Updated: Jul 3
I've lived in San Diego for 6 years and FINALLY took a trip to Julian. This is a popular destination, especially in the Fall time for pumpkin patches and apple picking. I went on a random weekend in March, but it was crowded! This is the perfect family friendly day trip. Below are the spots I recommend visiting!
Julian Beer Co: They are known for their BBQ, pizza, and beer! We got the BBQ pizza and it was incredibleeeee. I also tried the hard apple cider which was crisp and perfect. I will definitely be going back to try their BBQ because everything looked so tasty!
Bailey House: This is a cute little house right next to Julian Beer Co. The founder of Julian (Drury D Bailey) lived here. It's now a little coffee and gift shop!
Julian Book House: During the early days of the COVID-19 lockdown, I got really into reading so now I love visiting bookstores when I see them (even though I prefer reading on my Kindle). Julian Bookhouse is a home turned bookstore. Each room has a different theme and style and it's definitely worth a visit!
Miner's Diner: I stopped here specifically to see the Candy Mine - you walk down a few stairs into an old mine that is filled with candy! I definitely want to go back here for breakfast because their food looked delicious and it was a unique space.
Pie, pie, pie: I feel like I committed a sin because I did not get any pie when I was in Julian which is a staple! There were several pie spots along the Main Rd. The day I went it was particularly cold and to be honest I just didn't feel like waiting in line (lol) BUT the pie all looked delicious and I definitely won't miss it next time.
Lake Cuyamaca: This beautiful lake is outside of Julian but we stopped on our way back to San Diego. It had been storming recently so there was a lot of snow which was fun! There were people parked all over the side of the highway (not recommended - please use legit parking spaces) and sledding down the hills. I can only imagine this area must be stunning in the Summer/Fall as well!
The San Diego Scout