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Julian is in San Diego County, about one hour inland from San Diego. A mountain town situated among Cleveland National Forest, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Julian gets the kind of seasonal weather that is rare in Southern California. Leaves change color in fall, snow falls in winter, flowers bloom in spring and the summer months are hot.

Julian was founded by Confederate veterans after the Civil War, and enjoyed a boom when gold was discovered in the area a few years later.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

From San Diego: Take I-8 E to CA-79. Turn left onto CA-79. CA-79 goes through Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, past Lake Cuyamaca, and eventually to the center of Julian. Or, take I-15 N to Scripps Poway Pkwy. Take Scripps Poway Pkwy to CA-67N, which turns into CA-78 - which also goes through the center of Julian.

Get around[edit]

Once you arrive in Julian the best thing to do is find parking and stroll Main Street. To visit the local wineries, state parks, and Julian Train you will need to drive.


  • Anza Borrego Desert State Park (East from Julian on Highway 78),  +1 760 767-5311. Camping, biking, hiking, a large variety of flowering cacti, palm groves, bighorn sheep and exotic birds.
  • Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (Located south of Julian on Highway 79),  +1 760 765-0755. The beautiful park offers camping and hiking in an oak woodland forest, with a sprinkling of pines and lovely meadows with creeks. There are over 100 miles of trails which accommodate hikers, bikers, and equestrians.
  • Lake Cuyamaca Recreation & Park District15027 Highway 79, toll-free: +1-877-581-9904. Family fishing lake with camping. Picnicking, boating, hiking, nature walks and cabins. Terrific wildlife watching. Free fishing class every Saturday. Cabins with lake view.
  • Volcan Mountain Preserve Foundation +1 760 765-2300. Preserve is open 7 days/week, sunrise to sunset. The summit is open Sat–Sun.. Preserve is home to wildlife, spring wildflowers, several species of oak and pine. Guided walks on weekends. Trailhead: off Farmer Road, north of Julian; take Farmer Road to Wynola Road, turn right 100 yards, turn left on Farmer Road; enter trail through stone gates.
  • William Heise County Park (Between Wynola and Julian on Highway 78/79. Take Pine Hills Road to Frisius Road. Left on Frisius.),  +1 (858) 565 3600. Trail information is available at the Ranger Kiosk. There is a trail to he lookout, which affords views of the desert and ocean on a clear day. Parking fee.
  • Saint Ysabel Open Space Preserve (On Farmers Road, 1 mile north of the Volcan Mountain trailhead.),  +1 (760) 765 4098. 8AM to sunset (weather permitting). 11 miles of multi-use trails.
  • Laguna Mountain Recreational Area (East of Julian on Highway S1 via Highway 79),  +1 (619) 445 6235. Picnic areas, campgrounds, restrooms, plus 70 miles of hiking trails, including the Pacific crest trail. Dogs-on-leash are welcome on trails. Trips beginning on Cleveland National Forest land require a National Forest Adventure Pass for parking at trailheads. Day passes available at the Pie Town Gear and the Laguna Mountain Store..
  • Palomar Mountain (NW of Julian between S6 and S7 via Highway 76),  +1 (760) 788 0250. Hikes of varying length and difficulty, including the Observatory trail and Doane Valley Nature Trail.


Lucia's Essentials: Candles Made on Premises, Natural Aromatics, Local Artisan Works, Distinctive Textiles, Vintage Décor The Julian Art Gallery: Fine Art by Area Artists Julian Images Gallery: Local Nature Photography by Graham Wilder

