Nestled on 3/4 acre of private forest, amazing sunset sky and star-gazing.
About Nathan Phelps
Nathan Phelps grew up with fond memories visiting Palomar each winter for fun in the snow. His parents lived on the mountain in the mid 70s, sold their house, then bought it back 20 years later. Now, full time since 1998 there are always fun times on the mountain. In 2011, Nathan was living in San Diego investing in Fix and Flips when he happened on this fixer cabin. He just had to have it - but not to flip. He plans to keep Cabin Fever forever as a rental to share with folks like you! Nate's mom, Bonnie Phelps, has been the 'Resident Realtor' on Palomar since the beginning of the Century. All communication will be with Bonnie as she enjoys managing the cabin and sharing the mountain with our guests. Nathan's brother and sister-in-law purchased a ranch next door to his folks to raise their four kids up here. So, Nathan couldn't resist, sold his place in San Diego and also moved up full time fall of 2016. The mountain is a family affair and we invite you to experience this beautiful area for yourself, too!
Nathan Phelps purchased this Cabin in 2011
Why Nathan Phelps chose Palomar Mountain
The cabin really needed someone to breath in new life. It was a very tired, very abused fixer. The floor was bowed and you couldn't get the door open. That wasn't a problem since you could just step in through the big, broken window. Nate saw the vision to create something wonderful. After completely gutting and restoring from the foundation to the roof, it's all brand new. This is the first property that Nathan acquired with no intention of ever selling. A huge bonus is that there is another fixer cabin on the same property. Already named 'Shady Oaks', it is presently used for storage, patiently waiting for him to wave his magic wand again. Please stay tuned! Eventually the goal is to have two very unique cabins available for larger groups. Be assured that no construction will happen during your visit. That's a promise!
What makes this Cabin unique
Another reason he could not resist owning these two little diamonds-in-the-rough, was the access. It is great to have such good parking when we are treated to a Winter Wonderland. The property also has some wonderful oaks, firs and cedars with a couple big boulders peppered around the land. There is an amazing chorus of birds to enjoy from the deck. His initial goal of creating a 'Vintage, Modern Cabin' has paid off and is appreciated by all. You have the comforts of home, with the vintage touches that remind many of fond visits to Grandparent's homes in days gone by. Folks also have fun seeing the 'Before and After' photos in the Welcome Book, of the progress creating this charming cabin with new additions all the time. Ah, Cabin Fever is very special! We hope to have you as guests, and invite you to share this link with your friends! Thank you so much!
Children allowed - Some toys, books, games, videos and toy bears. Some toys, books, games, videos and toy bears.
No pets - No cats at all, maybe a dog.No cats at all, maybe a dog.
No parties/events - Very quiet area, not suitable for parties.Very quiet area, not suitable for parties.
Max guests: 5
Minimum age of primary renter: 21 - Not a place for parties. Not a place for parties.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Just what my boyfriend and I needed for a weekend getaway. The balcony was gorgeous and the ambience was liberating! Clean, quaint, simple, perfect! You won’t regret staying here one bit
Met Every Expectation!
Our stay at Cabin Fever was Amazing! Cozy, warm and there is a perfect private mountain right outside the door for the kids to slide down in the snow and play freely. Fully stocked kitchen, very clean. Bonnie is so sweet and a pleasure to talk with. Thank you for opening your home to my family, hope to spend more time here in the near future!
A world away
Cabin Fever is easy to find (no dirt road driving.) Super cozy and rustic with a beautiful stone fireplace. The cabin is just above a small valley, so the porch looks out over treetops. It was too cold for sitting out on the porch, but if it were warmer, we would have spend all our time out there!
Nice weekend at Palomar!
The cabin is a great, quiet place for a weekend getaway! The surroundings are beautiful with a nice view off the deck. We enjoyed our visit to Palomar Observatory as well.
Thanks for a lovely time!
It is such a pleasure sharing the Cabin Fever views and charm. Palomar is a very special place. Glad you could be here to enjoy a fun getaway.
Just what I needed!!
This cabin is amazing!! Very clean and very very quite. Kitchen was fully stocked with all amenities, beds were comfortable. Only one thing was not up to par and that was the heater being broken but the fireplace more than made up for that!!
