From a seaside inn to a mystical desert motel
It’s springtime: Your wanderlust has hit and it’s time you explore the great outdoors, but not exactly in a tent. Perhaps the next best thing: a rustic getaway.
From a legendary desert motel to a cabin designed by Hearst Castle’s architect, here are five outdoors-ish getaways where there’s somewhere fluffy to rest your head.
FOR THE ARCHITECTURE BUFF
Stay in an art deco shingled cabin designed by Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan at the Stuck-Up Inn. Five minutes from the beach, these cabins were built for YWCA counselors in the ’20s, so they have no telephones, televisions or cell service. In other words, no work emails.
FOR THE ISOLATIONIST
Want to really get away? Stay in a bird’s-nest tree house outfitted with a mattress and pillows. Treebones Resort is at the far south end of Big Sur. The nest entrance, accessible by a short ladder, faces the Pacific, so a night here means you’ll really get a sunset to remember.
FOR THE BEACHCOMBER
You’re not super into the all-mod-cons version of resort hotels–or their prices. So instead stay at Crystal Cove in Newport Beach, where 46 rustic cottages from the ’30s and ’40s have been preserved. Fall asleep to the sound of the waves–but plan ahead, since this place sells out almost immediately when reservations open on the first of every month…for dates seven months in advance.
FOR THE HERB ENTHUSIAST
Want to hike the rocky hinterlands in the area that’s home to our state’s emerging cash crop? Explore northern Humboldt County, where rugged coastline and mellow…really mellow…locals welcome you. Try the little seaside fishing village Trinidad and the shingle-sided, preppily decorated Lost Whale Inn.
FOR THE MUSIC LOVER
You know Joshua Tree is all about hiking, honky-tonk barhopping and, of course, music. After climbing the rocks in the national park and hanging out at Pappy & Harriet’s saloon, call it a night at the Joshua Tree Inn, where room No. 8 is said to house the spirit of the late, great Gram Parsons.