The Weekenders: West Coast
Joshua Tree + palm springs
January is a month that you won’t mind missing in New York City. Through the slush and threats of snowstorms, we happily looked West this year. California was calling our names and we felt very comfortable responding.
The sunshine state has long had a special place in our hearts. With past quick trips to Los Angeles we realized there was much more to discover, especially outdoors. We planned the first few days of our trip photo hiking through the desert in Joshua Tree and spending time rejuvenating in the glorious sun at Palm Springs. The warmth of the California rays is just what your body needs mid-winter, join us on our first leg of The Weekenders, West Coast edition.
Stay / Joshua Tree
The Joshua Tree House
In the morning, take a moment to soak in the orange and pink desert sky at The Joshua Tree House. The sunrise at this Airbnb is one of the compelling reasons to stay here, but owners Sara and Rich Combs take home rentals to new heights with their perfectly decorated interiors. Live like a desert local in this ranch style home with all the finishings. The rental comfortably sleeps 4 with 2 separate bedrooms and a spacious shared space. The caramel leather sofa will give you a case of serious vintage envy. The bedding, linens and inserts were the best - if you are anything like us we love a comfortable place to lay our heads, and we must say The Joshua Tree House provided one of the best nights of sleeps between the covers and serene setting. It was a bit cold during our stay but sharing wine with friends in the hot tub soaking in the sunset might have just put us over the top at The Joshua Tree House.
Joshua Tree National Park
If you made it all the way to Joshua Tree do not skip the actual park. Simply driving through the small town is gorgeous but wait until you get through the gates of the park. This is truly one of the most inspiring places we’ve visited yet. Joshua Tree is full of quiet magic and stillness. There is so much to explore that you will need more than a day so plan accordingly. Keep an eye out for the full web-editorial we shot with Ganni we'll be sharing with you soon.
La Copine Kitchen
Best brunch ever. The flavors and precision that go into creating the dishes at La Copine Kitchen is incomparable. The brilliant chef Nikki Hill has us craving her breakfast special Hen of The Woods, a wilted escarole salad topped with fried breaded crumbs, roasted mushrooms & parsnips, the most wonderful house made ricotta - topped with a sherry vinaigrette and fried egg. Take the short drive to La Copine - it will be well worth your time.
Pappy + Harriet's
Pappy + Harriet’s was offered by many as a place to be in Joshua Tree. Driving to this restaurant, saloon was one of the most memorable journeys of the trip as we wound in and out through the high desert mountains of California. It’s hard not to have a good time at Pappy + Harriet’s, this is where you will find all the out of towners and locals together toasting the night.
Stay / Palm Springs
Ace Hotel + Swim Club
When in Palm Springs, stay at The Ace Hotel + Swim Club. It’s the hub of creative happenings in the desert. The grounds will leave you with feelings of wonder. While casually relaxing poolside you have the larger than life backdrop of vast mountain peaks lingering above head. It’s all so subtle but colossal to see. The mid-century architecture of the hotel was just the perfect setting for such magnificent views. We took full advantage of the hotel bar Amigo Room and caught an acoustic live performance that got us in that southern California state of mind.
Moorten Botanical Gardens
For more cacti head over to the Moorten Botanical Gardens in Palm Springs. Visiting botanical gardens in climates different from our own awakens moments of creativity for us. Flowers and fauna just happen to be two of our very favorite things.
After a spa day and our chakra’s feeling wide open and clear we happened to stumbled upon Crystal Fantasy which had plenty of good vibes go around. A crystal and healing center and shop, we love the positive energy that can move freely from these tiny gifts. Bonus was the 4-6 tarot card readers on hand awaiting to share you fortunes. We of course obliged!
We truly felt like locals grabbing brunch at King's Highway at the Ace Hotel. Owned by the same team as our favorite fries + burger spot Five Leaves, King's Highway did not disappoint. Many items were actually the same as what you would find at the Brooklyn outpost which left a super cozy feeling when so far away from home.
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