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Vintage/Modern Cabin Fever! Fun on the Mountain!

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Nestled on 3/4 acre of private forest, amazing sunset sky and star-gazing.

Looking for a last minute deal? We are sparkling clean, can't promise snow but can promise a wonderful stay! Cabin Fever has been a much-loved vacation rental since May 2013 with hundreds of wonderful reviews. Many guests have now returned multiple times. We have our first guest coming this year for the 10th time and many multiple times. We are constantly updating and adding to the cabin and you'll find it immaculate.

Like to get away from it all but have the luxuries of home? Come away to this delightful, newly remodeled, enchanting, cabin-in-the-woods. Slip back in time with the mountain-milled, cedar log siding and deck. This cabin makes your heart smile!

We have a stone fireplace waiting for you with a rustic mantel claimed from the forest floor. Cozy up in front of the fire on comfortable leather furniture with some vintage antiques woven in.

The modern amenities that we are sure you'll appreciate start with the newly remodeled, fully stocked, kitchen and bath with granite counters and a washer/dryer for your convenience. There is a 50 inch 'Smart TV' to turn on for your favorite music through Pandora, or watch a movie, and enjoy our high speed internet. That has now been enhanced with an Apple TV with so many options including using with your IPhone and IPad. A thermostat controlled propane wall heater warms the cabin up real quick too while you are building a fire in the stone fireplace.

You are welcome to browse from our library of books that take you back in time to days gone by, or some that inspire, intrigue or motivate. When was the last time you played Dominos? We have a collection of games to choose from, plus a few books and toys for the children.

Upstairs there is a master bedroom with a queen bed and reading nook. Close the black-out drapes, turn on the Sound Soother if you'd like, and settle in to sleep in... The loft above the living area has two, comfortable twin beds suitable for children, since an adult can not stand up in the loft. Nightlights, light the stairs. Plus we do have a Pack N Play for your little ones.

Palomar is a place to 'not do' too. Enjoy a barbecue while soaking up the sun on the deck and take in the chorus of birds.

A trip to Palomar is not complete without going to the world famous Observatory. Browse the General Store, have lunch at Mother's Kitchen, and visit the Boucher Lookout. You can take off on a hike on the many miles of trails in the State Park and National Forest or fish in Doane Pond.

There are several 'Field Trips' within walking distance to visit neighbors who raise chickens, turkeys, goats and sheep. One neighbor is a carver, roasts coffee, and has eggs every color of the rainbow.

There are also wonderful day trips from Cabin Fever. However, one couple planned lots of outings but a couple days later, when they were checking out, totally relaxed, said, 'Next time maybe we will venture out of the cabin. It has such a wonderful ambiance and we loved it so much that we just had to stay in the entire time'. We have lots of options waiting for you at our Fun Things to Do link provided on this page, right above those nice Reviews that have come our way. Keep scrolling...

You're invited to be our guest and come away to Cabin Fever!

More Details

Property Manager
Nathan Phelps
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

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 at the cabin, of the progress creating this charming cabin for you to enjoy 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!

Guestbook comments from the manager

I'm sad to be leaving today... these few days have been peaceful and this cozy cabin has been just what I'd hoped for. It has every convenience, the privacy and views are wonderful. The place is so clean I could eat off the floor! Can't wait to visit again!
Apr 2016
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Palomar Mountain Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Please carefully read our Tips for your Trip. It will make your stay MUCH nicer to have that info. It is attached as the 'Rental Agreement'.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , First Aid Kit under sink and some in medicine cabinet
  • Fresh and clean and newly remodeled, granite counter, tiled tub and shower with a bench seat. Convenient washer and dryer in the same room. The bathroom is on the same level as the living room and kitchen. You take stairs up to the bedroom and loft. There is no bathroom upstairs.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master - 1 queen , Private mstr with queen bed upstairs w/bathroom downstairs.
    Loft - 2 twin/ single , Kids love it here! Not for folks with bad knees or backs.
    Futon in Living Room - Standard size (smaller than a double) futon, w/all bedding
  • The private bedroom with a queen bed has black out drapes so you can sleep in. There is a sound machine if you like white noise. Circulating fan, when it is warm. A comfy leather chair and more books to choose from. A very inviting loft is waiting with two twin beds. Please note and see the photos, the loft has twin mattresses on the floor. No box spring, and adults can not stand up in the loft, so may not be comfortable sleeping there. The only bathroom is downstairs (NOT on the same level as the loft or bedroom. The loft is up the stairs and then up a ladder/ramp. Kids love it. We just added a new futon in the living room that is standard size, with fresh linins stored under the sofa for your convenience. There is also a Pack and Play for the toddlers.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • festivals
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
You'll love the ambiance of this cozy cabin in the woods! One of our guests had hikes and outings planned for their family but said after a few wonderful days at the cabin, 'next time they might go outside'. It is such a special place, they just decided to stay inside play games, read and do some 'comfort food' cooking! Come away from it all and cook, baking or use the grill. We also provide a list of local and back-country restaurants. Visit the world famous Observatory, hike the miles of trails on Palomar, or build a snowman when we have a winter wonderland. Palomar is a very special place to relax and rejuvenate. We are looking forward to having you as our guest at Cabin Fever.


