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 | May 3, 2019

Like to place an Ad?

From: Susan Humason

Hello Palomar Mountain Community…

The Palomar Mountain Planning Organization is about to publish their annual newsletter for distribution.
If anyone is interested in placing an ad, spots are available. Ads are subject to approval.

Pricing follows:

PMPO Newsletter Ad Pricing:
BC: 2”x3.5” $35
Lg BC : 3”x3.5” $45
1/6 Page: 4”x4” $50
1/4 Page: 4”x5” $60
1/2 Page: 5”x8” $100
Full Page: 8”x10” $175

Ads need to be print-ready (high resolution pdf files) in the size noted above.
Checks to be made out to Palomar Mountain Planning Organization.
Deadline May 8 for submission.

Questions…contact Susan Humason at or 858-922-7692.

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 3, 2019

It’s Dumpster Time!

From: Cecelia Borland


May 4th and 5th at the Fire Station

Open 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday or until full

2 pickups full per household until noon, then all you want.


This dumpster will be the first of 6 that will be offered the first weekend of the month May thru October. Come early; bring your combustibles, trash, small appliances, and other rubbish that litters your yards.


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 3, 2019

Jake, his Dad and those Apple Blossoms

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The apple blossoms are amazing this year!!!

I have a little story to share…

About 20 years ago I met this wonderful family.  Mom and Dad and three sons.  We sold their land and they bought a cabin.  I can still see those three little guys, running around so excited their first day moving in. Jake was about 7 years old at the time.

Couple years later, they sold that soft A-frame cabin when they just had to have another one with an amazing view.  Oh my!!! Those boys were in high school and driving?!?  Where does the time go!  A few years later, the cabin sold and they decided on another piece of land. Then the land was sold.

Dad sent me a message a few days ago about seeing another property on this beautiful mountain that has a grip on their heart!  He showed up with Jake to see the property.  Who is this 26 year old who just came home from a year traveling through Europe?!?

Driving through the land, we had to stop to take in the amazing apple blossoms. The dad grabbed my camera and took a pic of me with ‘little’ Jake.   I’ve been watching those boys grow up through lots of real estate transactions.  I think number 8 is on the horizon … stay tuned!

Meanwhile, come up and drive State Park Road.  Looks like lots of apples on the way this year!

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 3, 2019

Kids Club Poetry Jam


From: Stacy Eriksen

In honor of April’s National Poetry Month, the Palomar Mountain Kids Club is hosting their Third Annual Poetry Jam! All mountain kids and their families are invited to come perform a poem, whether it be an original or a favorite; whether it be read, recited, or acted out!

Join us at 10am on Tuesday, May 7th, with a poem and snack to share (no nuts, please).

9:30 storytime for the little ones!

For information regarding location, contact Stacy at

Hope to see you there to celebrate the spoken word!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 3, 2019

Rusty Spurs Retreat For Sale


Once upon a time Roy and Mable Lou Riffle spent their honeymoon at a cabin on Palomar. They celebrated their anniversary for over six decades at different cabins until they purchased their own in 1962. Roy was a projectionist at Oceanside drive in theatre and later in Rancho Bernardo. Tuesday was his day off so they came up nearly every Tuesday and spent a night or two in the early days.

Fun visits with Roy and Mable Lou always included stories of keeping their horses at the lodge and riding all the trails ‘round Birch Hill and Crestline. They were good friends with the Hap Mendenhalls and looked forward to helping with the cattle drives.

Three children, Mike, Kate and John, were added to their family and all had so many happy memories. Kate was known for riding bareback all over the mountain.

Before you know it, Kate was all grown up and fell in love with Ken Telles. Where did they spend their honeymoon? The cabin of course.

It was a sad time in 1983 when that vintage cabin burned. The Volunteer Fire Department responded right away, but it went up so fast with all that dry wood. Sifting through the ashes, they found Mable Lou’s spurs. They had a key to the old cabin and kept those two mementos.

The Ruggles and Telles families rarely missed weekly visits and went right to work planning their new cabin. They choose cement block to be more fire resistant. It was quite a project getting through all the permit process and finally completing in 1995.

Palomar Trails is just about ready for a new family to enjoy. It is ‘coming soon’ but I just have to give you a sneak peek!

1568 square feet includes the main level. Vaulted ceilings and a skylight. The living room has a wood burning stove, kitchen, bedroom, full bath and nice deck to enjoy the forest views. A few worn books are waiting for you and give us a hint of how much they enjoyed watching the birds and learning their names.

The original plans called for stairs to the basement. But, during the building process, Mable Lou decided she would really enjoy that area as a pantry. Stairs could be an option for an addition.

