For a stroll down retro-chic memory lane, cruise over to this kitschy compound, where tricked-out trailers form a Mojave dream motel in Landers. Owned by B-52s lead singer Kate Pierson and her partner Monica Coleman, the collection of shiny vintage Airstreams range from fantastic to far out, and from teeny (19 feet long) to downright roomy (32 feet). Sleep in the artistic equivalent of a tubular lava lamp in “Hot Lava.” Live the campy life surrounded by Native American totems in “North to Alaska.” Or get your groove on while sipping cocktails in mid-century-inspired “Tiki.” Each trailer sleeps two and has its own bathroom and small kitchenette, plus A/C for summer and heat for winter.
Landers is about 15 miles from the artsy town of Joshua Tree, so you’re far enough off busy State Highway 62 for star filled skies, but close enough to drive into town for dinner or supplies. It’s about a half hour drive southeast to Joshua Tree National Park, so you'll have time to get up, go for a hike, then come back in time to mix martinis.
Don't feel like hiking? A must see in Landers is the Integratron, a giant white dome which aeronautics engineer and UFO believer George Van Tassel started building in the 1950s. For one of the trippiest experiences you'll ever have, experience the signature “sound bath," when allegedly healing tones are played on crystal bowls in the acoustically perfect chamber. (Visits by appointment only; closed Tuesdays.)
The strike of a golf club, the hum of the wind buffeting towering sand dunes, the splash of a dive into a perfect pool. The desert region is a sensory feast.
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