I chose to make this the first sojourn to share because it was nothing but magical, both in location and design. We set out for Joshua Tree to celebrate my birthday last October and it turned out that the stay at Mojave Sands was far more memorable than the meteor shower meant to be the focal point of the celebration.
Mojave Sands is the baby of owner Blake Simpson who designed the motel himself. Blake turned a 1950's motel in to a little oasis in the desert. He combined nature and design symbiotically. The doors, windows and gates were built on-site with salvaged, rustic materials that come together beautifully. There are 5 suites, side by side in true motel fashion, but each have their own unique interiors and decor, including work by local artisans, vintage turntables and eccentric vinyl collections and objects d'art that he has gathered along the way.
We stayed in suite 5 which was especially inviting with an outdoor tub (heaven under the stars) and a steam shower that we pumped with eucalyptus oil. We played lots of dominoes on the patio, put "music to strip by" and Linda Rondstat on rotation and simply chilled out.
Blake has been continuously working on his hideaway for over 10 years and while we were there he was putting his sweat in to building a diner next door for guests to hang together over coffee or a beer. Currently the common grounds offer several areas to gather around a fire with your crew or other guests.
The vibe is casual, communal and quintessentially Joshua Tree, with the perfect amount of chic.
food & libations: Pappy & Harriet's (Pioneertown), Crossroads Cafe
cool for kids: fish pond & feeding responsibility, free reign of courtyard
must visit: Noah Purifoy Outdoor Museum, Joshua Tree National Park