Where To Stay In Julian, California - Updated 2021

where to stay in julian ca

The question most people ask is what is so special about Julian? What makes this city in California so unique as to attract people across America and the rest of the world? Unlike other San Diego coastal regions, Julian features four distinct seasons and stands out as a top destination for travelers because of much more than its sweet apples, apple pies, and its festivals. The town boasts of numerous wine tasting rooms, artful galleries, and quaint shops for visitors to explore. This San-Diego County community is also filled with very comfortable hotels, safe inns, and very classy Airbnb accommodations that can serve even the pickiest traveler. Let’s take a close look at the best, reliable, affordable, and comfortable places to stay in Julian. Read on for more information on where to stay in Julian, California.


1. Julian Gold Rush Hotel (from USD 105)

The Julian Gold Rush is a modest hotel located in a safe neighborhood. It features stylish suites which are well suited for the romantic double or a solo traveler. The hotel is a two-story building with a well-decorated patio, garden, and unique honeymoon suites. Each of the honeymoon suites come with large cozy double beds and optional outdoor furniture for relaxation. This hotel offers exceptional daily housekeeping services, concierge services (on demand) and luggage storage services for your convenience. Enjoy high-speed Wi-Fi, heater, air conditioning, a library, game rooms, and even facilities for the disabled. The hotel also provides you with a healthy American breakfast to help you kickstart a beautiful day. However, the hotel doesn’t provide extra beds, and pets are not allowed.

Julian Gold Rush Hotel

Address: 2032 Main Street

Games room Garden Non-smoking throughout Security alarm Physical distancing rules followed First aid kit available Library Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay


2. Oak Hill Inn, Julian (from USD 95)

If the hotels seem to be booked, try out the luxurious Oak Hill Inn, and you will appreciate the comfort it guarantees. The inn has a pedigree of comfortability and quality after being in business for over 25 years. The accommodation comprises of double rooms which consist of a large double bed, air-conditioning, heating units, a TV and fast WiFi for your comfort. Located in a scenic and rustic environment, Oak Hill Inn has an outdoor swimming pool facility which is well fenced for pure relaxation. With accessible and secured parking spaces, the security of your vehicle is guaranteed. In case you are not satisfied with the quality of the hotel food, you can always check into any of the neighborhood restaurants which are less than 0.5 km (0.3 miles) away.

Oak Hill Inn, Julian

Address: 2333 Sunset View Drive

Parking Express check-in/check-out Fence around pool Outdoor pool Free WiFi Internet services WiFi Available Air conditioning

3. The Julian Inn (from USD 139)

There is a reason why Julian Inn is one of the best places to stay in Julian. It is a home away from home located in a beautiful mountainous region which affords picturesque views of the surroundings. The private rooms are tastefully furnished, and there are free toiletries for use. Depending on your preferences, you can choose a double room or king suites which come with an extra-large double bed. At the Julian Inn, nature is all-encompassing as you will be surrounded by mountains, a calm lake, and a beautiful outdoor garden. There is bad news for smokers as smoking is not allowed. Though, there is terrific news for everyone - availability of free Wi-Fi and parking is safe and secure.

Vacation Rentals

4. Exquisite log cabin with an outdoor spa (from USD 181)

If you want to feel the comfort of a home, stay in this lovely vacation rental. It features one bedroom fitted with one bed and one bath that can perfectly accommodate two guests. Not only is this a perfect romantic getaway with facilities to match, but the view is breathtaking too. With air-conditioning, a full-option cable TV, stylish decorations and more, Coleman Creek vacation home deserves the attribute - exquisite!

Julian, California, United States
118 reviews
Entire house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
i was worried it might be cold because we expected snow but the heater worked very well
i loved sitting on the patio early morning and watching bird tv
the bathroom is even more beautiful with the clawfoot bath and jets
place was as described - adorable cozy cabin right off main street
the bed was super comfy
everything is clean and neat
everything was very clean and comfortable
super clean and cozy cabin
clean quiet great experience overall
cabin was awesome spotless charming so well appointed
host is very responsive and friendly
everyone was very helpful and responsive
the hosts were very professional and responsive to our needs
rick and maria are the best of hosts
the cabin itself was very cozy and the host was very responsive and hospitable
loved the location just a short walk to downtown julian
great location and v cozy
super close to town so we could walk to everything
great cabin in an amazing location
i loved how close to town it is
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5. Luxurious tiny house in historic Julian (from USD 78)

The question most past guests of this house usually ask is - ‘how can something so small be so luxurious?’ Well, the answer to this question is what makes this luxurious apartment in historical Julian, a top location for visitors. Not only is it private enough for two guests, but it also comes with a room, a bed, a kitchenette, and a functional fireplace. Although no parties are allowed, who says you cannot enjoy some music with your loved one?

