Last year we took Grace to Julian for a fun family day of apple picking and decided to make it an annual fall tradition. She enjoyed it last year but this year she was especially into it. We learned our lesson and got up early this year to beat the heat. We arrived at the orchard last year right around 1:00pm and it was so hot! This year we got there right at 10:00am when they opened and it was much cooler, although by the time we were leaving around 11:30am, it was already starting to warm up.
Apple Starr Orchard was the only organic orchard I could find in Julian so that made it easy for us to decide which one to go to. The people were extremely nice and the orchard has complimentary wagons for little ones if you need it, although they are limited. We used a wagon last year but skipped it this year since Grace was so excited to run around and pick the apples all by herself.
Dont forget to bring:
- your camera
- closed toed shoes
- cash for the apples (they only accept cash or check with ID)
I believe the weeks of operation for the different orchards change slightly each year so make sure to check their website before you plan your trip! We’ve found that early September is the best time to go before all the apples have been picked over.
After picking our apples (and a few pears – Apple Starr has both!) we headed to the downtown area of Julian to explore and do some window shopping. There are tons of antique places to shop if you’re into antiques, and of course a few places to pick up a delicious apple pie to bring home.
On our way out of town we stopped at Jeremy’s on the Hill for lunch and the food was delicious. If you’re local to San Diego, Julian is definitely worth the drive. Read more about all there is to do, eat and drink while you’re there, here.