Historic attractions and the most delicious apples in California are waiting for you in Julian. Located less than an hour east of San Diego, the town is an alluring getaway offering picturesque views of the Cuyamaca mountains. Being proud, but not pompous about its historic heritage, Julian is one of the few dog-friendly cities where mutts are allowed inside cafes and shops if they are leashed and well-behaved! You'll find an animal hospital in this pet-friendly city that provides both routine and emergency care.
Julian is a place where wineries are abundant and extremely dog-friendly. There are at least three wineries in the area where you can relax with your leashed mutt, enjoying the beautiful surroundings and diverse selection of wine. Blue Door Winery is happy to welcome you to a picnic, and Jenkins Winery will walk you through the vineyards on a little excursion.
E. Barrett General Store is a must-visit place in Julian. This cute, old-fashioned store offers a special delicacy for your pal! Treat Fido to a Frozen Dog Treat, or take a treat from the giant glass jar of bone-shaped mini biscuits. There's plenty of stuff for your mutt to sniff and explore here. And yes, your buddy can easily come inside the store; there aren't any restrictions on sizes or breeds.
Fell in love with Julian and want to stay for a while? There are no pet-friendly hotels in the town, but plenty of other options like cabins, houses, and apartments for rent. You are welcome to stay at Tucker Peak Lodge, not far from the city center, offering an amazing experience of a natural retreat.
In less than a 5-minute ride southeast of Julian, you will find a nice recreation area at Jess Martin Park, located not far from Throne Family Ranch. This is a beautiful and convenient place to let your mutt run off-leash and play with other frequent visitors. The park is not a dog park, but the playground is fenced and protects your pooch from fleeing. Designed for playing baseball, the park has a large grassy field and offers your pup the chance to run wild and romp to his heart's content. Don't forget to take some toys and water with you! The park does not have any special water facilities for pooches.
Downtown Julian is more than just dog-friendly. It is dog-friendly to all furry foodies living nearby or visiting the town for a few days. Filled with historic buildings, shops, and the atmosphere of a rural town, Julian has dog-friendly eateries on literally every corner. Main Street is where you'll find almost all of them. You can start with Granny’s Kitchen, which offers samples and welcoming pooches on the outdoor patio. Moving further north, you'll spot Carmen’s Place, serving up all your American favorites. Or, try Romano’s Italian Restaurant, which has mouthwatering pasta and dog-friendly outdoor tables.
South Deviney Lane is significantly secluded from downtown Ramona. There are no shopping or dining activities in the area, or any tourist attractions, in comparison with San Diego County Estates, but the place offers some outdoor experience for two- or four-legged explorers and hikers. Barnet Ranch Preserve hosts more than 700 acres of terrain with numerous hiking trails and a pond. This is not a simple resort, but a natural challenge for the bravest; the hiking trails are rated from easy to moderate, but there's no water available here, so you'll need to plan in advance. If you are ready for an exciting adventure in nature, Barnet Ranch Preserve is more than happy to welcome you and your pal!
Rancho Bernardo is a community in the northern part of San Diego situated in the hills. This neighborhood has plenty of recreation areas and parks, including golf courses and country clubs. Even though the terrain is vast, and you are welcome to travel all over the place, the best spot for your pooch is the Rancho Bernard Dog Park. This is a fenced dog park with two separate areas for pooches, grass, benches, lots of room to run, and drinking fountains. And if you feel like grabbing a bite, head south to find two dog-friendly eateries: Charm Tai Kitchen, for those who love exotic cuisine, and Edelweiss Bakery, with extremely delicious pastries, bread, and dog-friendly outdoor tables.