Just a little north east of Sacramento, California is a magical place called Apple Hill. What lie in those hills are family traditions just waiting to start. From fruit orchards to wineries and breweries to natural tree farms – this trip can please everyone in the family.
George, Zoe and I started a new family tradition this year when we made a visit to Cedar Ravine Tree Farm. I wanted to find a Christmas tree farm where we (when I say we, I mean my husband) can cut down our very own Christmas tree. And we did it! I look on Yelp, and I’m not sure if it is all of the 5 star reviews, or the hot apple cider and candy canes or the $24 for any tree of your choosing…Score!
We make the road trip for our Christmas Tree mission the day after Thanksgiving. We park and are greeted by two young girls (the owner’s granddaughters) with our very own saw and the most perfect Christmas music playing in the background. Then you follow the sign and begin your delightful hike down and up the hills to choose-and-cut-your-own unique tree.
No tour guide. Just you, your family and a saw.
The most common Christmas Tree species are: Balsam fir, Douglas fir, Fraser fir, Noble fir, Scotch pine, Virginia pine and White pine. The type of tree we cut down is a Natural White Fir Tree which is a tree that has more space between the branches (think of a tall Charlie Brown Christmas Tree).
I absolutely adore this type of tree because it allows your ornaments to be seen in all their glory. I call my tree “Flakita” (skinny girl). Some people prefer and are used to the thicker Douglas or Noble Fir Trees. I say any tree you cut fresh from a farm is perfect.
You leave the tree root in the ground, and it keeps growing, so one day my daughter can go back and cut down the same tree, “Flakita.” What makes this small family owned tree farm so special are all of the little details. They help you net your own tree.
And tag it with love.
Then you enjoy some hot apple cider and candy canes by a burning fire. $24 was definitely worth this magical family moment.
CEDAR RAVINE TREE FARM
The Schoennauer Family
5240 Cedar Ravine Road, Placerville
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