My weekend blog is always dedicated to fun and interesting things to do in Encinitas and this weekend I would like to share one of my favorite places to uniquely experience the Fall and Halloween season. For my readers who have never made the journey, there is nothing quite like a trip to Julian to satisfy your senses. Within a 90 minute drive from your Encinitas home, Julian is a completely different environment from the coastal region of San Diego and offers both residents and visitors a perfect place to relax and take in the changing of the seasons by experiencing some of the most beautiful and vibrant fall colors found in Southern California. Nestled in and among the Cuyamaca mountains the fall season in Julian is well known for the area’s best apple picking orchards and the variety of B&B’s that surround this charming community. Julian, a former gold mining mecca, boasts a collection of quaint shops and art galleries featuring lots of vendors selling hand made gift ideas for the holidays. Much of the town has been historically preserved, allowing visitors to feel like they have literally been brought back to the late 1800′s. One of the best ways to view the town is to take a carriage ride transporting you back to an era where life flowed at a more relaxed pace. Many of the original gold mines have been kept alive so folks visiting Julian can tour their depths and even try their hand at panning for gold! In addition to all the amenities of the town itself, there are plenty of natural refuges and parks offering camping, hiking and fishing activities. Julian also has some of the areas most well known wineries offering tours and wine tastings daily. There is even a tour of the Pioneer Cemetery, a fitting tribute to the town’s early residents. With so much to do a weekend may not be enough to experience all that Julian has to offer. The above link to the Julian Chamber of Commerce contains details of all the fun fall activities going on this weekend!