Apples on the tree in a apple orchard

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How To Spend The Best Day Apple Picking In Julian, CA

Looking forward to picking apples in Julian, California this fall? Apple picking in Julian and eating homemade Julian apple pie are the highlights of any visit to this rustic mountain retreat.

As far back as I can remember, it has become a tradition to come to Julian with my family each year to soak up the idyllic old gold mining town and indulge in everything apples!

Although apple picking is the main event, there are many things to do in Julian to spend a full day or even a weekend getaway.

The town of Julian is a historic district preserving its history as a gold mining town settled by the Bailey and Julian families.

With an old western town feel and pioneer storefronts you’ll feel transported to the late 1880s when the town was established as a gold mining town.

Julian’s gold rush was rather quick but luckily the town didn’t become a ghost town like many other mining towns of its time.

Get ready for some fun and discover the seven best Julian apple orchards to visit this fall!

Note: This post will be updated when the 2024 season of apple picking in San Diego begins!

Get ready to go apple picking in Julian!

Julian Apple Picking Season

Apple picking season in Julian is during the fall months of September and October.

But some years the season may start as early as mid-August. The length of the season varies each year depending on the weather and success of each orchard.

For those visiting from out of town or locals to San Diego, the main fall event is to head to Julian.

Apple orchards and fresh apple cider signals that fall has arrived. But the true star of apple season is the famous Julian apple pie!

Julian is a mountain town escape from San Diego

As you explore the town, don’t be surprised to smell an intoxicating aroma of apples and spices that alert you to a pie is hot out of the oven.

Although Julian is a great town to visit any time of the year, you must experience it in the fall at least once.

Note: The end of apple season is determined when all of the apples have been picked and varies each year. If picking is over, you can still buy apples at many places in town.

7 Best Places For Picking Apples In Julian, California

1. Volcan Valley Apple Farm

Volcan Valley Apple Farm is located 2-miles up the hill from the town of Julian and is one of the largest apple orchards around. They have several types of apples you can pick for both to eat raw or for use in making a pie.

If you aren’t sure which one to type of apple to pick, the staff can direct you to the apples ideal for you. At the end of each row of trees is a sign letting you know what apples can be found.

Volcan Apple Farm is the biggest orchard in Julian
There are several rows of trees to choose from
Apple season varies so check the website ahead of time

I picked some Empire apples to eat and Pippin and Jonathan so my mom could make a pie. The cost is $15 per bag which includes one person entry and $5 for any additional person that doesn’t need to pick any apples.

Apple picking in Julian is one of those experiences you want to try at least once! Many times, the trees near the entrance will have been picked through so walk further down the orchard rows to find plenty of apples.

Tip: The owner of the apple farm recommended not to wash the film off the apples until ready to eat or use. The film helps preserve the apple!

Note: Try some fresh apple cider before you go as it is delicious.

  • Address: 1284 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036
  • Phone: 760-302-4574
  • Hours: Open 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Friday through Monday

2. Apple Starr Orchard

The Apple Starr Orchard is another apple orchard that you can go apple picking at and is quite popular with families since 1982.

You’ll find both apples and pears that you can U-pick with apple varieties of Granny Smith, Jonagold, Roma, Red Delicious, Gala, and more.

Fall pears grown here are Bosc, Anjou, Comice, Red Bartlett and Green Bartlett.

An apple waiting to be picked!

Each bag you pick is $25 and each additional person is $15 and include picking poles if needed. Make sure to bring cash as it is the only form of payment accepted.

If you choose to bring a packed lunch, you can enjoy it at one of their picnic tables.

  • Address: 1020 Julian Orchard Drive, Julian, CA 92036
  • Phone: 760-305-2169

3. Julian Farm & Orchard

The Julian Farm & Orchard is another great location to go Julian apple picking. In addition, you can experience picking berries depending on availability (raspberries and strawberries) and bunches of flowers.

Starting in September, they have a pumpkin patch that opens to the public where you can pick out your favorite pumpkin to take home!

