Julian is the small mining town in the San Diego mountains. Pine & oak-covered hills of the San Diego back country. Once the second largest town in the county during the gold-boom of 1869, Julian has since become a rustic mountain retreat.
Located 60 miles northeast of San Diego, Julian is reached by tree-lined country roads that are nearly empty of traffic and uncluttered by commercial development. Cattle grazing on the hillsides, along with fruit orchards and roadside homemade jam stands, create a peaceful pastoral scene.
Julian's country charm and Victorian architecture stretch from one end of town to the other. Main Street retains its original false-front stores and wooden sidewalks. Here you can find handicraft and antique shops, a general store and country-style restaurants. The irresistible aroma of cinnamon and apples also lead you to stores selling homemade pies filled with fruit from local orchards. Accommodations in Julian include charming bed and breakfasts, country inns & historic hotels.
description: Visitors can relive the gold-mining days of the Old West through tours of the abandoned Eagle and High Peak Mines. Julian celebrates its distinct four seasons with an annual calendar of special events. This mountain mining town is most famous for apple pie, but recently more restaurants, cafes and beer breweries are starting to sprout up.