We go to Oak Glen 2-3x a year for a fun day trip. We haven’t found a place that really blows us away for baked goods. There’s huge lines at Apple Annies and they’re not bad but it’s not outstanding.
I do heartily recommend stopping at Mom’s for their canned jams, preserves, jellies, pickles etc. We stop there every time. They have a large variety and happily give you tastes. I also think the QPR is very good. I always stock up for my breakfast toast.
Cider donuts, go to Snow Line. They make them in front of you. There’s also Andy’s mini donuts by the petting zoo and attractions behind Apple Annies, but Snow Line is much better.
For cider, we like the small shop below and to the left of Law’s coffee show, if you’re looking at Law’s from their parking lot. I don’t recall if they’re affiliated or not.
Try to make time to go to the Wildlife Conservancy next to Riley’s farms. Free entry, but donations are accepted. It’s beautiful to walk the trails, look at the plants, big trees, etc. We also prefer Riley’s for the bags of apples, they carry a large selection of hard to find varieties at reasonable prices. We get 2-3 five pound bags and they keep well in the crisper. Good daily snack for next couple of weeks.
Riley’s also has a counter that serves sandwiches, tri-tip bbq and of course apple pie. It’s ok. In general, we haven’t found anything that blows us away. But if you go in with proper expectation of having some decent food, somewhat expensive and large portions, you know what you’re getting. We prefer to load up on breakfast on our way out there, maybe stop at SGV for a Chinese breakfast or grab a banh mi sandwich. We generally just snack on donuts, ice cream, cider and a slice of pie at Oak Glen.
We like the ice cream at Oak Glen Creamery. They use a Strauss base for their ice cream. Their baked goods are hit or miss, the apple pie is solid. They have a nice comfortable dining area, clean restrooms and there’s some interesting shops in the same complex. It’s a standard stop for us to walk around that complex. The cider and jams place on the lower level of that parking lot (blanking on the name) has our second favorite apple cider. Frequently we buy a half gallon from there and another half gallon from the Law’s location to have a variety.
This time of the year, the weekends are definitely the busiest. You will have a hard time finding parking at the Law’s/Apple Annie’s/Oak tree complex. That’s the big stop for everyone. Less problems at all the other ones, especially at Riley’s. They have a huge lot and it’s further up the loop. There’s also another lot for the Conservancy.
It’s a fun day trip for us. The drive out and back is low key, not a lot of traffic on the weekends. We just chat and enjoy the scenery and the drive goes by pretty fast. Bring a jacket with a hood and some bottles of water. It can get chilly and damp quickly and higher altitude can get dry too. The Stater Brothers grocery store, a couple of miles before the start of the loop is a good stop on the way home for restroom and any drink or snacks before the long drive back.
Let me know if there’s anything else.