Apple days in Julian

Plus, you can hop aboard a hayride, do some ax throwing and drink fresh-pressed apple cider through the end of October.

To pick a bag of apples is $20 and additional visitors are $10 each as of last year but will be updated for 2023.

  • Address: 4381 Julian Highway, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
  • Phone: 760-765-5494
  • Hours: Open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Group tours available during the week by appointment.

4. Julian Mining Company

The Julian Mining Company opened up in 2007 as a place to pan gold with a small pumpkin patch.

Today they have expanded to add over 1,500 apple trees, raspberry patches, and a larger pumpkin patch.

Even though you can pick apples here, the main attraction of visiting is to pan for gold!

  • Address: 4444 Julian Highway, Julian, CA 92036
  • Phone: 951-312-9940
  • Hours: Open on Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm.

5. Crosscut Farm and Orchard

For usually around 1 week only in September, you can pick apples at Crosscut Farm and Orchard with a reserved time slot booked ahead of your visit.

Once you purchase your ticket online for a specified time slot, you get a tour of the orchard, a demo on making apple cider, and to pick apples.

I love the coloring of the Empire apples...

The fee is $5.00 per person with kids under 4 can get in for free. For additional $20 you get a ½ peck bag (7 – 8 lbs) to pick apple varietals such as Golden Delicious, Jonathon and Liberty.

If you want to bring food to enjoy, they have picnic tables, or you can bring a blanket to sit on also.

  • Address: 1209 Farmer Road, Julian, CA 92036
  • Phone: 605-431-0136
  • Hours: Must get pre-paid online reserved tickets ahead of time.

6. Apple & Art Orchards

At Apple & Art Orchards apple picking is only for groups that plan to pick 20 or more bags of apples.

Since that is a ton of apples, it works out great if you are coming with a lot of family and friends or with a school group.

Due to the large group size, you do want to make a reservation ahead of time for your party.

You’ll find pesticide free apples, learn apple fun facts, sip apple cider, and get a tour of the orchard.

Depending on the year, you might have the chance to pick Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Gala, Arkansas Black, Fuji, and Jonagold.

  • Address: 1052 Julian Orchards Dr. Julian, CA 920036
  • Phone: 760-310-6368
  • Hours:  By appointment for large groups.

7. Peacefield Orchard

Peacefield Orchard has over 200 apple trees growing on 2.5 acres in Julian offering Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith.

Their claim to fame is home to the oldest apple tree in Julian bearing Granny Gravenstein apples!

Apple picking is fun for all ages!

The cost of picking apples is $20 per ½ peck bag which is about 6 lbs and no other entrance fee beyond this.

Not sure whether an apple is ripe for picking? No problem as the staff will show you which apples are ripe and best to pick.

  • Address: 3803 Wynola Road, Julian, CA 92036
  • Phone: 310-902-6321
  • Hours: Open Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Other Fun Things To Do In Julian, California

Dudley’s Famous Bakery & Deli

So technically Dudley’s Bakery is a few miles outside of Julian, but it is a must to stop on the way. There is a reason it is known as “famous” as they truly make the most amazing bread!

Since 1963, Dudley’s has been pumping out what seems like so many insanely delicious breads that you can’t leave without buying a few loaves to take home.

Oh, and make sure you get an extra loaf for the road as I promise you that it will be gone by the time you get home or back to your hotel! Dudley’s has the freshest bread around with over 40 different flavors of bread and pastries…

Dudley's bread is incredibly addictive...
So many bread choices!
It is very hard to leave with only 1 loaf of bread...

My favorite has always been sourdough and jalapeno cheese but a popular one is the date nut raisin bread too.

It can be tough to narrow it down to a few but you can always freeze the loaves and enjoy them for months to come.

There is a deli counter on-site where you can have a sandwich made using the bread of your choosing. This makes for the perfect picnic meal to take to one of the apple orchards later in the day!

Address: 30218 Highway 78 (Julian Road), Santa Ysabel, CA 92070

Hours: Open 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday through Sunday.

