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Julian, California 2032 Main Street P.O. Box 1856, Julian, California 92036
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Things to do in Julian, CA


The history of Julian, California goes back to the mining days of the 1870s when the gold rush put the town on the map. The Julian Hotel grew up around the boomtown, serving miners and Victorian high society. Later, the mountain region proved to be a fertile growing ground for apples, giving Julian a second wave of prosperity. Julian's original Bed & Breakfast, this landmark hotel offers an experience to relive a forgotten era. Today, the gold legacy, apples, nature, and tourists coexist in the preserved historic village, an idyllic place to escape city life. Explore an old gold mine, hike the Volcan Mountain preserve, stargaze at the Palomar Observatory, sip handcrafted wines or sample Julian's apple pie. Whatever your pleasure, you'll discover scenic attractions and amazing things to do in Julian, CA.

Gold Mines - Eagle High Peak and Washington Mine are a 5 minute walk from the Hotel. Experience a guided tour into in a historic mine. The Smith Ranch, located 1 mile east of the town site where you can take a train ride through the scenic Smith Ranch and visit the mine. At The Julian Mining Company, located 4 miles west of Julian, you can enjoy panning for gold, throw tomahawks, make old fashioned candles, and seasonally pick raspberries and pumpkins.

Horseback Riding - Select from several horseback riding adventures, Take trail rides with the Julian Stables, Integrity Stables or the Kenner Ranch. Each riding adventure is complete with hands-on horse riding lessons followed by an amazing tour with inspiring scenery of the beautiful Julian mountains.

Menghini Winery at Julian
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Menghini Winery

Nestled in the foothills of Volcan Mountain, 3 miles north of downtown Julian, this beautiful vineyard produces chardonnay, caberrnet, syrah and sauvignon blanc. Visit the tasting room and winery surrounded by apple orchards.
1150 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, California 92036

Historic Julian Tours

Enjoy historic walking tours led by Julian's local Designated Historian, David Lewis. Learn about Julian's rich history, the discovery of gold and the settling of this old mining town.
2811 Washington St, Julian, California
Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve at California

Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve

Rising 5,000 feet above Julian, this pristine ridge stretches from Lake Henshaw to the Anza Borrego Desert. Enjoy a 5-mile hike to Volcan Summit for panoramic views to the coast.
Farmer Road outside of Julian, Julian, California 92036
Palomar Observatory at California
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Palomar Observatory

Located atop Palomar Mountain, the observatory is the center of astronomical research operated by Cal Tech. The observatory features three active research telescopes, including the 200-inch Hale Telescope. 
35899 Canfield Rd, Palomar Mountain, California 92060
Lake Cuyamaca at Julian
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Lake Cuyamaca

Edging the oak and pine forests of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, this beautiful 110-acre lake offers year-round boating, fishing and recreation. Enjoy nature walks around the lake, bird watching and boat rentals.
15027 Highway 79, Julian, California 92036

Anza Borrego - Located 30 miles east of Julian, travelers can enjoy miles of wilderness and hiking trails. The California high desert offers spectacular views of wild flowers, palm groves, and birds. Tour the visitors center to view many exhibits and slide shows. For more information, visit www.borregospringschamber.com. Enjoy tours with California Overland, visit them at  www.californiaoverland.com

Casino - Santa Ysabel Casino is located 8 miles from Julian. Play the slot machines and partake in the buffet or restaurant. For more information visit www.santaysabelresortandcasino.com

Golfing - The Warner Springs Ranch is located 21 miles from Julian in the western foothills of the Cuyamaca Mountains. Designed by renowned architect David Rainville at an elevation of 3000 ft., Warner Springs provides visitors with a unique golfing experience coupled with breathtaking views of the surrounding area.

Hiking - Take strolls to hiking trails located around the townsite or venture or those located around the state parks. You will find an abundance of state and county park trails for all levels of endurance. For more information and maps of the areas, please stop by the hotel's front desk.

California Wolf Center - Located 4 miles from our Julian, CA hotel, the California Wolf Center, is a conservation center promoting preservation of the North American gray wolf through education, exhibits, and a captive breeding program. The Center is home to packs of wolves, including Alaskan gray wolves that visitors can observe in their natural environment. To learn more, go to www.californiawolfcenter.org.

