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A Taste of Autumn in Souther n Califor nia { W R i t t e n b y e Va Ko s m a s } While the greater Los Angeles area does not experience autumn, 90 minutes away by car, nestled in the shade of the San Bernadino Mountains is a little part of Southern California where a cooler climate not only exists, but brings crisp air and a change of season. Driving down Oak Glen Road and around the Potato Canyon loop, visitors find themselves surrounded by acres of apple orchards and pumpkin fields.

The scenic byway is dotted with little stands serving fresh-pressed cider, pie, and apple tastings; a true fall smorgasbord. Of the farms in the area, Snow Line Orchard remains a favourite. It harbors a secret sweet treat: mini-apple cider donuts. The cinnamon sugar coated donuts are made with the orchard’s own freshpressed cider and are served in a small paper bag. The texture of their donuts are light and fluffy on the inside with a slight apple aftertaste and crunchy on the outside enhanced by the generous sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon granules. If you buy them fresh, the piping hot donuts are the perfect snack to accompany a stroll through the orchard’s raspberry patch and apple trees.

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