The Best Apple Pie on Earth!
Have some fresh Apple Pie! Depending on your personal preference: Mom's Pies are the sweetest, while the Julian Pie Company's are a little more tart... but either are a great choice. Because our orchards are not irrigated, Julian apples have a distinctly sweet and robust flavor.
During fall apple harvest, be sure to sample some fresh Julian apples at a 'U-Pick' orchard, a roadside fruit stand, or at Apple Lane Orchard, located about 1 mile east of town on Hwy 78. The people of Julian are the friendliest in the world! Visitors are always welcome...
A simple, peaceful place in the woods...
Life is simple here, most B&B's don't even have phones in their rooms, much less data ports. Most cellular phones won't work well here either. The crime rate in Julian is next-to-nothing, it's very safe.
Our last major 'crime wave' was when some high-school kids stole the big chicken off of 'Tom's Chicken Shack' restaurant a few years back. When the TV show 'COPS' came to Julian, the only crime they could find was an illegally parked camper... So just leave your big city worries (and car alarms) behind and enjoy our country serenity!
TIRED OF SITTING, GO TO SANTA YSABEL CASINO
Julian is not that large of town. It is a quaint historic town of old buildings and stories are told of the days of gold mining. The big draw to Julian is apples. Tourists want to see the apples, pick the apples, and have a great treat of fresh apple pie. Well, then if that is your idea of a little road trip in Southern California, great, but do it from late September and October when the apples are aplenty. But, go any month of the year and you can totally chill out at a B & B, read a little bit, relax a little bit, eat, drink, sleep. I think you get the picture.
Of course, if you get tired of sitting around the town or your hotel or B&B, then for a little excitement head on over to Santa Ysabel and the lipay Nation of Santa Ysabel Casino. Yes, a real gaming location within a short twenty minute drive from Julian. Located on Hwy 79 between Santa Ysabel and Warner Springs. They are open Sunday - Thursday 6:30am to 2:00am adn Friday and Saturday open 24 hours. They have enough slot machines to keep your fingers humming. They have blackjack and poker tourneys. Happy hour at the 7 Oaks Bar and Lounge from 3pm-6pm Monday-Thursday and live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm to 11pm. If you get hungry, a very good restaurant is on site, The Orchard. Hey, you can be back to Julian to sleep the night away in just a few minutes.
Take Your Time Traveling To Julian
If Your route to Julian is from the southwest, you'll go through CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST
This is a combination of two pictures showing an isolated home in the hills.
See Mountain Travelogue on Julian page.
"An historic little town"
I had read quite a lot about Julian before my first visit back in 2003 and felt sure I would like it.
I am always attracted as much to to smaller places as to big cities - perhaps even more so.
Julian seemed to have everything - a lovely mountain location, surrounded by apple orchards - and a well preserved Main Street dating from the 1870s and its time as a gold mining town.
So it was disappointing that as we got closer driving along the 78, having left hot sunshine behind us on the coast we ran into some filthy weather. By the time we arrived on Main Street it was snowing, a wet sleety snow that quickly turned to heavy rain. We decided to take reguge in the famous Julian Pie shop so turned the car and drove back down to the little cafe.
Once there we had to sit in the car for several minutes for a lull in the downpour.
Eventually we were seated in the welcome warmth of the cafe enjoying for the first time a generous slice of Julian apple pie with cream and hot coffee.
We considered afterwards dashing across the road to the interesting second hand bookshop we had spotted but decided that even in that short distance we would get to wet to be comfortable browsing amongst books.
We drove slowly up and down Main Street barely able to see through the windows because of the rain, sleet and snow. so we decided to come back another day.