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I’m here in Northern California in olive country.  It’s also almond and walnut country, and home to the Sunsweet-label dried plum industry.  The Rolling Hills Casino is located here as well as the Sevillano Links Golf Course.  The town of Corning, where I’m sitting as I write this, is relatively small, less than 10,000 residents, – TripAdvisor actually has four things you can do while you’re here!  And I’ve already listed three of them.The Olive Pit (photo courtesy TripAdvisor)

Let me tell you a little bit about my favorite thing here – olives!  Specifically, the Olive Pit.  It’s currently the off-season so there’s plenty of parking out back.  No other RVs here except me.  (I’m guessing, in the summer, the parking is full to over-flowing.)

There are more kinds of olives here than I ever knew existed.  Besides the regular Garlic-stuffed and Almond-stuffed, there are Italian-style, Habanero-stuffed, Lemon, Mediterranean-style, and Bleu Cheese-stuffed.  Jars and jars of olivesThere’s French pitted, Spicy Chipotle, Kosher-style Dill, and Mild Mustard. There are 43 kinds of stuffed olives alone!  Holy moly!  Check out the olives here.

And then there’s this: gourmet mustards, fruit preserves, jams and jellies, and olive oils, as well as nuts and nut butters, lotions and soaps, pastas and spices.  There’s something here at the Olive Pit for everyone, even if you don’t like olives.

Oh yes.  Then there’s the wine.  And the wine bar.  Since I’m driving, I didn’t do any wine-tasting but there was a bottle sitting on the shelf that caught my eye.  The best of both worlds caught up in one bottle.  Dark chocolate and wine, all in one bottle! Chocolate lovers wineWhoa, Nelly!

If you’re hungry, there’s also a full-service cafe with bacon burgers, turkey sandwiches, BLTs, vegetarian burgers, breakfast burritos, salads, ice cream, shakes, espresso and coffee, and sodas.  It’s a popular stopping-off place for a bite to eat in this little town.  At lunch time, the tables are all full!  Best to arrive early or late if you want to sit in a chair.  Check out their menu here.

All in all, a very good place to stop, if you’re traveling Interstate 5 in Northern California.  Whether or not you like olives.

Now I’m going to find a nice, quiet, sunny park with a few olive trees in it and eat my Lemon Olives while reading my book.  Enjoy your Sunday, everybody!

Click here to check out the 20 top-selling items at the Olive Pit.

Click here to see a few more pics I took at the Olive Pit.

It’s the Pits – or What a Stop at the Olive Pit Looks Like
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4 thoughts on “It’s the Pits – or What a Stop at the Olive Pit Looks Like

  • November 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks for sharing, yes, that is something we love to do when we drive south!

    Will they let you stay in their parking lot overnight? Sounds like a great place to be.

    Keep enjoying your travels, love hearing about them.

    • November 12, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      Hi Lorna!

      I don’t think they allow overnighters in their parking lot but I didn’t ask. As it turns out, it was a good thing – I would not have seen the broken hitch parked in their lot!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • November 10, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Mmmmmmmmm… Sounds yummy!

    • November 12, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      You like olives, too? I love them! Thanks for stopping & commenting!

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