Joshua Tree with Airbnb: aka my DREAM

This post is sponsored by Airbnb but all opinions are always my own. 

Oh man.

If I could tell you one of my dreams, it would be to work with Airbnb.

Back in the day, before I shared the blog with anyone really, I wrote a post called: True Life: I tried Airbnb. The post is really embarrassing and seriously shouldn't be seen or read by the world, but I was a babyyyyy back then (baby blogger that is). 

This was two years ago, when Airbnb was new on the scene and people were still baffled at the idea of 'staying at a strangers house'. 

But, I was into  it from the get-go.

Airbnb is more than just an overnight stay. It's not a hotel, it's not an in and out experience with a coffee maker in your room, ironing board and wrapped up soap (well it could be I guess but...ya know). It's not sterile or corporate. 

I know I'm being dramatic but it's true, if you know me you know I love speaking to Uber and Lyft drivers, learning from new people and experiencing new things. Whenever I book with Airbnb, I know that it's going to be part of the experience of immersing myself in the culture.

Part of the joy of traveling is meeting new people, experiencing the community, and really being 'in' it. 

It's like when you go somewhere and just stay at the resort the whole time. You're not REALLY doing it.

Places I've done airbnb:

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Albaquerque, New Mexico

San Francisco, California

Marrakech, Morocco

Palm Springs, California

Palma De Majorca, Spain

London, England

Sonoma County, California

Toronto, Canada

Cape Town, South Africa

Santa Barbara, California

Ojai, California

Newport, Rhode Island

New York City, New York

...just off the top of my head :).

So, I've have an amazing sense of what you get when you do airbnb, over a regular hotel. 

There's something really amazing and special about being in someones home. Especially that of a stranger. You're reminded that, just like you, people can be trusted, and not everyone is all that bad (if at all).

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So when airbnb asked me to write about one of their experiences, I was over DA MOON. My dream brand (one that represents, travel, adventure, and community) working with Hundred to share something exciting with you, my friends. 

Airbnb experiences are excursions or other activities designed and led by local hosts.  In my case it was Rian, a host for the 'Desert Wanderer' experience over 3 days in Joshua Tree. These hosts like Rian give guests unique access into places and communities in their city. In this case, Rian brought us to places I would have never gone to without her guidance. 

With airbnb experiences, these hosts can offer both immersions and one day experiences. Immersions happen over multiple days and are offered as is—their schedules can’t be modified. One day experiences can last just a couple of hours. All experiences can range from workshops to long treks, and are available for various skill levels and interests.


The itinerary: 

Friday: Horseback riding and mimosas 

On Friday, the group met in the Hollywood hills to embark on a 1 hour journey on horseback to see LA from a different view and set the tone for the weekend. After the ride, we had a little mountaintop mimosa to kick off the weekend in style. 

Saturday: Justin and I packed up and headed from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree. The trip is super quick and easy, and we made it in under 2 hours. We left around 10:00 AM, just to be sure that we didn't hit any traffic leaving the city. Obviously packed the goodness from Erewhon (raw vegan burrito wrap, Moon Juice Crackers, and La Croix). 

When we arrived in Joshua Tree, the address for our first activity was at the Integration. 

How I didn't know about this, I DON'T KNOW, because it's SO me. 

Integration is a rad, earthy, spiritual and cool sound bath experience that Justin and I both LOVED. Justin loves a good chill session, so anything we do where we are laying down, he's about it. I LOVED just relaxing, getting  out of the sun, and being in such a beautiful space. It's all wooden, has the perfect acoustics, and has a really rich history that they told us all about before we started the sound bath.

What's a sound bath:

"This is an unforgettable sound experience for those who seek deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and introspection. All Sound Baths are 60-minute sonic healing sessions that consist of 25 minutes of crystal bowls played live and the balance of the hour to integrate the sound and relax in the sound chamber to recorded music.

You will be resting comfortably in the deeply resonant, multi-wave sound chamber while a sequence of quartz crystal singing bowls are played, each one keyed to the energy centers or chakras of the body, where sound is nutrition for the nervous system. The results are waves of peace, heightened awareness, and relaxation of the mind and body."

via Integration

Pretty rad, right?

After that, we did another activity I would have never known unless it were for Rian, our guide. Even from searching online and looking at my usual spots for good recommendations, nothing said anything about Integration or this spot.  

This rad place was the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Sculpture Garden. Noah Purifoy is an artist who died a few years back, who made super interesting pieces out of trash he found in the area.

Dinner was perfect and super western vibes at Pappy + Harriets, a local favorite that surprisingly had way more vegan options that I would have thought for a BBQ joint. I got the vegan chili with avocado, green salad and enjoyed that with chips and guacamole (OBVIOUSLY). At the end of the night we went back to Joshua Tree acres for stargazing.

It was super exciting that, at Joshua Tree Acres, another Airbnb experience was happening that we joined in on. It was with Martin, who owns these INSANE telescopes that allow you to see the surface of the moon, galaxies and stars. We actually got to use our phones to take pictures of the moon.

I know this seems out there, lol, so bare with me. But we're in the desert, using our iPhones and a $70,000 telescope to take pictures of the moon and stars. 

So rad, right?

It's nice to be in a place where we can see the clear sky, stars and sleep in the quiet night. Although L.A. is  more quiet than NYC :) it still can be noisy and hectic at times. 

What's included:

Ticket to live music and sound bath at the Integratron 

Transportation to, from, and within Joshua Tree and the hi-desert

1 night accommodation in Joshua Tree at Joshua Tree Acres

Sunday: As a finale, we spent the desert morning enjoying the best of the best. With turmeric lattes, food, nature, and a visit to a hippie commune.

