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5 top picks for the high desert

Posted by Paul Kaplan on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 at 9:57am

Written by David Neglia of The Paul Kaplan Group,,

The High Desert has quickly become a popular destination for tourists AND buyers, looking for something artistic, eclectic, and funky! I've been showing and selling homes in the high desert for the past year and see it growing in excitement and interest from people all over the world. The area delivers on those needs in the way of Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Vintage Shopping, Live Music Venues and more.  An honorable mention not featured on the list is the town of Joshua Tree and the National Park which is a WHOLE OTHER list by itself. Here's my TOP 5 places in the High Desert that keep me coming back:

5) Sky Village Outdoor Marketplace - 7028 Theatre Rd, Yucca Valley

This Desert swap meet is tucked behind 29 Palms Highway and has vendors selling everything from western wear and military clothing/supplies to thrift store clothing and knick-knacks.  The people are friendly and the ambiance is in abundance!
Tip: Don't forget a hat cause the sun is blazing and the shade is sparse, and cash!
4)La Copine - 848 Old Woman Springs Rd, Yucca Valley

I think I may have driven right by La Copine my first time going. Wide-open desert road with an unassuming, stark white building sitting at the corner. I went inside and was met with an all-white interior, LA hipsters, and a smiling server who I later found out was one of the owners. The food was fresh, SUPER tasty, and left me feeling nourished. DO NOT miss this place!
Tip: Call ahead to make sure they're open.
3) Integratron - 2477 Belfield Blvd, Landers
Whether you believe in the cosmic origin story of this sacred place doesn't matter, the Integratron is a force to witness first hand. The Integratron offers sound baths that are generated by quartz crystal bowls being "played" for about 25 minutes. The smell of cleansing palo santo permeates the dome and the surrounding area that's filled with art, a great gift shop, and a hammock garden for relaxing before and after the bath.
Tip: Book your sound bath online WAY in advance, they sell out months ahead sometimes.
2)Pioneertown - Yucca Valley

This was once a Hollywood Old West movie set that turned into a small town with shops, a motel, and the famous Pappy & Harriet's Bar & Grill (Paul McCartney and Lorde performed here before their shows at Desert Trip and Coachella, respectively).  Great pottery and art in the shops, grilled meats/drinks/music, and fantastic views make Pioneertown a definite destination while in the High Desert.
Tip: Expect a wait at P&H, and call ahead to make sure they're open. Bring a hat for during the day, actually, you should always have a hat in the desert.
1) Old Town Yucca Valley - Intersection of Pioneertown Rd and 29 Palms Hwy
(no website but here's one for the rad coffee shop Frontier!)
You'll find coffee (see above), excellent vintage and contemporary shopping, and eclectic art stores in Old Town Yucca. Visit ArtFx & Furnishing for sure while you're there!
Tip: Old town is more of a collection of stores and shops over numerous blocks so you may have to drive/park/and drive again to get the full experience, and it's worth it!
Would you like to live in the High Desert??  Check out our new listing high in the hills of Yucca Valley!

For more information, contact me.

David Neglia

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