Julian. A cute & quaint town tucked away in the Cuyamaca mountains just an hour east of San Diego. This charming town is a time warp back to 1870’s gold rush, from whence it was originally established. If you like pie, then Julian needs to be on your radar. But, if you also like mountains, orchards, farms, honey, horses, wolves, wine, mining & pie, then you’re already planning your trip!

Apple Starr Orchard is an all organic 28 acre farm of which 8 acres are planted with apples and pears. Parts of the land were earlier used as a milk dairy. The old barn was constructed in the early 1900’s. The Apples were practically all gone but that didn’t stop us from indulging in a little Pear-a-dise!




After spending a good 45- 50 minutes hanging out with the golden ladies, it was time to retire the wagon & head back to town.

We landed at The Candied Apple Pastry, a European Bistro. If you want to try a piece of Julian that isn’t apples or pears try the atrisan bread made at Candied Apple Pastry. Made from scratch with no artificial ingredients or preservatives, the bread is unique with it’s own sourdough culture that has been growing in Julian for the last 8 years!   Lunch [below] was a palette teaser & a pleaser. Poule Parisienne – A deliciousness savory crepe filled with herb grilled chicken breast, roasted portabello mushrooms, brie cheese, topped with bechamel.


After lining our stomachs we opted to wet our whistle at Orfila Tasting Room. 6 tastings for $10, great price & good wine.



Next, shopping. Cider mills is a crowd favorite & is known for fresh local cider, home made fudge, classic preserves, & nostalgic candies that have been produced & shelved for the past 30 years! Needless to say, I did not leave empty handed. fallfix7Last, but certainly not least. Pie. The infamous pie from Julian Pie Company lived up to the hype.