The desert has always been a popular destination for city-dwellers looking for respite from the urban sprawl that is Southern California. Many go to the plentiful condo complexes with their par-three golf courses and Olympic sized swimming pools, or to one of the hip boutique hotels that have been sprouting up in recent years. But those in the know, who truly want a bohemian getaway, head to the 29 Palms Inn.
Situated on 30 acres of natural preserve at the gateway to Joshua Tree National Park, the Inn is made up of roughly 20 adobe bungalows and historic wood framed cabins, all surrounding an ancient desert oasis and artesian-fed pond. All of the Inn’s signage is hand painted on raw wood and towering palm trees surround the cabins. If hiking or exploring is your thing, Joshua Tree’s surreal landscape is just a stone’s throw from your front door. Wild desert hares roam the well-manicured grounds and amazing sunsets can be viewed going down behind the Inn’s organic garden. Located miles away from the light pollution of Palm Springs, the night sky looks like an inky, dense blanket of stars.
There is a small restaurant serving lunch and dinner, and cocktails and cold drinks to be enjoyed poolside. What the place may lack in slick modern amenities, it more than makes up for in charm and quietude. While decidedly more rustic than glamour, the vibe is absolutely soulful. It’s just the place to turn on, tune in, and drop out.