  • Art Elite +1 760 765-1774. Art Elite, stylish, smart and slightly snobbish. Gallery / studio located on Van Duesen Road in Julian, holds a spirited collection of art objects and wearable art created by a variety of selected artists.
  • Banner Queen Gallery36766 Highway 78 +1 760 765-2168. Open Fridays through Sundays, 1 to 5PM. Artwork by Robert Freeman and Julian artists.
  • Falcon Gallery2015A Main St +1 760 765-1509. Limited edition prints books, jewelry, home accents and gifts. Our childrens room features educational supplies and books.
  • Santa Ysabel Art Gallery30352 Highway 78, Santa Ysabel +1 760 765-1676. Exhibiting regional contemporary and traditional artists in all media with emphasis on California style plein air painting and local artist James Hubbell. Located in historic and picturesque Hillyer house.
  • The Skagen Ranch StudioP.O. Box 1557 +1 252 671-3727. Housed in a historic barn, the Skagen Ranch Studio offers fine art from Africa, India, Romania and other countries around the world. By appointment only.
  • Mountain BeadworksHighway 78, Wynola, P.O. Box 759 (In Wynola, just 3 miles west of Julian.),  +1 760 765-3100. Beads, gifts, classes, family activities and fun (and Golden Retrievers, too.) We will help you complete the jewelry you design.
  • Lake Cuyamaca15027 Highway 79 +1 760 765-0515, toll-free: +1-877-581-9904. Open 7 days a week from 6AM until sunset. Fishing permits - $6 for adults - $3.50 for kids (8 through 15) You will need a California State Fishing License if you are 16 years of age or older. Motorboat rentals - $40 all day - $30 after 1PM Rowboats - $15 all day - $12 after 1PM
  • Country CarriagesCorner of Washington and Main Streets +1 760 765-1471. Explore Julian and surrounding scenic countryside in an authentic, old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage. Driver will point out the historic sights and share local lore.
  • Main Street Carriage CompanyCorner of Main and Washington +1 760 765-0438. Historic 15 minute narrated tour of downtown Julian on a horse-drawn surrey. We are able to accommodate large group tours. Available for parties or special events.
  • Santa Ysabel Casino25575 Highway 79, P.O. Box 600, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070 +1 760 782-0909. The newest hidden jewel of San Diego County, with 349 latest themed slot machines, live $2 blackjack and delicious low-cost food. This casino is filled with friendly staff that is ready to serve you. Enjoy the Orchard Restaurant where the beauty of Palomar Mountain and Lake Henshaw will take your breath away. Located just 15 minutes from downtown Julian.
  • California Overland, LLC1233 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004 +1 760 767-1232, toll-free: +1-866-639-7567. Adventure calls! Explore the Anza-Borrego desert on 2 and 4 hour tours, overnight camping trips or full 30+ hour excursions aboard ex-military troop carriers. Private jeep tours also.
  • Enthrall, Inc. +1 760 782-9202. Provides Julian 1870s Gold Rush Tours and field trips, including the musical Gold Hill, town site guided tour, Eagle Mine tour & lunch.
  • Eagle And High Peak MineEnd of C Street, P.O. Box 624 +1 760 765-0036. Tour one of Julian's original gold mines. Guides lead you through the intricate path of tunnels in the hard rock mine and share tales of the life of early residents of Julian. Call for hours of operation.
  • Julian Mining Company +1 951 313-0166. Discover gold & minerals using gold pans, sluice box and 'rockers.' Hayrides, U-Press cider, gift shop, raspberry picking & pumpkin patch in fall.
  • Julian Doves & Desperados +1 760 765-1857. Julian's own reenactment group. See them in town on Sundays from 12PM to 4PM Skits (weather permitting) at 1PM, 2PM & 3PM at their stage area between Cabbages & Kings and the Julian Market & Deli.
  • Julian StablesP.O. Box 881 +1 760 765-1598. Experience the most scenic side of Julian from the area's "original trail riding stables." Unparalleled views. Thousands of satisfied customers. Reservations required.
  • Julian Pioneer Museum +1 760 765-0227. The museum is housed in an old stone building that was once the Mayerhofer Brewery & Treshil Blacksmith Shop. Located at 2811 Washington St., it is 1 block from the Town Hall. Nicknamed, “Julian’s Little Attic” the museum is a treasure chest of artifacts from our not-too-distant past.

Julian's crystal clear mountain air is a perfect setting for this unique 1 hour tour of the night sky. View the planets, galaxies, star clusters and the moon through large research grade telescopes. An experienced astronomer leads you through this visual delight. $20 per person/up to 10 people per session; advance reservations required (no credit cards accepted.)

