Apple Days in Julian California

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Apple Days Julian California

Apple Days in Julian present a festive, fun experience. Julian, a small mountain town in Southern California, sprang to life when gold was discovered here in the 1860s. Known for its pioneer storefronts, wooden sidewalks, and historic sites, Julian has an old West frontier feel. Apple Picking Days Julian California

If you’re in search of a fun day trip from San Diego, Julian is a perfect choice. And every fall, a bountiful crop of apples attracts people from near and far. Apple Days in Julian are a tasty treat.

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Apple Picking

Part of celebrating Apple Days is picking a bag of apples to take home with you. All ages can participate, so this is a great family activity. You can fill a bag from the crates if you get tired of picking. You’ll need plenty of apples for making homemade applesauce and pies, and you’ll want to save some just for munching. Jonagold, Granny, Fuji, Gala, Empire, and Red Delicious — all varieties are grown here and are crisp and juicy and oh so sweet. Apple Days Julian CaliforniaApple Days Julian CaliforniaApple Days Julian CaliforniaApple Days Julian California

 

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Julian CaliforniaThe Charming Town

Orchards are within a mile or two from town, so you can easily spend some time strolling down Main Street, too. Hotels and shop buildings in Julian date back to the gold rush era. It’s a rustic town where people love the country and animals and peace and quiet. Apple Days Julian CaliforniaApple Days Julian CaliforniaApple Days Julian CaliforniaApple Days Julian CaliforniaApple Days Julian California

 

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Julian CaliforniaA Foggy Day

We’ve made the hour-long winding drive up the mountain to enjoy Apple Days a few times, and it’s been hot and sunny. This year, we checked the weather forecast, and we were expecting sun. As we climbed higher, fog and mist rolled in and completely obscured the trees and even the side roads. The orchards were socked in. At first, we were disappointed. But it turned out to be a fun day. We visited shops and talked with people inside. All the stores welcome dogs, and Bailey is a great icebreaker. Apple Picking Days Julian California

Julian CaliforniaMy favorite is the book shop. Apple Picking Days Julian California

We chatted with the manager, Don, who told us that the previous owner sold the store after losing 60,000 books in the devastating fire of 2003. Today you can find one-of-a-kind books here, and it’s fun to browse. Apple Picking Days Julian CaliforniaApple Picking Days Julian California

Julian CaliforniaApple Picking Days Julian CaliforniaApple Pie – Yes, Please

What does a town famous for abundant crops of apples do with them? Make pies, of course! I can also recommend the carmel apples, and you can stock up on fresh apple cider, too. Drippy weather or sun, we always sit outside with our pup and enjoy a piece of warm pie a la mode. Apple Picking Days Julian California

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Just as we finished the last delicious bite of pie, the fog lifted (kind of). So we headed for the closest orchard and wandered for awhile. Apple Picking Days Julian California

Apple Picking Days Julian CaliforniaApple Picking Days Julian CaliforniaJulian CaliforniaJulian CaliforniaOn our way out of town, we stopped at the Menghini Winery because we heard the resident cat is 28 years old. Bonnie is indeed that old and still jumps up on the shelves by herself. Sadly, she lost her brother Clyde a few years ago. So now you’ve seen a legendary 28-year-old cat still soaking up the sun. Apple Picking Days Julian California

Apple Days in Julian is an especially festive time. But Julian is a charming retreat any time of year. If you’re in the San Diego area, consider a day in the mountains to completely reset and feel refreshed.Apple Picking Days Julian CaliforniaApple Picking Days Julian California

 

My Recommendations

Julian, small as it is, offers several choices for pies, carmel apples, cookies, and other pastries. My favorite is the Julian Pie Company for pie, and Mom’s for carmel apples. The Apple Alley Bakery is wonderful, too. Julian California

Stopping for lunch or dinner? You’ll find excellent food at the Julian Cafe.

Visit this website for more information about Julian, including wineries, seasonal events, hiking trails, and accommodations. Apple Days are in September and October. The dates for apple picking vary each year due to weather conditions. Check the website for peak picking times. Apple pies are available year round. Julian California

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Shiju Sugunan at

Great pics!

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Judee at

Apple picking seems to be a wonderful American fall activity. We have apple farms in Bucks County, Pa. and we try to go with our grandkids every year. I like the looks of those homemade pies! That’s something I haven’t seen at our farms!!

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William Kendall at

What a marvelous place!

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Cathy at

The apples look so lucious! What a grand way to spend time in the Fall. And that apple pie looks decadent!! Thank you.

