There are some places on this earth that just stick out in your mind.
You find yourself reminiscing about it often, catch yourself looking at old photographs, and think about when you can travel back there as soon as possible. It’s like that spot has been highlighted in your mind with a big yellow marker. Well, one of these places for me is the Joshua Tree Inn in Twentynine Palms, a dusty desert city in Southern California. I first spent time at the Inn a few years ago and fell in love with the quirky details, rock and roll atmosphere, and comfy home-away-from-home feel.
The hacienda-style inn was built in 1950 and is home to only eleven rooms that open up to a desert courtyard equipped with a fire pit, lounge chairs, and chandeliers. A large teal pool sits adjacent to the courtyard, a necessity for a hotel that calls the Mojave Desert home. In the 1960s, numerous artists frequented the Joshua Tree Inn, including Gram Parsons, Keith Richards, Anita Pallenberg, and more. Of the eleven rooms on site, a handful are named after music legends. Room Eight is also known as the Gram Parsons room — it is the room where he spent his last few days. There is also the Emmylou Harris Room, John Barrymore Suite (where John Wayne liked to stay), and Donavon’s Suite, where he and his muse, Linda, would camp out. Some say their spirits are still alive at the Inn and help inspire artists and musicians create new work.
A few miles off site, there are four private homes that are included as part as the Joshua Tree Inn. These spaces have all of the eccentric charm as the Inn itself. Each house (named Coyote, Fox, Turtle, and Joshua View) is private and just a short dirt road drive from the Inn. The spaces include barbecue pits, hammocks, multiple patios, a private pool, and more. It’s the perfect spot for a weekend away from the city. I’ve stayed at Coyote and the Joshua View House, where I lived in my swimsuit and caftans and walked barefoot on the desert floor. We woke up with the sun every morning and watched it retire each night, as it casted pink shadows off huge boulders. Life slows down at the Joshua Tree Inn — it’s simple and beautiful, yet perfectly eccentric.
I can’t wait to go back…
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