Day Trip to Julian: A Perfect Southern California Fall Day

Are you looking for a fun fall adventure while staying at Villa L’Auberge? We have an exciting day trip planned for you! Located about an hour and a half east of Del Mar, you’ll find the charming town of Julian nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains. Buckle up as we map out a memorable day trip to Julian for the perfect autumn experience.

father and daughter apple picking

Harvest your own apples at one of the many apple orchards located in Julian. Not only does this offer a fun experience for the whole family, but you’ll have access to some of the freshest and crispiest apples you will ever taste! To help you get started, check out this map of U-Pick orchards: Julian U-Pick Orchards.

After a morning of apple picking, make your way to Julian’s charming main street. You won’t want to miss a visit to Julian Beer Company. Savor a slice of delicious pizza paired with a flight of handcrafted beers. It’s the perfect place to recharge before continuing your exploration.

Take your time exploring the historic main street of Julian. You will discover a number of unique boutiques, antique stores, bookstores and more! The charming architecture and the crisp fall air create an inviting atmosphere that’s hard to resist. 

Of course, no trip to Julian would be complete without a slice of their world-famous apple pie. The main street is lined with bakeries full of delicious treats. Nothing says “fall” quite like the sweetness of Julian’s fresh apple pie.

apple pie

Before you leave, make sure to stop by the Julian Cider Mill. For over 45 years, this family-owned establishment has been serving up fresh local cider, homemade fudge, classic preserves, and a delightful selection of nostalgic candies. It’s a perfect way to end the day trip! 

Return to Villa L’Auberge with a heart full of warm memories and perhaps a bag full of apples and Julian’s famous apple pie to savor later!