Updated: Dec 29, 2020
Julian may be a tiny town an hour and a half east of downtown San Diego, but I can assure you you won’t run out of things to do here. This town caters to all age groups.
This weekend itinerary is designed so you can see the Julian highlights in less than 72 hours! What are we waiting for? Let’s get started!
Check-in, Dinner, Relax
Dinner: Head over to Wynola Pizza & Bistro to enjoy their thin-crust, wood-fired pizza. Yum!
Activity One: Relax by the campfire.
Breakfast, Carriage Ride, Gold Mine Tour, Lunch, Lake Cuyamaca
Breakfast options: Miner's Diner, Soups & Such, and Julian Cafe all offer delicious breakfast menus. Pick whichever place sounds good to you. Learn more about these restaurants here.
Activity One: After breakfast, stop by one of the many local bakeries to get yourself a Julian apple pie (or two or three or ten…we don’t judge here). Especially on weekends in the fall, the pie shops start to get long lines by noon.
Activity Two: Take a short walk up to the gold mine for a tour.
Lunch: Pop into Miner's Diner for lunch. You can’t leave without ordering one of their famous, old-fashioned milkshakes for dessert.
Activity Three: Walk off your burger, milkshake, and pie with a nice afternoon walk around Lake Cuyamaca.
Activity Four: For those wanting to see local wildlife, head over to the southern end of the lake to watch the deer at dusk.
Dinner: The Lake Cuyamaca Restaurant has a large dinner menu for you to enjoy.
Breakfast, Historical Scavenger Hunt, Shopping
Church: For those of you who are religious, Julian has many churches. (link church post)
If you’re not the church type or are skipping church this week, I recommend taking a morning walk on the Santa Ysabel West or the upper portion of East preserves.
Breakfast: Occasionally, Julian American Legion holds an all-you-can-eat Sunday breakfast buffet to benefit one of the many local community organizations. I highly recommend it, and we appreciate your support. When the legion isn’t holding breakfast, Miners Diner, Soups & Such, and Julian Cafe are excellent choices. Learn more about these restaurants here.
Activity One: While you’re waiting for the local shops to open, now is a great time for the historical scavenger hunt through the main street. Don’t forget to complete the card and turn it in. You can win $50.
Activity Two: It’s time to shop! Main Street offers a wonderful variety of local shops. A few of my personal favorites are Oakwood Creek, the Warm Hearth, Crow and Lilac, and the Santa Ysabel Store (though it’s not on Main Street but on Highway 78 in Santa Ysabel).
Thank you for spending the weekend with us! Have a safe drive home.