Julian is in San Diego County, about one hour inland from San Diego. A mountain town situated among Cleveland National Forest, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Julian gets the kind of seasonal weather that is rare in Southern California.

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Artists' Loft and Cabins at Strawberry Hill

A unique "bed and 'do-it-yourself' breakfast". Three separate, private cabins with full kitchens, wood stoves or fireplace, Cal-king beds, private baths with showers and tubs, off street parking, and the peace and quiet of the mountains. Supplies for your first breakfast are provided as well as coffee and tea. Each cabin has its own character, surrounded by trees and wildlife, but all share the amazing view from the Cuyamaca peaks to the ocean and beyond.

Smith Ranch & Julian Railroad

During the "Julian Train & Gold Mine Tour", enjoy a 1-mile train ride on narrow gauge mining railroad, explore the Smith Ranch 1870 gold rush mine, and pan for gold! November–December, enjoy a memorable mountain ride aboard the Smith Ranch & Julian Railroad's "Christmas Train Express". Additional Fun & educational tours include "Pioneerways" and "American Revolution Adventures. Please phone or email to reserve your seat on the train.

Lake Cuyamaca Recreation & Park District

Family fishing lake with camping. Picnicking, boating, hiking, nature walks and cabins. Terrific wildlife watching. Free fishing class every Saturday. Cabins with lake view. Fishing permits - $6 for adults - $3.50 for kids (8 through 15) You will need a California State Fishing License if you are 16 years of age or older. Motorboat rentals - $40 all day - $30 after 1PM Rowboats - $15 all day - $12 after 1PM

Observer's Inn/Observatory/Gifts

Julian's crystal clear mountain air is a perfect setting for this unique 1 hour tour of the night sky. View the planets, galaxies, star clusters and the moon through large research grade telescopes. An experienced astronomer leads you through this visual delight. $20 per person/up to 10 people per session; advance reservations required (no credit cards accepted.)

Julian Pioneer Museum

The museum is housed in an old stone building that was once the Mayerhofer Brewery & Treshil Blacksmith Shop. Located at 2811 Washington St., it is 1 block from the Town Hall. Nicknamed, “Julian’s Little Attic” the museum is a treasure chest of artifacts from our not-too-distant past.

DO   —  +1 760 765-0227 —  Map

Volcan Mountain Preserve Foundation

Preserve is home to wildlife, spring wildflowers, several species of oak and pine. Guided walks on weekends. Trailhead: off Farmer Road, north of Julian; take Farmer Road to Wynola Road, turn right 100 yards, turn left on Farmer Road; enter trail through stone gates.

SEE   —  +1 760 765-2300 —  Map

Julian Historic Walking Tour

Map available for self-tour at the Chamber office located at the Town Hall---on the corner of Main & Washington Streets. Plaques placed on historic buildings on Main, Second, Third, Washington, B and C Streets reveal Julian history from Gold Rush times to the 1920s.

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Eaglenest Bed & Breakfast

Town site Victorian with great views. Four guestrooms feature fireplaces, TV/DVD/CD stereos, private patios and a two room suite. Full country breakfast & desserts, AC, pool & spa, WIFI, kids 5 years+ welcome, golden retrievers. Sleeps up to 11, extra person fee.

SLEEP   —  +1 760 765-1252 —  Map

Wynola Pizza Express

Three miles West of Julian. Open: 10:30AM to 8PM weekdays. Open until 9PM Friday & Saturday. Closed Tuesdays. Live music Saturday. More than gourmet pizza. Many "from scratch" & vegetarian dishes. Patio & Dining Room seating. A local favorite.

Orchard Hill Country Inn

AAA four-diamond inn with 22 rooms in downtown Julian. Each stay includes a full breakfast and afternoon hors d'ouevres. An excellent, flavorful four-course dinner is also served on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

The beautiful park offers camping and hiking in an oak woodland forest, with a sprinkling of pines and lovely meadows with creeks. There are over 100 miles of trails which accommodate hikers, bikers, and equestrians.

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The Birdwatcher

Everything for people who love wild birds. Featuring birdhouses, bird feed, bird feeders, books, music, apparel, gifts for the garden & much more! Visit us in the heart of historic downtown Julian or shop online.

