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    Take home an apple pie!

    by 807Wheaton Written Mar 30, 2005

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    Julian is the home of The Julian Pie Company. You can also purchase their pies at different stores in the San Diego area. However, probably the best way to enjoy their pie is to take a drive to Julian and enjoy a cup of coffee with a piece of apple pie `a la mode.

    Julian Pie Company
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    PEPPERMINT STICK HEAVEN NOW CLOSED.

    by travelgourmet Updated Dec 16, 2012

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    SORRY, NOW CLOSED. This quaint candy store was a flagstone of the area around Julian. Fun candy store and makers of some of the finest peppermint candies. The store was closed and the new owners moved the HQ to Henderson Nevada. The KIng Leo line is sold at candy stores, one even in Julian. Most of the sales come from their on line business.

    This review was made at the location that was in the Julian area, now closed. Candy still made, but not near Julian. CLOSED.

    The tins that the peppermint sticks are packed in are collectors treasures. Why, this store has been making peppermint candy since 1901 in the hills near Julian. If you go during the holidays, these tins make great gifts or maybe stocking stuffers from Santa Claus.

    This is a candy store with more than just the peppermint sticks. The peppermint chocolate bark in tins is a favorite. I found the taste to be just the right blend of the two main ingredients. A true candy yummy for the tummy. But, wait, there is more. Fudge, Caramel Apples (what else in Julian, apple capital of Southern California), and both hard and soft candies are waiting to be gobbled up. Factory tours at King Leo Confection are available to watch the candy making process.

    TINS OF YUMMY FOR THE TUMMY KING LEO CONFECTION IN JULIAN, CALIFORNIA DECK THE HALLS WITH CANDY OLD FASHIONED CANDY FOUND HERE I LOVE FUDGE
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  • Country Carriage's ride...

    by eMtnMan Updated Apr 23, 2003

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    Country Carriage's ride through the Julian countryside in an authentic, old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage...
    A romantic sunset ride through Julian's gently rolling meadows and pine forests is an experience you won't soon forget. It's also a great place to snuggle under a down comforter on a cold winter day. Some B&B's are close enough to town that you can use the carriage as romantic dinner transportation. Make an appointment and you won't be disappointed!

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    TAKE A HIKE

    by travelgourmet Updated Jul 7, 2012

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    Winter, spring, summer, or fall it doesn't matter at all, hiking is a fun thing to do in and around Julian. If you want to hike in the snow and see your footprints, go in winter. Summer is fine for that feel good mountain air warmth of a hike. Fall brings the crispness and the apple season. I saved spring for last, because this is when life blooms again.

    Spring brings the beautiful daffodil blossoms. They bloom leaving a bright yellow haze to the hills and valleys of Julian. Typically beginning in late February into March and sometimes early April are the best months to view the daffodil in bloom. All the credit for this display of nature goes to one woman who wanted to honor her father. Almost twenty years ago, Sally Snipes, a Julian artist and gardener, began to plant daffodil bulbs as a memorial to her father. She organized volunteers to help out and they planted tens of thousands of daffodil bulbs that today number into the millions. One person can make a difference and in Julian, Sally is that person.

    I haven't been told, and I have meant to try to reach Sally Snipes to find out, but I believe the poem "JULIAN OF NORWICH" by Sydney Carter was her inspiration for becoming the daffodil lady of Julian in memory of her father. The poem, Julian of Norwich: "Loud are the bells of Norwich and the people come and go. Here by the tower of Julian, I tell them what I know.
    Ring out, bells of Norwich, and let the winter come and go. All shall be well again, I know. Love, like the yellow daffodil, is coming through the snow. Love, like the yellow daffodil, is Lord of all I know." Thank you Sally Snipes for the tribute to your father by leaving a legacy of beautiful yellow Daffodils to grace the landscape for the town of Julian, California.

    DAFFODILS IN BLOOM DAFFODILS PEEKING THROUGH THE SNOW PINES ALONG THE TRAILS
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    Hiking

    by dbeatty Written Nov 16, 2006

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    I've hiked this trail twice now, The Five Oaks Loop Trail on Volcan Mountain. It's a five mile round trip all up hill and then down on the return. A very pretty hike through trees and fields and great views. I like to take the trail up and return on the fireroad for a change in scenery. There are no restrooms or water on the trail. The fire road can be a bit steep. Park on the street, (I've never used a Wilderness Pass and have never been ticketed) and access the trail head after walking through an apple grove. Fun!

