Adventures in San Diego: Day Trip to Julian

Julian isn’t really San Diego but it is in San Diego county and only about an hour drive from Downtown. Julian is it’s own special place. Apple orchards, antique stores, camping, hiking, camel dairy (yes… a camel dairy farm) and what they are most known for… PIE!

I know a lot of people that have been living in San Diego for some time now and still have yet to take the trip out to Julian. The drive is really pretty and there are all sorts of little fruit and honey stands along the way. Jonathan and I decided we wanted to  get out of town for the day, so we loaded the dogs in the car and headed out to get some lunch and pie. Rumors had it that the Julian Pie Company also was making cider donuts… ummm… yea… we got some.

On the way out we stopped of at Trumper’s Fruit and Honey Shack and picked up some jerky, honey and dried (unsweetened mango). This place had all sorts of flavors of honey and in recycled glass jars. Adorable.

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Once we got to town we were starving! We sat down for lunch at The Julian Grille (right across the street for Julian Pie Shop… how convenient). It’s a cute little cottage setting with an amazing front entrance and patio seating. At this point we decided we weren’t going to have any rules when it came to eating, so I ordered the chicken pot pie and he ordered the roast beef sandwich and you can’t visit Julian without ordering apple cider! I took photos of the food but they didn’t come out so great.

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After lunch we walked right across the street to Julian Pie Company. We ordered 3 slices of pie, 2 donuts, and a whole pie to bring home (to share with the roommates of course). If and when you visit this Julian Pie shop you might find yourself in a dilemma on what to order… it’s all good, so go with what sounds the best.

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So I have to be honest. We went on a gorgeous Saturday day and it was packed! We are not into the touristy thing so we didn’t stick around after we finished pie. I  would recommend browsing the shops if you visit, there was just too many people for us on this day. We ended up heading towards Lake Cuyamaca… and I definitely recommend doing this. The drive was beautiful, tons and tons of hiking, no dogs on trails though, since we had the dogs we couldn’t explore which was a bummer, but it was still a pretty drive. We pulled over a handful of times so Jonathan could snap a few shots…

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So that was our quick day adventure to Julian. I was worth the hour drive… beautiful day, good food and delicious pie! So for all you San Diego folks… head out to Julian and make sure to bring me back a cider donut. For those of you that may some day visit us here in San Diego, make sure to add Julian to your to-see list. 🙂

Check out our last adventure: Whale Watching From a Plane

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