Small Town of Julian

Out into the countryside of San Diego is a small town called Julian, known for their apples. Apple orchards, apple picking, apple pies! Yum! I ventured out there in December, mainly because I had a client photo engagement session arranged there, but my friend Cara actually knows the bride, so she and I decided to make a little outing out of it before the photo session started.


Such a cute and charming used book store!


Can you tell what we had for lunch?


As soon as we finished lunch, this Alpaca was just waiting for us right outside the restaurant. Of course, we had to take photos (you can see mine on instagram!). He was such a cutie, with the raddest set of teeth I ever did see.


Just a block away, there was a performance piece being done in parking lot. We sat down to watch a group of performers dressed in cowboy-era clothes talk about how the town of Julian was back in the day when it was still a gold-mining town.

It wasn’t until a bee stung me in the calf that Cara and I had to quietly bow out of watching this performance and perform some quick maneuvers into a nearby convenient store for some anti-itch cream. Sigh. First time getting stung by a bee, and I had a photo session to shoot just half an hour later.


Seriously so old-school, I love it!


We didn’t get to explore as much as we wanted because 1.) I got stung by a bee and my leg was not happy about it, 2.) I ultimately came there for a client photo shoot, so there was little time for other things.

It seems like a great little getaway town close to San Diego, maybe less than an hour from the main cities. I do want to try to come back when it’s apple season, and there is more activities to do like apple picking.


  1. January 20, 2016 / 1:11 pm

    I love little small towns like this! They are usually filled with so many new experiences and interesting people.

    • Deasy Noel
      January 20, 2016 / 5:14 pm

      I totally agree with you. The people are always so nice and welcoming too!

  2. January 20, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    Mhmmm the food looks so yummy and the pictures look good too :)

    • Deasy Noel
      January 20, 2016 / 5:13 pm

      Oh my gosh, yes. And the best part, I forgot to photograph! There was this delicious warm apple cider with caramel and whipped cream that was just SOOO good!

  3. January 20, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    What a wonderful little town! It reminds me of the town in The Proposal! It’s just so cute and quaint!

    Shannon Sage

    • Deasy Noel
      January 20, 2016 / 5:13 pm

      Ooo, I need to rewatch that movie!

  4. January 21, 2016 / 1:28 am

    Incredible photos Deasy! I’m visiting Cali in the summer… maybe a spot to visit? Frankie x ~

  5. itgirlbyeleonorapetrella
    January 21, 2016 / 3:40 am

    Lovely pics!


  6. January 21, 2016 / 7:57 am

    What a lovely place that seems to be and the food looks delicious! Amazing photos Deasy!

  7. January 21, 2016 / 8:47 am

    These are such beautiful travel photos! Loving the small town vibes :)

  8. January 21, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    Looks like such a pretty town! never been to San Diego, and I want to!!! :)
    Thanks for sharing these lovely photos!

    Have a wonderful day babe!


  9. January 21, 2016 / 12:45 pm

    This looks like so much fun! I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog. I’m excited to read more!

  10. January 21, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. It is nice to know more places to come visit when given a chance. Such a nice small town you have there.
    xo, Christianne

  11. January 21, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    I don’t think I could ever go anywhere where their specialities are apple pies.. I would never leave!!!

    These images are beautiful and it looks like a great weekend getaway spot too!

    Sending you love from Sydney!

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  12. January 22, 2016 / 4:27 am

    Ahhh! I have never heard of Julian, but this place looks like small-town heaven. Sorry that you did not get to explore more, but maybe you can make a non-work-related trip out there again to explore it further!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

  13. January 22, 2016 / 4:59 am

    Your photography is absolutely stunning ♥

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