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 | August 4, 2021

Bluegrass with Chris Clarke and Band

We have a new musician on Palomar for even more concert nights! We got to hear Chris and his band play a couple weeks ago in Wynola. They are back this Saturday night! August 7th 6 to 9. Or, get there early like we did to pick your seat and order a great meal.

They are great musicians and also have their CD available for their band, Plow. Here are more pix of fun with mountain pals:

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 4, 2021

Come on out and hear Smith Mtn Boys!

The last lazy days of summer concert fun! Hope you can get out to hear Dutch and Bruce. Friday night and then at Lazy H next Thursday. No reservations needed in Wynola, just get there for a good table. Be sure to email for reservations at the H. It is always packed. Great evening ahead!

From: Denise Bergman

August 2021 Gigs 

Friday, August 6, 2021  6 – 9pm **
Wynola Pizza and Bistro
Julian, CA
** note: new time

Thursday, August 12, 2021  – 5 – 8pm**
Lazy H Ranch Restaurant
Pauma Valley, CA
760-742-3669   email =
** reservations highly recommended by email

We will have our CD’s, Cover Stories,  available at each gig for purchase or via our website, If you are local, just send us an email if you want a cd or two,

We are back to booking private gigs now too!  So if you have a wedding, anniversary party, birthday celebrations or any kind of event that you want music, please feel free to email us at  We’d love to hear from you!
Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 3, 2021

Free Stuff at Table

Do you have clean, gently used stuff to go away? There is a table on Crestline where you can leave things and take what you can use. A former owner had this little fun stop for Palomar folks for quite a few years and now it is back again. Going up Crestline, you pass the driveway to the County Park. The table is on the right. Please be considerate of the guidelines posted. Thanks Teresa for making the sign!

Happy Pickings!

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 28, 2021

Mountain Rose Home For Sale

Ah… Mountain Rose. Such bliss. The peaceful, private views over the forest and the valley below, settle on the Pacific and beyond. See the sun shimmering on the ocean, watch the sparkling lights turn on, sometimes even a cruise ship out along the coast.

Pull yourself away from that view to take in the treasures found inside. The home was a much-loved cabin and brand new in 1948. About 15 years ago a very beautiful remodel was planned by a leaded glass and tile artist and orchestrated by a local contractor and craftsmen.

I know what you are thinking … you want to see more! The original home of 760 sf was restored. Here is the walk-in level with a fireplace in the kitchen and dining area, a delightful sunroom, great for a lingering breakfast. Oh, and a guest room, with the same open ceiling. Go down the stairs to find a heart-shaped tub in the enchanting native stone bathroom (there is a washer/dryer in a laundry area there, too):

The new addition is on the left in the first photo below, for a total of 1760 sf. It includes a formal entry and great room with a door to the deck. There is a propane fireplace, kitchenette, half bath and another laundry option. Upstairs is a beautiful master suite with a second propane fireplace walking out to that never-ending view off the balcony. The master bath has such an inviting soaking tub and a wonderful walk-in closet like you’ve never seen before with two secret hiding places. How fun is that!?!

Presently lived in full time, it was used as TWO cabins in the past. Vintage French doors between the old were closed off (they are now open). A former owner rented out the vintage side and lived in the new side, both have separate entrances and parking options on the .79 acres. What would your plans be?

Hummm, would you like to see the photos from when the artist/designer sold? Click to see her artsy home that can be YOURS! Each owner has added their touches.

This listing is ‘Coming Soon’ as we still have a painter finishing up, outside stairs being built and some other icing on the cake to make it extra special and move-in ready for you.

So looking forward to meeting our next new neighbors!

Bonnie Phelps,

Palomar Mountain Resident Realtor since the beginning of the last Century!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 28, 2021

Tips to enjoy PMNews

Thank you to all subscribers to Palomar Mountain News over the years. It is extra special to see you in person and also always a pleasure to have you at my fingertips. I’ve enjoyed so much sharing news of our favorite mountain since 1998.