Taste Fresh Apple Cider

I’m not one to ever drink apple cider except when I am in Julian as it is by far the best fresh apple cider you will ever have. They press the apples and bottle it so that you can drink it fresh the next day.

If you are at Volcan Valley Apple Farm, cool off with a cold bottle of apple cider that will delight your taste buds. It is made with no preservatives, sugar, or anything other than apples. They may blend a few types of apples to get that dynamite flavor.

The apple cider from Apple Lane Orchards that I tried that day was made with Gala, Jonathan, and Gravenstein apples. You can also get this apple cider in town at various places.

Cool off with a fresh apple cider

Get A Slice Of Apple Pie

Eating apple pie is one of the best things to do in Julian! There are a handful of pie shops in town, but I believe the Julian Pie Company is the best!

I am not a fan of apple pie or apple desserts in general, but I do love the apple pie at the Julian Pie Company…

There is that certain combination of great apples, spices, and the perfect flaky crust that just makes for a delightful bite of pie. The Julian Pie Company has been a town favorite since 1986 and owned by the Smothers family.

The Julian Pie Company has the best apple pie in town

The star of the pies is the Original Apple Pie, but they have an assortment of flavors to choose from if you want some variety.

The Dutch Apple has a crunchy crumb topping which is delicious and a tie for me personally with the Original.

There is an Apple Mountain Berry Crumb Pie, a Boysenberry Apple Crumb Pie, Cherry Apple Crumb Pie, Peach Apple Crumb Pie, and several berry pies with no apple. Most likely there is a flavor you are bound to love.

Although apple pie is the most popular, there are many flavors to choose from!
Slice of original apple pie with a scoop of ice cream

How do you eat your apple pie? There is eating the pie as it is with no nothing on top or you can add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top for “a la mode”.

And one that I thought sounded horrible before I tried it is a slice of melted sharp cheddar cheese on top! It is surprisingly so good…

Tips: Buy a slice to enjoy and get a pie to take home. There is a second location next to Dudley’s Bakery in Santa Ysabel too. My next favorite pie shop is Mom’s Pie Shop.

Address: 2225 Main Street, Julian, CA 92036

Hours: Open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Grab A Cup Of Coffee

If you need a little pick me up post apple picking head down to Regulars Wanted Beanery for a cup of coffee.

The exterior, like many of the shops and restaurants in Julian, has that cottage house appearance that is reminiscent of visiting one’s grandmother’s house.

There is seating both indoors and out front on the patio that is an ideal place to enjoy the mountain air with a cup of coffee. And it doesn’t hurt that the Regulars Wanted Beanery has excellent coffee!

Grab a cup of coffee at Regulars Wanted Beanery

If you have an empty stomach, they have both breakfast and lunch options available.

And for those that aren’t big coffee lovers, you can order tea or beer. The beanery has a very locals feel that is also welcoming to all tourists too.

Address: 1921 Main Street, Julian, CA 92036

Hours: Open daily from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm except for Thursdays (closed).

Wander The Town On Foot

After apple picking and maybe a nice meal, take a stroll along Main Street and wander in and out of the many shops.

The downtown of Julian encompasses all of about 4 blocks so you can’t get lost, and you won’t get exhausted either.

Each shop feels like you are stepping into a country store that hasn’t changed much over the years!

Walking Main Street almost look like it could be an old movie set
You don't see soda fountains often these days!
Inside the Warm Hearth shop

These shops have some touristy stuff but there are a lot of unique items that make for a perfect gift. Gifts that you just can’t get anywhere else.

The exterior of Julian really does look like an old western town where wooden sidewalks line Main Street and the common theme throughout every shop or restaurant is apples of course!

One of my favorite shops is The Warm Hearth next door to Mom’s Pie Shop.

Visit The Julian Cider Mill

Every year growing up I was always excited to visit the Julian Cider Mill for freshly pressed apple cider and fudge. And I still am as an adult! It is one of those stores that has a nostalgia that I look forward to year after year.

The Cider Mill has been owned by the Slaughter family for over 45 years and is one place that requires a stop every fall.

