Cool Remote Desert Getaway
Beautiful, thoughtfully decorated studio cabin in the middle of nowhere, but very accessible to Joshua Tree National Park. Clearly recently constructed, while the inside is cozy (but never felt crowded) for two, the outside is huge, with multiple sitting areas, both inside the privacy fence and outside, by the bonfire. We were really sad that it was too cloudy and windy to sit out at night by the fire to stargaze, but we were able to sit out and look at the snow-capped San Bernardino mountains over coffee on two of the three mornings. It is almost five miles out along a well-maintained dirt road to get here, and I don't think we saw a single car pass by the house while we were there over a holiday weekend, so if you like quiet, desert solitude (we do!), this is for you. The outdoor shower and bathtub combo are really cute and fun, though be warned that this really is the only shower and bathtub (long enough for two, but not really wide enough, btw), and you can't go straight from the house into the bath and shower area without going through one of the outdoor gates, so if the weather is bad (it was raining and windy the first half of our weekend), walking to and from the shower/bath can be a little unpleasant, though the personalized robes definitely helped! The inside windows offer great views of the desert from the dining room table, loveseat, and kitchen, and made the room seem a lot bigger than it was. I would suggest the owners consider a darker, heavier curtain or blinds option for the east facing window, as the sunrise comes straight from that window onto the bed, which could be an issue if you aren't interested in getting up with the sun. The kitchen was also very clean and new and bright (especially with the great window over the sink), and the owners had thoughtfully provided local coffee, some spices, and a much larger assortment of basic food items and even snacks than I'm accustomed to in these sorts of rentals. I would suggest bringing your own kitchen knives if you plan on doing real cooking, as there were only butter knives and kitchen steak knives available for slicing and prepping (the place is pretty new, so I suspect the owners will fix this oversight pretty quickly), but I made do with the pizza cutter to slice my carne asada... :-) The owners were very responsive and helpful, both before and during our weekend, and their place is really very well kept and fit with the quirky vibe of desert dwellers in the region.

February 2017
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