  • Himalaya Tourmaline Mine26439 Highway 76, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070 +1 775 830-5797. Dig pink and green tourmaline gemstones from world famous Himalaya Tourmaline Mine. Open year-round, rain or shine, Thursday - Monday at Lake Henshaw Resort.
  • Smith Ranch & Julian Railroadless than 1 mile east of Julian, CA +1 760 765-2288. During the "Julian Train & Gold Mine Tour", enjoy a 1-mile train ride on narrow gauge mining railroad, explore the Smith Ranch 1870 gold rush mine, and pan for gold! November–December, enjoy a memorable mountain ride aboard the Smith Ranch & Julian Railroad's "Christmas Train Express". Additional Fun & educational tours include "Pioneerways" and "American Revolution Adventures. Please phone or email to reserve your seat on the train.
  • Julian Historic Walking Tour +1 760 765-1857. Map available for self-tour at the Chamber office located at the Town Hall---on the corner of Main & Washington Streets. Plaques placed on historic buildings on Main, Second, Third, Washington, B and C Streets reveal Julian history from Gold Rush times to the 1920s.

Wine Tasting[edit]

  • Belle Marie Winery
  • Bernardo Winery
  • Chateau Dragoo
  • Fallbrook Winery
  • Ferrara Winery
  • Twin Oaks Valley Winery
  • Witch Creek Winery
  • J. Jenkins Winery
  • Menghini Winery
  • Orfila Winery
  • Schwaesdall Winery
  • Shadow Mountain Vineyards and Winery

Apple Picking (in season)[edit]

  • Apple Lane Orchard Apples, fresh cider, preserves, fruits and souvenirs, so bring your cameras. ¼ mile East of town on Highway 78 across from the High School football field. 760) 765-2645 2641 Apple Lane Email: julianapples@direcway.com
  • Apple Starr Orchards - U-Pick We are a Certified Organic Orchard (California Certified Organic Farm) since 2000. Apples and Pears numbering 1000 trees. We have u-pick in September until the end of harvest (October.) We pack and box fruit for retail outlets. Email: julian.applestarr@gmail.com
  • Calico Ranch Open October 2, 2009, Friday through Sunday, 10AM to 5PM until the apples are gone. Our farm was first planted in the 1930s with many varieties of antique apples and pears now available for fresh fruit sales. +1 858 586- 0392 4200 Highway 78 Email: conradmyoung@aol.com www.spencervalley.com
  • O'Dell's Organic Orchard - U-Pick Certified organic pear orchard - Open 11AM to 4PM We have the best pears around - fresh eggs & goat milk for animal use only. Email: odell.camille@yahoo.com www.odellsorganicorchard.com
  • Peacefield Orchard - U-Pick U-PICK apple orchard. Plus Healthy Chocolate & Healthy Coffee. +1 760 443-3930 3803 Wynola Road http://www.juliancoffeetree.com
  • Raven Hill Orchard - U-Pick Apple orchard featuring 8000 dwarf trees growing seven varieties, managed by the Brady Brothers since January 2005. +1 760 765-2431 1284 Julian Orchards Drive Email: ulsterboyeire@aol.com http://www.ravenhillsculpture.com/
  • Wynola Valley Orchard We grow over 30 varieties of apples and pears. Visit our farmstand to enjoy the taste of grower direct fruit that you won't find in supermarkets. +1 760 765-9792 3962 Highway 78


  • Bad Betty's Old West Gifts and Jewlery Replicas of Old West weapons, lingerie, Native American Indian items, jewelry, gifts for golfers, and much, much more, 2116 Main St, +1 760 765-0777, [1].
  • The Birdwatcher2775 B St +1 760 765-1817. Everything for people who love wild birds. Featuring birdhouses, bird feed, bird feeders, books, music, apparel, gifts for the garden & much more! Visit us in the heart of historic downtown Julian or shop online.
  • Santa Ysabel Indian Mission & Padre Gift Shop23013 Highway 79, P.O. Box 129, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070 +1 760 765-0810. Museum, religious articles & everyday gifts and collectibles.
  • Grandpa's Old Time Photo2116 Main St., Ste 1D +1 760 765-1541. Old time costume photography in sepia tone. Over 20 years experience. Specialize in all areas. 1-10 people and people with dogs. $29 for 2 people.
  • Crossroads Treasures21952 B, Hwy 79, P.O. Box 317, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070 +1 760 765-2530. Rock and Gift Shop selling rocks and minerals, books, native American jewelry and artifacts, gem sluice, geode cutting, yard art and plants, pendulums and crystals.
  • Hog Heaven2000 Main St +1 760 765-2966. Providing goods that Bikers find useful, functional, fun, warm or just plain cool! Includes thermal underwear, socks, warm clothing, masks, gloves, cargo needs, etc. for the ride.
  • Julian Yesteryears2116 Main Street, Suite D +1 760 765-1020. Progressively old fashioned gifts, jewelry, collectibles. Local arts, local crafts.
  • Pie Town Gear2317 Main St +1 760 765-1645. Purveyors of outdoor adventure equipment. Featuring Day Packs, Backpacks, Clothing, Shoes and Gear. Also, Maps, Books and Cleveland National Forest Adventure Passes.
  • Pistols & Petticoats2116 Main St (upstairs),  +1 760 765-1744. Go back in time to the old west in this unique gift store. You'll find items from the parlor to the boudoir reminiscent of old saloon days.
  • Town Hall Crafters +1 760 765-1291. Hand-crafted items made by local crafters. Sewing, woodwork, jewelry. Craft shows held monthly in the Julian Town Hall.
  • Wynola Farms Marketplace/Julian Certified Farmers Market4470 Highway 78 +1 760 885-8364. A rustic former apple cider house that currently features shopping, wine tasting, hard apple cider tasting and the Julian Certified Farmers Market every Sunday from 11AM to 4PM
  • Wynola Junction Antiques and Collectibles4326 Highway 78, Wynola +1 760 765-4758. Open: 7 days a week, 10AM to 6PM. A variety of antique and collectible dealers located in the historical fruit packing shed in Wynola - three miles West of Julian.


