For as long as I've lived in California (12 years), I've wanted to go apple-picking in Julian. It seemed like the perfect Fall activity that would help put me in the mood while the weather was still feeling Summer-y.
And yet, I hadn't gone yet!
When I casually read a blog post summarizing apple farms in the Julian area, and noticed that one is dog-friendly, I was set to go! A date was picked, family was alerted, and it was inked into the calendar. Volcan Valley Apple Farm, here we come!
I highly recommend going to this orchard during the week if it's possible with your schedule. They are open every day 10am-4pm, so the weekdays are sure to offer a more secluded experience, Just must be on leash, but be warned that there is a very friendly dog on the loose on site, most likely part of the Volcan Farms family. Daisy is not a fan of big dogs, and so this meant I had to hold her while in the parking lot.
Their bags are priced well for budget-minded folks, but it's not a very big bag. Still, walking up and down the rows of trees is a fun time! Plus, they let you try a couple of apples along the way to see if you like them (score!). We went around 3pm, and the light was perfect for photos. Bring that camera!
A great surprise was the winery that is attached to the farm! Did you wine-lovers out there hear me? A winery! Attached to the apple orchard! Plus, they have free olive oil and balsamic tastings. There are also picnic tables that are perfect for bringing a lunch with you to enjoy al fresco.
Since our visit was in early October, and peak apple-picking season is the month of September, it was slim pickin's for the apple types. Still, out bag was overflowing with apples to bring home with us.
On the way out of the orchard, be sure to stop and visit the shops and restaurants in the adorable town of Wynola. We had some fresh apple pie at Mom's, which has a huge garden and sitting area in the back. You can walk through their garden, smell the lavender, and relax after a tough stroll picking your apples. There are also a couple of great antique stores on the edge of Wynola, along Hwy. 78, that are worth stopping to visit! The Barn is a store with amazing finds at even more amazing prices. If you need furniture for your home and want something with personality and history, GO THERE! Their Facebook page offer info on where they are, as well as updates. Next door to The Barn is a small architectural garden shop that was closed during today's visit, but will be on my "must see" list for next time.
After our adventure today, we may just have a new tradition on our hands ;-)
Want to check out Volcan Valley Apple Farm for yourself?
They don't have a website, but their Yelp page offers loads of information and an address.