Julian Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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Julian Things to Do

  • Walking Around Town is Fun

    Though the streets in town are very hilly, it is fun to walk around. There are so many things to see and discover that can't be seen when driving through. When I first started coming to Julian in the 1980's the commercial section was mostly along Main Street, but through the years, while many small towns were drying up and closing down, Julian was...

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  • Main Street Carriage Rides in Julian

    Take a ride on a horse-drawn surrey. The tour is only about fifteen minutes long--because the town is so small. The ride is narrated and they will tell you about the history of this mountain mining town that has grown into a favorite get-a-way for San Diego City dwellers.Of course if you're driving around Julian, you'll have to be careful,...

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  • Play in the Snow

    The fall is the best time to visit Julian, mainly because the apples and pumpkins have been harvested and are ready for sale. However, for us Southern Californians who live near the Pacific Ocean and almost never see snow at home, we like to drive up to Julian and play in the snow during the winter. There is not much in the way of skiing, but...

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  • PEPPERMINT STICK HEAVEN NOW CLOSED.

    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...

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  • Cole and Other Buildings

    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...

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  • TAKE A HIKE

    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...

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Julian Hotels

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  • Apple Tree Inn

    4360 Highway 78, Julian, California, 92036, United States

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

  • Pine Hills Lodge

    Although the setting is lovely and the lodge itself, if rustic, is charming. The treatment that my...

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  • Butterfield Bed and Breakfast

    2284 Sunset Dr, P.O. Box 1115, Julian, California, 92036, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Julian Restaurants

  • Mom's Pie

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Julian is noted for it's apple pie and Mom's Pies is a great place to get a taste of the all American apple pie. It seems that the dough is being constantly shaped into the pie tins to fill the racks with apple pies waiting to be snatched up by apple pie hungry folks who drove a long way just to get the best lip smacking, finger licking good apple...

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  • Mexican Cusine in Julian

    Last time I ate at this restaurant it was called Margaritas. Since then it has changed hands and is now called, The Fajita Grill. I haven't eaten here since, but have heard that the food and service is much better now. The portions are big and though the prices are higher than the usual Taco Shop, the ingredients are really fresh. The inside dining...

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  • A Favorite? The Apple Of Course!

    Julian is noted for it's apples and it seems that the whole town works hard to promote this product. Apples grow best in the cooler climates back East or up North, but in this part of sunny, southern California, the mountains do get pretty cold, snow and everything during the winter. So, the apple trees grow and they are delicious.There are so many...

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Julian Nightlife

  • When The Sun Goes Down

    I can't think of one place in Julian where there would be any sort of nightlife other than at a camp, if you happen to be camping up there.Cuyamaca Restaurant and Market might be a great place to go after an long, hot day fishing, but it closes really early.Cuyamaca Restaurant and Market Closes about 8:00 pm15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036(760)...

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  • Pine Hills Dinner Theatre

    The Pine Hills Lodge and Dinner TheatreNearly 100 years old, the Pine Hills Lodge is a historic treasure of huge pine beams and massive stone fireplaces. The intimate community playhouse seats about one hundred and features light comedy and musical productions every Friday and Saturday night, using both local and imported talent. Theatrical quality...

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Julian Transportation

  • By Car

    Though there is a bus that will take you from downtown San Diego to Julian, the easiest way to get to Julian is by car. During the Apple Festival and on busy weekends, finding a parking space can be difficult. Visit during the week or "off season" times and there are plenty of places on the main street or up one of the small side streets. Walking...

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  • Parking!

    Though there is a bus that will take you from downtown San Diego to Julian, the easiest way to get to Julian is by car. During the Apple Festival and on busy weekends, finding a parking space can be difficult. Visit during the week or "off season" times and there are plenty of places on the main street or up one of the small side streets.Walking is...

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  • Cars, Bikes, Gliders, Llamas and...

    In Southern California, driving a car is by far the fastest, easiest way. This is especially true for remote mountain communities like Julian. Our mountain roads are also great fun on a motorcycle and can be challenging for bikers. It's best to ride your bike on weekdays, as the traffic is much lighter!The San Diego County Transit System Northeast...

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Julian Shopping

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  • Wonderful pies

    The Julian Pie Company has wonderful wares. I've only tried their chicken pot pie and apple pies but both were "home made" in taste and not much more in cost. The small shop in Julian at the end of main street was crowded when we arrived but it was worth the trip.They also have a second shop at 21976 Hwy 79, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070 Tel...

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  • Everything Apple!

    This is actually a cider mill, but they have a store connected to it that is open to the public. In the store there are so many things made from apples that it boggles the mind. They do have items not made of or from apples, but I usually focus on the apple products. There are things to eat, drink, to look at and to use. After spending time in the...

