Things To Do ~ Places To Eat

Information courtesy of Julian Chamber of Commerce

Things to See & Do 

Observer’s Inn Sky Tours:  Professional astronomers lead you through tours of Planets, Galaxies, Star Clusters, & the moon from unique mountain observatory, Reservations Required, $25 per person.  760-765-0088

Leelin Llama Treks:  Half day treks through the historic town site of Julian & the serene countryside include a hearty picnic lunch, reservations required, rates vary.  760-765-1890

Mountain Beadworks
Mountain Beadworks, located only minutes from town center, offers beading and jewelry making classes as well as one of the largest stocks of beads and jewelry supplies in Southern California.
(760) 765-3100
3411 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036

California Overland's Back Country Wine Tours
San Diego County's only wine tasting tour.  Explore Julian's beautiful back country aboard our open-air Troop Carrier, complete with stereo sound system.  Price includes free admission to wine tasting rooms, full BBQ on the peaceful grounds of the Menghini Winery.  Much more.  Check our web site.  Reservations required.
(866) 639-7567, (760) 767-1232
1233 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA  92004

California Overland Desert Excursions
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.
(866) 639-7567, (760) 767-1232
1233 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA  92004

Country Carriages: 
Travel the charming streets of Julian and through the scenic countryside in an authentic, old-fashioned horse drawn carriage. 1⁄2 Hour, 1 Hour, and Round Trip Rides 760-765-1471.

Julian Tea & Cottage Arts: 
Enjoy tea served in the ambiance of our 100 year old historic cottage, tea is served daily, full afternoon tea is by reservation only, gifts, local crafts, & hand wovens.  760-765-0832

Julian Stables Trail Rides: 
Enjoy a one hour trail ride that takes you to some of the most scenic views the area has to offer!  Reservations required, weather permitting, 200 lb weight limit, helmets required/provided.  $50 per person.  760-765-1598

Integrity Stables Trail Rides: 
An hour instructional horseback ride through meadows and forests of an old historic cattle ranch, rides available from sunrise to sunset, reservations required.  760-473-5681

California Wolf Center: 
Daily program includes education slide show on wolves in North America & visit with resident wolf packs.  1 1⁄2 hour tours, Monday thru Friday $20/ person private tours, Saturdays $8 per person, group tour at 1:30pm, Reservations Required.  760-765-0030

Eagle & High Peak Mine: 
Tour original Gold Mine, thru intricate Paths & Tunnels, Authentic working equipment, Tours Daily, 10:00-2:00pm, except Christmas.  $10 per person, $5 per child under 12.

Pioneer Museum: 
Turn of the century collection of clothing, photographs, household & mining equipment, Dec.-Mar, Friday-Sunday, April-November, closed Mondays, $3 donation requested.

Lake Cuyamaca, Rancho Cuyamaca State Park: 
Picturesque lake surrounded by mountains, over 40,000 stocked rainbow trout, bass, channel cat, bluegill, crappie & sturgeon.  Motorboats, rowboats, and peddle boats available for rent.  Bait, tackle & poles also available, open seven days a week, except December & January, closed all day Wednesday & Sundays until noon. 

Sky Sailing at Warner Springs:
  Get a bird’s eye view of the mountains and valleys surrounding the town of Julian, glider trips with licensed & experienced pilots, call for current rates, 7 days a week.  760-782-0404


Apple Alley Bakery
Homemade pies, pastries, cookies, pot pies,
soups, sandwiches and salad. Lunch.
(760) 765-2532

Bailey Woodpit Barbecue
2307 Main Street
P.O. Box 1990, Julian, CA 92036
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
(760) 765-3757

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.
2128 Fourth Street, Julian, CA 92036

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.
(760) 765-2167
2116 Main Street, Ste. 1F, P.O. Box 1273, Julian, CA 92036

Cuyamaca Restaurant and Market
Austrian/American cuisine.  Daily lunch and dinner specials.  Beer & wine.  Patio dining by the lake.
(760) 765-0700
15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA  92036

Dudley's Bakery
Home-style bread, deli, Julian Jam, gifts.
Closed Monday and Tuesday.
(760) 765-0488
30218 Highway 78, Santa Ysabel