Julian is known for its apple pie. Visiting for even an hour and not having any would be a serious oversight. Most are on Main Street and cannot be missed, since there are often lines outside the store fronts.

  • Apple Alley Bakery2122 Main St +1 760 765-2532. Serving a variety of homemade apple pies, pastries and cookies. Lunch menu includes potpies, calzone, soup, sandwiches and salad.
  • Julian Pie Company2225 Main Street, Julian or 21976 Highway 79, Santa Ysabel +1 760 765-2449. Locally owned family business specializing in apple pies and cider donuts. Some 17,000 trees provide apples for pies at our Julian and Santa Ysabel locations.
  • Mom’s Pies2119 Main St +1 760 765-2472. Through the front window, watch Mom’s bakers lovingly prepare pies and baked goods for you. Steaming soups and sandwiches served on freshly baked whole-wheat buns.
  • The Candy Basket +1 760 765-0785. Old-fashioned "Real" Candy Store. 450 types of candy, hand-made fudge, maple, licorice, salt water taffy, chocolates.
  • Julian Cider Mill (Corner of Main and B Streets),  +1 760 765-1430. Candy, caramel apples, honey, dried fruits, apple butter, jams and jellies, marmalades, preserves, cider, honey.
  • Bailey Woodpit Barbecue2307 Main St +1 760 765-3757. Texas style barbecue, wood smoked meats, fresh homemade salads, rolls, pies, live Music Friday & Saturday nights, catering available. Beer, wine, cocktails, kids menu, Visa/MC
  • Candied Apple Pastry Company2128 Fourth St +1 760 765-2655. Candied Apple Pastry Company is a full service pastry shop specializing in Classic Pastries, Artisan Breads and Elegant Wedding Cakes. Offering Julian's only Candied Apples.
  • Cowgirl Cafe2116 Main St +1 760 765-2167. A charming rustic decor with a cowgirl touch. Featuring our famous Cowboy Meat Loaf Sandwich, our fabulous Apple Cider Float and various other items.
  • Jeremy's on the Hill4354 Highway 78 +1 760 765-1587. California fresh cuisine. Our chef is dedicated to using the finest, freshest ingredients available. Fabulous burgers made from scratch to gourmet dinners. Beer, wine & champagne
  • Margarita’s Restaurant2018 Main St +1 760 765-3980. Fine traditional Mexican & American cuisine (breakfast, lunch & dinner) served in a friendly family atmosphere. Assorted beer, drinks, local wines & desserts also served.
  • Miner’s Diner2130 Main St +1 760 765-3753. Original olde-fashioned soda fountain and diner with full breakfast and lunch menu. Daily specials. Open 8AM to 5PM
  • Poncho Villas2907 Washington St +1 760 765-1810. Authentic Mexican food. All dishes are homemade. Famous for our Carne Asada. We also serve Pizza / Lasagna. Beer and Wine. Inside dining and drive-through. M/C & Visa. Family owned - 12 years.
  • The Round-Up BBQ Grill26439 Highway 76, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070 +1 760 782-2729. Dine in our rustic western setting overlooking beautiful Lake Henshaw. Specializing in wood fire grilling and rotisserie. Serving local natural beef. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Beer & wine. Catering available.
  • Romano's Dodge House2718 B St +1 760 765-1003. Intimate dining in lovely setting. Old world cooking where selections are stylish and plentiful. Italian specialties. Patio dining available
  • Rongbranch Restaurant2722 Washington St +1 760 765-2265. Steaks, seafood, down-home cooking. Lunch and dinner daily.
  • Soups & Such Cafe & Flowers by Lani2000 Main Street, Ste. 101 +1 760 765-4761. Intimate cafe with fresh flowers all around... Eggs Benedict is our specialty for breakfast and specialty soups & salads for lunch.
  • Wynola Pizza Express4355 Highway 78 (three miles west of Julian) +1 760 765-1004. Three miles West of Julian. Open: 10:30AM to 8PM weekdays. Open until 9PM Friday & Saturday. Closed Tuesdays. Live music Saturday. More than gourmet pizza. Many "from scratch" & vegetarian dishes. Patio & Dining Room seating. A local favorite.


