Affordable Summer! 1920s Mountain Cabin in Pines!

Cabin in High-Sierra-type environment  (2nd story)Lilacs has 2 livingrooms  - this one glassed in.80- year old rock hearth = main LivingRmUpstairs MASTER bedroom with view of the pondFuton sofa bed in original livingroomYour view of pond below our cabin,not our propertyTwo down stairs bed rooms w/ bathroom.Doanes Pond at Palomar Mt. State ParkA double bed LOFT w/ ladder for the adventurous
“ Excellent ”
17 Reviews
33574 Evergreen Trail, Palomar Mountain, CA 92061


Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Sleeps: 8
Type: Cabin
Per night: $65 - $145
Per week: $490 - $590
Pets allowed: Yes
Internet: No
Description of the Palomar Mountain vacation cabin rental
PLEASE NOTE; for the first time since 1997 I have the cabin rented full time until Memorial Day. It is available throughout the 2014 summer months of June, July and August, so reserve now. I am not sure if I will be doing more long-term rentals in the Fall of 2014. Feel free to inquire.

Looking for a Mountain Cabin Rental or affordable family Vacation Rental? You found the most unique and special place in San Diego -- simply the cutest Palomar Mountain Cabin rental around!

We are not a business, rather a family-oriented vacation home made available to others... so our rates are discounted compared to most mountain resorts (like distant Idyllwild Cabins, crowded Big Bear "cabins" or pricey Lake Arrowhead mansions). We seek to be YOUR favorite, affordable Palomar Mountain cabin get-away!

CABIN RENTAL RATES = From $95 (upstairs only - weekends)

The Lilacs cabin is quiet, comfortable, really cute with lots of atmosphere. This Redwood cabin was hand-built in the 1920's and is beautifully restored with lots of period nic-knacks... yet it has all the modern conveniences like dishwasher, stove, large frig, washer/dryer, coffee maker and microwave.

ESCAPE THE CITY ~ EXPERIENCE the SEASON in a Mountain Cabin rental! The Lilacs Cabin is at the 5300 ft elevation, with crystal clear mountain evenings and star-filled skies. Most of Palomar Mountain is in the Cleveland National Forest or part of Palomar Mountain State Park or San Diego County Parks.

Are you looking for week day's = From just $65 a night upstairs (in off season).

>> Holiday/weekend rates apply from May 20 to Sept 10
>> Ask about cabin rental DISCOUNTS for multiple days or weeks.
>> We normally ask for a 2-day minimum on all visits. Ask us.

* UPSTAIRS: This mountain cabin has 1 bedroom with Queen pillow-top bed, 1 bath, full kitchen, living room with double futon sofa, rock fireplace AND a glass-enclosed family room with 'U'- Shaped double sofa looking out at tree level, TV/VCR, (plus a double-bed in a LOFT with ladder for kids). A new balcony in the trees was added this year! Upstairs sleeps several comfortably.
~~ Per night = $95 (for upstairs only in off-season)
~~ Two nights = $190 (for upstairs only in off-season)

CABIN DOWNSTAIRS: 2 additional Bedrooms -- each with door to the outside, PLUS 1 bathroom, 2 Queen beds with a couple of folding cots for kids. (Note: No interior steps to upstairs).

~~ Two nights WEEKDAYS = $190 (for upstairs only) The (upstairs and downstairs), could sleep up to 8.
~~ Two nights WEEKENDS/HOLIDAYS = $290 includes 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
Normally we ask for a 2 night minimum on weekends.

LOCATION: This mountain cabin is just 1 hour and 20 minutes from San Diego. From LA/Inland Empire it is accessible off I-15 past the Pala Casino.

