One of my favorite things to do is plan a trip, and our vacation to Joshua Tree was no exception. It was in the works for 8 months, if you can believe it. There are a lot of things I consider when planning a trip, but the first is the weather. I always search “best time to visit…fill in the blank” when a destination is on my travel list. I like to look at the average high and low temperatures, average rainfall, tourist season (try to avoid), cost of travel/accommodations, etc. I consider all factors before I make it official and book travel or accommodations.
The reason this trip was booked so far in advanced was mostly due to the fact that our Airbnb was one of the most unique locations I’ve ever laid eyes on (it was in high demand) and I wanted awesome hiking weather. More photos to follow, but you can check out the listing for The Joshua Tree House here. The owners are the cutest couple. I really enjoy following their social media accounts for cute decorating ideas, renovation inspiration, or just all-around amazing desert vibes. They have another Airbnb rental location called The Joshua Tree Hacienda which is equally as cute. If you’d like to take a look you can find the listing here.
In the beginning our California trip was a personal one – meant for Zach and I to explore Joshua Tree, and then to visit family in Palm Springs for a few days. But then, with blessings and a touch of fate, our wedding photographer was traveling cross-country from California to Virginia and was able to take our engagement photos in Joshua Tree! As you will see, Tori is absolutely amazing (check out her website here). We went to high school with her and it was so awesome to reconnect, to experience the area together, and to capture so much of it in photos, which we revisit and treasure regularly.
Once we have a place to stay, the next items on my planning list are food and entertainment. Honestly, I could spend hours doing research! In my opinion, the standouts in the Joshua Tree/Yucca Valley area are La Copine and the Joshua Tree Coffee Company (also, of course, In-N-Out Burger – which we hit first thing off the plane). We went to La Copine for brunch with Tori to catch up before taking our engagement photos. The catch up didn’t take long before we were eating food off each other’s plates. All three of our meals were so delicious and I would have eaten there every day if I could do it again.
For a girl who didn’t love coffee at the time, Joshua Tree Coffee Company is my all time favorite. We made it in the Chemex at the tree house every day. And I drank it black – I still can’t believe it.
Making the coffee, and enjoying it on the front porch with the record player humming was one of my favorite moments each day. I like to use Yelp for food research, but for travel entertainment I often use Pinterest and I always search for concerts in the area. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect, because we got to see The Head and The Heart at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown. It was a super cool venue and I’d recommend checking it out regardless of who is playing.
Zach may kill me for these, but here is my favorite series of photos of us dancing to Fleetwood Mac. They will forever make me smile 🙂
There are so many photos to share, but I hope you enjoyed a few of my favorites from The Joshua Tree House. More to come on my love for overalls, Joshua Tree swimwear style, and shots from The National Park.