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Travel the Historic 'Highway to the Stars' to The Lodge on Palomar Mountain

Bedrooms 10
Half Baths2
Space 5,500 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

10 Bedroom, 8 Bath Mountain Retreat On 3+ Acres -10 Bedrooms Sleeps 20

Welcome to 'The Lodge on Palomar Mountain', a historic retreat above 5600' elevation.

**Please read: Before you request to book online, contact us at 760.533.7268 to learn more about Palomar Mountain, The Lodge and surrounding area to make sure it is a good fit for you and your group**

Take a scenic drive through rural San Diego County along the Historic 'Highway to the Stars' and Discover The Lodge on Palomar Mountain!

A bit about the area...

Experience the four seasons in this Southern California mountain top community. Palomar Mountain at approximately 5600' elevation has beautiful fall colors & crisp mountain days, perfect for hiking in October-November. Discover Palomar Mountain's varied winter weather personalities, ranging from mild mid 70's days to winter storms with snow and ice. Spring is exceptional with the appearance of new forest growth, bracken ferns, wildflowers and cool, crisp weather. Palomar Mountain is also a favorite summer destination with warm, sunny days, summer thunderstorms in August & September, and warm, comfortable nights to sit outside and stare at the amazing night skies as far as the eye can see.

**Please read: Before you request to book online, contact us at 760.533.7268 to learn more about Palomar Mountain, The Lodge and surrounding area to make sure it is a good fit for you and your group**

The Lodge is located in the peaceful, unique mountain community of Palomar Mountain CA, and is a proud part of rural San Diego's heritage.

The original log structure, known as The Palomar Mountain Clubhouse, was constructed in the early 1900's by local craftsmen utilizing native timber and resources from Palomar Mountain. The Palomar Mountain Clubhouse hosted community gatherings and events which included dances, parties, weddings, and "inspirational talks''.

In later years rooms were added which provided lodging for out of town visitors. The Lodge was also known as Edgewood Tavern and hosted prominent world famous astronomers who traveled on the 'Highway to the Stars' to Palomar Mountain for the 1935 dedication of the Hale Telescope. For many years the lodge was named 'The Skyline Lodge'. A very appropriate you can see the skyline of San Diego and Point Loma on a clear day!

Make The Lodge on Palomar Mountain the destination for your next retreat or special gathering!

Relax, decompress, and unwind on the grand front patio with it's massive outdoor stone fireplace and commanding views to the south from over a mile above sea level. Take in distant views to the pacific ocean, Point Loma and the skyline of San Diego!

Palomar Mountain is home to the world famous Hale Telescope at Palomar Observatory. Stargaze high above the city lights from the open space at The Lodge.

Hike, picnic and even go fishing in the nearby Palomar Mountain State Park. Be sure to bring your binoculars as there is abundant wildlife, native and migratory birds. Take a behind the scenes tour of the world famous Palomar Observatory.

Visitors love to play in the snow in winter months.

Entertain groups in the grand 1800 sq ft great room with soaring stone fireplace, 70" flat screen TV, pool table, ping pong , plus 2 wood stoves and a grand fireplace to keep you toasty during the crisp fall & winter months.

Prepare your favorite meals in the modern, spacious kitchen with 2 ranges, 2 refrigerators, abundant storage and counter space. Enjoy a delicious barbecue on the front deck - BBQ and Propane are included!

The Lodge boasts 10 private bedrooms, plus 8 bathrooms. 9 rooms have luxurious queen beds complete with nightstand and dresser. One suite has an antique bedroom set with full size bed and armoire. 4 suites have their own private baths; 2 with tub/shower combo, and the other 2 have tile showers. There are 2 shared guest baths with tile shower plus two additional common area restrooms, no shower/tub.

The Great Room and all suites have access to FREE WiFi

Step back in time and 'Discover The Lodge on Palomar Mountain.....'

