There is a very small, unincorporated community just outside of Julian, California called Wynola. The original town acted as a gateway to Julian, and was home to the first gold strike in the area. As people moved into the bigger mines of Julian, Wynola became an agricultural center. Apple, peach and pear orchards line the countryside, and it’s still home to active ranches.
It’s also home to some of the finest hard apple cider you can find! The Wynola Farms Marketplace is housed in a 1943 apple packaging facility and cider house. In fact, if you wander into the back by the coffee shop, you can still see one of the old scales. It’s a charming facility, and there is no better way to enjoy it than to step up to the bar in the “saloon” for a hard cider tasting. Tastings are only $3, and you can buy bottles from Julian Hard Cider store (which is right next door in the Marketplace) if something takes your fancy. The Marketplace also offers up gifts, games, wine tastings, food and live country music on Sundays starting at noon.
Just down the road from the Marketplace is Moms Pie House. Moms bakes fresh daily, and it is no surprise that some of the biggest hits are apple pies made from the famous Julian apples. Just like its location inside Julian, this place is packed no matter what time of day you drive by it. But judging from the enthusiastic responses, the line could be worth the wait.
So, the next time you are driving down to Julian, give yourself some time to enjoy the beautiful views and delicious offerings of Wynola.