurian delights, including a crop-to-table dinner under the stars, a street dance and street brunch. The nectar flows freely and pairs well with dishes prepared by top local chefs. You might enjoy finishing this event by taking part in the Placer County Farm and Barn Tour—a self-guided exploration of the countryside and its unique farmers and vintners who bring the best to local tables.
Hiking Near Roseville
When you’re in Auburn, you’re less than a half-hour’s drive from another alluring autumn destination. Roseville is a popular destination if you're shopping for new fall decorations. If you don't want to be inside, take a short drive to Granite Bay. Granite Bay is home to half-dozen parks known for horseback riding, golf, and tennis. The Miners Ravine Nature Preserve is a popular park with a scenic 4.2 mile trail for hiking (rated moderate). While you're on the highway, don't forget to stop by Rocklin to visit our local movers!
Family Fun in Wheatland
About thirty-five minutes due north you’ll find Wheatland, California, home to the granddaddy of harvest-themed attractions, Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm. This place is like a giant magnet for families for six weeks every year. Get lost in the three-acre corn maze, or bond with the lovable goats and piggies at the petting zoo. Give in to the irresistible aroma of a piping hot corn dog slathered in mustard—or indulge your craving for the sweet, gooey crunch of a fresh carmel apple. Then hop aboard Farmer Bill’s tractor for a hayride across the country. Our take the scenic tour around the entire farm on the BPF railroad. This fabulous attraction is open from September 17 through Halloween. Maybe I’ll see you there!