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.

Mom’s Pie

Recommended by locals, so you know it's good––don't miss this gem on Main St. Grab a slice of caramel apple pie, wash it down with fresh apple cider and for little eaters dipped caramel apples (yum). It's an apple festival once in this local eatery, just prepare for the lines that go down the block. You'll find friendly service, like cups of ice for the cider and clean, well-kept restrooms. A perfect spot to satisfy your apple cravings in Julian.

Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri. & Sun., 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat. 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

2119 Main St.
Julian, Ca

photo: Abigail V. 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