Just off the phone with this very nice guest. I wish he'd connected during his stay. I explained to he that we not have a 'broken heater'. There are two brand new 'mini-split' heater and air conditioning units installed in the living room and bedroom. Guests love the convenience of having a remote right by each door to easily operate. (He thought they were only AC). There is also an older wall heater that is to be removed soon (that actually worked great) but the mini-splits were the easiest way to have both heat and AC. There is a note on the older heater saying it is turned off and for the guests to use the new units. (He didn't quite read far enough on that note.) The guests were treated to a dusting of snow and are planning on returning soon. They are welcome back anytime.
Looking for Things to Do from Cabin Fever?
We have lots of options waiting for you to fill your days. We provide a 'Tips for your Trip' when you book your stay. This includes an "Adventure Map" for easy directions to all to see and do on Palomar.
When you scroll through our reviews, you will see several guests planned busy outings, decided instead to stay right at the cabin. They do some bird watching, stargazing, reading, resting and re-energizing to return home totally refreshed and renewed.
However, there is lots of old-fashioned fun available for you from the cabin.
Two farms are walk-able from Cabin Fever. Save your table scraps for chickens, goats and sheep. Like fresh ground, organic coffee? You'll find that waiting for you along with eggs, goat cheese, milk and yarn.
Our only 'town' is Mother's Kitchen, a General Store, and one of the smallest Post Offices in the United States (no lines and friendly service). Mother's has been serving up smiles and very delicious vegetarian food since the mid 1970's. They have delicious fresh baked desserts and ice cream, too. They do have limited hours so be sure to check their website provided in our 'Tips'.
You'll find T-shirts, souvenirs, wonderful books written about our favorite mountain, and gifts from around the world at our General Store.
You might decide to soar high above the trees on a zipline, recently opened at the La Jolla Reservation. Lots of rave reviews on Yelp.
A stay on Palomar would not be complete without a trip to the World Famous Observatory. If you can go on a Saturday, they occasionally have a behind the scenes tour that takes you out on the catwalk 50 feet about the ground, as the dome turns. Take your camera!
Bring your fishing license and gear with you and fish at Lake Henshaw, or get what you need there and fish at Doane Pond in the State Park. 20 miles of hiking trails, see fabulous views, Indian grinding holes in the big rocks and so much more.
The State Park has a day use fee of $8.00 per car at the time of this post. Be sure to see their little 'museum' and you might pick up their map of the many trails. Take a picnic lunch and settle in at one of the picnic tables at Silver Crest or around the pond.
The State Park also has public access to see Boucher Lookout, one of the re-furbished and often-staffed fire lookouts in the county. Enjoy the amazing views across the county to the islands dotting the Pacific. When the lookout is open, you can climb the stairs and see the volunteers in action keeping an eye out for smokes.
In addition to the mountain activities, your 'Tips' provide links to several local casinos and their many restaurants, shows, and even a 'Lazy River' and swim-up bar at Harrah's Rincon. There are also links to other great restaurants the locals patronize as often as we can.
You might take a day trip to the old Gold Town of Julian for shopping. In the Fall they have Apple Days and often special events.
There are many wineries to choose from. The closest being in Valley Center or Warner Springs. Many in Temecula where you have lots of antiquing available throughout a fun ‘Old Town’. Temecula is the place to go for Balloon rides, too.
Valley Center is just 30 minutes away and home to Bates Brothers Nut Farm. Dried nuts and fruit, petting farm, delightful gift shops.
Borrego Springs is another fun day trip to see the free-standing art throughout the town by Galleta Meadows. Be sure and pop in at the Fudge and Ice Cream store! Oh, and the largest State Park in the Country is in Borrego Springs. Very nice museum, book store and great place to cool off and learn more about the desert. (Borrego is HOT in the summer!)
From our sunset lookouts along the public roads, you have beautiful views over San Diego County and see the ribbon of ocean on clear days. Look carefully and you will see Catalina, San Clemente and the Coronado Islands.
Like to go to the beach? It is about an hour and 15 minutes.
On the mountain for a wedding? Cabin Fever is walking distance to the Palomar Lodge. Bailey’s Resort or Upper Meadow Lodge are both only about 2 minutes driving time from the cabin.