6 Things To Do in Julian, CA

Julian is a quaint town nestled in the mountains of San Diego County. Julian is an official California Historical Landmark, ideal for a cute day trip with friends or a sweet weekend with your honey. I visited Julian several times as a little girl, but this was my first experience going as an adult with my own agenda. My boyfriend & I explored the town on foot; it's so petite that you can see nearly everything in about a day. Here are some of my favorite things to do in Julian!

1. Julian Tea & Cottage Arts
julian tea and cottage arts

julian tea and cottage arts

Stop by this century old cottage for tea. Call ahead to make a reservation or come in early to do so. There are only a handful of tables, so don't miss out. You get bottomless tea for $3.95 per person & there's a lunch menu too. The teas are tasty & the food is handmade! Everything is so charming. We got the Cream Tea which came with buttermilk biscuits, jam, whipped cream, & lemon curd for $8.95. All handmade! Shop for tea, teapots, & everything tea related. Even my boyfriend loved the experience.

2. Julian Pie Company

julian pie company

julian pie company

This place is a legend. They sell their pies across the county, so they've gotten more popularity & you'll usually find a line out the door. There are only a few tables to eat at; you're lucky if you get a seat. We stopped by to try something different than their famous pies: cider donuts. Yep, apple cider donuts. They were pure heaven with a touch of spice. Kinda wish I had one (or two) right now.

3. Old Julian Book House

old julian book house

old julian book house

Get your knowledge on with this cool bookstore. They have a vast selection from birdwatching to old school Nancy Drew novels. Most come at very reasonable prices but definitely not thrift store value. Some are vintage & some not so much. You'll find a variety of books. Each room has a few selected genres: religious, fiction, sports, to make your journey simpler. I was pleased to see anyone from young kids to grandparents in the book house.

4. The Candy Basket

the candy basket

the candy basket

Like sweets? Know someone who does? Stop by this nostalgic candy shop & buy some in bulk. There are plenty of taffys, gummies, chocolates, lollipops, & licorice to choose from. There's also those classic candies you rarely see anymore like Mary Janes & Walnettos. We purchased some of the cheaper bulk candies; kids will love you for it. Munch & reminisce.

5. Julian Soap Company

julian soap company

julian soap company

I adore handcrafted items made with love. Michaeline creates everything herself. Shop for soap slices, fabric wrapped soap, potpourri, room sprays, & more. You can smell the mixture of scents wafting through the air the second you walk in the door. If you're like me, you'll sniff everything before making a decision. I purchased the Lemon Thyme soap for my mom; she loved it.

6. Blue Door Winery

blue door winery

blue door winery

We were walking around & spotted a "wine tasting" sign. I was sold. You'll get six tastings for $10. Now that's a price I'll get on board for. I recommend their sangria; it was so scrumptious & poured in a reusable plastic cup you may keep as a souvenir. Wine is served in wine glasses. The tasting room is open, light, & welcoming. Feel free to bring your dog. Beware! Blue Door Winery is closed Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday.

Support small businesses & browse the wonders that Julian has to offer! There's more than meets the eye. We had such a joyous time exploring & walking around the town. It was especially wonderful since it was cold & gloomy, an experience we rarely witness in San Diego. Which of these looks like a place you'd like to visit? Have you been to Julian? :]

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55 comments

  1. Apple cider donuts? Oh my gosh, they sound amazing! I've never visited Canada but I've always wanted to go! Hopefully some day :) I really enjoy going back to places that you used to visit as a child - it's a different experience but coupled with moments of deja vu! x

    Jess | It's That Time For

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    1. Haha. It's actually in Southern California, not Canada. I still dream about the cider donuts. :]

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  2. That candy store looked awesome, I would so love to go there and stuff my pockets full with delicious sweets! If I ever happen to be in Julian, I will surely know the best places to go to! :)

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    1. Haha, sometimes you just have to stuff your pockets with tasty treats. :]

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  3. Oh this place looks like wonderland! I'd love to visit the book store, the tea one and the donuts one, seems delicious! Xx

    riitamacedo.blogspot.pt

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    1. Yes, Julian is really cute, a wonderland indeed. :]

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  4. I love that bookstore. They have so many books!

    Christina
    www.cityloveee.blogspot.com

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  5. Omgsh, if I ever go there, I'm SO hitting up Julian's Pie Company *_*
    Haha, great post!

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  6. Love the style of your photos, so calm and pretty. and no I don't like sweets, I LOVE sweets! that store looks like heaven!!! wish I could just go there on weekend but It's way too far for me aha :)

    ❥SleepyHeaven♡

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    1. Thanks a bunch; that's so sweet. Yes, the Candy Basket is heaven!! :]

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  7. So I'm probably never going to go to Julian... But I would definitely love to hit up that tea shop! Bottomless tea for $3.95 what a steal, haha. And it's just an adorable shop. I want to vacation now. End of rambling.