For Cabin Rental info: Give me a call and let me know how much peace of mind you are looking for. By special arrangements the CABIN CAN WORK as a SMALL RETREAT center too.
Area Information
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The Lilacs Cabin was once part of the Bailey family homestead, but now has separate ownership. Homesteaded in 1888 this was the center of Palomar town-ship life with a post office, soda fountain, dance hall, general store and hotel. Today city dwellers, like the Native Americans before them, wanted to get away from the semi-arid summer heat or enjoy the seasons in the lush pines and oak groves. As a result, by the early 1920s the Baileys build a few hand-crafted cabins including the Lilacs, built for grandma;

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Sep 11 2014 May 20 2015 $65 $95 $490 - -
Jan 01 2015 May 22 2015 $65 $145 $490 - -
Jun 03 2015 Sep 10 2015 $95 $145 $590 - -
Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 12 a.m.
Deposits: Initial deposit paid at time of reservation of $100-150 or 25%. Add $25 if pet will come along. Typically we send you a Pay Pal request for the $100-125 deposit and you can send the rest of the payment with a check when you get the contract signed.
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Money Order, PayPal, Personal Check
Other Fees: >> Your State Park entrance fee is minimal as an optional trip. Check with park for budget cuts affecting the hours open. >> $25 per dog additional whatever the length of your stay. >> Cleaning fee only if you leave it messy...


  • Beds

  • 3 Queen Beds
  • 1 Double Bed
  • 2 Sofa Beds
  • Features

  • Balcony
  • Full Kitchen
  • Linens Provided
  • Porch
  • Deck
  • Heating
  • Parking Included
  • View (Lake)
  • Fireplace
  • Housekeeper
  • Pet Friendly
  • View (Mountains)
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • Dishwasher
  • Radio
  • Telephone
  • CD Player
  • Gas Grill
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Toaster
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Ice Maker
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Coffee Maker
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Washer/Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • Oven
  • Activities

  • Hiking
  • Shopping Area
    (2 miles)
  • Boating
    (15 miles)
  • Ocean
    (25 miles)
  • Bicycling
    (<1 mile)
  • Fishing
    (5 miles)
  • Casino
    (19 miles)
  • Theme Park
    (25 miles)
  • Cross-Country Skiing
    (<1 mile)
  • Park
    (5 miles)
  • Live Entertainment
    (19 miles)
  • Winery
    (25 miles)
  • Grocery Store
    (2 miles)
  • Lake
    (6 miles)
  • Amusement Park
    (25 miles)
  • Zoo
    (25 miles)
  • Restaurant
    (2 miles)
  • Water Park
    (10 miles)
  • Beach
    (25 miles)

Other Vacation Rental Amenities
PALOMAR MOUNTAIN STATE PARK: With over 1,600 acres protected for picnic, fishing and camping purposes, Palomar Mountain State Park is a welcome break from busy San Diego city life. Best of all, the park is rarely crowded, making it a hideaway for nature-lovers. The park offers fishing*, with bluegill and catfish as the common catch. The park offers thick forests with spruce, cedar, oak and pine trees. Lupine and buttercups bloom on-site. Squirrels and raccoons are some of the wildlife at the park. With a day use fee of $8*, all of these park wonders are available to you. See our home page for links to theirs. *NOTE*: Check for closures due to State budget cuts.

Hours: 8am-4pm Mon-Thu; 8am-10pm Fri-Sat; 8am-5pm Sun (Summer hours); Other seasons vary. Click here to visit their site from our home page for more information.

CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST: The Lilacs and Palomar Mountain are surrounded by the Cleveland National Forest. See our home page for link.

LAKE HENSHAW: Lake Henshaw has boat fishing. The lake is located at 26439 Highway 76, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070.

PALOMAR MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY: The Palomar Observatory, located in North San Diego County California, is owned and operated by the California Institute of Technology. The Observatory supports the research of the Caltech faculty, post-doctoral fellows and students, and the researchers at Caltech's collaborating institutions. Palomar Observatory is home to the historic Hale 200-inch telescope. Star shows some evenings and self-guided tour of the facility. Tours April to Oct. 11am, 1 pm and 2:30 pm in 2011-12... but call ahead to reserve and update this info! {I am not allowed to post the phone # here... by Verbo}

