Every time we go on a road trip down to Southern California, we always drive past Casa de Fruta. I thought it was just a shop, gas station and restaurant for people driving past, so we’ve never stopped. My oldest little decided she needed to use the restroom while we drove by so we stopped. I am SO GLAD that we did. It is so much more than just a little stop on the side of the road. I recommend stopping if you drive by. There’s a lot to do there.
Casa de Fruta started over 100 years ago. Land was purchased and they decided to start an orchard and a fruit stand. It turned into a big establishment over the years. They have a deli, candy shop, bakery, ice cream shop, fruit stand, shop, restaurant, RV park, and inn. There is stuff for the kids to hang out and see too! They have a playground, carousel and even a train that goes throughout the property where you can learn the history of Casa de Fruta.
Along the outskirts of the property, they have vintage farm equipment that they used along the years – which got A’s attention. Him and anything with wheels. We stopped and checked out their pond, which had fish and turtles hanging out. The kids played on the playground. Once my youngest little saw the train, we had to go on. It was nearing 100 degrees that day, so we grabbed an ice cream cone and went on the train.
I love fresh produce, so I made sure to stop inside their fruit stand – which is now a huge building. But you can still check out the location of where the original fruit stand once stood. There was a wine bar inside, where we were able to test some wines that were made from the fruit on the property.
We had a lot of fun. Our 15 minute stop ended up taking a few hours. But it was a fun experience and we might just have to stop by on our next road trip, and grab some more of their amazing pomegranate wine.