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Trip of the Week

It's Apple Harvest Time at Orchards of Oak Glen

September 27, 1987|MICHELE GRIMM and TOM GRIMM | The Grimms of Laguna Beach are authors of "Away for the Weekend," a travel guide to Southern California.

Most of Oak Glen's apple orchards will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at least through Thanksgiving. Some post signs with the names of apple varieties that are available at the moment.

Historic Hotel

There's no place to spend the night in the apple glen, but you can retrace your route on Oak Glen Road and Beaumont Avenue to Cherry Valley. Then turn left on Brookside Avenue to Highland Springs Road and go left again to reach a historic hideaway, the Highland Springs Resort.

It began in 1884 when Dr. Isaac Smith opened his ranch home to the public with accommodations for five guests. Since 1945 Highland Springs has been run by the Rosen family and has grown to 94 lodgings.

In summer, families flock to the 900-acre retreat that owner and manager Howard Rosen describes as the Southern California version of a Catskill resort. This time of year the property is mostly filled by conference groups, but an apple-time special room rate of $55 is offered Sunday through Thursday when space is available. On Friday and Saturday, nightly rates for a couple range from $122 to $170, including brunch and dinner in the dining room. Reservations are required: (714) 845-1151.

Take Highland Springs Road south to rejoin Interstate 10 back to Los Angeles.

Round trip from Los Angeles is 170 miles.

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