MOTHER'S KITCHEN RESTAURANT AND PALOMAR MOUNTAIN BAKING: Open Saturday and Sunday 8:30 to 5 (Breakfast 8:30 to 11:30); # Saturday and Sunday 8:30 to 5 (Breakfast 8:30 to 11:30)
# Monday 11 to 4
# Tuesday-Wednesday Closed
# Thursday-Friday 11 to 4

PALOMAR MOUNTAIN GENERAL STORE: Specializes in unique gifts from around the world with art and artifacts of man and nature. Wide selection of crystals, gems and fossils,

ADVENTUROUS? Go Tubing at the La Jolla Indian Reservation (really fun!) Hiking: Click here for local trail info. Go for a Palomar Mountain Bike Ride on your return home on the historic and breathtakingly scenic Nate Harrison Grade; See our home page for link.

LOTS OF CASINOS NEAR TOO: Harrah's Rincon, Pauma, Pala, Acorn and the smallest casino in state, La Jolla. See our home page for link for casino locations and related info.

Reviews for this vacation cabin rental in Palomar Mountain, California

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Tom Zola

Tom Zola

Sandy, UT

cabin high in the mountain

June 10, 2013

we stayed in this cabin with 3 children for 6 days and we enjoyed it charm. It has everything you need to live plus it is old and lovely place. Transaction was easy and clear, contact with owner was easy. It met our expectations.

Jill Fernandez

Jill Fernandez

Long Beach, CA

A week in a rustic cabin

October 29, 2012

My husband, my Labrador and I stayed in the cabin for 4 nights and we enjoyed the peace and quiet. The cabin is at the far end of dirt road. The redwood foundation made for a slant to the floor. The 1920's fireplace was the jewel - we kept a cozy fire going each evening. The furntiure was comfy, the kitched was equipped with lots of pots, pans, dishes, etc. Considering the remoteness and the age, I was delighted to find a clean cabin, with not one critter such as spiders ot mice. My dog was delighted to run leash free on the dirt road without a worry of a passing car. We hiked at the Observatory and the State Park nearby and made a day trip to Julian for pie. There were many other trails to explore for anyone else who is interested in hiking.

Martin Eder

Owner's reply:

Thanks Jill,
Love to have the three of you back again for more "peace and quiet". So glad your hiking adventures were so rewarding - there certainly is a lot of natural beauty to explore. We appreciate that you all left the cabin looking tidy too and will send you your security check back.

Hope you come back to the Lilacs in other seasons too.

PS: Even though there are no cars, in and around the cabin we do not encourage "Leash free" pups just out of respect for the tame wildlife and the comfort of area residents.

Pamela Laurent

Pamela Laurent

San Diego, CA

Cozy and lovely

October 22, 2012

This was a great place to stay for a reunion with some good friends. The only part that was disconcerting was the very steep staircase to the loft bedroom. The steps were narrow and there was no bannister. Great place and friendly welcoming staff.

Martin Eder

Owner's reply:

Thank you Pamela,
I do my best to forewarn that the loft, my son's favorite place to sleep and hang out for quiet time, is for hardy youth or adaptable young adults. It is meant for an overflow space and I never counted it as a bedroom (even though it has a queen matress in the rafters).

The ladder is super strong and sturdy with notched hand holds, but I can see that some people would find it a bit too adventurous. I will consider another hand hold or two to ease the transition... your good ideas are appreciated!

Thanks again for your review and hope to have you back again soon and resting in one of the other 3 queen-size beds or the sofa bed upstairs.


Jireh Choi

Jireh Choi

Buena Park CA USA

Rev. & Mrs. Choi

October 7, 2012

This cabin is right place I wanted. It was bulted longer than my age, I can felt the long voyage of times. the redwoods and oak trees cover the roof and sky. But I enjoyed innunerable stars between leaves. I had memorable my seventy's time at this small, cuzzy and quiet wooden cabin. My mind and soul be refresh and warmed up. This is the best gift of my kid's.

Martin Eder

Owner's reply:

Rev. & Mrs. Choi,
What could be nicer than to hear that your soul was warmed and refreshed -- and that your this visit to Palomar & the Lilacs was the best gift your children could have given! Thanks for your generous comments, they fill me with warmth too and makes me happy. Hope to see you back with the whole family to enjoy other seasons. Martin

Claudia Mejia

Claudia Mejia

Los Angeles, ca

Great for large families on a budget!

