Julian, California



San Diego’s Mountain Destination, in Close Proximity to the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail and Cabrillo National Monument.

From parks and hiking trails to scenic drives and seasonal events, Teresa Keller, General Manager & Event Coordinator of Jeremy’s On The Hill California Style Bistro in Wynola “Gateway to Julian”, talks about what there is to see and do in San Diego’s popular mountain and back country region, on Big Blend Radio.


A quaint, historic gold mining town up in San Diego’s mountain region, Julian is the perfect year-round destination offering four seasons of fun for all. A strong sense of early California will lead you down the wooden sidewalks of Julian’s historic downtown district. This small mountain town’s colorful history is still alive with historic re-enactments and gunfights by the Julian Doves & Desperados, gold mine tours, historic walking tours, museums, and even horse-drawn carriage rides.

After the gold rush, Julian become a growing region for apples and other fruits. The orchards are still producing today, and in the fall, visitors flock up to Julian to purchase these delicious apples and fruits, and to get a taste of that famous Julian apple pie – which is a favorite for foodies year ’round! With a number of local wineries and tasting rooms, and surrounded by San Diego and Temecula’s wine regions, Julian has also become a popular wine tasting destination. The historic downtown district and surrounding communities of Wynola and Santa Ysabel are a shopping adventure that must also be experienced. From antique stores to boutiques, every shop offers quality and unique merchandise. Dining options include an olde-fashioned soda fountain, fine dining, California cuisine, bakeries, Mexican cuisine, American and Italian fare, and more.

A mountain community that enjoys nature’s four seasons, Julian is surrounded by beautiful forests, parks, and lakes. Spring is lush with green meadows and forests, and features the blossoming of wildflowers, daffodils, lilacs, wisteria, apple orchards, and more. Summers are perfect for hiking, biking, boating and fishing, camping, star-gazing, and horse riding. Don’t be amazed if you come across some of the locals – deer, wild turkeys, squawking blue jays, woodpeckers, squirrels, and more! Fall brings the harvest of the grapes and apples, and the turning of the leaves. Winter offers the occasional snow flurry, and crisp mountain weather that’s perfect for cuddling nest to crackling fire.

Julian is a creative community and is home number of galleries, and is host to numerous annual festivals, as well as art, music, and events. For a touch of mountain magic Julian is a destination for all – visit for some family fun, to get out into nature, or for a romantic escape. Julian offers a fine selection of lodging options – romantic Bed & Breakfasts and Inns; hotels and motels; cabins and vacation rentals. Some lodgings are pet friendly.

Local Highlights include: California Wolf Center, Julian Pioneer Museum & Grosskopf House, Julian Pioneer Cemetery, Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve, William Heise County Park, Eagle & High Peak Mine Tours, Santa Ysabel Mission, Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve, Cleveland National Forest, Lake Cuyamaca, Rancho Cuyamaca State Park, Lake Henshaw, and Mount Laguna.

Regional Highlights include: San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park (approx. 31 miles), Palomar Mountain State Park (approx. 35 miles), Palomar Observatory (approx. 35 miles), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (approx. 40 miles), Cabrillo National Monument (approx. 70 miles), Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge (approx. 75 miles), Joshua Tree National Park (approx. 100 miles).

Nearby Towns & Cities include: Warner Springs (approx. 23 miles), Ramona (approx. 24 miles), Borrego Springs (approx. 40 miles), Escondido (approx. 40 miles), La Mesa (approx. 50 miles), Temecula (approx. 55 miles), Fallbrook (approx. 57 miles), San Diego (approx. 60 miles), Oceanside (approx. 62 miles), El Centro (approx. 87 miles), Palm Springs (approx. 100 miles), and Yuma AZ (approx. 145 miles).

Nearby Airports: San Diego International Airport (approx. 65 miles), Imperial County Airport (approx. 85 miles), Palm Springs International Airport (approx. 100 miles), LA/Ontario International Airport (approx. 120 miles).


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