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Make Winter Memorable with a Private Horse-drawn Sleigh Ride

Apple Holler's Winter Sleigh RideApple Holler Horse-drawn Sleigh Rides

The horse-drawn sleigh ride experience at Apple Holler’s family farm will make you feel as though you stepped inside of a glistening winter snow globe. The magical sleigh rides are pulled by our beautiful Haflinger horses and take you on a private orchard tour. Within the enchanted forest, you will marvel at the charming hardwoods, many of which are over 100 years old. The sound of the horses’ hooves traveling through crisp, white snow along with longings of simpler times makes our sleigh ride adventure a true winter wonderland experience.

Reservation Details

  • Greeted by our friendly tour guides/drivers, the serene horse-drawn sleigh ride experience takes you through the enchanted wooded wonderland.
  • After the sleigh ride, cozy up to a crackling campfire, complete with fixing’s for s’mores and hot apple cider or hot chocolate.
  • Make sure to bring your camera for nostalgic photo opportunities that you will cherish for a lifetime!
  • Please wear warm clothes and bring blankets so that you can stay comfortable while snuggling with your close friends and loved ones during this winter adventure.
  • Our horses love to snack! If you’d like to feed them, please bring long carrots.

Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride In WisconsinA Fun and Wholesome Family Activity

According to a recent article by USA Today, our family farm is one of the most fun places for children and adults in Racine, Wisconsin. Open year-round, our horse-drawn sleigh rides remain a classic during the winter months.

Location and Pricing Information

Positioned in the southeast region of Wisconsin, Apple Holler is within easy reach of people traveling from Chicago, Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha. For more information about this magical sleigh ride opportunity, please call 262-884-7100 to make your reservation.

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Spiked Apple Cider Cocktails

Looking for a drink to bring in the New Year? We have a great idea for you!

Ingredients:

1/4 gallon of Apple Holler apple cider
1/2 cup dark rum
1/2 cup cinnamon schnapps
1 apple, peeled, cut into large chunks (Apple Holler apples have the best flavor!)
1/2 cup lemon, juiced
4 to 6 skewers

Directions:

Mix together the cider, rum and schnapps into large pitcher. Add the apples to a small bowl and toss into lemon juice. Pour the spiked cider into glasses filled with ice, then garnish with skewers with diced apples to be placed into the drink.

 

Enjoy!

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It’s Fun To Go On A Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride In Wisconsin

Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride In WisconsinBundled in blankets, the world whizzes past snow-covered trees. Horse hooves clunk and sleigh runners crunch through crisp snow. Stepping back in time, horses pull you through a true winter wonderland. Romance or fun, idyllic date or rollicking family time, this horse drawn sleigh ride is just one part of the perfect memories.

Sleigh Ride!

Step back in time to the quiet of winter. To a time when traffic was lighter, or non-existent, and people knew their neighbors….. read more

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Yummy Apple Gouda Grilled Cheese

Weekly Recipe:

Yummy Apple Gouda Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese sandwiches are an American staple.  It is a great warm treat that brings back memories of childhood.  Add some soup and you’ve got a great warm and flavorful fall meal. I came across this idea on Pinterest.  Apples are a common addition to a cheese tray as a complimentary flavor.  Why not try them together in a grilled cheese?

Gouda Grilled CheeseGouda is a Dutch cheese known for its mild flavor and creamy texture.  It has a nutty flavor and a touch of sweetness.  It is one of the most popular cheeses worldwide.  Combine that with a Honeycrisp apple known for its juicy, sweet tart flavor and they mix well into a combination of flavors that is delightful!…. read more

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Recipe Review: Cinnamon Apple Crescent Bites

Recipe Review

Cinnamon Apple Crescent Bites

Crescent bites are a great weeknight dessert for your family or you can make more for a special occasion.  For a weeknight meal, you will need 1 can of crescent rolls, 1 apple, cinnamon and brown sugar.  I used a Honeycrisp apple.  Honeycrisp are known for being juicy, crunchy and having a honey sweet flavor.  For the recipe and instructions, click here.

The resulting dessert is a savory and sweet three bite delight!  The crescent roll adds a buttery flavor and flaky outer layer while the apple and brown sugar provides a sweet contrast in flavor.

