Julian, California is not a secret but it’s not as well known as some of the other California historical districts. Julian is very proud of its heritage and even offers a History Hunt Card to insure that historical sites are not missed.
Our love affair with Julian doesn’t have a lot to do with the history. We know Confederate soldiers settled it after the Civil War. The town was named for Mike Julian who eventually became the San Diego County Assessor. We actually go there for the apples pies and the camping.
There are many state and county campgrounds surrounding the area. You have your pick of semi-desert to forested areas. However, I do have to give a nod to the private campground, Pinecrest. As a vintage trailer aficionado, I have enjoyed touring this campground with close to 100 vintage trailers. I have three vintage trailers of my own. Although it is a private campground, they do rent some of the vintage trailers for a unique camping experience. It’s sort of a California version of the Shady Dell campground in Bixby, Arizona.
The other reasons to visit Julian are the pies and all things apple. I can make my own apple pies, but why? Several places specialize in apple goodies and I like them all.
If you are not sold on the history, the camping, or the apple pies, Julian also has some interesting shops, unique restaurants, and wine tasting.
Looking for a day trip that has something for everyone, try Julian. Save me a piece of pie.