Blue Monday, a clinically researched phenomenon, is right around the corner. The highs of the holidays are gone, and winter looms ahead, long and gray. Our Rx? The desert. While we do have the warm-weather beauty of our resort collection to buoy us through till spring, there’s something about a warm-weather escape in the doldrums of January that acts as a balm far superior than retail therapy.
High on our list of wanderlust goals is the Pioneertown Motel, a recently renovated unique lodging in in Southern California’s Yucca Valley that originally opened in the late 1940’s. Set amidst an old Hollywood frontier town movie set, and with investors that included Roy Rogers and Gene Autry, Pioneertown village served as a movie set for several Hollywood films and still
draws crowds for gunfight reenactments. The motel itself has been in operation since 1946 and has had several iterations, most recently renovated by local carpenter Ryan Norman Drobatz, the new Pioneertown Motel is bound to become a must-stay en route to Coachella. Rustic but cozy, stylish yet laid-back, the place has wi-fi but no TVs, vistas for miles, and is located within a stone’s throw of Joshua Tree National Park, whose natural beauty and amazing ombre sunsets easily lift the spirits of those suffering from seasonal affective disorder. Nearby diversions include Pappy and Harriet’s, a music venue with real honky-tonk charm, 29 Palms, a trippy desert oasis with a great restaurant, and the Joshua Tree Inn, where alt country god Gram Parsons met his mythical maker. Also worth visiting is the Integratron, a dome structure offering cosmic transformation via sound baths and electromagnetic pulses.
Getting to the high desert used to mean a flight to L.A. and a car haul, but Jet Blue starts flying directly to Palm Springs on January 14th, which gets you to your destination a helluva lot easier. Grab some sandals and some shades and make it happen.