Road trips are one of my favorite things about summer. There’s nothing better than throwing everything in the car, blasting that new Alabama Shakes album, playing hooky from work and setting off on an adventure. Our destination? Pioneer Town in Yucca Valley, California. Near Joshua Tree National Park and home to musicians, artists, and desert gypsy creatives.
Local Eats: You may not have heard of Yucca Valley but you may know Pappy and Harriet’s. Established in 1982, this barbecue joint is a hot spot for incredible music, good dancing, and friendly vibes.
Pioneer Town is most famous for its Old Western vibes. The town was built for Hollywood film and television in the 1940’s and 50’s. A few of the buildings have been turned into shops selling unique goods but most of the buildings are just for show.
Feelin’ fringy in this Western town. Neutral bags with fringe and braid details are a staple this summer.
We stumbled across the cutest pottery store in town. MazAmar Art Pottery is one of Pioneer Town’s studios and showrooms. MazAmar is a pottery gold mine and makes for a perfect piece of the desert to bring home.
Their work brings out rich earth tones and showcases the gems of the Mohave desert in a beautifully unique way. Every piece is hand made in the studio.
I want to move into this workspace. Their shop includes a vintage kitchen, brick and stone details, endless reads, a rad guitar, a small collection of old glass bottles, and shelves full of gorgeous pottery.
Coffee lover? Head down the road to Ma Rouge Cafe for a delicious cup a joe and some even more delicious waffles. Ma Rouge is one of my favorite spots in town and is surrounded by some amazing vintage shopping.
Old instruments are scattered all around the town keeping the music background in the front of your mind. It is obvious why this little town in the Mohave desert attracts so many artists and musicians year after year. It is impossible not to feel alive and inspired.
Purple cactus! Being in the desert means high winds and a lot of dirt and dust. I love my Minnetonka sandals but I might suggest wearing a pair of old boots in this desert. Barefoot is cool too.
Not too far down the road is Joshua Tree National Park. Beautiful rock formations and endless miles or raw desert make for beautiful desert scenes.