Our second stop on our honeymoon trip, after Palm Springs, was in Joshua Tree, California. The drive out from Palm Springs was really incredible, traveling through changing desert landscapes and giant fields of tall windmills.
We picked a side trip to Joshua Tree for the national park, hikes, and peace and quiet. This area is definitely not resort-y like Palm Springs—you’re either camping in the national park or staying nearby in a rental home. We found some really great places to stay via Airbnb, and it was a nice break to have a place all to ourselves and cook our favorite meals together for the first time as a married couple.
If you plan to stay in a vacation rental like we did, I’d recommend stopping to get groceries and other essentials before entering Joshua Tree—Joshua Tree doesn’t have much to it but a gas station, two or three small cafes, the park center, and some art shops. If you like to try new types of coffee, Joshua Tree Coffee Company is an awesome roaster to check out—we really liked the Mellow Ethiopian, a light roast coffee.
We pulled into our Airbnb rental in Joshua Tree around dinner time, and got right to whipping up some homemade guacamole for a desert happy hour.
We ended up staying in two different vacation homes in Joshua Tree. Neither had internet, which was super refreshing to unplug and spend time, just the two of us, hiking and soaking in the sun.
One of my favorite parts about our first vacation rental was the hot tub looking out into the hills that make up the backside of the national park. One afternoon, I was taking a nap and woke up to see Matt sipping some bourbon, and wearing my sunglasses, in the tub. I had to snap some photos, it was too good!
Our second stay was in a home called The Boulder House. Once we arrived, we found out that it’s actually a pretty prominent piece of architecture! The house is constructed on the outside to resemble the natural, desert landscape of Joshua Tree—from far away it doesn’t even look like a house, just a small patch of trees and large boulders. But once you get closer, the house is a modernist oasis.
One of my favorite memories was an all-day excursion we took into Joshua Tree National Park. Our good friends, Ben and Beth, drove out from Los Angeles to come join us at the park to drive around and climb some giant rocks!
Thank you to Ben and Beth for snapping photos of me and Matt and making the trek to come hang out with us—you two are awesome!
I love this shot of Ben, Beth, and I walking through the park—#ThatHairFlip, Beth.
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, rental homes via Airbnb
Eating: Joshua Tree Coffee Roasters coffee beans, Matt’s homemade guacamole & tacos
- Hiking & climbing around Joshua Tree National Park.
- Soaking in the hot tub outside our Airbnb rental.
- Eating lots of fresh, homemade guacamole!
We’re in Martha Stewart Weddings!
We had so much fun on our honeymoon in Palm Springs and Joshua Tree, and it’s so special and exciting to see our trip featured in the Spring 2016 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings!