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.

Peacefield Orchard

Take a farm tour and pick apples. By reservation only, but worth it, this U-pick spot is fun for the whole fam. Learn how apples (and pears) grow, how to keep the soil healthy and which bugs are beneficial. Little apple pickers can hop on one of the tractors (makes a good photo-op). Good to know that this spot stays open later in the season than most, so give a call if you get a late apple-picking start.

Dates: Aug. 12 - Sept. 30
Hours: Tours at 10:30 a.m., Noon & 1:30 p.m. (by appointment only)
Cost: $10/person, $15/bag, cash only

3803 Wynola Rd.
Julian, Ca

photo: Leah Singer

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