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October 26, 2011

Pelican Hill’s Olive Oil Harvest

By Jordan Kisner | Travel

Courtesy Pelican Hill.

Forget chilly wind and wool coats—autumn in Southern California still means long sunsets and warm afternoons. For Pelican Hill, the luxury Newport Beach resort, this fall also marks its second-annual olive harvest. The 504-acre property is home to 750 mature olive trees, and harvest season brings with it a renewed enthusiasm for the resort’s Italian influences, particularly in the kitchen. The highlight will come this weekend, when the resort offers its Ranch to Kitchen Harvest package. Guests will travel with Pelican Hill’s executive chef to the nearby Irvine Ranch to gather the resort’s produce supply, take workshops on the art of making gelato and fresh pasta, and, of course, hand-press their own olive oil. Word to the wise: Make sure not to miss Saturday’s Festa Dell’Autunno, an Italian-style street festival amid the olive trees that will feature traditional Italian foods, wine tastings, live music and a Moriti Italiani car exhibition. Vivo l’Autunno! Ranch-to-Kitchen Hands On Harvest package starts at $2,290 for a three-night stay, October 27–30; pelicanhill.com.

Plus! Remember how much we loved Pelican Hill?