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 | September 20, 2018

Sleeping Beauty Cabin For Sale


Such a charming cabin – this Sleeping Beauty in the Woods!  With beginnings in 1962, the 1221 square feet includes the living and dining area in front of a big stone fireplace and knotty pine kitchen. A large master bedroom with room for a king bed, plus a second bedroom are on the walk-in level. Upstairs is a wonderful loft with a game table and a delightful 3rd bedroom. The cabin is built over a large garage/workshop. The forested half acre also has another garage, wood shed and vintage outhouse, now providing storage for tools and those sleds. Are you the Prince in waiting to do some repairs and updating? Come see if Sleeping Beauty is for you! More info is waiting for you here:

So lovely up here just waiting to be Fall on the Mountain!  Come on up for your tour!

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 17, 2018

Kids Club going to the Birds!


From:  Stacy Eriksen

This Tuesday, September 18th, PM Kids Club is going to the birds! Arrive at 10-ish with your littles for a 10:15 storytime and a bird-themed craft. At 11:00, Will from the State Park will be presenting on birds of Palomar. Afterwards, we’ll be dissecting owl pellets. All mountain kids are welcome to join us!

(Please note: pellets have already been pre-ordered by families. We may have a few extra, for $3 each.)

See you at the Observatory Outreach Center (aka the old school house). Bring a snack to share, but please no nuts due to allergies.

The Palomar Mountain Kids Club meets Tuesday mornings at various locations around the mountain. Come play with us!

Questions? Contact Stacy at

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 16, 2018

Cabins in the Wings!


‘In Escrow’ signs are up on the last of the little cabins!  Palomar is sold out – again!

The most recent escrow is for the ‘The Definition of Cute’.  The soon-to-be-owners are so excited.  They already picked out a fun cabin name, have some charming decorating ideas planned and even bought new flannel sheets with a mountain pine cone theme!  They are ready to enjoy fall on the Mountain with the rest of us!

I do just happen to have two new cabins heading your way!

One owner is coming tomorrow to get a load of personal things.  So, we’ll be able to have “Sleeping Beauty’ staged and ready for viewing the first of the week.

Another very nice home-in-the-woods with two fireplaces had a cleaning gal there today while the sellers were doing their final moving.

Both will have ‘Coming Soon’ postings with photos the first of the week!

Do YOU have a cabins, home, ranch or land you are thinking of letting go?  We have had very good showings recently.  Kids are back in school and folks are looking for a fun getaway for the holidays.  What questions can I answer for you?  Thinking this time next week we will see more ‘in escrow’ signs up.  Glad to have YOU be a part of all this Fall real estate fun!

Let’s connect!

Bonnie Phelps-burning-the-almost-midnight-oil-again!




Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 16, 2018

Fire Safe Council

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From: Cecelia Borland

Everyone is invited to the next Fire Safe Council meeting. 

Saturday, September 22nd at the Fire Department equipment bay, 10 am.

All are welcome. Come and learn how you can help make your property and all of Palomar more fire safe.



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 16, 2018

Apple Festival Oct 21


Save the date!  The 8th annual Apple Festival is coming Sunday, October 21st.  It is always such a great time!  Let all your family and friends know, find some wonderful apple recipes to make to share and a good time is promised for all!

Stay tuned for volunteer opportunities!

Hooray for Fall and the Festival!

Bonnie Phelps


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 15, 2018

3 Events in State Park tomorrow


The events designed for campers are now being made available for all.  Will Meyst is our very wonderful State Park Interpretive Specialist.  He is providing the schedule for you to bundle up your family, call some friends to join you and come on up to Palomar to join in the fun.

Saturday, September 14, 2018

10:30 am

Hike: Weir Trail to Lower Doane Valley Trail

at Doane Pond Parking Lot

2 hour program

Join Park Interpretive Specialist Will Meyst for a hike into the absolutely stunning French Valley. The group will hike to the Historic Weir site then loop back to the Doane Pond parking area along the Lower Doane Valley Trail.

Meet at the Doane Pond parking lot. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. Moderate difficulty due to terrain and climate. 2 mile hike.