BUY   —  +1 760 765-1817 —  2775 B St

The Round-Up BBQ Grill

Dine in our rustic western setting overlooking beautiful Lake Henshaw. Specializing in wood fire grilling and rotisserie. Serving local natural beef. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Beer & wine. Catering available.

Santa Ysabel Art Gallery

Exhibiting regional contemporary and traditional artists in all media with emphasis on California style plein air painting and local artist James Hubbell. Located in historic and picturesque Hillyer house.

Art Elite

Art Elite, stylish, smart and slightly snobbish. Gallery / studio located on Van Duesen Road in Julian, holds a spirited collection of art objects and wearable art created by a variety of selected artists.

BUY   —  +1 760 765-1774 —  Map

Eagle And High Peak Mine

Tour one of Julian's original gold mines. Guides lead you through the intricate path of tunnels in the hard rock mine and share tales of the life of early residents of Julian. Call for hours of operation.

Calico Ranch

Open in October, Friday through Sunday, 10AM to 5PM until the apples are gone. The farm was first planted in the 1930s with many varieties of antique apples and pears now available for fresh fruit sales.

Julian Doves & Desperados

Julian's own reenactment group. See them in town on Sundays from 12PM to 4PM Skits (weather permitting) at 1PM, 2PM & 3PM at their stage area between Cabbages & Kings and the Julian Market & Deli.

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Poncho Villas

Authentic Mexican food. All dishes are homemade. Famous for our Carne Asada. We also serve Pizza / Lasagna. Beer and Wine. Inside dining and drive-through. M/C & Visa. Family owned - 12 years.

Mountain High Bed & Breakfast

Beautiful country setting. Trees, gardens, charming, intimate. Rose Cottage for 2; or Woods Room for 2. Private entry, patio, bath, fireplace. Elegant spa/gazebo. Room service. Breakfasts.

Kenner Horse Ranch: Horseback Rides & Events

A ride to remember. Beautiful backcountry scenery. You'll love our horses! Guided and safe. Mountain ridges, wooded forests, alpine meadow, ponds. Wonderful wildlife. reservations please.

California Overland, LLC

Adventure calls! Explore the Anza-Borrego desert on 2 and 4 hour tours, overnight camping trips or full 30+ hour excursions aboard ex-military troop carriers. Private jeep tours also.

Hog Heaven

Providing goods that Bikers find useful, functional, fun, warm or just plain cool! Includes thermal underwear, socks, warm clothing, masks, gloves, cargo needs, etc. for the ride.

BUY   —  +1 760 765-2966 —  2000 Main St

Jeremy's on the Hill

California fresh cuisine. Our chef is dedicated to using the finest, freshest ingredients available. Fabulous burgers made from scratch to gourmet dinners. Beer, wine & champagne

Apple Starr Orchards

A Certified Organic Orchard (California Certified Organic Farm) since 2000. Apples and Pears numbering 1000 trees. Offers u-pick in September until the end of harvest (October).

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Julian Station

A rustic former apple cider house that currently features shopping, wine tasting, hard apple cider tasting and the Julian Certified Farmers Market every Sunday from 11AM to 4PM

Bailey Woodpit Barbecue

Texas style barbecue, wood smoked meats, fresh homemade salads, rolls, pies, live Music Friday & Saturday nights, catering available. Beer, wine, cocktails, kids menu, Visa/MC

EAT   —  +1 760 765-3757 —  2307 Main St

Candied Apple Pastry Company

Candied Apple Pastry Company is a full service pastry shop specializing in Classic Pastries, Artisan Breads and Elegant Wedding Cakes. Offering Julian's only Candied Apples.

Wikiup Bed & Breakfast

Secluded four room B & B, located in the woods one mile from Julian, which features private hot and whirlpool tubs, fireplaces and featherbeds. AAA / 3 diamond approved.

SLEEP   —  +1 760 765-1890 —  Map

Julian Stables

Experience the most scenic side of Julian from the area's "original trail riding stables." Unparalleled views. Thousands of satisfied customers. Reservations required.

Pie Town Gear

Purveyors of outdoor adventure equipment. Featuring Day Packs, Backpacks, Clothing, Shoes and Gear. Also, Maps, Books and Cleveland National Forest Adventure Passes.