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Junieper/Jesh at

Driven by plenty of times, but never knew it was such a cute town, also not about apple picking! Great captures, Sharon! I love the red polka dot dishes, but am afraid I would get opposition from the other half about buying them, lol. Many thanks for sharing this fun outing with All Seasons – have a lovely week!

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Veronica Lee at

I would love, love, love to experience apple picking – it’s on my bucket list. Apples don’t grow over here on our side of the pond!
I really enjoyed the lovely photos. Thank you!

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Tamar A Strauss-Benjamin at

Fall can’t go by without a trip to the orchard!

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Carol at

Apple farms in the fall are one of the best things I love about fall!

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Fun 60 at

Delightful town and delicious looking apples.

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Photo Cache at

What a charming town indeed. Thank you for introducing me to Julian. I have a friend in San Diego and I visit her, so next time I go there’s another stop that I can make.

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Patrick Weseman at

Very interesting. I learned something new about my SoCal neighbors. Here is my post about apple picking in NorCal: https://csuhpat1.blogspot.com/2019/10/the-season-is-over.html

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Kelly Anne Rothaermel at

Lovely photographs and it look like you had a fantastic day!

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Esther at

I want to visit Julian, NOW!! What a gorgeous place, those colours, that vibe. It’s on my list for sure. It’s apple season here too, and I love it.
#WanderfulWednesday

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Lydia C. Lee at

What a lovely place to stay – that book shop is so charming! The whole orchard looks a bit story book too!

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Allison at

Mmmm… apple pie. You definitely can’t go wrong with that. Though I actually prefer the apple cider donuts that we get from the apple orchards around here. And I don’t even like donuts. We love apple picking. I’m sad we didn’t go this year because of schedule constraints but we usually go every year. #wanderfulwednesday

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betty - NZ at

What a great part of autumn! The apples are lovely and I can almost taste them! That’s a great place with wonderful things to see and buy!

It’s great to see your post on ‘My Corner of the World’ this week!
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Kathryn Dickson at

Lovely apple pictures! I did not realize that California was a hot spot for apple growing. Did the pies taste as good as they look?

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Karen at

What a charming thing to do. I love that everyone gets in loved. kx

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Hilary at

This sounds like so much fun and we are a pie loving family! Funny enough I am reading this as we are driving to San Diego for a day at the zoo… next time we’ll make time for apples and pie too! #farawayfiles

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Catherine Boardman at

I grew up on an apple farm in the UK, this makes me all nostalgic #FarawayFiles

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Jay Artale at

Apples are so versatile aren’t they! Eating, drinking, sweet or savory, you name it and an apple can fill the void. I’ve been to San Diego a number of times but have never heard of Julian before, but it looks like a fabulous place to spend the day. I’m a sucker for apple cider – and have always wanted to try some home brewing .. maybe a good place to pick up some tips!

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Catherine @ To & Fro Fam at

I don’t think of California when I imagine apple farms (especially since I’m from the PNW, where we grow delicious apples), but now I’m curious! I’d love to visit Julian, CA for Apple Days. I love picking a bunch, making pies and putting up applesauce.

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Lana at

This looks like such a dream! I cannot wait to visit California, it looks so beautiful and the idea of apple picking really gives me summer vibes! Beautiful post, thanks for sharing!

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Katie at

I stopped in Julian on my drive between San Diego and Indio last year and loved it! Some of the best apple pie I have ever tasted. I would love to go apple picking next time too.

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Sophia Bawany at

We live in LA and this seems like the PERFECT min vacay!! oh man I cant wait to tell my husband. Apples, nature, and pie.. sign us up!

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Stephanie D Simpson at

Julian looks like such a charming place to visit! I’ll have to keep it in mind if I’m ever in California. It looks like you all had a blast!

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SHANY at

Love the photos. Apple picking seems really fun! I haven’t thought about California in the context of apples before. Thanks for sharing!

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MacKenzie - Rainbow Travel Life at

How funny! I drove through here last December, but it was rainy and cold (plus earlier in the day), so most places weren’t open! I thought this place was just a sleepy little town, but you make it so enticing and cute! If I ever make it back down to that area, I’ll have to stop back in at a better time.

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Sarah | Travel for a Living at

What a quaint little town. Looks well worth a visit. We had loads of Apple trees in the area I grew up in, so I know I Kong the can be hard work (if you actually harvest entire trees, not just pick a couple for fun). But having it as a family activity paired with apple pies and fun sounds perfect.

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Lynne Nieman at

This town looks absolutely charming! And I love apples…some folks call me an apple snob. So I would love this! Jonathans are my favorite!

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Kelly at

This seems like such a charming town to spend a day in! I would LOVE to go to that bookstore and also visit the cat <3

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