Are you headed to Joshua Tree, California, for the first time this season? Don’t hit the sand without knowing where to stay, what to eat and all of the best places to shop, too! We tapped into the perspectives of photojournalists and bloggers, Isobel Benesch and Chrissy Powers, to get the scoop on all that the region has to offer, and they’re sharing the details below. Have you been to Joshua Tree? Share your own recommendations in the comments!
The Joshua Tree House: This is an amazing house that we found through Airbnb. It’s located within walking distance of downtown Joshua Tree, but set back on enough land that you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. It is impeccably designed and you can tell that the owners, Sara and Rich, have put thought into every single detail of this house. We basically didn’t want to leave and didn’t venture out as much as we could have because we enjoyed the house so much. It has a hot tub in the back that we used after a long day of exploring. It also has a huge front porch where we sat and drank coffee in the mornings while the boys ran up and down the driveway with the dump trucks that we brought for collecting rocks and stones and other treasures.
Jen’s Pirate Booty: We happened to be in town during the designer’s pop-up sale at her soon-to-be newest retail location. Filled with boho fringy dresses, desert hats and gorgeous accessories, this is one of the best (and only) places to shop in downtown Joshua Tree for women’s clothing.
Coyote Corner, Joshua Tree National Park Store: This is a great spot to find trinkets, keepsakes and treasures to remember your trip to Joshua Tree. It also has a great selection of toys for little ones and the friendliest staff ever.
The Natural Sisters Café: This is a great spot for lunch in the center of downtown. Here you will find healthy smoothies and vegetarian sandwiches and burgers.
Pie for the People: Delicious pizza that delivers when you don’t feel like going out for the night.
Country Kitchen: Right in the center of Joshua Tree, this spot is a delicious find for breakfast food. Nothing fancy—the place was filled with climbers and hikers—and it felt like a true diner. It was even featured on one of Anthony Bourdain’s shows. The service was pretty horrible and the owner didn’t seem too happy about serving anyone that morning, but the food made up for the bad service.
Joshua Tree Coffee Company: This is one of the best and only places in town to grab a good cup of coffee in the mornings before heading out for an adventure.
Hidden Valley Loop Trail: It’s a great place to explore with little ones. A one-mile loop surrounded by tall boulders, this hike is great for inexperienced hikers and children that just want to climb around.