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  • Every Nook and Cranny

    Main Street is no longer the only place to shop. Up and down the side streets are more shops opening up all the time! Thus Julian is becoming a place for shoppers looking for that unique or individual handmade item.Thankfully, the people of Julian have not allowed things to change on Main Street, but the side streets are now teaming with new shops....

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Julian Local Customs

  • Small town July 4th

    Julian is a very historic small town that is now suriving on the tourism trade. It's a nostalgic throughback to "days gone by." There are melodramatic reinactments of the "gold rush" days as well as a period dress group that entertains at functions such as "gold rush days." The American Legion had a pit BBQ on July 4 following the hour long parade....

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  • Native American Art

    The shops in Julian offer lots of local arts and crafts but one thing you'll find that might be of interest is the genuine Native American Art and handcrafted items locally made.The interplay between miners and the Kumeyaay, Iipay Nation can easily be imagined while spending time in this area of San Diego. Though it hasn't always been the case, the...

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  • 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...

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Julian Warnings and Dangers

  • Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires!

    Except in the case of lightening striking or power lines falling.To give you an idea how hellish forest fires are, consider this: This photo is not a sunset shot. It was taken along a beach more than an hour's drive west from Julian when the fires of 2003 burned for a month. As the area surrounding Julian burned, Santa Ana winds blew the smoke and...

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  • PARKING FEE

    Julian is a two street town that gets overcrowded in September and October. Sometimes, even during warm weekends, San Diegans crowd the town and parking becomes a problem. The parking on the streets is free, but if you arrive later in the day or during apple season, be forewarned that parking is of a premium and there is a parking lot at 4th and B...

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  • When snow falls in Julian

    Two things to remember in Julian when snow is here:1) Be prepared. When bad weather sets in on the mountain roads are sometimes closed and chains are required. Don't kid yourself and think, "I have 4-wheel drive". You'll be turned away just like everybody else. I've personally watched 4-wheel drive vehicles slide right off the road and crash. Buy...

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Julian Tourist Traps

  • Unique Handcrafted Items

    Many of the shops in Julian seem like tourist traps, it might help to remember that most of the items for sale are individually handcrafted and could be considered minor works of art on their own.Those who are interested in Native American works of art will find a good selection in and around Julian. One place especially, offers a nice selection...

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  • Avoid Bailey's BBQ and the Julian Cafe

    I avoid eating at Bailey's BBQ as well as the (canned) apple pie at the Julian Cafe. Shopping is great in Julian, but you need to use some common sense. Like any tourist-oriented town, there are great deals and bad deals. THINK before you buy!

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Julian What to Pack

  • Pack Light

    You're a long way from a bell captain, so it's best to travel light! The weather can be quite variable at all times of year, so bring a variety of clothing and dress in layers to maintain your body temperture. Some sort of head-cover and sunscreen is useful in order to combat the effects of the mid-day sun. Summer months are usually mild, but we...

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  • Travel light, dress in layers...

    You're a long way from a bell captain, so it's best to travel light! The weather can be quite variable at all times of year, so bring a variety of clothing and dress in layers to maintain your body temperture. Some sort of head-cover and sunscreen is useful in order to combat the effects of the mid-day sun.Summer months are usually mild, but we...

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Julian Off The Beaten Path

  • Cleveland National Forest

    If Your route to Julian is from the southwest, you'll go through the southern section of the Cleveland National Forest. Here there are camping sites, fishing, hunting and lots of flora and fauna to enjoy. There are winter activities to do as well when the snows up here have fallen, it becomes a winter time mecca for San Diegans who rarely ever...

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  • Take Your Time Traveling To Julian

    If Your route to Julian is from the southwest, you'll go through the southern section of the Cleveland National Forest. Here there are camping sites, fishing, hunting and lots of flora and fauna to enjoy. There are winter activities to do as well when the snows up here have fallen, it becomes a winter time mecca for San Diegans who rarely ever see...

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  • Lake Cuyamaca

    Lake Cuyamaca is located on Highway 79 in the Cleveland National Forest, on the way to Julian. It's a great place for fishing, camping or boating. There is a restaurant here as well as a place to buy a fishing licence, fishing supplies, rent a boat (with or without motor,) or to rent a cabin to spend the night or longer.Some times they offer great...

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Julian Favorites

  • Apple Pie in Julian

    Eat apple pie, tour the old mine, have a romantic get-away-weekend at the old Julian Hotel, or just walk down the main street to see shops that cater to the needs of the local residents. One of my favorite shops sells all types of wood burning stoves. In recent years there has been a different type of "Rush" to Julian and that is the "Country...

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  • Out of the Past!

    Eat apple pie, tour the old mine, have a romantic get-away-weekend at the old Julian Hotel, or just walk down the main street to see shops that cater to the needs of the local residents. One of my favorite shops sells all types of wood burning stoves. In recent years there has been a different type of "Rush" to Julian and that is the "Country...

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  • 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...

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