More Details

Property Manager
Alan and Diana
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018


Palomar Mountain Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Min. age of primary renter: 29
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • We meet and personally check our 1st time guests in. Check in times are between 1p and NO LATER than 7p unless otherwise agreed.
  • Respect our neighbors! Hiking is permitted on public roads only. Surrounding unpaved roads are private property. DO NOT TRESPASS onto neighbors land.
  • No amplified music outside. NO Outside noise of any kind past 10P.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 30 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Suite 1 has private bath with tub/shower combo
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Suite 2 has private bath with tub/shower combo
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Suite 9 has private bath with shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Suite 10 has private bath with shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Shared bath with shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , Shared bath with shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , Shared restroom - no tub or shower
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , Shared restroom - no tub or shower
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Sleeps 2 Queen Bed, 40" TV, Private bath tub/shower combo
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Sleeps 3-Queen bed, 31" TV, private bath, twin sleeping mat
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Queen Bed Sleeps 2 - Shared Bath
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Queen Bed Sleeps 2- 31" TV
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Queen Bed Sleeps 2-Shared bath, No TV
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , Queen Bed Sleeps 2, Shared bath, 31" TV
    Bedroom 7 - 1 double , Sleeps 3 -Double bed, twin sleeping mat shared bath, No TV
    Bedroom 8 - 1 queen , Queen Bed Sleeps 2-Shared bath-No TV
    Bedroom 9 - 1 queen , Queen Bed Sleeps 2-Private bath with shower
    Bedroom 10 - 1 queen , Queen Bed Sleeps 2 - Private bath with shower-40" TV
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
The Lodge on Palomar Mountain - A great venue to host your next wedding, corporate retreat, seminar, star party, family reunion, special event, anniversary party, birthday celebration, baby shower, meeting, girls get away, bird watching, photography, yoga retreat, wellness retreat, artist retreat, group event...


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average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Wonderful Lodge type atmosphere, rustic which we love!

  • 5 of 5

Our lodge was historic, warm and accommodating. Plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms for the multiple families we had in town for our Son's wedding. Large kitchen with "2" of everything! 2 stoves... 2 Refrigerators, two washers and dryers. Perfect for a Family or group that loves to cook and spread out! Alan, our host checked us in and shared some history and background on the property as well and encouraged us to use the ancient fireplaces with the well seasoned wood they provided. Couldn't have been better experience!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We certainly DO LOVE to share The Lodge and Palomar Mountain with visitors. The Lodge does have so much rustic charm and atmosphere. It was a pleasure to meet you and we look forward to seeing you again in the future. Warmly, Alan and Diana
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Loved it

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to do it again.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our Entire Immediate Family went to Palomar Mountain to Celebrate the 1 Year anniversary of our dads passing, My Sisters 50th Birthday, and New Years Eve all in the same day. There were Twenty of us, and enough room for everyone to have a good time and not get on each others nerves. The kitchen was big enough for all us ladies to cook, listen to good music and dance in the kitchen at the same time while making dinner. Its exactly what we all needed, good family bonding. Some of us went fishing, some went to the casino and some just hung out at house playing board games. Sitting on the porch at night with the fire place lit is just magical. We would definitely go back to this house in Palmar Mountain again.

Thank You - The Mojarro Family

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had our wedding here! We wanted small and personal for us and our family and it could not have been more perfect!!!! Everyone was comfortable and the lodge was the perfect size. Not to mention the beauty and feel the lodge itself contributed to the wedding!! We will definitely be back!! Diana and Alan were so nice and accommodating! Truly blessed that we found this!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad that we could share The Lodge. It truly is a very special place. Wishing you, Curtis and your family all the best. Warmly, Diana and Alan
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Perfect Experience- Wedding and Family Get-together on Mount Palomar

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I got married here in July and loved every part of the process (working with Diana and Alan) and the venue.

Diana and Alan were amazing- always available to reach out and ask questions, they were able to meet with us for a detailed walk through of the property before we booked, checked up on us throughout our stay.

The lodge is amazing and I wish we could live here! The lodge is set up with every detail in mind- lots of extra towels, cooking gear, spices, two refrigerators, box fans and standing fans to help with the heat wave days (the nights were perfectly cool), extra tables and chairs, a piano, bottle openers, two stoves, firewood for the fireplaces, and the list goes on and on.

We comfortably had sixty guests, all ten rooms occupied, and were able to book a local caterer and rental company (for tables and chairs).