    Hope your week is swell!
    Xoxo,
    Shian | The Fashion Investigator

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    1. Yeah, you can change teas & everything. Eventually you drink so much you just have to pee. :P

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  8. I've never been to San Diego before, but it's always been a dream of mine to travel there! This post has made me want to visit even more now - especially for one of those donuts! I love the photos too :)

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    1. San Diego is enormous, so there's a lot to see. Thanks for reading. :]

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  9. very internsting post, i've never been there but hopefully one day ill get a chance :)

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    xx

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  10. Amazing post. All the places look so lovely!



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  11. Great post!! That donut looks so yummy. I want to go to that pie place! :)

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  12. aww wow I love your photos. makes me want to visit southern cali asap!

    xoxo
    smudged-fingerprints.blogspot.com

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    1. It was an oddly cold day in SoCal when I was in Julian. It was great. :]

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  13. This town is so cute! I hope to visit it and use this post as a guide. Small businesses are always the best! You made them look especially good.

    www.outfitsandobservations.blogspot.com

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    1. Small business are the heart & soul of America. :]

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  14. My whole mouth filled up with saliva when I saw those biscuits, drool!

    Kat ♥ www.pastelwhimsy.com

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  15. That looks like a great place to chill out.. and the bagel is making me hungryyy...

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  16. Wow what a cute place. I'd love to do all these things. That doughnut looks amazing!

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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    1. Ah yes, that delicious donut is something everyone should try. :]

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  17. nice places to visit if I have a chance!! Thanks !! :D

    Stylekooky.me

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  18. Wow, the town is gorgeous! There's such a beautiful rustic kind of atmosphere towards it. Now, it's on my bucket list! Hahaha, I would love to visit Old Julian Book House! I would spend hours there! <3

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

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    1. It's absolutely rustic. Great word, Bash. Hope you get a chance to visit the book house. :]

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  19. wow, you managed to capture the atmosphere of the place so well!

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  20. That little tea house is so cute!!!

    Danika Maia
    www.danikamaia.com
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  21. That's my favorite soap place! Every time I go to Julian I have to buy soaps for myself and for presents throughout the year. The Julian Gold Rush Hotel is wonderful, too...right on Main Street, which closes up shop around 6pm.

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    1. I haven't visited the hotel. Thanks for the suggestion. :]

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  22. great post as usual :)

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  23. So did you and your boyfriend just go for fun? I've never heard of Julian, though I've been to San Diego many times (although I realize San Diego is huge). Carmen, you are making me hungry with these food pictures. The tea and donuts look delicious.

    ~Samantha

    http://www.BesosFromAmerica.com

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    1. We actually went to go camping! You're right. San Diego is very enormous, so you'd have to do a lot of exploring. :]

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  24. Mom's Pies - 100% best in town! Apple Crumb is awesome, but l-o-v-e the Strawberry Rhubarb.
    The don't forget to visit the Bird Store

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    1. Moms Pies & The Julian Pie Co both had huge lines out the door. It was crazy. Strawberry Rhubarb sound scrumptious. :]

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    2. Lived in Julian my whole life. Mom pie...no.... Julian Pie Co. Yes.

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  25. very interestinng!
    thanks for sharing! kisses

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  26. The Blue Door Winery and that book house look incredible!

    Xxx
    Naomi in Wonderland

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  27. Such gorgeous photos! The tea room is so pretty and the food looks awesome, I really hope to visit one time! xx

    Sophie Elizabeth
    www.popcornandglitter.co.uk

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    1. I was obsessed with the tea room!!! :]

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  28. That tea spread is so pretty! I love all the florals. :)

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

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  29. As a San Diegan I've been to Julian a few times. I wish I knew about these places then! The only thing I don't like about Julian is how crowded it can get on summer week-ends. It's worse than the beach, lol!

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  30. So quaint and historical (which I adore)--with tea and a winery, too! I would LOVE to someday visit this place! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  31. The book house and the soap company are my favourites! And a cup of tea is also not to be missed!

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  32. O my, Julian looks like a beautiful place. I have to check it out if I ever have a chance to travel to the west coast. Love the table setting of the cute cottage you visited. :)
    Have a nice week.

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  33. How wonderful that afternoon tea looks like! Where was my invite? :p

    Heba xx || The Heba

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  34. wow ! lovely places and foods and pictures ! I love this type of post :)

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  35. Love Julian and that apple pie. We go yearly.

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  36. thank you for the comment on my blog! i really love all the photos for this post! i need to visit all these places!!!

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  37. Nice Inspirations

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