Adventures in Julian!

Hey everyone! Hope you are all doing well today. I am having quite the lazy Sunday and thought it was the perfect time for a blog post! My roommates and I had been wanting to road trip to Julian for a while now and we finally did that yesterday! I have so many photos to share with you and hopefully by the end of this post you’ll want to visit as well.. I actually made a post about Julian the last time I visited which was around this time last year, you can check that post out here. If you are unfamiliar with the city of Julian, it is a couple hours inland of San Diego up on a mountain. The drive had many curves yet was extremely beautiful. So without keeping you waiting any longer, here was our lovely day with plenty of photos!

Starbucks Stop & Beginning the Drive


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We hit the road bright and early and decided to stop for some Starbucks. I’m already getting into the Christmas spirit and go a decaf peppermint mocha; I would definitely recommend it if you love peppermint. Luckily we live a block away from a Starbucks so we drove through super quick, got some coffee, bagels and other goodies and hit the road. The drive actually end up being super easy, although the road up the mountain is very curvy and winds around. My roommate took it very slow so we wouldn’t get carsick, which I am SO thankful for! Also I apologize for the overly exposed first photo, it was from Snapchat LOL.

Going Back in Time & Exploring Julian

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Part of our day was spent antique shopping at this adorable little place! The store must have previously been an old house, so it was super fun to explore. I’m not usually one who’s into antique shopping but this place caught my eye at every turn. I ended up buying a little case of bath salts in strawberry and oceans scents; I’m very excited to use them! I also ended up finding a little bowl full of old photographs. I stood there looking through them for so long and finding my favorites. They were only $1 a piece so I took full advantage. The earliest one I found was from 1928 and most of the rest are from the 30’s. I’m obsessed with the fashion from those times and the mysteriousness of the families draws me in. Who knows in what hands my photographs from 2017 will end up in!

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My roomies checking out the goods!

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These random little shops we popped into were so cute as well. They were just filled to the brim with Julian themed items from kitchen ware to Christmas decorations to clothes. We took our time walking through these places and I picked up some special Julian apple jelly for toast and sandwiches.

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A little snapshot of me and my lovely roommate of 3 years!

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My other adorable roommate that I’ve known since freshman year!

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Next to one of the parking lots was this beautiful area full of trees. Since I’ve grown up on the coast of Southern California, I rarely travelled into the mountains. Forests honestly kind of freak me out, which I’ve mentioned before on this blog. These tress however, were just beautiful and it was awesome to see the changing of the seasons coming out in nature. The colors are extravagant and not something I see on the regular.

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Quickest OOTD you’ve ever read in your life: White T-Shirt (Nordstrom), black distressed jeans (Melrose in the O.C.), black leather and fur mules (Steve Madden), little brown backpack (Primark). I also brought a burnt umber colored sweater (Melrose in the O.C.) and my green plaid jacket (Garage) that you’ve seen in an OOTD before. I ended up not needing the jacket or the sweater because the sun popped out and decided to hangout the entire day!

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There were endless adorable backgrounds throughout Julian. The city is so tiny but there is charm around every corner. I loved this little bench with the open sign and the flowers in the window. This is about as country and I can ever get but it was so nice to experience for a day with my best friends.

Pies, Pies, & More Pies!!!

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Where else would we go besides the legend…wait for it…dary MOM’S PIES! If you ever take a trip to Julian, this is the place to stop! There is a Mom’s pies on the road up to Julian but there is also one on the main street. The air is filled with pie goodness that you can’t help but stop in and get a slice. I usually get a slice of Apple Flakey. The crust is so light and unlike any other pie crust you’ve had before. They also have an Apple Crumble that has a crumbly crust. I have yet to try that since I’m so hooked on the apple pie with flakey crust. There’s always a line out the door, so hop in there as quick as you can!

Stolen from Snapchat & Instagram

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This horse was magnificent and I had to post a picture of him/her.

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For lunch (and before pie) we stopped at a little diner for some nice homemade food. I got a classic turkey sandwich with some potato salad that was shockingly good! It was your classic small town diner that was filled with families and tourists from around San Diego.

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Here are some of the old photographs I purchased at the antique store that are from the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s. Let me know if I accidentally own one of your grandparents’ family photos. You could’ve watched my story as I was exploring Julian! Catch me on Instagram @sageoliviablog if you’d like to keep up with my adventures in my last year of college!

After our long day of walking around this little city of Julian and feeling like we walked through a time machine to a different era, we headed home back to our apartment. The drive was again very beautiful with many cows, horses, and some goats! It was the perfect weekend getaway with people I have nothing but great memories with. Happy I got to add another one to the list! Have you ever been to Julian or a charming place like it? Let me know in the comments and I’ll talk to you guys soon! xx


  1. November 12, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    What a great day. Love all the photos. Gotta plan a trip there.

    • November 12, 2017 / 5:12 pm

      thanks and yess!

  2. November 12, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    Beautiful photos, you and your roommate look like you could be related 🙂

    • November 12, 2017 / 7:00 pm

      hahaha thank you!!😂

  3. November 12, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    this looks like such a fun road trip & I love that you included so many pics! the quick OOTD was a must, those mules are amazing 🙌🏻

    • November 12, 2017 / 8:08 pm

      thank you so much! i loved taking all the photos! and girl i have been wearing them like every single day they’re just so comfy! xx

  4. November 12, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    The photos give me spooky……😅

  5. November 12, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    Opps i mean the old photos…the antique photos..

    • November 12, 2017 / 9:22 pm

      hahaha i understood what you meant and me too! they’re so creepy yet so beautiful

  6. November 12, 2017 / 10:06 pm

    Oh my gosh, what a cute little town! The antique shop and other small shops are so cute. I love your OOTD especially those shoes, so cute! Also, my mouth is watering because of those pies lol.

    • November 12, 2017 / 10:12 pm

      thank you so much! the shoes have been my new thing lately? and yess those pies are actually to die for!

  7. November 14, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    Great pictures! The shops looked so cute.

    • November 14, 2017 / 2:11 pm

      thanks so much they were adorable!

  8. November 14, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    Looks like a super cute town!

    • November 14, 2017 / 10:02 pm

      it definitely is! xx

  9. November 16, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    I’m obsessed with your blog girl!!! Loved this ❤️❤️

    • November 16, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      thank you so much what an amazing compliment! xx

  10. November 16, 2017 / 11:33 pm

    You look SO gorgeous! I love your smile 💖

    • November 17, 2017 / 7:44 am

      aw thank you so much that’s so sweet!

  11. November 18, 2017 / 4:12 am

    Awesome TV shows! I’ll definitely binge watch desperate housewives

    • November 18, 2017 / 10:26 am

      ahh that’s a great one to binge too!

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