Absolutely everything was clean and ready to go when we arrived, Diana and Alan walked us around showing us all of the details and let us know they were on call the whole weekend, everything we needed- for the rehearsal dinner, guest stay, and wedding we found in the lodge, and the checkout list was very reasonable and provided to us on the first day.

We also worked with Diana and Alan to book the Palomar Views cabin as a sort of honeymoon suite for the two nights we were there as well. They were able to book both on one contract and check in at the same time which was perfect.

Another venue bonus (which could always change- so make sure to ask): we were able to purchase insurance and serve our own alcohol to guests for the wedding. In my entire hunt for wedding venues- I didn't find that anywhere.

I would absolutely recommend this lodge to anyone for any event: All communication was timely and professional, the venue was flawless, family-friendly, clean, and well-stocked for all needs, and we have amazing memories now of our special day thanks to everyone involved.

Would absolutely book and stay again!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great destination for groups of 14-20! Music, Games, Fires, Food and Fun!

  • 5 of 5

We held a family reunion for 16 of us at the Palomar Lodge and everyone had an amazing time! The great room hosted a dining table with plenty of room for all of us to sit around for meals with comfort to linger and chat for hours. The kitchen had all of the cooking utensils, pots, pans, 2 ovens/stoves, 2 refrigerators, a dishwasher, and plenty of space for all to help with meal prep. The indoor and outdoor giant fireplaces were both used, as well as the bbq on the front porch, and outdoor lawns. There was plenty of room for horseshoes, spike ball, and just hanging out and chatting. The TV was great, with Netflix, and we brought our own dvds to share family pictures. The grand piano was an added plus, and we had concerts thanks to some of our family members. Those who wanted quiet time could go off to the ten bedrooms with plenty of access to bathrooms for all. It is a quiet space, with hiking in Palomar State Park nearby for those who want to go out into the woods. The snow is beautiful in the winter, and the lupines are gorgeous in June. Alan and Diana were very helpful explaining the equipment and responded immediately, when we couldn't find any dish washing soap. We highly recommend the lodge for a getaway!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
42 Miles
San Diego Airport 60 miles, Palomar Airport 42 mi
Nearest Barpub
14 Miles
Lazy H and El Rey - Pauma Valley
Nearest Ferry
62 Miles
San Diego
Nearest Golf
22 Miles
Valley Center
Nearest Train
31 Miles
Escondido Sprinter - Connects with Coaster/Amtrak
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mother's Kitchen
Nearest Beach
46 Miles
Car: necessary

Palomar Mountain is located in NE San Diego County at 5600' elevation enjoyed by nature lovers, hikers, stargazers & travelers who love the opportunity to relax ~ unwind ~ get away from it all!

*Enjoy a ZIP LINE adventure and seasonal rafting at La Jolla Indian Reservation at the base of Palomar Mountain.

*Hike, explore , fish and discover Palomar Mountain State Park - Just a 10 minute drive from The Lodge.

*Discover the wonders of the universe at Palomar Observatory, home of the world famous Hale Telescope. Take a behind the scenes tour!

*Enjoy a scenic drive to Temecula with it's many wineries, plus sunrise hot air balloon tours, antique shops, & restaurants

*Julian CA is a historic mining town just an hour from The Lodge. Take a day and enjoy a relaxing ride through San Diego's beautiful back country and discover Julian. Shopping, dining, antiquing, mine tours.

*North San Diego County communities of Carlsbad and Oceanside have superb beaches and are just a n hour or so from Palomar Mountain.

*San Diego Zoo, San Diego Safari Park Sea World, Legoland are all an hour to hour and a half drive from Palomar Mountain.

*Soar high in the sky with a sky sailing adventure at Warner Springs Glider Port


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $250 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.0%

January 23-April 30, 2018 rates are based on 10 people.
Additional guests ages 24 months and older $45.00 per night, per person.
Maximum number of guests is 20 total.
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
We meet and check our 1st time guests in personally.
Normal check in is 1p and no later than 7p unless otherwise agreed. Check out is 12p.

*Contact us at 760.533.7268 to learn more about The Lodge, our unique community, and surrounding area.
***$1500.00 refundable security deposit is required and can be temporarily authorized on a credit card***
A refundable security deposit authorization is required for all bookings.
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

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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