Adorable Tiny House in Historic Julian
Julian, California, United States
243 reviews
Tiny house 1 Bed 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the cottage is very charming and cozy
there are many great amenities and a great little table outside to enjoy your coffee in the morning
unexpected amenities like coffee and tea lilacs out back and toiletries in the bathroom too
loved all the amenities and use of the tiny kitchen
the only thing missing was a tv but there’s free wifi so just bring your ipad or laptop
very clean and comfortable
great place for two nice and clean and very worm
clean near town and in a quiet neighborhood
tidy clean nice warm and quite room for stay at julian
the house was lovely clean and super cozy - especially loved the fireplace
chris is an amazing host; super responsive to questions and very courteous
chris was an excellent host and routinely checked in to make sure i had everything i needed
chris the host is amazing and responds very quickly if you have any questions or issues
chris was so helpful and gave us great advice and tips
the home was as described and the owners communication was definitely the best
very cute place centrally located near main street
great location cutest little place
great location and close to everything in julian
it was close to the downtown which is a perfect location
the location is perfect and so close to the town of julian
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6. Getaway cabin surrounded by pine trees

If you love rustic apartments with ample space for a group getaway, there is only one place to look, and that is the Cowboys Paradise Cabin. The entire cabin can occupy up to four guests in its spacious two bedrooms, each with one bed and a shared bath. Visitors will enjoy Wi-Fi, a standby host, pressing iron, a full kitchen, and guess what – pets are allowed!

Cowboy Cabin in Julian CA
Julian, California, United States
218 reviews
Entire cabin 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the space itself is comfortable with the basic amenities and cute cowboy related decors
that's an option and the wifi worked perfectly
nice and warm with the gas heater in the kitchen and wood stove in the living room
the cowboy cabin is a cozy super comfortable home with beautiful views and lovely hosts
the kitchen is terrific and the beds are comfy the decoration is rustic but thoughtfully done
the cowboy cabin was clean comfy and quite inviting
the cowboy cabin is rustic has its own charm and is very clean
we found the cabin to be very clean and welcoming
the cabin is rustic but clean cozy and comfortable
the cabin is always clean the bed is comfortable and the shower nice and hot
shirley was a great host
shirley was super helpful and communicative throughout our stay
shirley and rich are great hosts and very attentive
shirley was very welcoming and responsive
shirley and rich were excellent responsive hosts
that location was very comfortable
close to dining and great hikes
quiet comfortable and very close to the town
great place to relax and get away from city life
you can easily walk to julian
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7. Picture-perfect private cottage (from USD 165)

Imagine being surrounded by oak trees, well-beaten trails, horses, and majestic mountains. These features are what visitors stand to enjoy when they book this stylish apartment with a friendly service always on stand-by. You will find this tastefully decorated studio suitable for a romantic getaway, featuring a cozy bed and a full bathroom. Enjoy maximum comfort and convenient facilities for any length of your stay. Other features of this fantastic cottage include a propane barbecue, a Keurig tea/coffee maker, a microwave, a refrigerator, and WiFi internet access.

Private Studio Cottage on 25 Acres under OakTrees
Julian, California, United States
269 reviews
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bed in the cottage was so comfortable
the "enchanted oaks" cottage is a very comfortable and private hideaway
the cottage is very comfortable and gives a unique experience
no tv but it’s nice to unplug
this cozy cottage is perfect for a peaceful getaway for one or two people
very clean and cozy
super clean and safe
it was very clean
very clean loved everything about our stay
the house was clean and comfortable
leigh was a wonderful host
leigh was very responsive
thank you leigh for your kind hospitality
leigh was also communicative and friendly
leigh was welcoming responsive and kind
nice location within short walking distance to town
great location on a beautiful farm but still within walking distance to julian
wonderful walk to town
relaxing and so close to town
this place is really special the location is beautiful and close to town
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8. An exotic treehouse (from USD 262)

Here is a perfect destination for a group vacation of up to four guests who wish to experience Julian’s natural scene. With a super host on hand to attend to your needs, the home comprises of one large bedroom with two large beds and a full bath. The cottage is surrounded by 10.1 hectares (25 acres) of oak trees, tame horses and the mountains of Julian. Not forgetting air-conditioning units, heaters, and an indoor fireplace all fitted for your comfort. You can even board a horse and explore the green location, but for an extra charge.

