If you’ve always wished you could go back in time, take a trip, see an old gold mining town, just the way it was in the late 1800’s, here’s your chance to do it. Julian is situated in San Diego County approximately 100 miles from Orange County, California and well worth the two hour drive to get there. Located in the beautiful Cuyamaca Mountains, Julian boasts some very beautiful fall colors, as well as historic buildings, some dating back as far as the 1870’s.
What can you do while you’re there? Go apple picking, tour a real gold mine, and go antiquing. How about wine tasting, or an Old Time Melodrama? Those are just some of the things to do in Julian. There’s hiking, art galleries and more. As a Julian veteran of 17 years, let me give you a few tips, so that you can better prepare for your trip. Hopefully you’ll decide to make a weekend of it; a day trip simply goes by too quickly!
Children and adults will love walking through the orchards and picking fresh apples from a tree. Apple picking at the orchards usually runs from September through the end of October, or until the trees are bare.
If you plan on spending the night or better yet the weekend, you have plenty of choices. You can stay in town at a Hotel or Bed and Breakfast, if you like being pampered, consider Orchard Hill Country Inn. If you want to make it a family get-together, or a reunion, consider renting a cottage. Kaaren Terry at Mountain Farms Realty has several properties very reasonably priced for short and long term stays.
Julian is famous for its apple pies, and no trip to Julian is complete without buying at least one pie. You won’t want to miss watching the pies being made at Mom’s Pies. Don’t wait until you’re ready to leave the town to get your pie, you could stand in line for an hour, or more. Let me tell you a secret, I’ve eaten apple pies from every location in Julian, my favorite is at Julian Café and Bakery, try the crumb top.
The most enjoyable part of a trip to Julian is the horse drawn carriage rides; I suggest you make a reservation so that you can take both a day and a night time ride. Steve at Country Carriages is a great resource for some Julian history as he takes you on a ride through town or through Julian’s countryside. If you take the evening ride, which I think is the most enjoyable, dress warmly, the days in Julian can get quite warm, but the nights can get extremely cold! So wear a coat, hat and gloves, for the evening ride, bring your camera, and as you sit in the open topped carriage (weather permitting) look up at the stars, and breathe and realize what a blessing it is to be alive!