So the walk-out basement is presently used as a work shop, game room and has extra options for sleeping. There is a full bath there, too, and (drum roll) a furnace that services both levels. (That is pretty special when the snow is falling).

It is cute-as-can-be with level land of .14 acre, extra parking, nicely groomed and freshly painted.

$249,000 and it is yours… including a very special key and much loved set of spurs

Let’s saddle up and go see!

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | April 27, 2019

Upper Meadow Lodge For Sale

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Oh my.  One of the most stunningly beautiful properties on all of Palomar has had a significant price reduction. The investment to build this amazing estate, far exceeds the asking price.  Fine craftsmanship and quality throughout.  Love to have you as a new neighbor!

Escape to your mountain getaway with family and friends or share with others as a vacation rental.  It has nothing but 5 Star reviews.  This stunning 17+ acres has been the destination for family reunions, weddings, workshops and much more with many happy memories.

So many options with the lodge, a guest house or caretakers quarters, plus a cottage on one of two parcels.  The second parcel is an unpainted canvas … what would YOUR plans be?

Click for MLS info

Upper Meadow Lodge Vacation Rental

Click for dozens of photos with virtual Open House

When can you come up?

You’ll love it, that is a promise!

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor




Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | April 26, 2019

Power and Internet News you can use

As most of you know, the SDG&E has a planned power outage scheduled for today.  We are thankful they are updating poles and making improvements to lines and equipment with a goal to be safer situations during storms.

Fred White with Western Broadband internet called and said he now has a permanent generator installed at his Birch Hill site.  He was in the process of bring up generators for his other locations at the top of the mountain.  Fred’s internet service should be just fine throughout the day.

Our generator will be humming so if any of you are have a need to check messages, charge a phone or would like a glass of sun tea, this would be the place.

Please call or message me if you need directions.

Happy Friday!

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | April 24, 2019

April Snow?

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Yes!  A foot of snow surprised us in 2010. This year we have sunshine and blue sky. It is still chilly out so I did have a jacket on for a couple septic inspections.  (Not that bright pink one – it is long-gone, I promise!)

We just got back from a few days away.  It was so beautiful to turn on to East Grade, coming up from Lake Henshaw.  The oaks at the lower elevations are already leafed out.  Several listings are waiting in the wings for spring photos and those will happen in the next couple weeks or so.

Meanwhile, the two, three story homes on my website, each had two offers.  Looks like we have fulltime families with 4 more kids joining us!

Escrow (finally!!!) closed on the 4 view acres.  It will be fun to watch the progress on that property.  Thanks to a neighbor for signing off on the easement, and survey help from the buyer, that land now has a deeded easement to the public road.  The county requires proper access to pull building permits so that was a very important addition to that title report.

Another escrow is very close.  A new roof (the third new roof recently!) went on and a leach field was needed.  Almost ready to sign off on contingencies and turn over to the new owner.  Some of these escrows recently have been pretty complicated!

Thinking of selling?  What ever situation you have with your ranch, home, cabin, lots or land, we can work together to check off the boxes and find the perfect buyer.  After all the rain in the cities and above the clouds, many buyers are so anxious to have a place of their own up here. Let’s connect!

My little mountain-made website for Palomar Properties needs updating but that will be another time.  Meanwhile, there are just a couple options left for you to explore.

Snow boots not needed.  Come on up!

Bonnie Phelps




Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | April 21, 2019

Happy Easter

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Hello Everyone,

Hoping all of you have a very special day planned celebrating Easter.

Here is a bouquet of mountain daffodils for you. Would you like to hear my favorite Easter song? That would be by Keith Green.

Have a blessed day…

Bonnie, that ole cowboy, and family


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | April 20, 2019

Rosie’s on HGTV tonight!


Like to see the before and after transformation of a long-time favorite restaurant?

Formerly Champion’s, and prior to that the Chat and Chew.  This fun restaurant has been a favorite of locals and Palomar folks for decades.  I don’t think we have ever been in that we didn’t see someone we know!

Kaitlyn Rose, has a great story about how she came to be the new owner of what four generations of our family has loved for years. Now “Rosie’s” on Grand, she is from ‘Jersey but we won’t hold that against her.

When I did the search this morning on my Facebook for this photo, the following conversation popped up with our now 11 year old grandson:

May 31, 2017 – Judah at Rosie’s Café: I’ll have the Grand Slam please.
Grandaddy: That’s a lot of food – 2 big pancakes, scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, can you eat all that?
Judah: Sure, and if anyone here wants to see my magic trick, I brought my deck of cards.
Yep, he ate the whole thing and folks loved his card trick.

You never know who you’ll run into at Rosie’s, but for sure you’ll have great food in a very fun, newly decorated café!

Tonight on Food Network’s Impossible Cafe


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