Thursday, December 5, 2013

What is In Fair Play? - Christmas Trees & Alpacas

I was thinking that what is there to do in Fair Play this time of year and I always answer immediately - Christmas Trees. Of course now is the time to get in gear and get up here to be above the fog, yet below the snow. If you want snow it's just minutes up the hill. For that special Christmas splendor for the house you need to visit one of the Christmas Tree Farms in Fair Play.

The Davis Christmas Tree Farm is right in the heart of Fair Play at 7600 Fair Play Rd.  They have White Fir, Doug Fir, Noble Fir, Sequoia and Cedar to pick from. Trees from 3ft. to 50ft. are ready for you to cut and take home. You want a wreath, they got 'em. If you want a Charlie Brown Tree they have those too. To know what they have right now may not be that important, as the fun trip up to Fair Play is worth the trip itself. You just have to be here when they are: weekends 9am to dark and weekdays by appointments.

Another great place to get your special Christmas tree is Silver Forest Tree Farm at 4041 Rontree Ln., just off Fair Play Rd. next to the Bluebird Haven Iris Garden. They have White Fir, Doug Fir, Red Fir, and Scotch Pine. Good roads get you to where there will be easy walking trails through the trees, picnic area, coffee, "kiddie treats" and boughs. Open to assist you with your ready to cut tree daily 9 -4. If you need directions call them at 530-620-6261.

The Christmas Tree Farms of El Dorado County have a long tradition of giving Merry Christmas a meaningful adventure into the foothills. For many years families have started their Christmas Season with their trek to find that perfect tree for their home. The Christmas Tree Farm Assn has over 30 growers so you have a variety of places to shop and cut your tree.

Since you got warm clothes on and drove up or over the hill to get to Fair Play,  you might as well make a full day of it by visiting one of the several Alpaca Ranches in the area. Alpacas are very inquisitive animals. They like to get up close and personal so they can really find out who you are. They are extremely friendly and rarely ever show any signs of fear or anger. They love to be petted so if you want to come pet some Alpaca here are a few places to consider: Alpacas of El Dorado, Retiredice Alpacas
Alpacas of Somerset Farm

                                           Here I am sharing a greeting face-off with a just sheared
                                                    female at Alpacas of El Dorado.

                                           Paige Romain, in blue on the left, Justin and Steve Bell
                                           are gathering the Alpaca Fleece from one that is being
                                           sheared at Retiredice Alpacas.

Christmas Trees, Alpacas and Fair Play will make a wonderful outing for the little ones and the big kids can have fun being a lumberjack and then an Alpaca rancher. Hope you enjoy your day in Fair Play.

Before you head to Fair Play make your reservation for the night at Lucinda's Country Inn

...'Til next time.