Best Spots for Apple Picking in Julian & Other Fall Activities

apple picking in san diego Even though fall isn’t entirely different than other seasons in San Diego when it comes to weather, we still like to enjoy all the fun that comes with it. The promise of fresh apple cider and hot apple pie makes a day trip to Julian well worth the hour and 15-minute drive from central San Diego. Though several larger orchards are staying closed due to the drought this year, there are still a few options out there for apple picking in San Diego and Julian. Continue reading

Best Bets for Apple Picking in Julian This Fall

apple picking in julianFor us city-dwellers, what’s a more charming way to ring in autumn than going out and hand-picking a bushel of perfectly ripe apples to bring home? The added bonus of fresh apple cider and hot apple pie makes a day trip to Julian well worth the hour and 15-minute drive. Though several larger orchards are staying closed due to the drought, there are still a few options out there – bring the kids and experience apple picking in Julian this year. Continue reading

Featured Recipe: French Apple Tart Using Julian Apples

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Every year, the husband and I pack the car with dog in tow and make our annual apple pilgrimage to Julian, CA. Our usual stop is at Volcan Valley Apple Orchard (formerly Raven Hill), where you can pick apples for $10 a bag (each bag holds about 5-6 lbs). I must mention that due to the serious drought we’ve experienced this year in California, several apple orchards will not be open this season so I highly recommend viewing our Guide to Apple Picking in Julian to see the full list of open orchards. Continue reading

Your Guide to Apple Picking in Julian This Fall

Apple picking, apple cider, and apple pie have been delightful autumn traditions for as long as many of us can remember; every year, local San Diegans make the short drive to Julian to participate in all kinds of activities, which includes picking apples by hand at one of the local orchards or farms. Unfortunately, drought has hit Southern California pretty hard this year and negatively impacted many of the beautiful apple orchards in Julian. A few, including Calico Ranch and Peacefield Orchard, are already closed for the remainder of autumn; despite the bad weather, there are still quite a few places open and ready for pickin’. We’ve got all the information on apple picking in Julian you need right here.

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Road Trip: Apple Picking In Julian

UPDATE (9/29/2014): Due to the serious drought we experienced this year in California, several apple orchards in Julian will not be open. Visit our Guide to Apple Picking in Julian to see the full list of open orchards.

Every year we take a family road trip (including the dog, Monty) to the historic mining town of Julian, CA. Located 60 miles east of San Diego, Julian is home to various apple orchards and wineries. October kicks off apple season where thousands of people will ascend upon Julian to taste it’s famous apple pies. This weekend is the Julian Apple Days Festival Oct. 5 & 6, 2013 10am-5pm. This two-day festival, held at the Menghini Winery, features music and dancing, children’s games and activities, gold panning demonstrations, a beer & wine garden, food, and lots more! There are many things to do and see before you head to the festival. Here is our Julian road trip adventure. We hope it comes in handy for you and your family.

First Stop

There is a plethora of places to see and things to do before you get to Julian. The fun starts at stop number one, Mountain Valley Ranch located at 842 Hwy 78, in Ramona. This family-friendly ranch is open now until October 31st, seven days a week from 9am – 6pm. This ranch has a giant corn maze, pumpkin patch, corn cannon, petting zoo, and an array of pumpkins (for jack-o-lanterns or cooking) for sale. There is a small fee for the corn maze and the corn cannon, but the petting zoo is free.

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