    Half Way there! It's Fall! Fire Road
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    Julian Historical Society

    by ranger49 Updated Dec 8, 2011

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    Even if you have only a short time to spend in Julian do look out for the information plaques placed by the local historical society as you walk around town. They do a great job, and in a few, pithy sentences provide you with a picture of some of the pioneers who rushed to Julian when gold was discovered there in 1869. Others who came were soldiers fleeing north after the Civil War. Together they created a thriving town.
    Howevr the Gold Rush here was relatively shortlived and within about 35 years few of the remaining mines were productive. But during those busy profitable years the town was also settled by merchants and traders, builders and blacksmiths, hotels, lodging houses keepers and publicans. The surrounding land was farmed and orchards planted and by 1909, when the first Apple Day celebration was held, the town was ready to become a rural market town that gradually turned also into a tourist attraction.
    Photo No1. Pays tribute to the Black Americans who settled here. The Robinson Hotel was established by one of them - Mr Robinson and is now the Julian Hotel.
    Photos No2. &3 The Julian Hotel today.

    Former Robinson Hotel Hotel from the corner view Robinson plaque

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    The Levi-Strauss Building

    by ranger49 Updated Jan 11, 2012

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    This early 20th century building, was the first to be made of brick in Julian. It was built for an Austrian immigrant, Adolph Levi at the kiln his brother Ike had established in Julian.
    Adolph opened a store here with a partner, Joseph Marks, who came from Mississippi. Later Marks became the sole owner and continued the business until he retired in 1921.
    Today it is a popular busy Soda Fountain store and stands next to a building of a similar period - the old Julian Garage now an antique and collector's centre..
    A Historical Society plaque can be seen to the right of the Soda Fountain entrance behind the white car.

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    Julian Historic Gold Mining Town

    by Yaqui Written Jun 27, 2015

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    As you can tell, I enjoy markers and you will find, when are on a historical walking tour, they usually point these out because of the significance.

    Historic Gold Mining Town
    founded by
    Drury D. Bailey
    Feb. 1870

    History: Drury Bailey's family thought he had become a casualty of the Civil War. His canteen, all shot up, was found on a battlefield.

    But in November 1862, he returned to the Confederate Army after having spent eight months as a prisoner of war.

    In all, Bailey emerged unscathed from three years as a soldier – primarily serving as a courier – despite participating in the battles of Murfreesboro, Chickamauga and Atlanta.

    “While in the service through heat, rain, sleet and snow, I took my chances as a soldier on the picket lines, battle lines, scouting, destroying Army supplies, railroads, telegraph lines, living mostly off the enemy,” he reminisced years later.

    After the Civil War ended, Bailey, two brothers and two cousins returned to their native Georgia to find utter devastation and no work, said Richard Bailey of El Centro, a grandson who has compiled a family history.

    Drury Bailey and some family members eventually went to Utah, where they found work building a road leading to a mine. From there, searching for gold, they eventually arrived in the Cuyamaca Mountains east of San Diego, where they had been told there were streams that could be prospected.

    “It reminded (Drury) so much of home,” Richard Bailey said. “He was tired and he wanted to settle down.”

    And so between late 1869 and early 1870, Bailey staked a homestead claim and founded the town of Julian – named for his cousin Michael Julian.

    To encourage development there, Bailey gave away land for homes, schools and churches. He started a blacksmith shop and stable. He also helped establish one of the most productive mines in the Cuyamacas.

    Bailey died at age 77. His remains are buried in the Julian Pioneer Cemetery, marked with a small granite headstone that simply says, “Drury D. Bailey, 1844-1921.” by JEFF RISTINE (U-T San Diego)

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    RURAL JULIAN WINERIES

    by travelgourmet Updated Jul 7, 2012

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    You wanted to get away from the big cities and now you have arrived in Julian, California, a intimate rural town in the mountains located between San Diego and Palm Springs. Snow in the winter and crisp air in the summer, the town-folk are laid back and ready to greet the tourists that flock to the area on the weekends. It does make for a great weekend getaway. Better yet is a weekday visit to see the town in the normal slow paced, friendly neighborly fashion. It is a great apple growing area and the apple is featured in Julian.

    One of the things you maybe didn't know is that besides apple cider available in Julian, this small rural town has a couple of wineries near town and a wine tasting room in town. The in town tasting is at the Witchcreek Winery Tasting Room and the two wineries a couple of miles down the road are J. Jenkins Winery and Menghini Winery, located on Julian Orchards Drive. A beautiful rural drive with scenic viewpoints. Nearby is the Wynola Farms Marketplace with wine tasting rooms as well as boutiques and apple products.

    Click on the names of the wineries, showcased in the color "Blue", for their websites that will give you directions and hours of operations. Remember to drink responsibly and if possible have a designated driver. That way you can taste as much as you like and even have a bottle of wine without breaking the law and becoming or having someone else become a road casualty statistic. This area may be rural but the roads do curve and with distractions like beautiful scenery, animals in pastures, apple groves and grape vines, a clear mind is needed to enjoy the drive.