May not be suitable for children under the age of 6 due to terrain and climate.

3:30 pm

Junior Rangers: Mammals

at Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center

40 minute program for children ages 7-12 and all ages

Discover secrets of our mountain’s furry friends. Sign up in the Ranger Station at the park entrance.

Wear sturdy shoes, bring water and meet at the Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center.

7 pm

Campfire Program: Sing-Along-Songs

at Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center

40 min program – suitable for all ages

Join Park Interpretive Specialist Will Meyst for an evening of singing classic campfire songs. You’re sure to leave this program with a spring in your step and a song in your heart!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 8, 2018

Dumpster is Full! Great option!

Wow, it filled up fast this time!  Thanks to Glenn and Cecelia Borland for staffing today and all of you for cleaning up and being the early birds!

If you already have your truck loaded up, Pala Transfer Station is the best option in the county!  Great prices, friendly staff.  And, drum roll… you can drop off all you e-waste – computer, old tvs, etc at no charge!

Hooray for cleaning up the mountain!


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 1, 2018

Better Insurance Rates?

Wouldn’t that be wonderful?  Did you know Palomar’s ISO rating has gone down?

ISO stands for Insurance Service Office.  These ratings range from 1-10 as 1 being the best and 10 being the worst. As a volunteer fire department, Palomar Mountain held an ISO rating of 9 but with the implementation Cal Fire/ San Diego County Fire, Palomar Mtn new ISO rating is apparently closer to a 3.  For most insurance companies, this is significant and could possibly save you money on your insurance.

Some of you have had insurance for a long time and are pretty content with your rates.  In my opinion, you might just want to keep things as they are.

However some folks have had increases in their rates recently or have mentioned very high rates.  If you choose to contact your insurance company or shop around, be sure to mention the ISO rating had been reduced recently.  They may provide a form to be filled out with fire department questions.  The friendly crew at the fire department have been very helpful.

When new owners are heading this way, I always suggest they contact the company that provides insurance for their primary home, vehicles and business.  You can often have a savings if the same company insures all.  Some options for insurance are found at the Mountain Yellow Pages.   Any corrections or additions are always welcomed.

Hope to see you at the Potluck today!

Happy Labor Day Weekend to All!

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 29, 2018

Dumpster Days again SOON!

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Plan ahead and start gathering your stuff! This is really a great deal and time and money saver.  Thanks to all the volunteers who work together to have this opportunity for the community!

From: Cecelia Borland

Palomar Dumpster Days coming again soon!

Saturday September 8

Sunday September 9

Improve your defensible space

Get rid of all the “stuff” outside your house that is a fire hazard.

The Palomar Mountain Fire Safe Council is sponsoring defensible space

“clean up” days. A large roll off dumpster will be parked at 21610 Crestline

Road, by the fire station, for community use. The dumpster will be opened

at 9:00 AM and closed at 4:00 PM or sooner if full.

Limit of two pick-up truckloads per resident until 12 noon on Sunday.

Come early!

Items NOT accepted:

Tires, hazardous waste, paint, chemicals and e-waste

This free event is made possible by the Palomar Mountain Fire Safe Council

Donations are appreciated to help cover the cost of dumpster rental


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 28, 2018

Lions, Bobcats, Fox, Deer…

Seen any mountain lions lately?  One of our weekenders (who asked for anonymity) shared these photos tonight, taken over the past couple months from his camera at their cabin.

This is north of Birch Hill but could be most anywhere on Palomar.   I’ve personally noticed many more deer the past couple weeks all across the mountain.  I can’t help but think they were pushed this way from the recent fires.

About noon a couple days ago, I was walking through our orchard to put trash in our dumpster.  A large mountain lion trotted by about 50 feet in front of me.  He didn’t even look my way, but went straight up the hill.  (Where our four grandkids live!)  I let them know a visitor was headed their way so they let their LDG Dogs out.

What can you do?  Be alert, make noise, stand tall, face the lion, yell, don’t turn and run… lots more tips for living together with all our wildlife in our beautiful forest are all over the net.

I’ll be posting more recent photos soon sent by other neighbors.

Bonnie Phelps


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