My Favorite Places in Julian, California

My mom and I were on our way to the Anza Borrego desert to see the wildflowers blooming in all their glory this spring, but we first made a pit-stop in our favorite little mountain town, Julian.

We drove about an hour to Julian and stayed the night there, so we could have an easier drive into the desert the next day (Borrego Springs/Anza Borrego is just east of Julian.)

Julian is a fun, historic mountain town about an hour outside of San Diego and I’ve been visiting it for the past 27 years! No matter what season you go, it’s always enjoyable. Hiking in the spring and summer, dining on apple pie in the fall and savoring the magical holiday spirit in the winter.

I’m no Julian expert, but I made a fun “overview” video about Julian, so you could get more of a sense of the town. I am also listing my favorite places to visit in Julian below the video…enjoy!

For Apple Pie (or pie of any kind!)

  1. Julian Apple Pie Company
  2. Moms Pies

Some people have very strong opinions about which pie place is better, but I would never lower myself to that sort of base rivalry.

JK. Julian Apple Pie Company is the best.

Wine Tasting

  1. Orfila Vineyards & Winery Tasting Room
  2. Blue Door Winery Tasting Room

LOL. You didn’t think I’d get through a blog post without mentioning wine did you? Orfila has their winery in Escondido and Blue Door has a bigger urban winery tasting room near downtown San Diego, but both have cute tasting rooms in Julian, just off the main street.

To Eat

  1. The Julian Cider Mill (this is more old fashioned candies, chocolates, trail mixes and other goodies…so not a solid meal, but certainly something to snack on!)
  2. The Julian Grille (my mom and I have yet to have a bad meal here!)


Enjoy!! If you’re looking for more information on Julian and what you can do there, their “tourist” website is fantastic.

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