Jaunting Around Julian, California

I’ve been California dreamin’ since last week, so I’ve decided to stick with that state this week. I love reliving all of these trips.

While I was in San Diego for work, I located the nearest Whole Foods and stocked my hotel fridge every few days. As with most Whole Foods, my cashier and bagger were incredibly friendly. I told them I was visiting from Texas and asked what to explore. I told them I loved the outdoors and I was willing to drive. They both agreed I needed to head to Julian.

Julian is a small gold rush mountain town about 60 miles east of San Diego. First things first, the drive is worth every.single.mile.

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On the road again…

There are twists and turns, and mountains and trees. There is water, and there is peace. If you’re in San Diego, consider this a day trip outside the city, if not a complete stop and stay on its own.

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The hills are alive, with the sound of music

California gets me every time! As if the drive weren’t enough (nature makes me emotional), the ability to just step away from the pressure of work and surround myself with homemade this and that, and people who have a heartbeat for their tiny town, made it that much more memorable.

Julian MomsI bought some lavender to bring home and bake with, and inhaled the smell of fresh pie as I strolled from shop to shop.

Julian lavender

Here are a few other snapshots from my limited time in Julian.

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I should note that I only had time to visit the historic district. If you go, make plans to spend time hiking, visiting art galleries, shopping or enjoying an adult beverage. There are tons of bed and breakfasts, inns, etc. to choose from in the area. The Julian Chamber of Commerce website is full of information, and the Facebook page is a great resource too. I’m actually glad I was unaware of everything to do there at the time, because my inability to leave and return to work would have most certainly resulted in job loss.

Aside from solo travelers, I think this would be a great place for a couples get away, a guys or girls weekend, or family travel…so basically, unless you hate nature and nice people, this is a great place for anyone to visit. It’s just has its own feel. I plan to return and spend more time ASAP.

Have you ever been to Julian? 

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