August 5, 2012

We were looking for somewhere to go that was not too far yet felt like we were away from the city. Ideally we wanted to go to yosemite but I wanted to stay in a cabin and still have the amenities of home which there were none available for the time we wanted but also they were all over $260 for the ones tbat would accomodate such a large group. Also, having a 4yr old, the 6-8 hr drive to yosemite was not gonna work out very well! So, I kept looking til I came across Mr Martin's lil gem! I loved the look from the minute I saw it! And it was soo easy to book, he was very nice and told me where we should go, etc. When we arrived the caretaker, Sue was there to greet us and she was awesome! A lovely lady! She was very hospitable and attentive during our stay which was great. Now, if you are expecting luxury and an extra clean cabin, DO NOT go there. Because it is soo old and all wood there are several spiders that go in from time to time and there are a few cobwebs that you might have to get rid of yourself but as for us, we didnt mind that at all. Also, it looks small from the outside however it is soo spacious inside! You can easily and comfortably fit up to probably 12 people there! We were all just soo happy to be able to go somewhere! We got to really reconnect as a family by playing board games and watching movies. The only downer to the trip was that we were hoping to find a nice clear river to swim in and the river or creeks around there were green! 8-/ We did however get to go on a couple of great hikes while we were there and will be going back! So, thanks again Martin for sharing your lil gem in the forest!

Martin Eder

Owner's reply:

Would love to have you back with all your happy family! Thanks for your "gem in the forest" glowing review of our atmosphere.

... and as for the little critters, Yes, it is true I do not use any insecticides, but by the next time you come I will have the cobwebs under control. We are doing deep cleaning, while keeping the rustic, authentic nature of this 1920's cabin alive. We will strive for 5 STAR RUSTIC LUXURY with 5 Star hospitality without any hint of Hilton luxury except the free bottle of wine and super clean sheets and towels. Look forward to hosting your next Feel-far-away, get-away in the mountains - perhaps to catch the Fall colors or the winter snows!

PS: I discourage more than 8-10 people unless you have some very special retreat after we have spoken.

martin eder

martin eder

san juan capistrano

the love shack

May 7, 2012

With every turn going up the mountain, I could feel myself enter a quieter world, When we arrived at the cabin, it took me back to childhood memories of summer vacations in similar rustic cabins with my family Being high above our daily lives, in the midst of trees and rocks was so refreshing. With out the distraction of cellphones and internet, conversations and silence became more meaningful. It's certainly a cozy place to rekindle love and enjoy the simple pleasures that create wonderful memories.

Katie Ashcraft

Katie Ashcraft

valley center, ca USA

we satyed at baileys resort

March 29, 2011

we stayed at bailey's resort at palomar mountain. we loved the hundred year old cabin, it was just right for our growing family. we had a beautiful pine forest and it was covered in snow. it was everything we wanted and more. the owners of the property were very nice and open to us, and for that we thank them with all our hearts. we had a blast. love it! katie ashcraft

Marcia Herbst

Marcia Herbst

Rochester, MI USA

Lilac Cabin on Palomar Mt.

March 10, 2011

Snowy weekend made it a bit difficult to get to the cabin. A neighbor's vehicle was stuck in the drive leading to the cabin so we had to haul all of our belongings quite a way...overall we had a good time. Fireplace was of the cabin needs a little tender loving care and deep cleaning. The propane ran out but owner did his best and had some delivered by night fall. I think it would be much more enjoyable in the spring and summer.

