Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 22, 2019

Advertise in Christmas Program?



Rehearsals are going strong for 18 of our mountain kids learning their lines for the Christmas Play.  It is a week from Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend!

Would YOU like to advertise in their program?  Full color printing is included so it will be a nice memory program.

Pricing for advertising is as follows:
Full Page 5.5″ x 8.5″ – $25.00
Half Page 5.5″ x 4.25″– $15
Business Card – $5

Or, fun ‘Shout-outs’ to the kids are free!

Please just send a simple photo as a jpeg and your text and you’ll be all set. Deadline for ads is Wednesday, Nov. 27th.

Contact Lori at to purchase an ad and with any questions.


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 22, 2019

Nate Harrison – Born a Slave, Died a Pioneer

Nate Harrison

A new book was just published with Palomar History!  Peter and Kathy had a cabin up here for a few years.  He still hosts an-ever growing website for intriguing history on our favorite mountain.  Thanks all for the untold hours of work to get this latest book out for us to enjoy!  Bonnie Phelps

From: Peter Brueggeman

Kathy Creely and I went to the book launch event for SDSU archaeology professor Seth Mallios’ book on Nate Harrison of Palomar Mountain. I provided Seth with historical materials and comments on Nate Harrison and on Palomar Mountain, both personally and through my Palomar Mountain history website, and it was quite a thrill to see his book published after many years of work. His book incorporates knowledge from many seasons of archaeological digs on Nate Harrison’s cabin site at Harrison Serenity Ranch on Palomar Mountain, with extensive and deep historical research on Nate Harrison.

Click to order the book.

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 22, 2019

Insurance Option?


Several of you have connected with me about needing a new source for your homeowner’s insurance.  Click for an article sent tonight by Rosemary Johnston.

The article tells about an option that quite a few locals are using now with the California Fair Plan.  That option is available through the agents listed here.


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 22, 2019

Auction Item to Donate?


There is a silent auction planned Saturday, November 30th, 2019, along with the Best Christmas Play Ever.  They could use YOUR help.

They looking primarily for artisan and handmade items and also welcome other donations.  So far they have a live edge coffee table, a hand routed, Nativity scene plaque and a pair of Christmas paintings, all done by mountain residents.

What are YOUR ideas for an auction item?  It will be so fun to see what shows up!

Simple contact Lori at to contribute an auction item.

Deadline for auction items is Friday, 11/29

The play is directed, coordinated, and preformed ALL by volunteers.  100% of ALL proceeds will go toward the costs of putting on this play and hopefully have a pad for the next production.  Thanks to all!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 21, 2019

Nearly 5 inches of rain!


So thankful for the lovely rain!  Our gauge shows 5 inches for this storm.  We had only a dusting of snow over here on State Park Road. Crestline had more that stayed on the ground. About gone now…  But, wait!  “A chance of snow Thanksgiving Day!”

How fun is that!?!??

Bonnie Phelps

PS Just in from taking snow pix!  Please stay tuned!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 21, 2019

Tree down on South Grade

Cecelia just called with the news that a tree is down on the South Grade.  Bonnie Spear moved some branches to slip around.  County Road Station has been notified.

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 17, 2019

Free Cake at the Apple Stand!


YOU are invited to stop at the Apple Stand for a piece of free cake!  Come celebrate with us!!!  The oldest cast member in the play will be a teenager tomorrow!  Her schedule is busier than her GramBonnie’s!  Rehearsals, lessons, school, apple and show ticket sales and more!  The kids are on their way up from church and I’ll meet them at the top of the grade with their set-up and lunch.  Had a last-minute idea to surprise her with a birthday cake!

Thank you to all who have donated apples, helped pick apples, bought apples and tickets for the show on the 30th.  We would love to have you stop for free cake!!!

If you still need apples, with have big bins of a variety that were picked this morning.  Self bag or the kids will do it for you.

$5.00 and bag for these amazing organic apples from trees planted in 1904!

Today from 1 to 3 at the Summit at the top of the South Grade.  Then I’m off to show cabins with the clients stopping by the stand first!  Cabins and Cake!

Hope to see YOU soon!

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 17, 2019

Cabin in the Snow For Sale


Isn’t a fresh blanket of snow with sunny sky a beautiful sight?  You’re right.  We are still waiting for our first snow.  Rain is promised this week and before we know it we will be treated to a winter wonderland!  A few years ago, I couldn’t resist running over for pix during this beautiful snow day at Mountain Music.

You have nothing but 5 Star ratings for this much-loved vacation rental & weekend getaway. Built to be a wonderful home for full-time living with quality construction in 1997. Open living, kitchen and dining, two roomy bedrooms, 1.5 baths. Great closets and storage, convenient laundry room/pantry. Wood stove plus forced air heating (oh, such luxury!). Wrap-around deck looks out to an enchanting, serene, forest view. Water, power, phone, internet. Deck and yard area are fenced for kids or the family pup. Sparkling clean to move right in & enjoy our Four Seasons!

Like to see inside?  Simply click for MLS photos and info then I’m always glad to open the door.   Take a deep breath, you’re at the cabin now…

Bonnie Phelps

Four-Season-Fun Resident Realtor


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 16, 2019

Apple Days on Palomar

judah and Robert

One of the first customers at the Theater Kid’s Apple Stand last weekend was Veronica and her children.  She walked over from their cabin on Crestline, pushing their stroller.  Robert arrived on his tractor.  Even some motorcycle riders stopped for apples.  The stand is full service!  You are welcome to sit a spell and watch the fun, too. Come one, come all!

Many thanks to our volunteer pickers who helped the children pick today; Burt and Penny Hulbert, Teresa McCarthy, and Ryan, a client who came up to see cabins (he is pretty impressed with this mountain!!!).


We are so grateful for the property owners who have given permission to pick their delicious fruit.  The trees are still so loaded with apples and they seem to be sweeter each time we pick. Each bag contains all the apples from the same tree.  From what I can gather, there are bags of Rome Beauties, Gala, Granny Smith and Pippin from these 115 year old trees where we picked today.

Cast members will be at the top of the South Grade with apples and show tickets.

Saturday  from 11 to 1 and Sunday from 1 to 3… or until sold out.

$5.00 a bag and $5.00 a ticket – Such a Sweet Deal!!!

They also have bags of apples available 24/7 at the Woodpecker Firewood Stand on State Park Road (you can’t miss it!).

100% of proceeds go to the Palomar Mountain Kids Theater Club with their first show Saturday evening of Thanksgiving Weekend.

See you at the Summit!

Bonnie Phelps



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 12, 2019

Real Estate on the Highway to the Stars


You meet the nicest people showing property on our favorite mountain.  Folks with dreams of owning something on the Hightway to the Stars are extra special. They have several traits in common; they love their family and desire to spend more quality time together and they appreciate nature with our beautiful forest, birds and wildlife. They also often look forward to downsizing from their city house.  It is freeing to say “Less is best” and “Let’s go outside and take a walk in the woods…”

I’m between two showing appointments today.  The first couple just left with lots to think about.  They plan to retire on the mountain and are looking for the perfect setting, knowing they could add their personal touches to whatever they see.

My next clients are back for a return look at a couple cabins. They have been up several times.  Saturday they toured the latest offerings.  They are also looking to live full time, one mile nearer heaven.  They are coming back for a second look before writing their offer.

More full timers heading out way, longing for our very special lifestyle on the Highway to the Stars!

Would you like to have me open the doors for you?  Questions about selling, weekending or joining us full time on this mountain?

Let’s connect!

Bonnie Phelps




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