Summer giving way to fall means apples are ripening in our favorite nearby mountain town of Julian. From U-pick apple farms, digging in to the best slice of apple pie and a ‘Cutie Pie’ class where kids learn how to bake their own apple pie and piecrust cookies, we’ve found the perfect autumnal experiences for the apple of your eye. Peak apple season is now through October, so it’s time to head to this charming historic town for a family getaway that’s just what the doctor ordered (an apple a day!). Read on to learn more about these fruitful adventures.

Volcan Valley Farm

It's U-pick apple time at this family farm where you can pluck Gala and Gravenstein to Jonathans and Golden Delicious from seven types of apple trees. Pick til your heart's content, then picnic with the fam at the new shaded wooden tables and polish off the day with a farm-fresh apple pie. For easy parking, drive around the orchard to the West lot.

Dates: Aug. 25 - until the apples are gone! (about mid-Oct.)
Hours: Fri.-Mon., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $12/bag of apples; $1/person admission; children 5 and under/free.

1284 Julian Orchards Dr.
Julian, Ca
760-302-4574

photo: Jamie W. via Yelp

Getting to Julian:
From San Diego, take the I-8 East to Highway 67 (heading toward Ramona). Highway 67 turns into Highway 78 in Ramona. Simply follow it to Julian. Alternatively, you can take I-8 East to Highway 79 and enjoy a drive through Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, which will lead you to Julian.

From Carlsbad or Vista, simply take the 78 East to Julian. You can pick up the 78 East from the I-15 in Escondido or the I-5 in Carlsbad.

Learn more about Julian in our story: The Best One-Hour Road Trip to Find Fall in San Diego.

Featured photo: Jeremy Fitzhardinge

Where do you find apples in Julian? Give us the scoop below.

—Nikki Walsh