Pick up some snacks, fudge and apple cider at the Cider Mill!

You can pick up some apple and pumpkin butter, honey, preserves, dried fruit, and caramel apples.

There are numerous items that make for a great gift with the holidays around the corner.

Address: 2103 Main Street, Julian, CA 92036

Hours: Open 9:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 9:30 am to 5:30 pm Friday through Sunday.

Old Julian Book House

It is becoming rarer and rarer to find a classic old used bookstore which is why the Old Julian Book House is a gem!

I admit I am a huge fan of using my kindle, especially when traveling but I do love the look and smell of a physical book.

Find rare used books at the Book House

Across from the Julian Pie Company, the book house is directly across the street. Browse the many shelves of books and find a one of a kind that is a page-turner and one you can’t put down.

Address: 2230 Main Street, Julian, CA 92036

Hours: Open 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday, Monday, Thursday & Friday. Open from Tuesday & Wednesday from noon to 5:00 pm. Saturday is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Julian Beer Company

The Julian Beer Company is a brewery and eatery located a half block from the Julian Pie Company.

They are obviously known for their handcrafted beer but also for many delicious food options such as appetizers, BBQ, pizzas, and salads.

The Julian Beer Co. has great outdoor seating that is perfect to enjoy a beer at
An old carriage adds to the old western vibe
The original house of the founder of Julian

If you are a beer lover then you will be happy to see they offer 18+ beers on tap with many made with local ingredients such as juniper, honey, fruit, and hops.

The brewery itself is housed on the same lot as the historic home of Julian’s founder which makes it quite unique!

Address: 2307 Main Street, Julian, CA 92036

Hours: Open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm, Friday through Sunday open 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Sip Cider At The Calico Cidery

As you leave Julian make your way to the Calico Cidery for a sip of some hard apple cider made with apples and pears from their orchard.

The Calico Cidery is family owned and they also have an orchard ranch where you can pick your own apples depending on the time of year.

Originally, they got started as a homestead property with a pear orchard and later added apples to the property.

Calico Cider Ranch has an assortment of yummy hard ciders!
An idyllic setting for a hard cider tasting...
The apple ciders are more translucent than the pear ciders

I ordered a tasting that included 4 different hard ciders, two made with apples, and two with pears. I enjoyed them all but preferred the ones with pears the most.

My favorite was the Quinceperry which is a cross between an apple and pear. The alcohol content ranges from 5% to 7.6 % depending on the cider.

The cidery is housed in a very cool open-air barn that has a saloon-style bar you can cozy on up to.

Or take your cider over to one of the tables with bales of hay as seating. If you find a cider you like, you can take a growler of it with you!

Address: 4200 Highway 78, Julian, CA 92036

Hours: Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Volcan Mountain Winery

Volcan Mountain Winery is located at the base of Volcan Mountain and across the street from Volcan Valley Apple Farm.

So, it makes a great place to visit after going to one of the best places for apple picking in Julian!

They have been serving wine in their tasting room since 2015 with a choice of red and white wine by the glass or bottle.

In addition to regular local wines, they offer a few apple wines including a sparkling apple wine that is a fun option to try.

Address: 1255 Julian Orchards Dr, Julian, CA 92036

Hours: Open Friday through Monday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Oasis Camel Dairy

The Oasis Camel Dairy is not your typical dairy as they have camels! It is an activity that I’m sure would be a hit with kids.

They offer private camel tours, feeding, and encounters where you can learn everything related to camels.

You can even buy products with camel milk such as chocolate, soaps, lotions, and lip balms.

The dairy is located a little further out at 13 miles from Julian towards the town of Ramona. But if you plan to be in the area it is a unique experience to add to your trip.

Address: 26757 Highway 78, Ramona, CA 92065

Phone: 760-0983

Hours: You must book your visit online ahead of time to enjoy a camel experience on select Saturdays!

Enjoy Sangria At Blue Door Winery

Tucked on a side street in the charming downtown of Julian is Blue Door Winery.