Tall Timbers Treehouse on 25 acres
Julian, California, United States
93 reviews
Entire house 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
built around a lovely fireplace that doubles as the heater for the unit
the actual cabin was very tastefully appointed with wonderful small items kitchen was stacked with snacks coffee etc
this place was a magical retreat the home was just as described and such a comfortable get away
the house is charming nicely appointed and very comfortable
well stocked clean and beautiful
stylish clean and warm
perfect quiet getaway clean place with everything you need
super clean not difficult to get to nice retreat
everything was new and clean and showed pride of ownership
leigh is a wonderful host
leigh and dave are excellent hosts
leigh is a great host and the place is decorated nicely
thanks for being a wonderful host
leigh was very helpful with tips about local activities and restaurants etc
beautiful location and relaxing treehouse and property
it was easy to walk to town and overall close to everything around julian
a perfect place to get away and relax
very relaxing and peaceful yet close to town if needed
it's a perfect place to unwind and relax
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9. Whimsical Wild Rose Cottage (from USD 175)

Also for lovers of nature, this quaint cottage is nestled 1.5 km (0.9 miles) from Julian, and surrounded by mountains and the ruins of the 1870’s Gold Rush. Nothing beats sitting on the private patio, taking in the fresh breeze and 5 acres (2 hectares) of nature views. The Wild Rose Cottage is surrounded by evergreens, towering oaks, and well-appointed amenities. It boasts of a Victorian king bed, a wood-burning stove, high ceilings and an en-suite bathroom with a bathtub for two. Also, get to enjoy your favorite shows with the satellite TV while relaxing in the cozy rocking chair. Extras include a heater, air conditioner, a gas barbecue, complimentary Julian breakfast, and high-speed WiFi.

Wild Rose Cottage- Incl Bkfst! Farm Fresh Eggs!
Julian, California, United States
116 reviews
Farm stay 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the air conditioner in the cottage was a welcome relief
beautiful bed and very comfy couch
the bed was super comfy with lots of pillows
we slept like babies on the very comfortable bed
cabin was very clean and cozy
easy check-in extremely clean very comfortable accommodations
the cottage itself was impeccably clean and neat and decorated in a very tasteful style
we felt completely at home the house was beautiful *immaculately* clean fully stocked for cooking and relaxing
very thoughtful hosts
we had a wonderful stay and the hosts were amazing
dana was so helpful and accommodating
our host thought of all the little details to make our stay enjoyable
dana and richard are excellent hosts and there’s nothing they don’t think of to accommodate you
the location was great
relaxing and beautiful location
it’s close to the mountain village of julien where there are great shops and eateries
they're also located so close to the heart of julian and the wonderful william heiss park for hiking
adorable cottage in a great location
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Spend your holiday in comfort and style

If you ever find yourself in Julian; either on a business trip or for a romantic getaway, and comfort and style are your things, you should look out for one of these accommodations. Choose one of these top places to stay in Julian and experience only the best the city has to offer.

FAQ for travel to Julian, California

1. What’s the cleaning and sanitisation process for accommodations during COVID-19?

The cleaning and sanitisation process between guest stays may differ depending on the host (if you’re booking a vacation rental) or hotel/resort. The CDC has issued guidelines for businesses and communities to follow. All accommodations will clean and sanitise your booked accommodation before and after your stay.

Cleaning: this refers to the removal of dust and dirt from surfaces (by sweeping, vacuuming and/or mopping). Your accommodation will also be cleaned by emptying bins, replacing bedsheets and towels etc.

Sanitisation: this refers to the use of CDC-approved chemicals to kill germs/bacteria, and of course the COVID-19 virus, from surfaces like doorknobs and lightswitches.

2. Can I cancel my reservation? What’s the cancellation policy?

The short answer is yes. However, whether you’ll get fully refunded for your reservation is another thing. Cancellation policies are decided by the host (for a vacation rental) or hotel/resort and can therefore vary. You should check your booking confirmation for details on the cancellation policy and the cancellation fees or refund for your booking.

3. What’s the average price for an accommodation in Julian?

For a vacation rental, the average price can range from 100-200 USD, depending on what you’re looking for (property type, location etc.). You can expect to pay about the same for hotels in Julian, usually the average price per night is between 100-200 USD. Budget travellers may be able to find motels, inns, or lodges for under 100 USD.

