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Sip home-pressed cider in main street cafés, or sample their famous traditional-baked apple pie, hike into the mountains on curving trails that disappear into the wilderness, or visit local casinos for an evening of temptation in front of flashing slot machines. Julian is a unique California destination, where specialty stores offer alternative shopping, wild wolves roam vast enclosures, and ancient museums are filled floor to ceiling with objects d’arts from pioneering days.

Things to see

The California Wolf Center is a remarkable visitor attraction and one of only a few locations throughout the world where humans can visit with wild wolves. From the security of several viewing areas you can marvel at packs of Alaskan wolves on the prowl, or watch a troupe of Mexican wolf pups at play. Back in the town of Julian, you can explore its unique history in the Julian Pioneer Museum, a tribute to some of California’s earliest residents. Through antiquated artefacts and an impressive collection of black and white images, you’ll discover how the townsfolk lived in the 1800s. The building itself has a remarkable history, first as a blacksmith’s shop where smelted ore was crafted into tools, and then as a brewery, a popular choice with the locals. In keeping with tradition, Julian still keeps hold of its brewing tradition, but these days it’s all about the wine that’s produced at the 6 acre family-run Menghini Winery on the outskirts of town. Stroll through the apple orchards and trailing vines as you learn about the different grapes grown here, before enjoying a tasting session in the dedicated tasting room.

Hotels in Julian

The hotels in Julian are perfectly suited for the ranching lifestyle that’s so popular in this part of California. Amid the jagged landscape of the Californian outback, covered in rough brush and pockets of trees, you’ll find discount hotels with a friendly welcome and comfortable guestrooms large enough for families. Large timber-framed lodges with outdoor decking enough elevated views across the canyons. The decor in many is a little chintzy and old-fashioned, with aged wooden furniture and floral quilted bedcovers, but it’s a small price to pay for such a homely feel and affable welcome.

Where to stay

Julian is a small town, spread out in the lower reaches of a valley with views of rolling hills on all sides. Where Main Street runs a straight line through the center of town, you’ll find a pretty collection of independent stores, from old-fashioned liquor outlets to collectables shops crammed full of dusty antiques. There’s a really historic air to this part of town, visible in its discount hotels and friendly bars. The timber framed stores are roofed with roughly cut shingle tiles, newspapers are dispensed through coin-fed slot machines, and the American flag hangs outside brightly-painted grocery stores and quaint cafes.

How to get to Julian

To the west, the San Diego International Airport overlooking the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean is the nearest arrivals port for overseas travelers, and it’s a shortish journey from there to Julian if you’re traveling by car. You can get here by public transport, although the route is complicated with several changes and can take a full day to complete. Once inside the town, everywhere is close enough to walk to, but if you’re traveling with a hire car you’ll benefit from the freedom it gives to visit the fabulous wineries, unique nature reserves, and idyllic National Forests nearby.

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