Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | December 1, 2009

What do you love about Palomar?  How about the views?  You see Point Loma out there with the San Diego skyline and islands dotting the Pacific – so close and yet so far away –  up here in the beauty of the Four Seasons! Have a message to go out?  Simply send it my way.   If you don’t see it posted within 24 hours, please call my ‘follow-me’ number at 76O 742 one 742. Glad to keep the news heading your way about our favorite mountain!   Bonnie Phelps,  Palomar Mountain News Editor since 1998 and Palomar Mountain Real Estate since the beginning of the Century.
Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 14, 2017

And Then There Were None?

Yes, Agatha Christy’s murder mystery comes to life, well, for a short while, with five of our Palomar Mountain thespians.  We saw it last night and even though I am more of a Sound of Music gal, this was a GREAT show.  The audience was in suspense and laughing at the end – you just need to be there!

Easier than ever with four free tickets – while they last! Heidi Phelps can have them for you at the door tonight at 7 or Sunday at 2 but soon there will be none…

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 14, 2017

Sunday Morning Service and Breakfast


One of our properties in escrow is going to a man by the name of George Wolfe.  He is a retired pastor from Calvary Chapel churches.  He is bringing family and friends up for the festival and offered to have a service tomorrow morning on our patio. Weekenders, Crescent and Tonja Jakubs and their family will have a couple guitars to provide music.  You are all invited!  9 am.  BYO chair and a jacket – it’s a little chilly out there!

Knowing George gets up very early in Meniffee and usually drives to his daughter’s for breakfast, I offered to have breakfast here, too.  If you’d like to join us, I have a couple breakfast dishes coming out of the oven at 8 am. Egg casseroles, biscuits and gravy, apple muffins, fruit… That cowboy got off his horse long enough today to squeeze some big jugs of fresh OJ, now he is slicing mountain apples. Woo Hoo!   We’ll have coffee, tea and paper goods.   Since we don’t know how many to plan for, let’s potluck breakfast so bring something to share along with your chair!  Food for the body and the soul!

8 am – Breakfast

9 am – Praise and Worship

11 am – Apple Festival – here is the flyer: Apple Festival Oct. 15th!

Like to volunteer at the Apple Festival?  Free camping Saturday and Sunday night for volunteers: Volunteers needed for Festival


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 14, 2017

Volunteers needed for Festival


Want to volunteer for the Apple Festival? California State Parks Foundation is looking for volunteers both today and Sunday! This project will focus on setup, working, and tear-down of activity stations for the annual Apple Festival. Kids ages 12 and up welcome with a legal guardian. Free tent and RV camping (no hookups) is available Saturday and Sunday nights. Private campsites subject to availability; picnic area will be used as backup group campsite. for more information and/or to sign up click here:

Click for the flyer: Apple Festival Oct. 15th!


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 13, 2017

Calling all Bakers!

Kitchens ’round the mountain are sure smelling good these days with all the apple treats being made.

Part of the fun of the festival each year is baking up some great apple goodies to share.  Ranger Jessica is famous for her pies.  One year there was a big kettle of an apple chicken soup.  Lots different ideas made with apples.  So many great treats to choose from.  Just saw a recipe for an apple crisp to put in our crock pot… oh, and there is that favorite apple cake drizzled with just a bit of caramel…

Have fun with your recipes for the festival!



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 13, 2017

Bring your Water Bottle


Bring a small water bottle and get a free fill-up of mountain grown apple cider!

Another great reason to load up your family and friends and come on out to the Festival Sunday.

Apple Festival Oct. 15th!

Apple Festival Beard Contest!

Books at Apple Festival

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 13, 2017

Books at Apple Festival

The seventh annual Apple Festival is Sunday!  Palomar Author, Barbara Anne Waite’s grandfather planted many apple trees over 100 years ago.  Barb published her grandmother’s journal in two books.  They will be available Annual Palomar Mountain State Park Apple Festival:

Sunday, Oct. 15th 11 A.M. – 3 P.M. Free event!

Free apple cider and mountain Music

Carriage Ride

Conference Center donated hot chili and cornbread for sale

Barb is off at a family reunion but her husband Curt will be there selling “Elsie’s Mountain” and “Elsie-Arizona Teacher 1913-1916” memoir book. Special Apple Festival price 2 books $25.00. They will donate $2.00 from each sale to Palomar Mountain State Park. Yes, some of the cider will be made from “Elsie apples”- planted by Barb’s great-grandfather in 1904, and still producing apples.

Fun activities for children of all ages.

Apple Festival Oct. 15th!

Apple Festival Beard Contest!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 10, 2017

News you can use – Document and Check

We have a new neighbor looking forward to closing his escrow today.  He lives in Tustin.  Yesterday he had his car packed up with new things to furnish his cabin.  Then he was notified that there was to be an evacuation because of the fire raging close by.  He unpacked his car and packed up important papers, change of clothes, eye glasses, prescriptions and his parrot, Lulu.

When I talked to him and see the news, it made me think of our last evacuation on Palomar.  Many of the folks impacted by these recent fires, didn’t have much time to take anything at all. Here is a post from 2014 with tips that could be helpful to be prepared:  Do you have your ‘Stuff’ photographed? Insurance review?


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 7, 2017

Apple Festival Beard Contest!


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 6, 2017

Kids Club Field Trip Friday

Like to join us?!?  Palomar Mountain Home School Kids Club has a fun event planned tomorrow. I was thinking there might be some Mountain News friends who could join in on the last-minute fun.

We are to be there at 11 am and go in as a group.  Free admission.  ($4.00 to ride a train).

2017 Rendezvous in Poway

Everyone is invited to Rendezvous in Poway at Old Poway Park in Poway, California. Visit over 15 living history encampments demonstrating life during California’s turn-of-the-twentieth-century and civil war eras. Meet real cowboys, pioneers, mountain men and women, fur traders, gunslingers, and soldiers. Hop aboard the train, watch gun-fighting demonstrations, view handmade items for sale at the Boardwalk Craft Market, and pan for gold in a unique way near the banks of Rattlesnake Creek.

Click for the details.  The event is through the weekend.

Please call to meet up

Bonnie Phelps – with some great Mountain moms and kids!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 3, 2017

Fall Clean up – Free Chipping

Leaves are just starting to turn and it is perfect crisp and cool weather for working outside.  There are still funds for free chipping!  Now is a great time to clean up your property or leave the work to someone else.

On the Fire Safe Council Website you can click on the  link for Local Resources who all do a great job.

Then, get your piles prepared with the cut ends facing a road where the pickup and chipper can drive right up to chip.

Then go on line and fill out the simple form to schedule the FREE chipping.  Be sure to state at the top of the form that “the job is on Palomar Mountain”.

Here is the form with a link to follow for free chipping.

Happy Fall y’all!

Bonnie Phelps, Resident Realtor




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