JULIAN / ALPINE // LA MESA
Just one hour east of downtown, the scenic mountain town
of Julian is a world away. Drive up the Cuyamaca mountains
to experience the changing seasons, a slice of history, a nature
hike and the fruits of Julian’s apple harvest: candy apples, pie,
and cider. On the way back, sip a pint or hit the slots in Alpine,
also enjoy the natural beauty and neighborhood spots loved
by locals in La Mesa.
Bailey BBQ/Julian Brewing Co.
For the perfect autumn feast, dig into some pulled
pork and a pint of Smoked Pumpkin Ale from
Julian Brewing Company.
2307 Main Street, Julian
Jeremy’s on the Hill
Jeremy’s is fine dining, Julian-style. Savor seasonal
cuisine (starting with the stellar sherry lobster
bisque), complemented by California wines and
4354 California 78, Santa Ysabel
Julian Mining Company
Pan for gold and gemstones, dig for fossils, or take
a spooky hayride at this family-friendly destination
that captures the spirit of the California Gold Rush.
4444 State Highway 78 West, Julian
Viejas Casino and Outlets
Vegas-style gambling, shopping, entertainment,
and an epic buffet can be found at San Diego’s
newest four-diamond casino and resort.
5000 Willows Road, Alpine
Alpine Beer Company
This microbrewery is best known for killer IPAs,
including their “Bad Boy IPA,” a hoppy brew with a
perfect 100 percent rating on ratebeer.com.
2351 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine
Casa de Pico
Festive décor and mariachi bands set the scene
for a memorable meal. Come for giant margaritas
and classic Mexican dishes, or sip top-shelf
tequila in the Cantina.
5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa
Aubrey Rose Tea Room
Channel your inner nobility with a traditional tea
service, complete with dainty finger sandwiches,
fresh-baked scones, and seasonal fruit.
8362 La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa
Janet’s Montana Café
Fill up on home-style comfort food, like
chicken-fried steak, omelets, and corned
2506 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine
Julian Mining Company
Apple pie and candy
apples are a must in
Julian. Double your
fun with an apple
pie caramel apple at
the Candied Apple
(2128 4th Street), or
dig into a slice of pie
topped with cheddar at Mom’s Pies
(2119 Main Street).
Then, sip spiked
cider samples at
Julian Hard Cider
(4470 Julian Road).
Explore scenic vistas,
fragrant cedar forests,
and lush meadows
on horseback with
a guided trail ride at
Julian Stables, or
San Diego Horse
Hunt for antiques in
La Mesa Village. The
strip along La Mesa
Boulevard is a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind antique shops.