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average rating of 4.8414636 based on 221 reviews

Amazing as always!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoy your cozy cabin and feel right at home even before we arrive. It is always spotless clean, fully stocked kitchen, laundry pods for washing. Most importantly is quiet with a lovely deck to relax, or warm up on the couch next to the fire. We would recommend this cabin for anyone looking for a quite getaway.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love having our repeat guests! Thank you! We do have the best cleaning gal and often have new additions for you to discover. I think this time you had a new bedspread, some books and maybe wall decor? I call Cabin Fever my 'Play House' as I enjoy so much sharing the joy of the cabin and this beautiful mountain.
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Cozy, quiet, charming, romantic!

  • 5 of 5

That says it all. Add some snow and you're in the gold.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You had the perfect weather with that beautiful snow. Fun showing you property, too. Hope you can be a neighbor someday!
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Beautiful mountain cabin!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is beautifully furnished and the kitchen is well equipped. It has been a joy to be here. There are lots of nice neighbors too!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you got to meet Glenn the organic coffee grinder and tour Cecilia's Farm for fresh eggs, goat cheese, see her loom room and more... You had perfect weather for your hikes! Temperature dropped and we woke up to a dusting of snow this morning! Glad you could have a fun visit with your daughter at Cabin Fever.
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely place to get away from it all. The deck was a perfect place for tea, birdwatching and stargazing.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. So glad you enjoyed the deck for your stay. Our guests tomorrow should be treated to a dusting of snow and ever-changing but always fun, Cabin Fever!
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Exceptional cabin experience!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Cabin Fever and we had another marvelous time. The cabin has everything you could possibly want or need for a very comfortable and cozy stay, and the surroundings while sitting on the gorgeous deck are absolutely breathtaking . Another exceptional visit; highly recommended. Thank you again to perfect hosts, Bonnie and Nathan, for sharing their lovely cabin with us!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Such a joy meeting Noreen and her sister. She really got got a case of Cabin Fever! Last time they were up, they connected with me for a Real Estate tour of Palomar. One cabin really caught Noreen's eye and she just had to have it! Her new little cabin is in the middle of a remodel so they stayed at Cabin Fever again. We'd love to have them again but thinking next time they may be staying at her very own cabin!
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Beautiful mountain oasis!

  • 5 of 5

We love it here. Anytime of the year it is an amazing cozy cabin to come to relax and enjoy the serenity of the mountain. I would recommend this vacation home to anybody looking to escape from all the city noise and breathe in some clean mountain air!

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad we can share our cabin with you. Yes, Palomar is a wonderful place! Our sons, daughter in law and four grand kids have all moved up full time! Pretty special place to visit, too. You're welcome back anytime!
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
San Diego
Nearest Barpub
16 Miles
Lazy H
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
San Diego
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Lawrence Welk, Pala Mesa
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
Interstate 15
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mother's Kitchen, Palomar Mountain
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $65
Damage Deposit $150

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are $175 with a 3 night minimum, or as dates are available between guests. All three day weekends are three night minimums at $150 per night. REFUNDABLE damage deposit of $150.00, and a cleaning fee of $65.00 applies to all rentals up to 5 days. Please ask about cleaning rates for longer stays. Rates apply for 4 people, $25.00 per additional person. Mid-week rate $100 per night with two night minimum. The weekly rate does not apply to 3 day weekends or holiday weeks.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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