9 Airbnbs in the Desert to Inspire Your Next Remote Getaway, from Joshua Tree to Sedona
Airbnbs in the desert, whether in Joshua Tree, Palm Springs or Sedona, generally symbolize a specific and lonely fantasy: of digital detox, reconnection with nature, exit from the network. And, frankly, doesn’t that sound just about perfect right now? We are only one month away from 2021. Between the news cycle and the brutally persistent pandemic, it is exhausting. Sign us up for a place with sand, sun, stars and a sprawling landscape. (Another added bonus: Many desert locations are within driving distance of major metropolitan cities, such as Los Angeles or Phoenix.)
We took it upon ourselves to browse Airbnb to find the best remote retreats. What did we find? An architecturally significant property in Pioneertown, a tricked Airstream at Joshua Tree, a tiny cabin overlooking the Red Rocks in Arizona, and much more.
Below, find our nine favorite Airbnbs in the desert for the ultimate safe, socially remote getaway.
Linda Taalman, a distinguished architect whose work is in the permanent collection of MoMA and the Vitra Design Museum, designed this isolated off-grid home outside of Pioneertown, California. (Population: 420.) There is no television, satellite wifi is only available for emergencies and the whole house is powered by solar panels. Those who want a digital detox in the high desert, look no further.
This Joshua Tree Airstream comes with serious design: interiors are by Merchant Modern, an effortless Venice Beach home goods store known for its Moroccan rugs, mid-century furniture, and vintage ceramics. Bonus: although yes, this is a motorhome, the campsite has an immaculately decorated pavilion with a kitchen, living room and outdoor terrace.
Ten minutes from the west entrance of Joshua Tree National Park is this charming hacienda built in 1949. There are thoughtful design touches – Casper mattresses, school lights, hanging chairs and a hammock. fringes – and over 100 iconic trees from the region on the property. While it’s certainly off the beaten track, civilization is nearby – it’s only a short drive or 10-minute walk to downtown Joshua Tree.
While an A-Frame abode isn’t what one traditionally envisions when in the mid-century modern mecca of Palm Springs, this list is still full of chic character with its sunset color scheme: there is has a bright yellow door, a pleasant pink entrance, and a sherbet-orange bedspread. A fun final touch of design: the Modern Femme terracotta wallpaper by Drop It Modern in the laundry room.
Flat roof. Interiors with unadorned ornamentation. Indoor-outdoor space – this Palm Springs home checks out classic mid-century boxes. Hit your best Slim Aarons pose by his pool.
This architect-owned Palm Springs geodesic dome home is both a popular listing and a popular Instagram account. Sitting on five acres and overlooking a desert wind farm, this is a unique retreat in every sense of the word.
Tucked away on the road between Pioneertown and Joshua Tree is The Coyote House. It’s a charming eccentric of a home thanks to its abundance of tiki furniture, high pile carpeting, vintage ocher sofas and sure, a hot tub. And, to borrow real estate jargon, it is location, location, location: This place is a few blocks from the vintage shops of Palms Highway, five minutes from Pioneertown, and 20 minutes from the entrance to the national park. (And, if you’re looking for a restaurant recommendation, can we suggest La Copine?)
“Green,” here, is not used as a figurative word for ecological, but rather as a literal descriptor: the house is a bright lime shade. The real attraction is its terrace, which offers stunning views of Joshua Tree, including Mount San Jacinto and Mount Gorgonio. Soak in an incredibly chic hot tub under the stars.
Perched on Oak Creek in Sedona, Arizona, sits this charming little home adorned with Western details. Admire the area’s red rocks from your private terrace or just relax in a corner with a good book – it’s your vacation after all.