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How to Spend A Day in Joshua Tree
Stay at Joshua Tree Inn and Motel
In the grand spirit of Rock n’ Roll, you should without a doubt check yourself in to a place named Joshua Tree Inn. A colorful hacienda-style building set right off of Twentynine Palms Highway, the inn was built in 1950 and is situated just 6 miles from Joshua Tree National Park. The rooms are all eclectic and kitschy in their own unique way, and the property is outfitted with an outdoor pool.Moreover, the Joshua Tree Inn is long-time haven for musicians looking to find their muse, and the hotel is still frequented by artists such as Donovan, Robert Plant, and Emmylou Harris. Plus, if you stay in Room #8, you will be staying in the same room where legendary alt-country musician Gram Parsons died of an overdose, but I understand if you decide to opt out of that.
Have Barbecue At Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace
Founded in 1982, Pappy & Harriet’s is a nation-wide treasure known for it’s incredible barbecue, live music, and friendly albeit rustic atmosphere. The kitchen uses only one giant mesquite barbecue, and all selections are made to order, so if you plan on visiting Pappy & Harriet’s, surely make a reservation before you arrive, or you will be left to wait an hour like I did. Learn from my mistakes.If you still need proof that you don’t want to miss this place, it is featured on a special episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, in which he and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal) stuff themselves with meat. If it’s good enough for Tony… The establishment is well-known for its live music. Musicians ranging from Robert Plant to Sean Lennon to Eric Burdon have graced P&H’s stage, and they have a superb house band that plays on Sundays. Additionally, the property is home to the annual Desert Stars Festival that happens every September.