A day trip to Julian, CA
I love the drive from San Diego to Julian, through Ramona. It was a beautiful December day. We stopped first at the Julian Mining Company. This is a fun place for kids. They have panning for gold and digging for fossils. We paid $3 each to look around and learn about the gold rush in Julian.
the bottle house
We always stop at the Julian Station which has a collection of shops, including a tasting room for Julian Hard Cider. We load up on hard cider to hold us over for a few weeks. Our favorite restaurant up there is Jeremy's On the Hill. The food is consistently great and the atmosphere is very cozy. I had the bison meat loaf on Yukon potatoes with amazing braised red cabbage. The cabbage had a nice acidic bite that contrasted with the creamy potatoes and rich meat loaf. Although the meat loaf is 50% beef, it had a distinctly different bison taste. Excellent!
Our next stop was Julian Farm and Orchard. This farm has all sorts of seasonal u-picks. Picking season was over, but there were lots of fun activities for children. I wanted to go to the petting zoo. I petted goats in holiday sweaters, pigs and sheep. There were chickens in holiday bibs. In the back pasture, there was a Dexter cow and two donkeys. The piglets were adorable.
All donkeys are old souls
All these places are within a three minute drive of each other. The Julian Station area is before you come to downtown Julian. There are many more things to do, including a bakery, specialty shops and Mom's Cafe.
On the way back, we stopped at Dudley's for bread and then Trumper's in Ramona for local honey.