BUY   —  +1 760 765-1645 —  2317 Main St

Crossroads Treasures

Rock and Gift Shop selling rocks and minerals, books, native American jewelry and artifacts, gem sluice, geode cutting, yard art and plants, pendulums and crystals.

Mom’s Pies

Through the front window, watch Mom’s bakers lovingly prepare pies and baked goods for you. Steaming soups and sandwiches served on freshly baked whole-wheat buns.

EAT   —  +1 760 765-2472 —  2119 Main St

Main Street Carriage Company

Historic 15 minute narrated tour of downtown Julian on a horse-drawn surrey. We are able to accommodate large group tours. Available for parties or special events.

Tucker Peak Lodge

Breathtaking views, beautiful Victorian decor, honeymoon suite and family rooms. Jacuzzi tub, fireplace and queen bed in rooms. Satellite TV and AC. Children OK.

Julian Pie Company

Locally owned family business specializing in apple pies and cider donuts. Some 17,000 trees provide apples for pies at our Julian and Santa Ysabel locations.

Julian Tea & Cottage Arts

Tea is served daily in a charming turn-of-the-century home. Afternoon tea consists of finger sandwiches, scone with whipped cream, homemade jam and dessert.

DRINK   —  +1 760 765-0832 —  2124 Third St

Himalaya Tourmaline Mine

Dig pink and green tourmaline gemstones from world famous Himalaya Tourmaline Mine. Open year-round, rain or shine, Thursday - Monday at Lake Henshaw Resort.

The Skagen Ranch Studio

Housed in a historic barn, the Skagen Ranch Studio offers fine art from Africa, India, Romania and other countries around the world. By appointment only.

BUY   —  +1 252 671-3727 —  P.O. Box 1557

Cowgirl Cafe

A charming rustic decor with a cowgirl touch. Featuring our famous Cowboy Meat Loaf Sandwich, our fabulous Apple Cider Float and various other items.

EAT   —  +1 760 765-2167 —  2116 Main St

Julian Mining Company

Discover gold & minerals using gold pans, sluice box and 'rockers.' Hayrides, U-Press cider, gift shop, raspberry picking & pumpkin patch in fall.

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Grandpa's Old Time Photo

Old time costume photography in sepia tone. Over 20 years experience. Specialize in all areas. 1-10 people and people with dogs. $29 for 2 people.

Pinecrest Private Retreat

RV and Camping retreat specializing in vintage trailers located on 85 wooded acres. Group camping; limited hook-ups; dump station; Olympic pool.

SLEEP   —  +1 760 765-0464 —  3936 Highway 79

William Heise County Park

Trail information is available at the Ranger Kiosk. There is a trail to he lookout, which affords views of the desert and ocean on a clear day.

SEE   —  +1 858 565-3600 —  Map

Laguna Mountain Recreational Area

Picnic areas, campgrounds, restrooms, plus 70 miles of hiking trails, including the Pacific crest trail. Dogs-on-leash are welcome on trails.

SEE   —  +1 619 445-6235 —  Map

Romano's Dodge House

Intimate dining in lovely setting. Old world cooking where selections are stylish and plentiful. Italian specialties. Patio dining available

EAT   —  +1 760 765-1003 —  2718 B St

Pistols & Petticoats

Go back in time to the old west in this unique gift store. You'll find items from the parlor to the boudoir reminiscent of old saloon days.

BUY   —  +1 760 765-1744 —  2116 Main St

Enthrall, Inc.

Provides Julian 1870s Gold Rush Tours and field trips, including the musical Gold Hill, town site guided tour, Eagle Mine tour & lunch.

DO   —  +1 760 782-9202 —  Map

Soups & Such Cafe & Flowers by Lani

Intimate cafe with fresh flowers all around... Eggs Benedict is our specialty for breakfast and specialty soups & salads for lunch.

Apple Alley Bakery

Serving a variety of homemade apple pies, pastries and cookies. Lunch menu includes potpies, calzone, soup, sandwiches and salad.

