joshua tree, california

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over memorial day weekend, we rented a little house in the desert next to two other houses that our friends rented out. it was super fun to go away together but still have our own space. i love how quiet it is there, and even though we didn’t do much — we came back super relaxed which is just what we needed.  

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the house we stayed at was gorgeous, it was tiny and perfect for two people, but we ended up hanging out in the big house next door to drink and play games. if you’re going in the spring/summer when it’ll be super super hot, you might want to consider renting a place with a pool.

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if you follow me on snapchat (almostmakesperf) then you saw most of our trip, but a few highlights were the crystal cave at the swap meet, the soundbath (i probably wouldn’t do this again, but i’ve always wanted to so i’m glad we did) and pioneertown. we had a huge BBQ dinner at pappy + harriets there and they have live music and it’s super fun. i also loved BKB ceramics and you will too. i linked to everything below for you!

BKB ceramics, joshua tree


if you’re not looking to camp, i definitely recommend staying in your own airbnb. there are SO MANY cute options, so i decided to make a wish list of all my favorites for you. (we stayed at desert view hideaway)


crossroads cafe
la copine for weekend brunch
pappy + harriet’s (the ribs are amazing!)


pine city hike
cholla cactus garden
cactus mart
integratron sound bath
the crystal cave at the sky village swap meet
BKB ceramics
the end vintage

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    1. they make you responsible for telling strangers to stop snoring, and i feel like they should be the ones waking up the snorers!!! so basically the snoring and the sporadic farts bothered me, but it was cool. haha

    1. thank you clarissa! totally was.

    1. thank you andrea! would be perfect for one.

  1. I felt the same way about the Integratron – bucket list, so cool, but wouldn’t repeat. This post does make me wish for a desert trip, though!

    1. haha ok good im glad im not the only one!! x

  2. Love the desert shot- beautiful

  3. Thank you thank you thank you for this! My husband and I are going to LA in August for the Coldplay concert and thought about going to Joshua Tree as well!

    I just booked an Airbnb through your link so you should be getting a credit soon 😉


  4. Stephanie Luke says:

    Hi Molly! How do you find places like these to stay? They are always so cute.

  5. The Joshua Tree has been on my bucket list for a long time and now it’s moved to the top. Your photos are gorgeous and the travel tips are fantastic. Thank you so much for this!
    XOXO, Amy @ Jeans and a Tea

  6. Pappy & Harriet’s is just the best! It was hard to find good BBQ living in SoCal and P+H was a haven!

  7. thank you for taking the time to write your blog. my husband and i loved going to the desert but have now moved to new england. i love the photos you take and was wondering if you would provide high res (or the highest res possible) of the first, second and last photos in this post? i would love to be able to print them and put up in our home. thank you

  8. I’ve always wanted to visit. Thanks for this comprehensive guide, and the pics look gorgeous!