California Desert Destinations
It would be huge a mistake to miss the High Desert and Coachella Valley areas when planning your California summer getaway. The days might be hotter than the ninth circle but your proximity to energy vortexes, oddities, tranquil pools, starry nights and exclusive parties will guarantee your coolest trip yet.
Gather up a group and head out to Pioneertown, as your first stop on the desert tour. Step back into the Old West and watch the gunslingers fight it out on Mane Street in this town that was once an old movie filming location. Pappy and Harriet’s is the not-so-secret hot spot in the middle of town. It brings to mind a hip roadhouse with fantastic music, dusty boots and friendly folks. Well known for amazing musical line-ups and events, Pappy’s is the place to be.
Pioneertown International Film Festival
*Due to circumstances beyond event organizer control, the Film Festival has been postponed to a later, tbd date.
This summer you can take in the stars and the show at the Pioneertown International Film Festival, August 27-29th. Featuring independent films, music acts, and what looks to be a festive good time, this will be a festival to remember. The Dandy Wharhols are on stage opening night of the Festival. Oh, did I mention, there will be a screening of “The Last Manhunt”, produced by Jason Momoa and directed by Christian Camargo? The weekend is full of workshops, dinners, horseback riding, music and films. Put on your boots and get ready to kick up some dust in the new Old West.
Area accommodations are already limited so get your reservations in soon. There are tons of private vacation rentals and maybe if you get lucky you’ll get a spot at Hicksville Trailer Palace. The palace is a retro, funky collection of airstreams, trailers and other places to lay your head. A self-contained adult playground, just bring your cannabis and an open mind and joyful spirit.
The Integratron and Giant Rock
George Van Tassel constructed the Integratron, in Landers CA, as a one of a kind all wood dome that was designed to be an electrostatic generator for rejuvenation and time travel. Its plans were said to have come directly from an alien explorer. Take a tour, view the grounds, bathe in sound and prepare to be transformed. I’m not sure if we skipped through any timelines on our visit, but the sound bath transported us mentally to another world. Bid “Nanu Nanu” to this magical place until your next chance to recharge.
The High Desert (I swear, that’s what it’s called) is home to quite a few attractions that are steeped in mystery. Dive into the history surrounding Giant Rock and the men, like George Van Tassel, that made the area their home. Giant Rock was the home the first U.F.O. convention so you just might meet an interplanetary visitor out there. If there are no little green men, regroup at the Giant Rock Meeting Room with a pizza and better luck next time.
Noah Purifoy Desert Art Museum
If you are looking for inspiration, meet your creative muse with a visit to the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum, yet another piece of fascinating desert history. Noah Purifoy’s life work of found art, sculpture and painting are an amazing example of creativity and the enduring desert fortitude. The art is continually shaped and changed by the desert environs. Walking through is a breathtaking, immersive experience.
The Spa City - Desert Hot Springs, CA
Float away your worries in the healing mineral hot spas of Desert Hot Springs. Once a thriving vacation resort and world-renowned for its natural mineral springs, the city is seeing a revival thanks to the infusion of interest from the cannabis industry. As a center of cannabis manufacturing and indoor cultivation, the city is unrivaled in its welcome of cannabis both in the business sector and in hospitality.
You will find a handful of friendly dispensaries and delivery services to make sure you stay balanced and engaged for your wellness treatments. As you enter town, roll through the first Cannabis Retail Drive-Thru! Harborside will give you service with a smile and the flower power for your next excursion.
Desert Hot Springs is home to a couple of the first officially cannabis friendly hotel spas in the state, and they roll out a green carpet welcome. The O Spa and Resort has pools, private bungalows, and event spaces to hit everything on your wish list. If you are looking for an escape, walk through the gates of Desert Hot Springs Inn, and leave the rest of the world behind. DHS Inn is also dog friendly, bring the pooch and they can romp in the enclosed dog run or hang with you in the fully fenced backyard. Both hotels have delightful pools, and outdoor lounging areas to take you to new levels of relaxation.
Palm Springs, CA and Beyond
Palm Springs is an oasis of art, culture, and luxury. The annual festivals and events bring a celebratory vibe to the city that never wanes. The summer heat doesn’t slow anyone down, it instead seems to fuel the excitement. The city is very cannabis friendly and you have your choice of upscale dispensaries, stunning lounges, fun gatherings and places to fit any style.
If you need an escape from the heat, get higher than you’ve ever been before with a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Ascend to an elevation 8,516 feet above the desert floor and cool down from the legendary temperatures. The weather at the Mountain Station is typically 30-40 degrees cooler than on the desert floor. Wear comfy outdoor shoes to explore the woods with a quick hike, take a few steps on the Pacific Crest Trail to feel like a true adventurer. Gather back with friends at the Pines Cafe to compare field notes. Play time in nature and taking in the stunning mountaintop view will have your creative energies in maximum flow.
Later, take a detour and get your art fix at the Backstreet Art District in Palm Springs. Discover a favorite piece, get inspired and enjoy browsing. Don’t miss the truly unique works of Marconi Calindas, and other talented artists that are sharing their creations with the community. While on the art quest, get out to Salvation Mountain and the Salton Sea to respectfully get to know the residents and experience the large-scale murals and art pieces that bring life to a collective vision.
The Palm Springs area is full of high spirits and cannabis consumption lounges. The spots have a variety of decor and themes to fit any mood. Find a great place to smoke and lounge while you meet your fellow explorers.
In neighboring Cathedral City, check out The Vault Dispensary and Lounge for your gatherings and unwinding with a laugh. Regular comedy shows keep the joy flowing and a consumption lounge means you get to smoke with the jokes. Have some laughs along with Hemperor’s Comedy Club and our friends at the S.H.I.T. Show. Hosted by Adbullah Saeed, they are bringing a rotating cast of jokesters to the stage. Keep an eye out for your fellow InnDica Explorers, they will be the ones laughing.
Final Travel Thoughts
California has so many ways to weave cannabis into a trip or excursion, you are only limited by your budget and your mindset. Choose an adventure that feeds a part of you that has been starved. Find an event that jiggles loose the creativity you’ve been hiding. Stay at a place that doesn’t just relax you for one night but recharges you for tomorrow. Find meaning and joy in every moment, savor the memories and share your story so it can inspire someone else. Enjoy your travels and have a great trip!
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