Julian, CA Annual Events

Julian, CA is a charming destination with wonderful seasonal festivals and events. Complement your gathering with one of our fun local happenings that celebrate the spirit of culture of our historic California town.
  • Julian Doves and Desperados (historic comedy skit) - Every Sunday - weather permitting
  • Live Music - Every Friday & Saturday - Wynola Pizza Express 6pm - 9pm - www.wynolapizza.com
  • Every Saturday - Country Market in Wynola Junction Antiques - 11am - 4pm
  • Every Sunday - Farmers Market at Wynola Junction - 11am - 4pm
  • Every Friday - Live entertainment in the PIne Hills Lodge Pub - 8pm - midnight - www.pinehillslodge.com
  • Every Sunday - Music at the Market Place - BBQ at Wynola Farms - www.wynolafarms.com
  • Cinco de Mayo Festival - May 3rd - St. Elizabeths Church - 11am - 5pm - Rabobank Parking lot
  • Town Hall Market - May 11th Town Hall - 9am - 5pm
  • Mothers Day Brunch - May 11th - Pine Hills Lodge - reservations required 760-765-1100 or www.pinehillslodge.com
  • Julian Womens Club Wild Flower Show - May 7-10 - 10am - 4pm - Town Hall
  • Julian Art Guilds Spring Fine Arts Show - May 9-12 - 10am - 7pm - Town Hall
  • Brees Craft Show - May 16-31 9am - 5pm  -Town Hall
  • Volcan Foundation Wild & Scenic Film Festival - May 16-17 - www.julianfilmfestival.com
  • Julian Death March - May 24 - Franklin Park - 760-765-2200 www.julianactive.com
  • Julian Fiddle & Pickin Contest - May 31 - www.sandiegofiddler.org
  • Julian Gold Rush Days - May 31 - June 1 - www.juliangoldrushdays.com
  • Annual Julian Wine Fest - June 1 7pm - 9pm - Wynola Pizza Express - 760-765-0683
  • Julian Dance 2014 - June 14 - Sons of Amercan Legion - noon - 10pm - 760-765-1857-  www.juliandance.org
  • Brees Craft Show -June 14-30 - 9am-5pm  (closed Mondauy & Tuesdays) Town Hall
  • Fathers Day Brunch -June 15 Jeremeys on the Hill - Reservations:760-765-1587
  • Julian Womens Club Heritage Quilt Show - June 20- July 4 - 10am-4pm - Town Hall
  • The 16th Annual Julian Blues Bash - June 21 - www.robb-bowerpresents.com
  • Brees Craft Show - June 13-July 6 - 9am-5pm - Town Hall 
  • Town Hall Marketplace - June 13-15 - 9am-5pm - Town Hall
  • Annual Spring Fine Art Show- June -July Banner Queen Art Gallery - 1-6pm - 760-765-2168
  • Community 4th of July  Parade 2014 - 10am with Flyover 11am and Parade at Noon
  • Julian Star Festival- August (dark of the moon) - Menghini Winery 619-890-5267 -  www.julianstarfest.com
  • Julian Arts Guild Labor Day Show - August 28 - 10am-6pm  - Town Hall
  • Town Hall Crafters Craft Show- August 28-30 - 9am-5pm - Town Hall
  • Apple Days - September through Mid-October 
  • Town Hall Market - September 9am-5pm - Town Hall
  • Town Hall Crafters Craft Show - September 1-30 - 9am-5pm (closed Monday & Tuesdays)
  • Music Fair & Horseshoe Tournament - September 13 Frank Lane Park
  • Julian Music Festival- September 20 - 12pm-9pm - Meghini Winery - www.julianm4festival.,com
  • Town Hall Crafters Craft Show - October 17-26 - 9am-5pm (closed Monday & Tuesday) - Town Hall 
  • Vees Craft Show- October 1-16 - Town Hall - 9am-5pm
  • Julian Apple Days 6th Annual Pie Contest- Julian Womens Club 
  • Julian Apple Festival - October 4-5 - Saturday & Sunday 10-5 - Meghini Winery -  www.julianappledays.com
  • Old Time Melodrama - October 3 -25, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon - www.julianmelodrama.com
  • Oktoberfest- October 11-12 - Elizabeths Catholic Church - 10am-4pm - Rabobank parking lot 
  • Julian October Fest- October 18-19 - Julian Lions Club/Julian Chamber - 10am-4pm & Rabobank parking lot - 10am-5pm
  • Annual Miniature Fine art Show - October 18-19  - Banner Queen Art Gallery - 760-765-2168
  • Julian Open Studio Tours - October 18-19- Julian Arts Guild - 10am-5pm
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