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This article first appeared in SUITCASE Volume 16: The Spirit Issue.
If Palm Springs is your manicured resort town, Joshua Tree and the surrounding areas of Yucca Valley and Pioneertown are its weird cousins out in the desert. The area is famous for its National Park, which is home to large rock formations, a huge collection of cactuses, and of course, the bristled joshua trees.
Order Vol 16 On first glance the area might look like a ghost town, but delve a little deeper and you’ll find a true bohemian dream. Eccentric projects such as the World-Famous Crochet Museum and Beauty Bubble hair salon are a weird and wonderful all-American respite from the desert heat.
This Moroccan-inspired boutique hotel lies just off the 29 Palms Highway, behind an unassuming sheet of rusted metal. If The Ace Hotel did motels this would be it – there are five rooms kitted out with record players, Mojave rugs and vintage globes, some with outdoor baths and all with their own patio, surrounding an outdoor communal area filled with fireplaces and fire pits as well as a large reflective pool.
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Pioneertown was built in the Forties as a live-in Western motion picture set, with stables, saloons and old motels. Having been lovingly restored in 2015, it’s got a rugged cowboy charm that you won’t get anywhere else, and has been featured in over 200 films.
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Hicksville Trailer Palace
If sleeping in purple sheets underneath a purple chandelier, with wigs hanging from the ceiling and access to your very own vanity mirror sounds like your dream vacay, then this is your spot. There are eight different trailers available to rent in Hicksville, each with their own theme. There’s the Western-themed Pioneer, The Pee Wee – which takes inspiration from a gypsy wagon – and the swinging Seventies pad, The Sweet.
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