The desert is something else. There's no other place you can find these gorgeous combination of colors. Earthy tones mixed with the bright blue sky and glaring sun...it's a beauty that's hard to find.
The little town of Yucca Valley and all its neighboring desert cities have magic just waiting to be found at every corner. If you are ever in the area, here's what I recommend:
Nothing like a delicious brunch to get you going before your hike in the beautiful Joshua Tree National Forest. La Copine is a brand new spot that fuses an LA hipster vibe with the desert. I mean, perfect right? The Royal Crumpet and delicious Breakfast Junction granola yogurt bowl were our two favorites. Oh, and don't forget the beignets!
Although the desert is vast, there are some gems to shop at on a small strip of Route 62. Amidst the antique shops galore there is Hoof and the Horn - full of bohemian and vintage treasures that may make you just want to move in.
Well, of course you have to see the beautiful national forest! A trail I recommend is the FortyNine Palms Oasis trail. There's a lovely (you guessed it) oasis at the finish line and you'll feel like you stepped into The Lion King. Simba...where are you?!
Just 13 or so miles away from Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree there is Pioneertown. And in Pioneertown there is the legendary Pappy & Harriet's Music Venue/BBQ joint. Amazing live music, great food, and atmosphere...what more could you want? It was amazing to look up and see the old posters from artists who have stopped in previously. Their roster includes bands like Vampire Weekend, Divine Fits, and the like.
The AirBNB we found, called the Home Sweet Homesteader was pure magic in and of itself. I probably would have been content just staying in this tiny house the entire weekend. The homesteader was artfully and thoughtfully decorated, peaceful, and had the most beautiful view of the sunset from the living room window.
So, do you want to visit the desert yet? It's the perfect place to head if you're needing some time to unwind and relax.