Living on the Atlantic coast, we went to the desert knowing that it would hold small appeal. Joshua Tree was a slightly convenient national park where we could extend a trip to LA. However, Sacred Sands proved an oasis at the edge of a natural gem.
We have stayed at B&Bs for over four decades. Scott and Steve, the designers/owners/innkeepers of Sacred Sands, were outstanding hosts in a stunning setting, among the best we have experienced. The inn’s strawbale construction, decor, lighting, and amenities were just so interesting. The bathroom showers alone are worth the stay. Each of the two rooms offers awesome views of the surrounding hills, augmented by a private outdoor space with a hot tub and bed. There are ample indoor and outdoor public areas.
I avoid hot tubs, certain that they have unspeakable histories; however, when Scott described the extreme cleansing they undergo between guests, adding that the fresh water was “on its way to 104 degrees,” we were hooked. Nights turned cold during our December stay, but a long warm soak prompted us to use the outside bed. What a delightful way to spend hours watching stars in an inky sky.
Delicious and artfully presented breakfasts were painstakingly assembled in the inn’s great-room. Excellent food and coffee prepared us for each day’s exploration of Joshua Tree. Scott and Steve were rich sources of information about how best to manage the park. They maintain a library of guide books available for guest use. The park itself is such a different world that words and even photographs cannot do justice. It must be explored, preferably at length.
We are eager to return, trying other seasons. Sacred Sands is so worth the trip.
- Also Known As:
- Sacred Sands Hotel Joshua Tree National Park