I started to get a travel itch the other weekend, but since we are trying to budget for baby we didn’t want to go too far. The quaint town of Julian caught my eye online as they advertise u-pick apples and some of the best pie around. Just under an hour an a half drive to get there seemed like the perfect day trip. We took the back roads and tried to stay off the highways as much as possible. The scenery changed from desert and ranches into pine trees and rolling hills, and just when you least expect it, the tiny town of Julian, CA pops into view.
We planned to pick our own apples at the an orchard but they were charging $10 a bag! I wasn’t willing to pay so much for the experience so we just walked around and tasted a few varieties. Many of the orchards were already out of apples for the season so we luckily stumbled upon Volcom Valley Apple Farm which seemed to have plenty left. There was a surprising number of families there to pick apples as well. The parking lot was full!
After our orchard walk we decided to have lunch in town and walk the 3 block loop that makes up downtown. Full of historic looking shops and the smell of fresh baked apple pies, it was the perfect place to get lost for a few hours. I ended up purchasing a bag of apples that actually looked a little nicer than the ones that remained on the trees for only $5, a much more reasonable price.
Our time in Julian was quick, but fun which was just what we needed before our busy October began. I think we’ll definitely be back next Fall for another day trip to the country.