Driving from LA to Joshua Tree has the effect of popping a quick Xanax. As soon as you’ve escaped the hustle and bumper to bumper traffic surrounding the city it’s suddenly just you vs nature under the stars and your heart beat almost seems to slow. The desert oasis is equally eery as it is enchanting. It’s quiet. Really quiet. And for those accustomed to the omnipresent white noise of city life, it’s the ultimate place to unplug and regain a bit of balance and perspective.
It also happens to be a mecca for mid-century modern architecture and desert-infused design elements that are reason alone to go. After scouring my favorite site for short-term rentals, Airbnb, I’ve decided that if you’re in the market for a Joshua Tree escape, these are quite possibly the best places to call your temporary home.
The Joshua Tree House: Joshua Tree, CA: $192 per night, sleeps six.
The Home Sweet Homesteader, Joshua Tree: $150 per night, sleeps three.
Joshua Tree Artist Retreat, Yucca Valley: $200 per night, sleeps six.
Saguaro Hideaway, Joshua Tre: $175 per night, sleeps six.
Vintage Desert Farmhouse, Joshua Tree: $135 per night, sleeps four.
Shangri-La Mid-Century Mod Cabin, Joshua Tree: $175 per night, sleeps four.
Off-Grid itHouse, Pioneertown: $380 per night, sleeps four.
Desert View Hideaway, Joshua Tree: $150 per night, sleeps two.
High Desert House, Yucca Valley: $325 per night, sleeps four.
JT West Parkway Cabin & Casita, Joshua Tree: $158 per night, sleeps six.
Modernist Jewel, Joshua Tree: $185 per night, sleeps two.
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*All photos via Airbnb