Favorite Fall traditions

The mornings are getting cooler, some of the leaves are already beginning to change and kids are back in school all across Lyon and Mineral County. Yup, Fall is here! And with it comes a ton of fun traditions. We asked our staff what some of their favorite activities were as the weather turns.


Apple Hill, a group of actually a bunch of different farms near Placerville, is a go-to spot for families, couples and more. The attraction features 14 you-pick farms that allow you to grab your basket and snag some produce right off the tree, bush or vine. Apple donuts are a hit, and there’s plenty for the kids to do! Some farms feature a train and horse and pony rides, while others have hay mazes to get lost in. There are pumpkin patches galore to snag the best pumpkin you can for carving. Plus, don’t forget the fresh cider mills. Apple Hill is a bit harder to get to now with road closures due to wild fires, but plan on a three to three-and-a-half-hour drive depending on which area you’re coming from.

“As a kid, my family used to go to Apple Hill every year. We would get our faces painted, check out the booths and eat lots of yummy food.” -Sonora, Yerington
“We drive to Apple Hill, go on a hike and find a good spot for a picnic.” -Randall, Dayton


Pumpkin patches are as tied to the Fall season as the Charlie Brown movie that takes place in one. There are a few local options in Nothern Nevada, including Renner Farms in Smith Valley, Cooley Ranch in Gardnerville and Ferrari Farms in Reno. Many of these feature tractor rides, hay rides, corn mazes and much more. Pumpkin patches can be a great, cheap option for the whole family!

“I love getting a yummy fall drink and then going to a pumpkin patch to do the corn maze. We always check out the fun activities and then pick out the best pumpkin to carve.” -Mandy, programming & membership
“We go to Renner Farm every year in Smith Valley. Kids pick out their pumpkins and we do the corn maze and hay rides.” -Tommy, teen center


Whether you’re a wax warmer, oils or traditional candle person, there is almost no better way to unlock old and strengthen new memories than with smells. Have you ever come across a certain smell that made you think back to something? The science is there to show that our sense of smell, emotions and memories are all intertwined, so why not fill your home with a ton of them? Cinnamon, pumpkin, pecans and even whatever’s in “Fall in a Jar” can make your home feel nice and cozy just in time for the cooler weather.

“Not only do I decorate, but I also fill my house with fall candle smells!” -Teri, education


Why is it that all holidays involve eating? I mean, we’re not complaining or anything. Turning on the oven and involving your family in some fun baking or a Thanksgiving dinner can be great quality time, make your house feel like home and even teach your kids a useful life skill. You can go for this homemade cranberry sauce, this homemade pumpkin pie, or even mash your own potatoes (there’s no recipe here, just get to mashing!). While we’re on the topic of food, don’t forget to stock up on candy for Halloween! If you’re not heading out with your little one this year, get the bowl stocked for a night full of cute, scary and funny costumes.

“I always make sure I shop candies for kids’ trick or treating. For Thanksgiving, we follow the traditional way of cooking meals with turkey, salad, corn, mashed potatoes and more!” – Maria, Silver Springs

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