It’s an urban winery where you can sample wines in an adorable tasting room that focuses on red wine varietals such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Nebbiolo, and Cabernet Franc.

If it is a hot day and you are looking for something refreshing, don’t miss out on getting a glass of their homemade Sangria! You can enjoy it indoors or take it out on the outdoor seating.

They use a family recipe that draws people back year after year…

Address: 2608 B Street, Julian, CA 92036

Phone: 760-765-0361

Hours: Open daily from noon to 5pm.

Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures

A visit to Fort Cross will be an afternoon adventure learning about the farm and joining activities such as archery, tomahawk throwing, farm animal interactions, and more.

Each farm tour experience lasts 2 hours and is $22 per person (anyone 4 years and older).

Depending on availability you can also U-Pick raspberries and strawberries which are all organic and pesticide free.

Berries are usually during the summer months so check ahead to see if they still have any.

Address: 4425 Highway 78, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070

Phone: 951-847-1904

Hours: Open Saturday from 10:00 am to noon and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Get ready to taste the best apple pie!

Where Is Julian Located?

Julian is in the Cuyamaca Mountains, about an hour east of downtown San Diego at an elevation of 4,235 feet.

Since Julian has a colder climate than the rest of San Diego County, they have the perfect environment to grow apples.

Julian might be one of the few if not only places in San Diego County that has the four seasons.

I think it is one of the draws for local San Diegan’s as we love our sunny year-round weather, yet we crave the crispness of an autumn day…

Post with signs in every direction for where to go

It is the place for fall foliage and leaf-peeping each year. Because it is at a higher elevation, it can vary in temperature more than near the ocean.

Even if it is a hot day in San Diego, always bring a jacket and umbrella as the weather can change quickly. No matter the time of year, Julian is the perfect escape from San Diego that you don’t want to miss!

If you are visiting in October, find out where to find a pumpkin to carve at the best pumpkin patches around.

Tip: Julian is also one of the few places that can get snow in San Diego County so it can be a great winter weekend trip too.

What Kind of Apples Are In Julian?

All the apple orchards are within a mile or two of downtown Julian and a great place to stop on your way into town.

The orchards where you can go apple picking in Julian are referred to as self-picking or U-Pick.

There are a variety of apples that can be picked in the orchards around Julian such as Jonathan, Gala, Empire, Fuji, Granny Smith, Pippin, and Red Delicious.

There are a variety of apples to pick at each orchard

The type of apple might vary from orchard to orchard and season to season.

The best apples to eat raw are Gala, Empire, Red Delicious, and Fuji.

If you are planning to make an apple pie, then Granny Smith apples are the best to use. The same goes when making apple strudel or apple turnovers, Granny Smith all the way…

If you don’t have Granny Smith available, then you can also use Jonagold’s or Pippin. For making homemade applesauce, Gala apples work great.

How To Get To Julian

If you are flying in, you’ll want to book your flight into the San Diego International Airport (SAN).

And since you will need a car to reach Julian from the airport, search for the best car rental rates today!

The quaint town of Julian is 62-miles east (and slightly north) of downtown San Diego taking about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

The easiest way to Julian is by hopping onto the 5 Freeway north and then taking the 8 Freeway East.

The crisp mountain air of Julian is great for apple growing

Exit off the 8 Freeway onto the 79 Highway or Japatul Valley Road. Stay on the 79 Highway passing Lake Cuyamaca until you reach Julian.

If you are coming from North County area of San Diego such as from San Marcos or Carlsbad the drive is 54-miles to the east and takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

There are a few ways to come from North County but the easiest option is to take Highway 78 (East) to the 15 Freeway (South).

Exit the 15 Freeway at the E Via Rancho Pkwy and head east turning right onto San Pasqual Road. San Pasqual Rd will turn into the old Highway 78 road.

Once you arrive at the town of Ramona turn left onto the continuing old 78 road until you reach Julian.

Best Julian Hotels and Lodging

You can easily make a day trip from anywhere in San Diego County but if you want to take in Julian over a weekend, there are a few lovely places to unwind at!

