Spring is here and it’s prime picnic season! It’s the perfect time for a blanket under a tree with a nice view, some lemonade and tasty treats to enjoy. Luckily, the Santa Clarita area around Skyline is bursting with picnicking opportunities. Because most great outings take a bit of advanced preparation, make sure you’ve got these picnic essentials on hand. No-Fuss Picnic Food Whether you’re going fancy or casual, romantic or “friends and family fun,” delicious food is absolutely what you need in a picnic basket. Pick up some cheese, cured meats and a fresh baguette or two. Add in some cool grapes or crisp apples, and you’ve got the makings of a feast. Sandwiches, wraps and pasta salads are easy to make and keep well if you leave out the mayo. Crackers, sliced veggies and hummus are great for munching. And, don’t forget dessert! Brownies or homemade cookies are always welcome. As for drinks, dress up some lemonade with a few raspberries, or flavor fizzy water with cucumber slices, mint sprigs or a splash of bitters for an afternoon refreshment. For grown-ups, pack up some craft beer or a special bottle of wine from the award-winning Reyes Winery. A Picnic Blanket and Accessories Today’s picnic blankets are extra convenient, with water-resistant backings and built-in carrying straps. (Though, an old quilt will do in a pinch). To pack all your supplies in style, you can’t go wrong with a classic wicker picnic basket — especially if it includes a set of cute dishes and flatware. You’ll need a small cooler if you want to keep things extra cold. And, if you’ve got one, a little red wagon or garden cart can make transporting everything even easier. Reusable Cups, Plates and Utensils Look for durable plastic or metal cups and dishes, plus an inexpensive set of basic knives, forks and spoons. (Camping sets work perfectly.) Use cloth napkins for an eco-friendly, elegant touch. Remember to bring along a cheese slicer, small knife, cutting board and serving utensils. You might also need a bottle opener and stemless plastic wine glasses. Play Time Must-Haves If you’re taking kids along, outdoor toys are picnic essentials. Kites, flying discs and bouncy balls are classics. Bubbles are also delightful (keep away from food to avoid a soapy mess). And, a pack of sidewalk chalk does double duty for art, tic-tac-toe, hopscotch, etc. First-Aid Necessities Assemble a little kit with bug spray, sunscreen and some basic first-aid supplies (bandages, antibacterial cream, pain relievers and antihistamines). No sense in letting a skinned knee or bad sunburn ruin your picnic. Clean-Up Helpers Bring along a garbage bag or two, plus some basic baby wipes, hand-sanitizer spray and an old kitchen towel or roll of paper towels. Picnic Areas Near Skyline There are lots of picturesque destinations for picnicking in Santa Clarita and nearby — from Vasquez Rocks Natural Area and Nature Center to William S. Hart Regional Park and more. Just 13.1 miles from Skyline is the Bear Divide Vista Picnic Site at Angeles National Forest. And, to see a piece of history while you picnic, head to the site of California’s original gold discovery, the Oak of the Golden Dream at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, only 9.1 miles from Skyline. You can also picnic at Skyline any day of the year. The Lookout, our resort-style community center, includes a gorgeous outdoor grilling and dining area overlooking the Santa Clarita Valley. If you’d like to learn more about Skyline and all the fun we’re having at our community, join the Interest List below.
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