Posted November 13, 2009 by Kate Hamman
The desert landscape of Joshua Tree National Park provides the perfect backdrop to see the great outdoors. Come explore this rugged area while it's covered in a carpet of wildflowers. Then, eat a hearty breakfast at a local cafe before returning to your colorful suite close to the park.
Joshua Tree National Park wildflowers: Joshua Tree National Park attracts people throughout the year, but is in full bloom with wildflowers during March and April. You may have to hike off the beaten path to find the colorful flower beds, but you'll be rewarded with the reds of the chuparosas, the blues of the canterbury bells, and the yellows of the desert dandelions. A seven-day vehicle permit (encompassing the entrance fee for everyone inside) costs $15.
Crossroads Cafe and Tavern: Before you hit the open desert road, stop by Crossroads for one of the best breakfasts in town. Along with the traditional staples such as pancakes and eggs, you'll find stuffed challah French toast or homemade beef hash. Vegans delight in the Vegan Sunrise, which includes baked tofu and a slew of veggies. The funky restaurant/bar also serves lunch and dinner. Breakfast items start at $3.50.
Spin and Margie's Desert Hide-a-way: At Spin and Margie's Desert Hide-a-way, you can become one with the dry landscape while staying in a cozy hacienda-style inn. Choose from four colorful suites or a one-of-a-kind studio cabin, each equipped with a private patio, outdoor grill, and queen bed. All suites also have a kitchen, making it easy to create your own meals from the comfort of your room. Prices for suites start at $125 per night and the cabin begins at $135 per night. A two-night stay is required during weekends.
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