EAT   —  +1 760 765-2532 —  2122 Main St

Wynola Junction Antiques and Collectibles

A variety of antique and collectible dealers located in the historical fruit packing shed in Wynola - three miles West of Julian.

Mountain Beadworks

Beads, gifts, classes, family activities and fun (and Golden Retrievers, too.) We will help you complete the jewelry you design.

Oak Hill Farm Lodging

Spacious country room. Great amenities: private baths and entries, guest-only pool, continental breakfast provided in room.

Falcon Gallery

Limited edition prints books, jewelry, home accents and gifts. Our childrens room features educational supplies and books.

BUY   —  +1 760 765-1509 —  2015A Main St

Town Hall Crafters

Hand-crafted items made by local crafters. Sewing, woodwork, jewelry. Craft shows held monthly in the Julian Town Hall.

BUY   —  +1 760 765-1291 —  Map

Bad Betty's Old West Gifts and Jewlery

Replicas of Old West weapons, lingerie, Native American Indian items, jewelry, gifts for golfers, and much, much more,

BUY   —  +1 760 765-0777 —  2116 Main St

The Candy Basket

Old-fashioned "Real" Candy Store. 450 types of candy, hand-made fudge, maple, licorice, salt water taffy, chocolates.

EAT   —  +1 760 765-0785 —  Map

Miner’s Diner

Original olde-fashioned soda fountain and diner with full breakfast and lunch menu. Daily specials. Open 8AM to 5PM

EAT   —  +1 760 765-3753 —  2130 Main St

Julian Cider Mill

Candy, caramel apples, honey, dried fruits, apple butter, jams and jellies, marmalades, preserves, cider, honey.

EAT   —  +1 760 765-1430 —  Map

Observers Inn

Private guest rooms. Lobby with TV and library. On-site observatory telescopes are available for guests to use.

SLEEP   —  +1 760 765-0088 —  Map

Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Camping, biking, hiking, a large variety of flowering cacti, palm groves, bighorn sheep and exotic birds.

SEE   —  +1 760 767-5311 —  Map

O'Dell's Organic Orchard

U-Pick Certified organic pear orchard. Has pears, as well as fresh eggs & goat milk for animal use only.

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Palomar Mountain

Hikes of varying length and difficulty, including the Observatory trail and Doane Valley Nature Trail.

SEE   —  +1 760 788-0250 —  Map

Julian Yesteryears

Progressively old fashioned gifts, jewelry, collectibles. Local arts, local crafts.

Pinezanita RV Park and Campgrounds

Clean and quiet campground. RV and tent camping, fishing pond, campfires allowed.

SLEEP   —  +1 760 765-0429 —  4446 Highway 79

Butterfield Bed & Breakfast

Five charming rooms, fireplaces, gourmet breakfasts, AAA 3 diamond rating.

SLEEP   —  +1 760 765-2179 —  Map

Peacefield Orchard

U-Pick U-PICK apple orchard. Plus Healthy Chocolate & Healthy Coffee.

Apple Lane Orchard Apples

Fresh cider, preserves, fruits and souvenirs, so bring your cameras.

DO   —  +1 760 765-2645 2641 —  Map

Horseman’s Inn

Private atmosphere, Jacuzzi, situated on six-acre horse ranch.

SLEEP   —  +1 760 765-1034 —  Map

Santa Ysabel Indian Mission & Padre Gift Shop

Museum, religious articles & everyday gifts and collectibles.

Rongbranch Restaurant

Steaks, seafood, down-home cooking. Lunch and dinner daily.

Historical House Lodging

Old Julian charm, town site, 3 suites sleep 2-10.

SLEEP   —  +1 760 765-1931 —  Map

Banner Queen Gallery

Artwork by Robert Freeman and Julian artists.

Wynola Valley Orchard

Grows over 30 varieties of apples and pears.

Saint Ysabel Open Space Preserve

11 miles of multi-use trails.

SEE   —  +1 760 765-4098 —  Map

Julian Gold Rush Hotel

Bed and breakfast.

SLEEP   —  +1 760 765-0201 —  2032 Main St

Menghini Winery

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Fallbrook Winery

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J. Jenkins Winery

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Orfila Winery

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Chateau Dragoo

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Bernardo Winery

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Ferrara Winery

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