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 reach out to me. Glad to keep the news heading your way about our favorite mountain!  
and Palomar Mountain Real Estate since the beginning of the Century!
Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 4, 2020

Happy 4th Music from the Firewood Stand and Clan Phelps

4th of July

Happy Fourth of July Weekend!  Here is a great music video for your Independence Day Celebration.

Four little “Woodpeckers”, also known as the Phelps’ Kids,  are grateful to live in America.  Home of the Free, because of the Brave.

Since all our campgrounds are open now, thankful campers appreciate being able to get firewood for their campfires.  What is a camping trip without s’mores?!?!

Enjoy your 4th and one of our favorite songs:

God Bless the USA!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 3, 2020

Free Stools


Hoping someone could use these nice stools:

2 counter stools 25 inches

They are on our patio so you can come snag them.  Our place is on State Park Road – also the home of the Kid’s Woodpecker Firewood Stand.  Can’t miss it.

Thank you!


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | June 21, 2020

Happy Father’s Day from our place to Yours!

Father's Day 2020

This Woodpecker Firewood Stand, out on State Park Road, is the only business in the zip code that is open 24/7!  Mask free, and on the honor system, with nothing but happy costumers. I just have to giggle when I look up from my desk and see folks pull in.  They often jump out and take and take a picture with this fun little attraction on Palomar.

As most of you know, our son Brandon, his wife Heidi and our four Treasures, live next door.  Those kids worked all through the winter, hauling and bundling to keep their stand stocked and building up their inventory for their summer business.  Weekends, of course, are the busiest. They are very attentive to keep up on the supply of firewood and free kindling to have everything ready for customers.

However, this weekend they recruited GramBonnie to fill in while they took off for some very special family time.  I told Brandon this morning, I was so proud of him and the weekend they planned.  With all that is going on in our world today, they are escaping. They’ll be creating fun memories forever of their Father’s Day Weekend 2020.  Heidi orchestrated all the contents for the backpacks, the kids each packed their own and they took off on a trek up to San Jacinto!  Camping in a tent at night, they have a goal for exploring about 20 miles of another beautiful mountain over the next couple days.

When you’d like a fun photo, you are always welcome to stop in and use the Woodpecker Firewood Stand Photo Booth. Hope you all enjoy your time celebrating dads wherever you may be. Happy Father’s Day Weekend to YOU!

Bonnie and Family

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | June 21, 2020

68 Acres of Adventure REDUCED!


Would you like to escape to a very special place where you don’t need a mask?  Come on up and join us, a mile nearer heaven.  Breathe our fresh air, hike to your heart’s content and celebrate your freedom on this 68 acres of adventure!  A great well with delicious water Palomar is famous for has 38 GPMs at 300 feet. You are totally independent here, off grid, with so much room to roam.

The owner has created an oh-so-charming glamping experience with two outdoor patio areas for you.  Take in the refreshingly beautiful views across your own extremely private forest.  Gaze out over Mendenhall Valley, up to High Point Lookout and the Observatories.

This land is even more attractive with a $30,000 price reduction.  It is truly amazing that a place so beautiful is so close, yet so far away from the stress and craziness of the cities.

Click for the detail s including some new photos then let’s explore and make it YOURS!

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | June 10, 2020

Camp for the kids this summer?

adventure camp

So many great times in store for your son or daughter at camp this summer on Palomar.

Base Camp, Adventure Camp, Horse Camp, Camp Unplugged – sign up for a week or more.

Click for the Palomar Camp flyer with all the details.

Maybe your kids will be there the same time as our grandkids!  Oh, even more fun!!!

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | June 9, 2020

Let the music begin again!


Are you sooooooo ready to relax, listening to an evening of music with Dutch and Bruce?  Family, friends, good food and great music.  Get there early for a table out on the patio.  Let me know if you’d like to carpool.     Bonnie Phelps

Here are the details from Denise:

Wynola Pizza & Bistro has
asked The Smith Mountain
Boys to play music this Friday
night, June 12, 2020!!

