If you head south of Santa Fe on
, take the
on La Bajada and then head west. Where the road ends, in the sleepy, rugged landscape
past the lake and dam, lies Dixon's Apples in La Cañada Peña Blanca. Every year, during the mid weeks of September, Dixon's opens its doors (figuratively speaking) to the public, and begins selling apples.
Common varieties such as red Rome and red delicious are available, but the jewel of Dixon's autumn harvest is the champagne apple—a greenish gold, sweet and surprisingly addictive crossbreed originating on the spot. SFR visited Dixon's on Sunday, Sept. 26 (the apples became available to the public on Thursday, Sept. 23) with some associates but, alas, the champagne apples had sold out an hour before we arrived. The three of us departed with two bushels of sparkling burgundy apples ($15 each for a fill-it-yourself bag) and four gallons of cider ($6 each). We also stopped in for some "carmel" apple rings and apple fritters (both were $4 an order). Check out the slide show below for some scenic highlights, and see Dixon's website for more information.