With fall in the air, now is the perfect time to grab the family and head outdoors for some fresh air and fresh grown fruit and vegetables. Here are a few local day trips ideas:

Take in Petaluma’s scenic landscape as you stroll through the spacious organic pastures of Chileno Valley Ranch. About 600 acres of beautiful hilly coastal Marin grassland is home to natural beef, organic apples, fish, birds, native plants and other animals on the ranch. Chileno Valley offers certified organic varieties of everyone’s favorite autumn fruit, such as Orin, Pinova, Molly’s Delicious, Jonafree and William’s Pride, as well as Asian Pears, until the end of October; it’s also open for U-Pick during the months of September and October.

Another venue to attend in North Bay is the 18th Annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival.  This year’s festival is on Saturday, September 27th from 11:00am - 4:00pm and is located at the picturesque Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens.  This signature event reveals the delicious flavors of more than 175 heritage varieties of tomatoes grown in Kendall-Jackson’s expanded estate culinary gardens. Attendees will enjoy a perfect fall day with garden tours, exceptional wine and food pairings, dynamic wine and garden seminars.  There will also be the popular Chef’s Challenge, and music provided by The Carlos Herrera Band!

Tickets are available here.

Enjoy one of the largest harvest festivals in the country.  On October 18 & 19, the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival returns for its 44th season.  Half Moon Bay comes alive with activity as people from the bay area and beyond converge on the small coastal community for this very popular festival.  Attendees will enjoy arts and crafts, tasty food and drinks, contests, parades, live music and even a haunted barn.  It’s a weekend of fall harvest festivities for the entire family to enjoy.

You can learn more about the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival on their website and Facebook Page.

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