Julian Café (& Bakery)
Julian apple pie, family dining. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
(760) 765-2712
2112 Main Street, Julian, CA  92036

Julian Coffee House
Wide selection of coffee's  tea's and smoothies.
Full breakfast and lunch.
(760) 765-1906
1921 Main Street, P.O. Box 398
Julian, CA 92036

The Julian Grille
Steaks, seafood, prime rib, cozy cottage,
outdoor dining. Lunch daily, dinner
Closed Mondays
(760) 765-0173.
2224 Main Street, Julian, CA  92036

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.
(760) 765-2449 or (760) 765-2400
2225 Main Street

Julian Tea & Cottage Arts
Daily lunch and afternoon tea; gift shop.
(760) 765-0832
2124 Third Street

Fine traditional Mexican & American cuisine (breakfast, lunch & dinner) served in a friendly family atmosphere.  Assorted beer, drinks, local wines & desserts also served.
(760) 765-3980
2018 Main Street, P.O. Box 81, Julian, CA  92036

Miner’s Diner
Original olde-fashioned soda fountain and diner with full breakfast and lunch menu.  Daily specials. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(760) 765-3753
2130 Main Street, P.O. Box 1027, Julian, CA  92036

Mom's Pies
Pies, soups, sandwiches.
(760) 765-2472
2119 Main Street

Pine Hills Lodge
Sunday brunch 9:00 to 2:30 p.m. and Special Events.
(760) 765-1100
2960 La Posada Way

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.
(760) 765-1810
2907 Washington Street, Julian, CA 92036
P.O. Box 722, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070

Romano's Dodge House
Intimate dining in lovely setting. Old world
cooking where selections are stylish and plentiful. Italian specialties. Patio dining available.  Closed Tuesdays
(760) 765-1003
2718 B Street

Rongbranch Restaurant (Saloon)
Steaks, seafood, down-home cooking.
Lunch and dinner daily.
(760) 765-2265
2722 Washington Street

Santa Ysabel Resort & Casino
The newest hidden jewel of San Diego County, with 349 latest themed slot machines, live $2 blackjack and delicious low-cost food.  This casino is filled with friendly staff that is ready to serve you.  Enjoy the Orchard Restaurant where the beauty of Palomar Mountain and Lake Henshaw will take your breath away.  Located just 15 minutes from downtown Julian. Free Shuttle service on demand. (760) 787-0909 25575 Highway 79, P.O. Box 600, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070

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.
(760) 765-4761
2000 Main Street, Ste. 101, P.O. Box 1013, Julian, CA 92036

Viejas Enterprises
Viejas provides gaming, dining, shopping and entertainment, San Diego's most entertaining destination just 25 miles from downtown Julian.
(619) 445-5400
5000 Willows Road, Alpine, CA  91901

Wynola Coffee Company
Make this your first stop when visiting Julian.  Specialty coffees * out-of-town newspapers * visitor information * Wynola gallery * unique gifts * comfortable rustic ambiance * live music.
(760) 765-3636
4355 Highway 78 (3 miles West of Julian), Santa Ysabel, CA  92070
P.O. Box 1449, Julian, CA  92036

Wynola Pizza Express
Three miles West of Julian.  Open: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays.  Open until 9 p.m. Friday & Saturday.  Closed Tuesdays.  Live music Saturday.  More than gourmet pizza.  Many "from scratch" & vegetarian dishes.  Patio & Dining Room seating.  A local favorite.
(760) 765-1004
4355 Highway 78 (three miles west of Julian)
P.O. Box 1449, Julian, CA  92036


Apple Alley Bakery  760-765-2532
Julian Pie Company  760-765-2400
Julian Café (& Bakery)
Julian apple pie, family dining. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
(760) 765-2712
2112 Main Street, Julian, CA  92036

Mom’s Pie House 

Candied Apple Pastry Company: 
Full service pastry shop specializing is Classic Pastries, Atrisan Breads and Elegant Cakes. Offering Julian’s only Candied Apple!  Across from the Pioneer Museum.