Omar Molina

Omar Molina


1st time in a cabin

February 27, 2011

At first it was very cold and dark and I had some minor problems but the next day to fix all we had a great time and we had so much fun maybe we return soon very soon

Robert Tabak

Robert Tabak

Philadelphia PA

Nice retreat for a family

June 8, 2010

We had six adults (two parents and four in their 20s) here. We enjoyed the stay. There actually are more sleeping options - 3 bedrooms, plus a sleeping loft and a fold-out futon. Cabin was clean but rustic. Access for the last 2/10 of mile or so is on a rutted dirt road. You don't need a 4-wheel drive in dry weather, but go very slowly. The kitchen has a microwave, coffee-maker, diswasher, stove, dishes, refrigerator and an odd assortment of pots and pans. There is also a gas grill outside, plus an enclosed outdoor fireplace (bring wood.) Supplies: bring what you need. The "grocery" section of the only store on the mt. is about two shelves and one fridge and freezer case. They have some beverages,snacks, etc (only one size of milk- one gallon whole one day) and sell cups of coffee, but don't plan on this as your food supply. We enjoyed great hikes in Palomar Mt. St. Park, the hike to the Observatory (nr. campsite) and also from Fry Creek (trail here not so well marked). This is a generally quiet, beautiful area. On a June weekday morning, I walked for an hour on the main road (St. Park Rd) and about 6 or 7 vehicles passed me. We would come here again.

Brenda Bailey

Brenda Bailey

Fallbrook, CA USA

Wonderland of relaxing fun!

May 25, 2010

The atmosphere and charm of a true cabin in the woods! The most charming owner and staff provided us with the utmost concideration for our ultimate experience, giving us a courtesy call during our stay to be sure that we were enjoying our stay and if we needed anything. The views are splended and magical (You might even spot a wood elf). The state park is appx 2 miles away with trails to explore and don't forget to visit the observatory! Plenty of nice folks around! We felt welcome and will book this adventure again!



California, and Sweden

No Distractions

February 28, 2010

We had a wonderful time at the cabin, filled with good meals and good wine. The fireplace kept us warm as we found Waldo! The surrounding area is surreal in a burnt and beautiful way with many amazing views and glimpses of some interesting birds and wildlife. Highly recommended to anyone looking to escape the busy life and spend time with someone they hold close. 4th adventure....Esra and Brett (Bring your own salad bowls)

barbara estill

barbara estill

carlsbad, Ca

Palomar my Vermont

February 10, 2010

We all loved our stay at the Lilac Cabin nestled in the trees. I felt like i was tree house on the porch. great stone fireplace. We will be back thanks. Barbara and Phil

Valerie Michal

Valerie Michal

Wrightwood, CA USA

Great Weekend

June 3, 2009

The Lilacs is a terrific little cabin, old and quirky, very clean and well stocked. Very quiet and dark at night. Planning to come back in the fall for our 25th anniversary.

Kira Edenhofer

Kira Edenhofer

Orange County, Ca

Wonderful and relaxing

April 21, 2009

It was just perfect for our group. We had 11 of us there (3 kids). It was comfortable and quiet! The kids enjoyed seeing deer, birds and other wildlife scampering through the grounds. What a great memory for them!

Richard Ruiz

Richard Ruiz

San Diego, CA

Relaxing cabin in the pines.

August 12, 2008

Martin, really enjoyed my weekend stay. The quiet and fresh air are the perfect stress releivers. The close location to the palomar observetory and state park are also major pluses for me. Also enjoyed the outdoor fire place at night. Hope to return one of these days. Richard

kerry and andrew ross

kerry and andrew ross

lake forest, ca usa

Lilacs is AMAZING!!!!!

September 25, 2007

My husband and I just spent our 11th anniversary at Lilacs cabin in the woods and let me tell you it was perfect! In fact, I am hesitant to tell all of you how charming and wonderful it was for fear that it will be booked and we won't be able to rent it again! Thanks Martin for being so accommodating!! we will be back with the kids!!

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Martin Eder

Martin Eder


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  • School:

    Univ. of Colorado, Boulder
  • Work:

    Retired college teacher
  • About:

    Rebuilding this rustic cabin was a labor of love!

    I love the mountains and Mother Nature. After renting on Palomar for 16 years I bought this cabin and love to share it with other nature- lovers. The cabin is an authentic, hand- built gem.

    I am a retired college teacher. The cabin is more ...
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