Here is a tip: When you open your inbox and see a new message, you might click on the blue highlighted name of the post. Then it opens up in my blog and the photos might be more interesting to view.

You also might enjoy sharing a link with your friends and neighbors, inviting them to Subscribe so they can have the latest news of our special mountain. That way you are both getting the latest from the mountain top.

Enjoy and Happy Summer!

Bonnie Phelps

Editor since 1998 and Realtor in the Cities and Above the Clouds since the beginning of the Century

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 22, 2021

Lake Henshaw has Pontoon Boats!

Looking for a fun time out on the water for up to 16 of your friends? Lake Henshaw has two new pontoon boats available for full or half day rentals. Each boat holds up to 8 people. You can also put two together, open the little door between and have a Pontoon Party for 16.

It is first come, first served. $300 per day per boat. Go out as early as 7 am, in by 6-ish depending on time of year and weather conditions. Check with staff at the Lake. They also rent fishing boats with motors. Call or stop by Lake Henshaw Resort 760-782-3501

We had so much fun taking a ‘few’ snacks out with friends. Come ride along with us, there is plenty for everyone:

It’s getting late so we need to get this boat back to the dock:

Beautiful, isn’t it?

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 22, 2021

New Mountain Musician – Chris Clarke

It is always fun to welcome new cabin owners to this beautiful mountain. Chris Clarke comes with a banjo! We’ll have his family introduced real soon when everyone can be here the same time for a photo. Meanwhile, the bluegrass band is playing at Wynola Pizza this Saturday night, the 24th. Who is going to join us? We usually car pool to make it extra-fun. You’ll want to be there a little before 5 for a good seat and get your order in for a great meal.

The band is named “Plow’. Naturally, I asked how they came up with their name. Chris replied, “One night in Wynola, we were playing back in the early days before we had a name.  Our banjo player at the time, founding member David Bandrowski, named the band Plow.  He said, “We’re Plow” and it stuck.  For the full story, come to Wynola :-)”

Let’s pack it out with Palomar music lovers!


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 22, 2021

Edgewood Home Coming Soon

On the rim of the world, at the very edge of the of the forest is an oh-so-charming cabin coming up for new owners to enjoy. Presently, Edgewood is a very popular vacation rental. Guests are there now, a little more work will be finished up, then we’ll have new photos for you. Meanwhile, click to peek at the Airbnb listing.

Slip out on the wrap-around deck for a front-row seat watching the clouds drift by and the birds soaring while dinner is finishing up on the grill. When it is time to turn in, there are four bedrooms to choose from plus a ladder to a loft that is a favorite with the kids. Built in 2010 with fine craftsmanship, the owner even included a sound studio. He is a voice over actor you have heard many times on television and radio. What would YOUR plans be for the cabin?

Perched on one acre you have ultimate privacy for year-round living or a weekend getaway. It will be so fun to welcome the new owners, will that be you?

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor to the Stars and Hollywood folks, too!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 18, 2021

Free Beds

One double mattress set and one queen. Pick up on Crestline. Long and Lilly 714-851-8243

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 18, 2021

How to prep for chance of Thunderstorms

Such a beautiful Sunday morning view-from-my-desk after this storm!

With a chance of more thunderstorms this week, I have a tip for you, based on experience in the past. Storms often bring power outages like we had a few minutes this morning. It is always best to unplug all appliances including computers, TV’s, refrigerators (12 hours on, 12 hours off) and anything else at risk of frying in thunderstorms.  One time we’d just installed new house phones and they didn’t make it through a storm. Be sure to unplug phone cords, too. Remembering a few years back hearing about the woes of neighbors who had to replace their refrigerator, tv, computers and phones because they were plugged in when lightening struck. 

In Gordon Stewart’s Book, ‘San Diego Back Country 1901′, he writes;   
“Today we would not choose to live as we did; without plumbing and electricity; but a spell without them is worth much. It makes us appreciate what we have”. 
He has a delightful few pages about life on Palomar a hundred plus years ago.  It might be a nice, relaxing option this summer for you.

Bonnie Phelps, enjoying the fresh scent of the welcomed rain…

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