Dudley’s Bakery: 
Home-style bread, deli, Julian Jam, gifts
30218 Hwy 78 in Santa Ysabel.
Wineries and Tasting Rooms

Country Cellars Wine Shop:  Showcasing San Diego wines from our new wine tasting store located in Wynola, just 3 miles before the historical town of Julian.
4510 Hwy 78, P.O. Box 396

J. Jenkins Winery:
  Across from Menghini Winery on Julian Orchards Drive, great family owned local winery, specialize in estate Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, and Apple Wine  760-765-3267

Menghini Winery: 
Main Street/Farmers Road leads directly to local wineries, sample a variety of locally produced Wines, 2 miles north of townsite
1150 Julian Orchards Drive, 760-765-2072

Orfila Winery: 
Tasting Room, Gift Shop, Tours, Events, & Weddings in Wynola, Art Center,art@78 gallery, Spot and the Wool Dog. 
4470 Hwy 78, Julian, 760-765-0102

Shadow Mountain Vineyards & Winery: 
Offering tours, wine tasting and picnic area, open Wednesday thru Sunday and most holidays
34680 Hwy 79, Warner Springs, 760-782-0778

Witch Creek Winery:
  Tasting Room in Stonewall Stores at corner of Main St. & C St., Variety of High quality wines, dry & sweet. 
2000 Main St.  760-765-0102


Julian Doves & Desperados
Every Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Historic comedy skits at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. & 3 p.m. at the stage area between Cabbages & Kings and the Julian Market & Deli.  Julian Chamber of Commerce 760-765-1857

Arts & Crafts Show

By Dawn Kirk Crafters, downstairs of Historic Town Hall, handmade crafts, candles, soaps, and much more!

Julian Wildflower Show

May 4-8, members of The Julian Woman's Club gather wildflowers from all areas in and around Julian - including High Mountain, Desert, Oak and Pine Forest, Chaparral, and High Desert.
Santa Ysabel Art Festival

Santa Ysabel Art Gallery

Local artists and musicians spend the weekend exhibiting artwork and music.

Heritage Quilt Show

June 25-July 4, Julian Town Hall, Main St.
Sponsored by the Julian Woman’s Club. Raffles and quilts for sale.

Fourth of July Parade
July 4th, Main St. Julian
11:00am festivities begin, 12:00 noon Parade! Big country BBQ follows

Blues Bash
July Menghini Winery
Local musicians, bands, jam sessions, reasonably priced BBQ picnic lunch.

Julian StarFest
Held annually in August, this event draws amateur astronomers from all over the Southwest to view through their telescopes in the clear dark skies of Julian.  The Saturday night of the three night event is a free public star party where everyone is welcome to come and see the wonders of our universe.  See the Julian Starfest web page for this years date and more information.

Julian Grape Stomp Festa

September, Menghini Winery
2 Tons fresh picked Grapes for stomping, Italian band, local foods, beer & beverages, handful of wineries, musicians and crafts. $5/person, free parking.

Annual Bluegrass Festival

September, Frank Lane Park, Main St
Banjos, fiddles, amateurs and professionals, jam sessions & contests.

Menghini Arts & Music Festival

September, Menghini Winery
One-of-a-kind works of art by local artists and folk, country, and bluegrass,
country BBQ & wine tasting!

Julian Apple Festival
First weekend in October, Menghini Winery
Old time country fair with music, entertainment, displays, antique tractor exhibition, clowns, wine and beer garden, dance.  Fun for the whole family!

Old Time Melodrama & Olio

October Weekends, Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm
Saturday & Sunday, 1:30pm, community sing-a-long 15 minutes earlier. Come cheer for the hero, boo for the villain, and sigh at the heroine!

Julian 10K Run/5K Walk

November, Julian Union High School, 7:30am
Fantastic route winds thru historic townsite and surrounding countryside.

Julian Community Christmas Tree Lighting

Saturday after Thanksgiving, 6:00pm
Tree lighting, visit by Santa, living nativity, and Christmas caroling at Pioneer Museum Memorial Park.

Julian Open Studios Tour

Unique opportunity to visit private studios & local art studios, self-guided tour. Allows you to meet and spend time with local artists. Maps are $10.

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