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Fall activities like apple picking and leaf blowing are not often associated with the year ’round mild temps of San Diego, California.  But it’s possible to hop in your car and take a short trip to the local Cuyamaca mountains where one can partake in traditional fall-inspired activities including apple picking at the local orchards.

Designated an official California Historical Landmark, Julian, California is located in San Diego County and is a historic gold mining town better known for its apple orchards.  By paying a visit to Pioneer Cemetery or the original Town Hall, you will get a glimpse into its colorful past; take a look down Main Street to envision the hustle and bustle that once took place during its heyday as a destination during the gold rush.  

Today, however, this sleepy little town is better known to San Diegans for the delicious apple pies that are baked daily. The town comes to life every fall during the Apple Festival  held the last weekend of September following the harvest of the apples.  Along with expected activities like music, crafts, and of course, a pie eating contest, apple picking is a fun experience for the entire family.  In fact, many of the city slickers who attend the festival have never seen an apple growing on a tree and kids are always excited to be outdoors and active! The experience of a trip to the orchard and a day spent wandering through the shops and restaurants in this little town is worth the short trip to the mountains.  Don’t leave town without a freshly baked apple pie!