  • Julian Tea & Cottage Arts2124 Third St +1 760 765-0832. Tea is served daily in a charming turn-of-the-century home. Afternoon Tea consists of finger sandwiches, scone with whipped cream, homemade jam and dessert.


  • Orchard Hill Country Inn2502 Washington St +1 760 765-0290, toll-free: +1-800-71-ORCHARD (6724273). Restful and romantic AAA four-diamond inn with 22 rooms in downtown Julian. Each stay includes a full breakfast and afternoon hors d'ouevres. An excellent, flavorful four-course dinner is also served on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.
  • Pinecrest Private Retreat3936 Highway 79 +1 760 765-0464. Rv and Camping retreat specializing in vintage trailers located on 85 wooded acres. Group camping; limited hook-ups; dump station; Olympic pool. Located 3 miles south of Julian.
  • Pinezanita RV Park and Campgrounds4446 Highway 79 +1 760 765-0429. Clean and quiet campground rated in Top 10 in southern California. RV and tent camping, fishing pond, campfires allowed. Located four miles south of Julian.
  • Wikiup Bed & Breakfast +1 760 765-1890, toll-free: +1-800-6-WIKIUP (945487). Secluded, romantic four room B & B, located in the woods one mile from Julian, which features private hot and whirlpool tubs, fireplaces and featherbeds. AAA / 3 diamond approved.
  • At Tucker Peak Lodge3975 Eagle Peak Rd +1 760 765-3975. Breathtaking views, beautiful Victorian decor, honeymoon suite and family rooms. Jacuzzi tub, fireplace and queen bed in rooms. Satellite TV and AC. Children OK.
  • Butterfield Bed & Breakfast +1 760 765-2179, toll-free: +1-800-379-4262. Five charming rooms, fireplaces, gourmet breakfasts, AAA Three Diamond Rating.
  • Eaglenest Bed & Breakfast +1 760 765-1252, toll-free: +1-888-345-6378. Town site Victorian with Great Views . Four guestrooms feature fireplaces, tv/dvd/cd stereos, private patios and a two room suite. Full Country Breakfast & Desserts, AC, Pool & Spa, WIFI, kids 5 years + welcome, Golden Retrievers! Sleeps up to 11, extra person fee.
  • Historical House Lodging +1 760 765-1931. Old Julian charm, town site, 3 suites sleep 2-10.
  • Horseman’s Inn +1 760 765-1034, toll-free: +1-888-765-1159. Romantic private atmosphere, Jacuzzi, situated on six-acre horse ranch.
  • Mountain High Bed & Breakfast4110 Deer Lake Park Rd +1 760 765-1083. Picture-beautiful country setting. Trees, gardens, charming, intimate. Rose Cottage for 2; or Woods Room for 2. Private entry, patio, bath, fireplace. Elegant, Spa/gazebo. Room Service. Breakfasts.
  • Oak Hill Farm Lodging3333 Coleman Circle +1 760 765-2356. Walk to downtown from your spacious country room. Great amenities at very affordable rates: private baths and entries, guest-only pool, continental breakfast provided in room.
  • Observers Inn +1 760 765-0088. Private guest rooms. Lobby with TV and library. Enjoy guided tour of planets, star clusters, galaxies and moon with our on site observatory telescopes.

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