Quiet Mind Mountain Lodge & Retreat – Situated along Lake Cuyamaca and a few miles from the town of Julian is a serene place to stay with spa amenities.

Julian Gold Rush Hotel – Located in the heart of downtown Julian

Julian Lodge – Located in downtown Julian

Or if you prefer renting a cabin or house you can find an accommodation just right for you.

Julian Gold Rush Hotel

Funny Apple Picking Memory

Traveling for me is all about the unique, funny, and random things that stick in our memory for years to come.

As I have been coming to Julian every year since I was a kid, I have many wonderful memories but one year stood out!

That year my parents and I came to Julian where my dad decided to wear shorts and a T-shirt adamant, he didn’t need pants or a jacket. Once we reached Julian the weather changed, getting freezing temps and rain.

My parents were not stoked on the apple picking at that point, but my stubbornness persisted, and my dad took me while my mom waited in the car.

The things a father will do for his child… He practically froze and earned the nickname “shaky legs”.

Visiting Julian in apple season is a yearly event...

By the time we got into town, I kid you not the entire town was sold out of apple pies except for one piece!

And who do you think got it? That’s right, my parents let me eat most of it but they looked on with envy…

The rain continued to get worse and as we were leaving town the windshield wipers failed.

Let’s just say it was a long ride home as my dad had to drive with his head outside the window to navigate us home…

But don’t worry, after visiting Julian almost every year for decades I have always had excellent weather minus that one time.

And even though that one trip may sound like a disaster, I had the best time and still laugh about it today.

Empire apples have a pale pink hue to them

Tips For Visiting Julian During Apple Season

  • If you have the option, go earlier in the season to make sure you don’t miss out on the apples!
  • Call ahead to check apple availability for the specific orchard you want to visit.
  • Get an early start and make an awesome fall day picking apples and enjoying the charm of Julian especially on the weekends when it can get packed.
  • Most orchards are only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday so check each farm’s website ahead of time to verify they are open.
  • At the time of this update, well-behaved dogs on a leash are allowed at all the orchards.
  • It can get both very hot and cold so bring a jacket, hat, sunscreen, dress in layers, and even an umbrella.
  • Wear comfortable shoes if you plan to walk the orchard picking apples.
  • To keep the apples from ripening too fast, don’t wash off the film until you are ready to eat them.
  • Make sure to bring your camera to this photogenic town!
  • If you are looking to grab a pumpkin in preparation for Halloween, you can pick one out at some orchards.
  • As it can get warm, have a reusable water bottle with you to avoid dehydration.
  • Pack a picnic and enjoy at one of the apple orchards in a travel cooler.
  • If you want to order a Julian apple pie for later or during the holidays, you can order one online from both Julian Pie Company and Mom’s Pie!
  • And don’t eat the apples as you are picking unless it is allowed!
Julian is central for all things apple!

FAQs On Apple Picking In Julian

Is Apple Picking Worth It?

Yes! Apple picking is a fun fall experience no matter if it is your first time or you go every year. Nothing better than eating apples right off the tree, sipping apple cider, and eating apple pie.

Where Can You Go Apple Picking In San Diego?

You can enjoy picking apples in Julian during late summer and early fall each year. The season can vary depending on the weather but usually from late August through September.

What To Bring Apple Picking?

Besides apples and apple cider, most apple orchards don’t have food so pack a cooler with food for a picnic or eat beforehand.
If it is earlier in the season, it can get hot in Julian so bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a reusable water bottle. Wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes for walking throughout the orchard.

When Can I Pick Apples In Julian, California?

Apple picking season in Julian varies a little each year but generally from mid-August through the end of September.

Can You Buy Apples In Julian?

Yes, if you would rather skip picking apples in Julian, you can purchase apples from nearby orchards in a handful of stores in town.

What Kind Of Apples Are In Julian Pie?

The main type of apple used in making Julian apple pies are Granny Smith apples. But you may also see Jonatan and Gravenstein apples used.

Will You Be Picking Apples In Julian This Year?

Enjoy Julian apple picking season!

