Travel Diary: Joshua Tree

TGIF everyone! Last weekend Chris, Sarge, and I went up to Joshua Tree for a little late birthday celebration and some much needed R&R.  We have been to Joshua Tree a few times but always just for day trips and had a few things we absolutely wanted to do.


We left Saturday right after work and made it to our AirBNB, the 1940s Brickhouse, in roughly an hour.  We have been looking forward to staying here for nearly a year, our friends own it and have been working hard to renovate and make it perfect for guests…they did such an amazing job!  The house is walking distance from “downtown” JTree and close the west entrance of the National Park.  We got settled and ordered pizza and salad from Pie for the People which is only half a mile from where we stayed.  It was a lovely (and much needed) evening of wine, pizza, a fire in the fireplace, and movies on Netflix…even Sarge seemed totally at ease within minutes!


Jacket // Hoodie // Tank // Leggings // Wellies // Beanie

After a relaxing night we all slept in and finally got out of bed around 9 (yes, that is totally sleeping in for me these days).  We took Sarge for a walk to Joshua Tree Coffee, located in the same building as the pizza place, and then headed to Natural Sisters for breakfast.  Natural Sisters is a cute, healthy spot for breakfast and lunch with a small outdoor area where we sat with Sarge.  I had the egg wrap and Chris had the bagel sandwich, both were UH-mazing!  On our walk back I decided 11:30am was a totally appropriate time of day to start drinking.  We popped into Joshua Tree Saloon for a Bloody Mary (me), a Bullet Rye (Chris), and a bowl of spilled water (Sarge) before making our way home for a nap.


Sneakers // Sunnies // Hat // Tee // Bag

We spent Sunday afternoon with Brooke and our friend, Ryan, playing horseshoes, drinking rosé, and eating lunch from the Saloon.  We also had a little birthday sweet thanks to Brooke’s sister, Bryce, who made me the adorable succulent cupcakes!  Be sure to check out her blog, The Sweet Proposal.  After a chill afternoon we headed to Pioneertown for our dinner at Pappy & Harriet’s.  We ate lots of amazing steak (holy wow, the flat iron is AMAZING), drank plenty of whiskey, and listened to The Sunday Band before heading back for the night.


Sunnies // Choker // Tee (vintage, similar HERE)


Dress (similar HERE) // Sweater (similar HERE) // Bag // Earrings

Monday morning was pretty similar to Sunday, minus the cocktails, before we packed up and made our way to Yucca for some vintage shopping.  I always love checking out all the unique pieces at The End, Hoof & The Horn, and Promised Land while we are in the high desert.  I have found great pieces, including my Schott Perfecto, each time we pop in and Monday was no different.  I picked up a really unique beaded necklace in shades of white, beige, and gold…coming soon to the blog!


Sweater (similar HERE) // Tank // Jeans // Boots

I still owe you guys a full guide to Joshua/Pioneer/Yucca and it is coming sometime this Spring!  In the meantime, I hope this gives you a few recommendations if you are planning a trip to the high desert!

XO, Niki

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