    WINE TASTING IN JULIAN WITCHCREEK WINERY TASTING BAR WINE TIME AHEAD MENGHINI WINERY IN JULIAN JULIAN MAY BE RURAL BUT LOVELY
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    Sky Tour at Observer's Inn

    by generasianx Updated Aug 5, 2006

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    My friends and I had an amazing time at the hour-long Sky Tour at Observer's Inn. Mike, our guide showed us different constellations with his amazing laser pointer that shoots all the way to the sky. We also go to look at different stars and planets through his powerful telescopes. We learned a lot about astronomy that night and can't wait to go back again!

    Hours: 9pm (reservation required)
    $20 per person. $10 a person if you stay at the Inn.

    My rating: 5 stars out of 5

    Posing with the telescopes.
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    Julian Jail 1914

    by Yaqui Written Jun 27, 2015

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    Run by a citizen constable whose wife cooked for prisoners, this jail held suspects, often involved with whiskey and/or fists, for trial and, if found guilty, for short terms imposed by the Justice of the Peace. Long terms were not served here. Designed and built for the county of San Diego for $1075 plus $62 extra for overlooked grating and door, this reinforced site mixed concrete jail ended the escapes common to the three wooden jails that previously existed on this site since 1872. County ownership ended in 1952.

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    Wilcox Building 1872

    by Yaqui Written Jun 27, 2015

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    This building of hand hewn beam logs cut from Volcan Mtn. was a general store, post office, a stage coach stop, and telephone exchange, owned by story telling Horace F. Wilcox, president of the “Hot Stove Society” - a gathering of men who spun yarns and solved world problems, retiring in 1891, he sold the business to M. Jacoby & Fred R. Sawday who advertised “first class goods at reasonable prices and square dealing with politeness thrown in.” F.L. Blanc minister, carpenter & lumberman ran a mercantile store here from 1907 – 1920.

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    Santa Ysabel School 1888

    by Yaqui Updated Jun 27, 2015

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    They were about to close their doors. So I poked my head in and asked if I could take a couple of photo's. Well these wonderful folks said "come on in" and let me take photo's and one gentleman explained how they moved the building to this spot. He said they had to cut the building in half to move it. So happy they saved this beautiful piece of history.

    Built at Witch Creek, ten miles west of Julian in 1888 and used thru June 1954. this historical building was moved to Julian in 1970, and restored by the Julian Historical Society, the County of San Diego, and many other donors.

    Rededicated 1971
    In recognition of the vision, efforts, and generosity of the citizens who have made this project a reality.
    San Diego County Board of Supervisors
    Jack Walsh 1st District, Henry A. Boney 2nd District, Harry F. Scheidle 3rd District, Jim Bear 4th District, William A. Craven 5th District, DR Graff Austin ex 1945-70, Miles W. Kratka ex 1970, Chief Administrative Officer Fred J. Morly.

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    Cole and Other Buildings

    by lmkluque Updated Sep 25, 2012

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    Shopping on the main street of downtown Julian is especially fun because so many of the buildings are relics/reproductions of the originals built in the Gold Rush town of Julian. The type of businesses to be found here are actually pretty practical for the residents who live in and around this rustic town.

    This is a real town, not a "movie-set-recreation," that has retained it's old time flavor. One of my favorite shops on this, the main street of downtown Julian is the shop that still sells wood burning stoves. It's also fun to look in the window of the Real Estate office and see what is for sale and how much it would cost to buy property or a buisness here.

    Quite a few San Diegans have bought little retirement places here and opened cottage business's in town during the past fifteen or twenty years. So, not only is Main Street a place to wander, now there are quite a few side streets full of shops/boutiques that offer all manner of goods including many arts & craft products or materials that one would expect to find in any U.S. Small Town.

    What ever you do while in Julian, make sure to check out the Apple pies!

    The Cole Building
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    The Jacoby Building & The Cafe and Bakery

    by ranger49 Written Dec 8, 2011

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    The original Jacoby building ( now the Market and Deli) was built in 1897 but like many of the early buildings in Julian it has been burnt down. Sometimes fires are caused accidentally, sometimes buildings are caught up in the wild-fire flames that sweep across California after long dry summers. After this one was burnt to the ground in1996 it was rebuilt as closely as possible to replicate the original.
    Its first owner was Morris Jacoby, a German immigrant who, as well as running the store, was prominent in the development of local facilities and amenities including the SantaYsabel Water Co.
    His shop is till used as a general store.

    In the long view of Main St at the right hand end (3rd and 4th pictures) you can see another building that dates from 1872. The Julian Cafe and bakery was burned down in 1957 and restored in 1978.

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