Most of us can likely agree that home rentals (via Airbnb, VRBO, Homeaway, etc.) have opened up doors to unique stays and hence, experiences, more than any other travel concept has in recent times. I know that I’ve thought to myself countless times during so many recent travels that if not for them, I’d have been less of a traveler and more of a tourist… hanging out in centrally air-conditioned hotel lobbies instead of in my private sun-bathed patio, or eating an inclusive ‘continental’ breakfast buffet instead of the locals’ favorite hole-in-the-wall nom joint. In general, K and I very intentionally try to support non-corporation run stay options when we travel, so it was along these lines that we were researching our home away from home in Joshua Tree National Park… when I came across Joshua Tree Acres. It was everything we could have wanted in our desert oasis!
Joshua Tree Acres is a self-contained community of individual airstream (and one cabin) listings on Airbnb, located far enough from Joshua Tree village to feel like an unoccupied other-world but yet, close enough to commute to the park and other attractions at ease. Having never stayed in an airstream before, I was slightly skeptical of comfort. All of my doubts disappeared the moment we stepped inside… the boho chic décor and comfy bed had me living that nomadic world traveler life in an instant!
True to most ‘glamping’ experiences, luxury at Joshua Tree Acres had to do with life’s best things… nature, a sky full of stars and good company. :) At the end of our short but sweet stay, we agreed that our ‘Sound of Silence 1964’ airstream was one of our best Airbnb stays yet. Here are a few personal highlights i.e. why you should bookmark their page for when you’re hitting up JT!
1) You guys, it’s an airstream.
Even if you haven’t saved a hundred dreamy Instagram pictures of decked out RVs in exotic locales like me, it’s worth it. Bonus points to Joshua Tree Acres for knowing that southwestern blankets, books, twinkly patio lights and a hammock are what make a girl’s vintage airstream dreams come true.
2) Outdoor showers under the Joshua trees because… YOLO.
3) Hammocks galore throughout the property had us in R&R heaven.
I promptly told Kushal that we would be copycats and replicate this spider-web-of-hammocks situation in our dream home someday!
4) The Clubhouse, a record player and I.
Central to all of the airstreams and shared by them all is the clubhouse- a cozy community space with a fully equipped kitchen, a living room with the best collection of vinyl records (Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors for me, please!) and desert boho chic #decorgoals, and an outdoor dining area fit for a merry group of a few! We had the clubhouse all to ourselves during our stay, so we spent a lot of time hanging out here. :)
1) Stargazing on a clear night.
We lucked out in that our weekend in JT coincided with the Orionid meteor shower, so of course we bundled up in blankets after dinner to head outside in anticipation of shooting meteors. Not only did we catch the meteors, the desert sky was clear enough to see the entire Milky Way by eye! It was beyond magical and worth the braving of the sharp dip in desert temperatures at night. :)
So that’s my long-ish love note on Joshua Tree Acres, y’all. #Instagold, yes?! Joshua Tree Acres gets an honest thumbs-up from me, and I hope this sharing of my experience inspires/excites you enough to add it to your own travel wish-list!
Although it’s completely possible to have yourself a Joshua Tree experience without ever leaving Joshua Tree Acres, we fit in a few fun ‘must-dos’ into our itinerary , some of which I’ve detailed in previous posts. Just so it’s all here in one blog post…
- Favorite thing to do in JT: Explore Joshua Tree National Park
More in this blog post!
- Favorite thing to see in JT: Sunset at Cholla Cactus Garden
More in this blog post!
... and Palm Springs (Parker Palm Springs in specific if you’re into edgy rock’n’roll vibes + a killer wine bar)
I hope you enjoyed this Joshua Tree travel post! If you've been and can agree or add to any of my suggestions, I'd love to hear. :)
This stay was in gracious collaboration with Joshua Tree Acres, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thank you for reading and have a great weekend!
XO Sushmitha :)