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Trendy Julian, California
A Magnificent Four Season Mountain Town
By Linda Kissam 'Food, Wine & Shopping Diva'
So…I am thinking when I said, “ Julian” you probably responded, “Pie.” If that’s
what you did then you would be about 10% correct. A recent four-
The key to getting to know this special place is to stay awhile. It’s about an hour
away from San Diego and Palm Springs; add another 30 minutes from Orange County and
LA. Coming up for two hours for a cup of cappuccino and a slice of apple pie, just
doesn’t make sense. This is a smart, hip mountain town that combines all the elements
foodies and small-
Think easy to walk downtown area with lots of different shops, a microbrewery, a
multitude of incredible restaurants small and large, a charming tea shop, and my
favorite of course…wine tasting rooms. Venture out ten minutes past downtown and
you’ll find wineries to visit, hill top dining in Wynola, a picturesque fishing lake,
Here’s a round-
In the Downtown Area
Park your car and enjoy.
Julian Lodge Bed & Breakfast -
Orchard Hill Country Inn – Book here for a serene and romantic AAA four-
Just Outside Town
10 minutes away on a charming country road.
J. Jenkins Winery -
Menghini Winery – Just down the road from J. Jenkins , this winery is surrounded
by apple orchards and a six acre vineyard. This is country charm at its best and
a major site for many Julian events. The winery produces approximately 4,000 cases
of wine annually. I think you’re going to like the 2006 Syrah with its berry notes
and hints of oak, and the 2006 Sauvignon Blanc showcasing some grassy notes on
the nose and palate. Should be an excellent food wine.
In Nearby Wynola
Surprising dining options on this hill top.
Wynola Pizza Express -
Jeremy’s On The Hill – Heads up foodies! This family owned and operated business
specializes in fresh and sumptuous gourmet foods. Put this experience in the fine-
Country Cellars -
A Little Further Out
There’s more unique fun about 20 minutes outside town.
Observer’s Inn Sky Tour – This is going to be an OMG moment for you, guaranteed. One of the best ways to see Julian's star-
California Wolf Center – Ahhh, the heart and soul of it all. This place is likely
to bring you to tears – happy ones – for all this center does. The California Wolf
Center is a one-
Santa Ysabel Casino -
Julian Tea & Cottage Arts – Despite the name this place is definitely all about the
tea. A gracious staff makes your time here a welcome retreat. I loved the way the
staff member Jill explained each course and the tea that accompanied it. Tea is
served in a charming turn-
Witch Creek Winery -
A boutique winery focusing on quality over quantity, by producing small-
Candied Apple Pastry Company – Owner/Executive Pastry Chef Charles Scott bring quality,
Bailey Pit BBQ & Julian Brewery –
This is the place for dinner and live entertainment. Bailey Barbecue has a big-
Eagle & High Peak Mine –
Just a few blocks from downtown tour one of Julian's original gold mines. Guides lead you through the intricate path of tunnels in the hard rock mine and share tales of the life of early residents of Julian. Great fun! Perfect for all ages.
Julian Pie Company -