The first population explosion in California was the gold rush, which started in 1948 when gold was discovered in the Northern California Hills. Farther south in San Diego County, prospectors found the first gold in Julian. Today there's no more gold to be found in Julian, but you can still find plenty of old-fashioned charm and apple pie.
A one and a half hour drive from downtown San Diego, Julian is a mountain refuge offering seasonal weather. This means snow in winter, offering San Diegans a chance to experience a cooler change. Julian's weather also offers colorful wildflowers in spring and bountiful blackberries and peaches in the summer. Most of all, Julian is known for its apple harvest in the fall. Here you can buy fresh apples, participate in an apple harvest festival, and enjoy many varieties of apple pie at Julian's many restaurants, bakeries, and shops.
No matter when you visit Julian, you won't be disappointed with its atmosphere. Main Street is lined with old California-style stores and markets, quaint lodging options, including charming inns, bed and breakfasts and other historic hotels, antique shops and well-known bakeries.
When visiting Julian, sip an old-fashioned ice cream soda at the drug store fountain and transport back to the 1960s; taste a thick slice of homemade, deep dish Julian pie (apple and many other flavors); explore the shafts of dormant Julian gold mines; and tour Julian's own winery, Menghini Winery.
And don't miss other popular events, including the Annual Julian Weed Show and Art Mart at the Julian Town Hall held at the end of August. If you're looking for a perfect getaway and a perfect piece of apple pie, then Julian is perfect for you.← Communities Home