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Vanessa Shields

Vanessa Shields is the founder of Traveling Ness helping people with trip ideas, itineraries, travel planning, and boosting confidence for female travelers to take a solo trip. She has been a travel writer and content creator since 2019.

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  1. Never went picking up apples, but it seems like really fun activity when you make a day out of it. I guess next autumn would be great time to do this again

  2. This sounds/looks like the perfect fall activity! The whole town looks so cute with a lot to do! will save this for a future day trip from San Diego!

    1. It is a wonderful fall day trip from San Diego especially as it is so different from the beach areas and downtown. And with the apples and apple pie, you can’t go wrong! 🙂

  3. I chose to visit Julian at the worst time – everything was closed! It was the off season and weather was horrible, so I understand. But I’d love to go back and do some of these – that book store is calling me especially, haha.

    1. Oh that is a bummer! Yes, during the off-season not as many things are open or just on the weekends. Now you have a great excuse to go back for apple season and hang in the bookstore. 🙂

  4. Noooo you really did the apple pie and cheese thing? I honestly thought my colleagues were pranking me when they told me apple pie goes well with a slice of sharp cheddar! I did give it a try, but I have to admit, I was not a fan. Maybe you have to grow up with it to appreciate the combination?

    Other than that cheese abomination, apple picking in Julian looks great fun! I love the look of the Empire apples! What do they taste like?

    1. Haha yes eating sharp cheddar on apple pie is a real thing! My whole life I have only eaten plain apple pie but recently tried it with cheese and was like oh so tasty! It is the perfect combo of sweet and salty. Maybe you need to try it in Julian as they do have amazing pies… The Empire apples are sweet with a little tartness and very good! 🙂

  5. I never knew Julian existed prior to reading your post, but it’s definitely right up my alley of fun! I’ve never gone apple picking before, and this seems like the perfect destination. I find it fascinating that this part of San Diego gets all of the seasons too. Great post!

    1. Thank you! Julian is a special area near San Diego as it has such a different climate than the beaches making it a fun destination! If you are ever in San Diego I highly recommend visiting to pick apples. 🙂

  6. I don’t even eat bread, but Dudley’s Bakery looks amazing! I’d make an exception for just about everything on their menu lol. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Dudley’s is pretty awesome and worth at least a few slices. A deli sandwich is perfect so that you don’t have too much. I rarely eat bread but make an excuse to eat it there! 🙂

  7. I have always wanted to go apple picking, and Julian looks like the perfect place for it! I’m also a sucker for a good apple pie! Thanks for the recs!

    1. Apple picking is fun especially in a town where apples are the star! Plus it is almost impossible to pass up the pie. Hopefully you can go apple picking one day! 🙂

  8. I wasn’t even aware of this part of SoCal. What a thorough review of everything to do in Julian. Your Dad is such a sport, though I could see myself doing the the same for my daughter 🙂

    1. Thanks you so much! Haha yes, the things a dad will do for their little girls! It is a great place to visit if you are ever in the San Diego area. 🙂

  9. I can imagine your dad with his head out the window. I’m sure he wasn’t laughing that day. Going here for the apple pie alone I’m sure is worth it. But the apple picking really elevates it. I must remember your advice on what to do with each Apple.

    1. Haha, yes my dad wasn’t happy at the time but he can laugh about it years later. The apple pie in Julian is seriously the best I’ve ever had so there is a great chance you would love it! 🙂

    1. There is something about visiting small towns in the fall that is so fun. 🙂 Have a wonderful time apple picking tomorrow! Do you ever bake a pie with the apples you get?

    1. Thanks Lannie! Apple picking is a fun fall activity to look forward to every year. Since you are a foodie, you would enjoy all the apple pie and great eats there! 🙂

  10. Julian is my kind of town! I not only love apples, and picking them, but I’m a greedy gus for a good apple pie! It’s firmly on my radar.

    1. Apple picking is a fun experience as I have only done it in the fall and in Julian. Plus you get to eat the most delicious pie afterward! You would definitely enjoy it. 🙂

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