Julian a.k.a. Pie Country
A couple of hours from Palm Srings and an hour from San Diego is a little town called Julian.
Julian is an offical California Historical Landmark and while people visit for things like hiking (it's a stop on the PCT) and gambling nearby, we went for the PIE.
Bumbleberry pie with cinnamon ice cream from Mom's Pie House
I got a slice of Peach Apple pie and an apple cider doughnut from Julian Pie Company.
C was excited about the chocolate frosting on the doughnut even though I told her she probably wouldn't like the chocolate with the apple flavor. Guess what? She didn't.
But the peach and apple pie was STELLAR. Highly recommend!
This baby is happy is she's touching me so she lives in her Sakura Bloom carrier when we're out and about! It's like wearing a backpack with no straps around my hips or anything else too complicated. I have used it for 2 babies so far and it still works and looks great!
We let the girls run around in a little park down from the main road and walked around this building pictured above. This is Witch Creek Schoolhouse, it is the last surviving of its kind, originally built from 1888-1890 as a one-room schoolhouse in Santa Ysabel. It was moved to Julian and restored in 1971 where it is currently used as a library.
We have been dear friends with these amazing people since we lived in London. We love being close by them in southern California! They will grace many more trips in our California adventures, just you wait lol.
I took this picture of D in the sunglasses inside of the Miner's Diner (the town has significant mining history!) where there's an old fashioned soda shop. The menu includes everything from fountain soda to milkshakes and phosphates to floats. I have never tried a phosphate OR sasparilla before so we had to do it. The phosphate style of preparing the drinks leaves a little bit of a tangy flavor that we all enjoyed! I can't say I'm a sasparilla convert but I definitely don't hate it. If it really does have all the beneficial properties that were advertised a century ago I'd be sold but I have major doubts.
If you're in San Diego and wish for a little day trip to the mountains, I recommend going during the week as the weekend is sure to be crowded. There's also larger versions of the same restaurants a few minutes from the cute main street if you want to avoid those crowds.