5 Bedrooms, 4 Full and 2 Half Baths, Sleeps 14-16
About Owner/property manager
We are native Californians, and have enjoyed the beauty of Southern California for many years. Living in San Diego, we have many options for recreation, but there is nothing like getting up in the mountains and seeing the natural beauty of 100+ year old oak trees, observing the wildlife, playing in the snow in winter, and enjoying the undeveloped, majestic beauty of the Palomar Mountain State Park and Cleveland National Forest. We love it here on Palomar Mountain.
Owner/property manager purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2011
Why Owner/property manager chose Palomar Mountain
Palomar Vista Lodge was previously known as Celestial Gardens. A wonderful woman lived here and she had made every effort to enjoy and share with others the natural beauty of the property, including developing hiking trails, view points, and relaxing seating areas that showcased its wonderful character. We have tried to rekindle Colleen's spirit and vision for Palomar Vista Lodge, and our friends find it to be a true island in the sky, where your worries float away and your spirits are invigorated.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
We love the southern views, the large deck out back, the peace and quiet of a mountain home nestled amongst the trees, and the beauty of the wildlife we see on a daily basis. The home is large enough for multiple families, yet still feels comfortable and offers many options. Multiple decks, hammocks on the lawn and swinging from the oak trees, plenty of places to relax and unwind.
Pool / Spa
No pets - Sorry!Sorry!
Max guests: 16
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.
Wonderful Mountain Lodge
Wonderful property. Fireplaces are great gathering places, awesome game room downstairs and Kitchen is fully stocked. I highly recommend this property and would stay here again.
Winter Holiday Vacation
This property is amazing! Our group had 6 adults and 7 children, and everyone had a wonderful time. The house is very spacious with a lot of room to spread out. The backyard is huge. We were able to go sledding on the property which was a huge bonus. We definitely hope to visit again.
Michael was excellent and his place/property just as amazing.
Got over a foot of snow on Christmas and all had our first white Christmas an hour from home! Sledded down large sections, snowball fights, snow angels and of course a snowman family.
The house was perfect for our multi family stay. Fires in multiple rooms, blackjack, ping pong, kids room sleepovers, elaborate meals in the fully stocked kitchen, and good ol fashioned conversation around the kitchen table.
Couldn’t endorse this place enough. If Michael would allow us we might make this an annual tradition. :)
Thanksgiving weekend 11/28/19 to 12/1/19
We drove to Palomar Mountain on Thursday 28 th through snow showers. Michael had provided a Welcome Package several days before with all the instructions to the property and amenities. On Friday, we had a lot of snow. Michael went out of his to check with his neighbors and find a snow plow. The driveway was plowed and that allowed several of the family members to make it up to the property. Saturday and Sunday was wonderful with snow all around. The property is well stocked, with 2 kitchens, 2 refrigerators, plenty of cutlery and other utensils for 16 of us. We had no problem cooking. There is a pool /ping pong table combo , plenty of games as well as washer and dryer. The rooms were great with 2 masters sized bedrooms with bathrooms. The layout with 2 lounges was plenty for 16 adults. Thanks to Michael, our family had a good time.
Amazing view. Refreshing weekend away.
The deck, jacuzzi, view, and ponds make it a perfect place to get away and relax. Check-in process is very simple and house in great shape. Although there were a few items missing in the kitchen, the property manager was very responsive and remedied things immediately. Although kitchen and dining room were somewhat tight for our group of 14 adults, the warmth of the house and view mean we will be back!
Palomar Vista Lodge is ideally located on the summit of Palomar Mountain, just 2 miles from the entrance of Palomar Mountain State Park, and just 3 miles from the World Famous 200 Inch Hale Telescope at the Palomar Observatory opened in 1948. Come explore some of the most beautiful hiking trails and natural beauty in Southern California, as well as one of the premier astronomy locations in the world. You will marvel at the beautiful surroundings during the day, and enjoy spectacular star-lit evenings by night. One of most famous views is the Milky Way Galaxy. During the Summer, on every clear night you can see the Galaxy you live. Several different Meteor showers, at about 1 per month can be seen during the Summer. The Milk Way is so close during the Summer that it feels as if you can reach out and touch it. From April through November, depending on if we have snow on the ground, the Palomar Observatory gives tours of the World Famous 200 Inch Hale Telescope. On most Saturdays and Sundays you can walk or drive to the Observatory and buy tickets for one of their tours. Tickets can be purchased in the gift shop after 10:00am. Doanes Pond in located in State Park several miles from the Lodge. You can spend the day fishing, hiking and having a picnic right next to the pond. Hiking- We have many different hiking trails on Palomar. Spend the day hiking one of our great trails and come back to the Lodge to relax in the Jacuzzi under the Starry Night's sky.
Areas to visit around Palomar Mountain:
Julian, California is a beautiful mountain village that is well known for its gold mining history, delicious apple pies, fine dining, and lots of great shops. Julian is about a 45 minute scenic drive from the Palomar Vista Lodge.
Lake Cuyamaca is near Julian and provides great fishing and boating, with all the gear you need.
Lake Henshaw is a beautiful high-altitude lake which provides boating and fishing, only about 20 minutes down the road.
If you like Casinos, there are 5 casinos with great gaming, food and drink within 30 minutes of the Palomar Vista Lodge.
In Valley Center, about 25 minutes away:
Bates Nut Farms- Beautiful country setting offering picnics and great things for the kids, Raw Nuts, Roasted/Salted Nuts, Dried Fruit, Candy, Sugar Free Candy, Glazed Fruit, Snacks & Misc. Items, Gift Packs, Gift Certificate.
The possibilities are endless, or you can just relax and enjoy the beautiful mountain environment at Palomar Vista Lodge, with all the comforts of home.