4. Where’s the best area to stay for a work trip in Julian?

Since the closest commercial airport to Julian is in Carlsbad, CA - 53 miles (85 kilometers) away - you might want to forgo staying near the airport. Julian’s downtown area is the best alternative. This historic section of town offers easy access to many things from tasty eateries to handy general services. If you want to grab a beer or glass of wine there’s breweries and wineries available.

5. Where’s the best area to stay for nightlife in Julian?

Julian nightlife is low-key at best. This town offers no concentrated area to indulge in after-hours activities. Many of the options are a scattered collection of wine bars and beer breweries. The top spots are Julian Station - which offers live music -, Julian Brewing Company, Julian Hard Cider, Blue Door Winery, Menghini Winery, and Julian Wine & Chocolate.

6. Where’s a family friendly place to stay?

Julian doesn’t offer many family friendly lodgings. But there are a few such as The Loft at Julian Station, Julian Lodge, and Julian Gold Rush Hotel. The kid features range from arcade/games room at The Loft at Julian Station to board games and puzzles at Julian Gold Rush Hotel. The Loft at Julian Station’s average price is 120-130 USD. Julian Lodge and Julian Gold Rush Hotel have an average price of 100 USD. If you want a camping adventure, there’s KQ Ranch RV Resort.

7. What’s there to do closeby?

Most of the top things to do in the area are in Julian. You can pan for gold at Julian Mining Company. Sample cider at a collection of spots such as Miner’s Saloon and Julian Hard Cider. Indulge in apple picking at Apple Starr Orchard in the fall. As for nearby activities, you could check out Santa Ysabel Mission in Santa Ysabel. Read our article on the best things to do in Julian for more ideas on what to do in the area.

8. What are some family friendly things to do nearby?

Most of the fun activities are in Julian. You could check out Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures in Santa Ysabel. This attraction offers weekend farm tours that include a reptile show, archery, a petting zoo, and more. There’s also Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona, CA - just 30 minutes away from Julian.

9. Where are the best hiking spots near Julian?

Julian is surrounded by beautiful parks and preserves that offer superb hiking opportunities. In fact, Julian has 15 well-known hiking trails and many are showcased in these parks and preserves. The top spots to visit are Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, and Santa Ysabel Preserve.

10. What’s the best thing to eat in Julian?

Julian is famous for their abundant apple orchards and scrumptious apple pies. The go-to place to get a slice is Mom’s Pie House or Julian Pie Company.

11. Can we host an event in an Airbnb?

Yes - well it depends on the Airbnb host. Each property has different house rules, some Airbnb hosts allow their properties to be rented out for events or parties. To find properties where parties and events are allowed, click on “more filters” on the search results page, and scroll down to “house rules”, you can then click “parties/events allowed”.

Do note that due to the pandemic, Airbnb has currently banned all events at listings (violation of this ban will result in the removal of your account if you’re a guest or listing if you’re a host).

12. What are the best hotels in Julian near Anza Borrego Desert State Park?

For hotels near Anza Borrego Desert State Park, we recommend Palm Canyon Hotel and RV Resort and Borrego Valley Inn.

13. What are the best hotels with highly-rated breakfasts?

Hotels with highly-rated breakfasts in Julian are Julian Gold Rush Hotel, Wikiup Hummingbird Hotel, and Quiet Mind Mountain Lodge & Retreat.

14. Should I buy travel insurance for my trip?

Travel insurance is always a great idea if you’re going on an expensive trip. That way, if you have to cancel your trip due to unforeseen circumstances, you know that you’ll be covered for prepaid, non-refundable and cancellation fees. Read our guide on trip cancellation insurance cover to learn more.

15. What are the best restaurants in Julian?

[Disclaimer]: Due to COVID-19, restaurants/eating establishments may either be closed due to restrictions or have had to close down permanently. Please be sure to check for updated information from the official websites before planning your visit.
Our top recommendations for restaurants in Julian are Romano’s Restaurant for authentic Italian food, Miner’s Diner if you’re looking for a classic diner with an old fashioned soda fountain bar, Julian Cafe for a quaint cafe with delicious food, and Julian Beer Co which is a large brewery with fantastic food and beer.

16. What are some unique experiences in Julian?

There are some fantastic unique experiences in Julian, such as getting to interact with alpacas and tour a fiber mill or feed and ride a donkey on a private ranch in Julian.

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