I used an apple cutter and sliced the apple into 8 pieces and left the skin on.  This resulted in fairly large pieces that may still have some crunch after cooking.  If you want a soft interior, I would recommend that you cut the apple into smaller pieces so that they cook all the way through.

Cinnamon apple crescent bites a quick, easy, and wonderful dessert that can be made any day of the week!

 

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Learn about Apples: Empire, Golden Delicious, and Fuji

Empire, Golden Delicious, and Fuji Apples

What happens when you cross a Red Delicious apple and a McIntosh apple?  An Empire apple!  Developed in New York in 1966, Empire apples have a red and green exterior with white markings.  The sweet-tart taste brings the best flavors of Red Delicious and McIntosh together.  The crunchy texture makes it popular choice for pies.  Additionally, Empires are great in salads, sauce, baking and freezing.

Golden Delicious are a unique yellow and green skinned apple that is an American classic.  It is a mellow and sweet apple that hit the market in 1914.  The Stark brothers marketed it as a companion to Red Delicious apples.  A bit on the delicate side, take care when storing Golden Delicious. Versatile in its usage, Golden Delicious are great for salads, apple sauce, and apple butter.

Widely grown and very popular, Fuji apples originated in Japan.  A cross between Red Delicious and Ralls Janet apples, Fuji apples were developed in the 1930’s and were made available in the US in the 1960’s. The word Fuji means ‘wealthy’ or ‘abundant’ in Japan.

Fuji’s are a large, heavy, firm apple.  They have a red exterior with some striping and yellow or green undertones.  Crisp and juicy, Fuji’s are one of the sweetest apple varieties available.  With a longer shelf life than most, Fuji apples are great for eating, baking, and making sauces.  They also pair well with cheese and are great in salads.

Come out to Apple Holler and pick some of these great apples!

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Yummy Apple Crisp with Oats!

Apple Crisp made with Oats

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Making an Apple Crisp is a wonderful way to use all of the apples you just picked at Apple Holler.  I made a new recipe that included old-fashioned oats as a part of the topping.  The dessert came out delicious.  The topping had a nice crispy crunch.    I used Paula Red apples that had a tart and refreshing flavor that offset the sweetness of the topping.  It is a simple recipe and I had all the ingredients in the house so it was quick to make with little planning.  Add some vanilla ice cream to top it off.

If I were to make it again, I would add a few more apples to mix!  Other than that, give it a try and enjoy a delicious dessert with your family.

 

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Learn about Gala and McIntosh Apples

Gala and McIntosh apples

gala appleGala apples originated on the other side of the world in New Zealand.  Gala apples are believed to be a cross between Golden Delicious and Kidd’s Orange Red apples.  Brought to the USA in the 1970’s, Gala apples are one of the most widely grown apples globally.

Gala’s have a  golden yellow and red exterior with a slightly yellow interior color.  They have a mildly sweet flavor and crisp texture.  Known as a good snacking apple they are also good for baking, juicing and freezing….. read more

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How We Grow Series – Twisting the Apple

How to properly pick an Apple

Apple Holler is unlike any other orchard. Our efforts in being ecologically-friendly help us grow our one-of-a-kind apples each year. In honor of apple season, we would like to share how we maintain our orchard to make it safe and the best it can be for all customers. We are now introducing a new series called “How We Grow”, which will give you an inside look at our processes. This week we are showing the correct way to pick an apple from our 30,000 trees!

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples on the outside of the tree will ripen first. An apple is ripe enough to pick if it separates easily from the branch. Another way to check to see if an apple is truly ripe is to taste it, which is included in your Apple Holler experience fee!

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Apple Pie Overnight Oatmeal– A flavorful & healthy breakfast!

Want the flavors of Apple Pie but with a healthy breakfast twist?  Apple oatmeal will do the trick.  Apple oats are a great update to a classic and healthy meal.

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Overnight Apple Oats

This is a simple crockpot recipe.  You will need steel cut oats, water, Apple Holler Apple Cider (optional), cinnamon, and sliced apples.  For the specifics of the recipe, click over to the recipe section of our website. …. read more

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