Friday, June 12, 2020
5 pm – 8 pm – New Time!!!!
Wynola Pizza and Bistro
Santa Ysabel (Julian), CA

We hope you can come out and enjoy the music, great food, and friends!!!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | June 5, 2020

Camping, Fishing and Cabins OPEN Lake Henshaw


Would you like to go camping in a tent or with your RV?  How about staying at a cabin at Lake Henshaw?  This is one of the few lakes open in Southern Cal!

You can go fishing, take a picnic, there is free parking, a restaurant with delicious food!

Here is the info right from Janice Mendenhall:

Open Friday Saturday and Sunday from 7 to 7

Omen Monday and Thursday from 8 to noon (longer hours soon!

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

If you are a guest on Tuesday or Wednesday, a gate code will be provided so you can go down to the lake to fish or picnic.

Lake Henshaw Resort 760-782-3501

Lake Henshaw Café 760-782-9180 is open 8 am until 7 pm daily for dine in and take out.

Hooray for Henshaw!  Let’s go!

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | June 5, 2020

Hiking on Palomar Mountain & Free D!

Palomar Mountain State Park

The trails in the State Park on Palomar are open for hiking.  Several questions about  what is open, came up. I drove into the State Park to double check.  The park is open.  Pay $10.00 at the entrance, drive in, park in their parking lots and hike the 20 + miles of trails. About half of the lot spaces are blocked off so you might avoid weekends.  No camping allowed, just hiking.

Click for great info on State Park trails and other trails you might explore eventually at Fry Creek and the Observatory Campground.  I also drove by those Forest Service campgrounds and they are still closed.  I did meet a nice couple heading out on their hike.  They said they were up to boost their immune system and explained they are out as much as possible in their quest for that herd immunity, getting exercise and a good dose of Vitamin D!

Hooray for the free Vitamin D we give away along with big smiles on Palomar Mountain!

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | June 3, 2020

Woodpecker Firewood Stand ALWAYS Open


Thinking about it, our grandkid’s Woodpecker Firewood Stand is the only business open 24/7 on Palomar! This mountain-made stand has been continually stocked and frequented since Fall of 2017.

These past few months especially, it is so nice to see someone pull up to the stand.  I love to go out, welcome the customers and hear their story.  During the last storm, I recognized Steve, a property appraiser.  He was appraising a home and said he remembered the Woodpecker Firewood Stand from his last appraisal up here.  He was glad the kids had the stand stocked with dry wood as he hadn’t been able to find firewood for sale in the city.

Mike Pique is a frequent customer.  He even hopped on over on Easter Sunday when the ‘Woodpeckers’  happened to be in their car, just pulling out.  Fun times!

A nice couple came up from San Clemente to see property the other day.  Keeping their distance, they just had to go home with some Woodpecker Firewood.

Yes, these hard-working kids have had extra time to build up quite an inventory stocked away in their sheds.  They are pleased to be of service, appreciate your business and would be tickled pink for you to stop by for a pic at their photo booth, post and like them on Facebook.  Thank you so much!




Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | June 2, 2020

VIEW for Sale on 68 Acres!


Would you like to escape the city and wake up to this?   The owner just had a 6 foot window installed to capture this amazing view from an oh-so-charming tiny house.  Glamping at it’s finest on an extremely private 68 acres. There is a quarter mile of frontage on the historic Highway to the Stars, but no one can see into the land from the road.  Serenity and ultimate privacy in your own world with oaks, cedar and firs to hike through and explore. You also have a recent 38 GPM well with delicious water Palomar is famous for.  Everything is waiting for your off-grid adventure.


Click for MLS photos and let’s connect to get your questions answered.  Then, put on your hiking boots, come up for fresh air and see if this will make your dreams come true!

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor on the Highway to the Stars





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