Exploring Joshua Tree and Palm Springs
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You don't always have to go far to get out of your head. Cayman Jack margarita asked the Valet. team to take a few sixers of their all-natural margaritas out for an adventure and we were happy to get out from behind the computers for a while. We headed out into the California desert—first hitting up Joshua Tree for the day and then closing out the night in Palm Springs. We didn't plan anything or bother lugging the cameras with us. Instead, we just captured the action on our iPhones.
Declared a U.S. National Park in 1994, Joshua Tree had been considered a national monument since 1936. Named for uniquely shaped tree-like yucca plants that are native to the Southern California desert, the park is nearly 800,000 acres and is just slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island. The other distinguishing feature? The smooth, rounded rock formations that beg even the most unexperienced climber to scale. But even the least outdoor-minded guys will enjoy driving through the park up to the lookout on the southeastern side of the park to take in the views of the Coachella Valley.
Before you head into the park, stop by Crossroads Cafe. It'll be your last chance for food, drink and flushable toilets for a while. The charming and sleepy roadhouse is right on the edge of Joshua Tree and conveniently located near the entrance of the park. They serve everything from grass-fed beef burgers and tacos to buttermilk hotcakes and Huevos Rancheros.
Sure, there are bigger hotels in Palm Springs. Ones that are more luxurious or more famous. But that's the reason why we like The Colony Palms. The Spanish Colonial compound feels a bit like an insider's find. Tucked behind the stucco walls is an oasis of sorts—lush grounds and Morrocan-inspired bungalows tucked around a pool with plenty of old school charm. Even if you don't stay the night, pop in to grab a drink, relax by the pool or do as we did and bring in some tacos, chips and guacamole and kick your feet up next to one of their fire pits.