Desert Destination: Shelter Joshua Tree

Personal highs: The outdoor shower. 

Joshua Tree is still relatively remote for a California desert destination, which is part of what makes it so awesome.

While nearby Palm Springs has endless hotels and home rentals to choose from, Joshua Tree is a little more limited in its accommodations. My favorite Airbnb spot in the area is a property called Shelter.

There are actually three different houses on the Shelter property, each with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. They’re far enough apart from one another that they can be rented separately, but close enough that they can be rented all together as well.

Each of the homes has its own hot tub that is accessible from a short pathway walk. Being slightly set apart from the houses (and very set apart from the neighbors) the hot tubs offer prime star watching at night.

The warm modern design of the homes includes the interesting use of window space. The views outside look framed by the window panes without any competition thanks to minimal design features. Shelter One was actually built around a Joshua Tree so as not to disturb the land, offering a very natural feel to the layout.

Each of the homes on the property is outfitted with art and goods from artisans that are local to the Joshua Tree area, adding to the authentic vibe of the property.

Personal highs: The outdoor shower at Shelter One, the custom-made shampoo offered in the house, and the absolutely always incredible light. On my trip, we mostly hung out at the house but we did go out for dinner and dancing at Pappy and Harriet’s.

The western-style spot is located in nearby Pioneer Town and features awesome live bands most nights.


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