Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 29, 2021

Welcomed Rain!

It was a surprise to me to see storm clouds over Palomar on the way up the mountain a couple hours ago. We sat out on the patio and were treated to a beautiful summer rain, complete with thunder. Didn’t see lightening from our seats but guessing it might have been out there. Pouring rain. So fun and much appreciated. Wish I could post this as a scratch and sniff…

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 29, 2021

Free Cabinet

What would your plans be for this oak cabinet? Will have it empty for you. Ready to pick up on Crestline. Please call or text Long and Lilly 714-851-8243

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 21, 2021

Please pass the Pepper

It is so fun to greet people that stop at the Woodpecker Firewood Stand in front of our house. They load up a few bundles and often head to their camping spot with fresh eggs and always free kindling. Occasionally we have other requests. Tonight Matt and Emily wondered if we had pepper. He had great plans for their roast but forgot the pepper. They picked just the right stop because spices are on the house! Matt blended the seasonings in a little bag and guessing they are finishing up their perfect dinner ’round their campfire in the State Park.

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor for all Seasons

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 14, 2021

Neighbor sold to a Neighbor

Well, almost.

When escrow closes, it is usually bitter-sweet for the sellers to hear they no longer own a cabin on Palomar. That is the case for someone most of you locals know; Ron and Debbie Bowen have sold their cabin. I do believe Ron very reluctantly gave the key to his neighbors, Jim and Teresa, in a very formal ceremony today.

But, Jim and Teresa really aren’t the buyers. One of their daughters, Monica and her husband, Anthony are (Welcome pic soon!). Tonight they are hosting a family dinner at their city house where Jim and Teresa are very excited to pass the key on to their newest family member owning a cabin on Palomar. This makes two daughters, a son and all those grandkids have joined them up here. Monica and Anthony wanted a cabin close by and you can’t get much closer than next door to their mountain-loving grandparents!

Ron and Debbie are taking off with some long-awaited traveling adventures. She has their RV packed and ready to go. However, we just might see them once in a while as this mountain just gets in your blood and Ron has a few more backhoe projects.

Fun times ahead! Hooray for All!

Bonnie Phelps, Neighborhood Realtor

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 10, 2021

Do you have your Reservation?

Thursday night at Lazy H!!! The Smith Mountain Boys will be playing and singing and the folks at Lazy H have some delicious dinners planned for your dining pleasure. There is a catch!!! It always sells out so be sure to email Jack for your reservations: Concert is from 5 to 8 and you might want to get there a little bit early.

Click for a little more info: Come on out and hear Smith Mtn Boys!

Bonnie Phelps, Real Estate and the Palomar Mountain News since the beginning of the last century!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 9, 2021

All it needs is Love – Fixer cabin for sale

Dream-come-true fixer for creative folks looking for a project. This vintage cabin on a half acre had its beginnings in 1930 and wins the prize for needing the most love. After power came to Palomar in the early 1950’s it apparently grew a bit with an enclosed porch to 1016 total sf. Then, about 2005, the owners, whose family had the weekend cabin all those years, invited me to stop by and see their new kitchen and bath.

When I parked and walked up the stairs, I noticed a huge tree above the cabin looking like it could come down any minute. We talked about that tree a bit in that nice new kitchen. A few weeks later, I called and asked if they had insurance. Well, they didn’t. The top of the tree was removed from the now air-conditioned kitchen and the lovely skylight it left really ‘brings the outside in’. Ah, all that rain and snow over the years found it’s way into the bathroom and living area so you’ll want to freshen up those rooms, too.

But, that’s not all. A few years ago neighbor kids told me they got new BB guns. It must have been purely a coincidence a short time later when I noticed broken windows and saw BBs all over the floor. With thanks to two Amazing Angels who rolled up their sleeves, boarded up the windows, waved their magic wands and left the cabin, broom-clean (well, almost), you really have an unpainted canvas to transform.

Oh! There are a few more features you might appreciate knowledge of prior to coming up to Palomar Mountain to see this gem. Recent recorded surveys show the westerly property line goes right through the cabin (Ah ha! That is what the pink ribbon in the photo is all about). About 50% of the cabin really, truly is on the neighbor’s land. He doesn’t have a appetite for an easement or boundary adjustment so the cabin will need to be moved off his land. The shed on the other side of the property line is yours, too. Just needs to be moved. Imagine that!

So, here is another story for you. Since the cabin had been unlocked for years, there was some vandalism. I walked through to check on it one day and saw the toilet was gone! “I can’t believe, someone would steal the toilet!!!”, I said out-loud with no one else around. I walked back through again, and realized our beautiful Four Seasons of weather had ‘softened the floor’, so to speak, and that toilet??? It was now under the house. Demolition has already started! You are so lucky!!! It is also vacant so there is no one to evict. So many positives!

But there is more! About half of the land is heavily forested so you have more land than you think with a half acre. The property has a water meter with local mutual water company. Power and phone was hooked up in the past and their septic tank was apparently in use. And, drum roll, another neighbor is starting up a catering business so hot meals and fresh bread could be delivered to your door. How could you resist? Going, going, going….

Cash buyers only please … Click for the MLS link with lots of photos of the good, the bad and the ugly, then simply sing along and it will make the re-hab go so much smoother:

Always glad to get your questions answered and give you a tour.

Bonnie Phelps, Palomar Mountain Resident Realtor since the Beginning of the Last Century

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Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 7, 2021

Adventure in the State Park

Well, we had an adventure after that wonderful ShowDeo today. At the closing, as the campers were getting ready to say goodbye to their their horses, gather up their luggage and go home, we learned the road was blocked. An 18 wheeler got lost (on his way to Pauma Valley). He got a little close to the edge and blocked the road to get out, right by the dogwood trees. A huge tow truck arrived pretty quick and it was remarkable how fast the road was open again.

Thought some of you might want to see the photos:

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 6, 2021

Horse Camp ShowDeo!

Like to do something really fun on the mountain tomorrow? It is the last week of Horse Camp at Palomar Christian Conference Center. YOU are invited to the ShowDeo! 3:15, today, Friday Aug 6th, at the horse arena at the camp. It really is an impressive show. It is amazing what the girls can do with those horses after just one week. One of the girls happens to be one of our ‘treasures’, Sunshine. So, we’ll be there cheering her on and thought YOU might want to come, too!

Directions: Take State Park Road, through the State Park (you don’t have to pay the entrance fee as you are driving through to the Conference Center). Follow the signs to the Camp. When you come to the staff homes, keep going. At the Y you will see the horses off to your left. Park and walk out to the arena.

The arena does have a mesh cover but you also might appreciate an umbrella for a little more shade. Lots of camps and opportunities at Palomar Camp. Check out their website:

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!

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