Of course we love savoring warm apple pie with cinnamon sprinkles on the sofa, but there's reason to get off the couch.

From sipping fresh cider to picking Galas from the vine, there are benefits of starting this season by visiting an orchard.

Most fall apple harvests last only from mid-September through November, so plan your trip to explore soon.

Where to start: the Tehachapi Mountains. Drink a glass of fresh apple juice from one of the orchards around the Kern County town of Tehachapi, located between Bakersfield and Mojave in southeastern California.

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Tehachapi's crop is ripe

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Drinking a glass of fresh apple juice from one of the orchards around the Kern County town of Tehachapi is a dangerous proposition. One taste will probably make you swear off the commercial stuff forever.

Tehachapi's fall apple harvest lasts only from mid-September through November, so you need to head up there soon. ―Michael Tennesen

INFO: Tehachapi is 20 miles northwest of Mojave and 42 miles southeast of Bakersfield on State 58. For information and an orchard trails map, visit the Tehachapi Growers Association website (www.tehachapiapples.com), or contact the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce (www.tehachapi.com or 661/822-4180).

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