YUP! Hippie commune, a community in the desert where they basically live off the land, and live amongst themselves in the desert. 

First though, in the morning, we had the BEST breakfast La Copine. For real though this is a GEM. Again, would have never known about it or found it without Rian. The line to get a table here is gnarly, so if you go, go early or prepare to wait.

848 Old Woman Springs Road, Yucca Valley, CA

HOURS: Thursday - Sunday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

People actually arrive before they open to write their names down on a list so they have a seat as soon as they open their doors. For food, I got the sweet potato hash and turmeric latte (actually two of them) and it gave me LIFE. 

Another good spot for coffee in Joshua Tree is Joshua Tree Coffee Co.

With my full belly, we headed out to Joshua Tree National Park. So much to see, and you can spend as much or as little time in the park as you want, really. We decided to do the light hike, and take it easy just to walk around. 

I like this guide for the best hikes in Joshua Tree. 

Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 7 days a week

6554 Park Blvd.
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

After roaming the park for a little with our crew, I was BEAT, and ready to retreat back to my little bungalow on the beach.


Huge thanks to Airbnb for this, and for Rian for taking us to the best spots in Joshua Tree, this trip was AMAZING and I loved every second of it. Highly recommend for any desert adventure :). 

Questions, ask me!

xoxo

Krista 

Weekending in Palm Springs (where to stay, what to do & what to WEAR!)

Hello you!

How's the week going? Hoping things are good - so glad you're here!

A little overdue and a few trips to Palm Springs later - and we’ve got a weekending review!

I’ve been going back and forth between L.A. and Palm Springs for the past few months on random weekends, and finally have a good grip on what to do, where to stay and the information to share with you.

So last weekend I was in Palm Springs for an event called Desert Swim, which was a group of brands and bloggers getting together. It ended up really just being a party, HA.

I was like ready with business cards (that I bought and will write about) ready to network. 

I come to this pool party where people are hanging in donut and pizza floaties drinking coconut flavored mixed drinks, LOL.

I live in a no chill zone, HA so I was like hmm now what. I don't want to put on a bikini and drink Corona's...so I just chatted with folks in my little romper. It ended up being really fun and I had such a good time with our little group. Val our friend, did an AMAZING job finding a sweet airbnb.

At the event there was an amazing bathing suit designer who was like, "Girl let me get you in a bathing suit, would this work?" Hands me a TINY piece of bikini and I'm like hmmm...you got a large boo? HA. Swear she never heard the word large, but ANYWAY. I got a dope one piece out of it!

I am writing a post on my dope business cards because I think they aren't out of style, and that I truly use them more than you'd think. For me its better than standing with someone and you're trying to put their contact in your phone.

So that's to come.

But, I love Palm Springs because it's really what you make of it. You can do it with girlfriends for a spa getaway, with your person for a romantic getaway, or just like, a chill weekend to regroup and relax. Especially for L.A. people, when you want to do something different, you can go here.

It can be done cheaply, or expensively, and you can make it party-ish or laid back. Up to you, and why I love it.

So, a recap of everything you need - plus SUPER cute thangs to wear even if you're in Palm Springs or not :)


Places to stay:

Parker Palm Springs

ACE Hotel

Arrive

Airbnb (let me know if you need a suggestion!) 

L'Horizon Resort and Spa

Two Bunch Palms (this place is RAD! It's a spiritual relaxation center where you can do things like: 

  • Spiritual Healing

  • Yoga

  • Restorative Yoga

  • Sacred Heart Dancing

  • Grotto Relaxing

  • Angel Card Reading

  • Intention Setting

If you go there, you won't probably leave the resort - just some R&R and hanging out. Which is AMAZING.



Things to do:

Go out at the ACE Hotel

Get a drink at the Parker Palm Springs

Pool party at Arrive

Walk around in downtown Palm Springs

Go to a hot spring and RELAX

Hike in Joshua Tree nearby

Get coffee at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Visit or hike the San Jacinto Mountain

Hike Indian Canyon


Where to eat:


What to wear:

I love the Palm Springs attire.

Beach-y, poolside gear that's a bit western and a bit boho. There's also a retro glam feel to it, as shown in the decor around the city. For bathing suits I would go one piece, kimono hat to the pool and at night do an easy maxi or something like that.

It's all about colors and patterns, Miami type vibe.


Also! These 'My Willow's' shades. I mean come ON. They don't have side 'bars' to hold them up, just a chain that goes around your ear with crystals at the bottom. They are truly the most unique and different sunglasses I have ever seen and I loved the owner's story. 

Get them at My Willow's and I think they will be in Nasty Gal really soon!

Wait you guys can we also talk about the valet guy in the reflection of my sunglasses? Do you die?? HAHA.

Okay, so an interesting week, but I'll keep you posted. Lost my wallet and things aren't REALLY working in my favor, but what can you do. How are you? Questions on Palm Springs or anything I've missed? Let me know!

Loving you.

xo

Krista

Weekending in San Luis Obispo

Hiiii friends!

Had a little getaway with J last week. Spur of the moment and late for my birthday, we decided to rent a car and drive up the coast to a little town called San Luis Obispo. It's an hour and a half away from Santa Barbara and three hours from L.A. 

Just far enough!

If you followed along on snap (@hundredblog) you saw that It was insanely gorgeous, remote, mountainous, green, lush, and right on the BEACH.

Such a good quiet place to escape for just enough time. If you live in Cali, definitely do a weekend here!

Justin and I haven't traveled together just us in a while and it's so fun to have your bud there with you to do things. I can drag him on as many hikes as possible, ha. I'll keep it super short and share some photos and things to do, but hoping you had a lovely weekend too!


Things to do:

Pismo Beach: The beach here is SO quaint, and it's amazing because the background is all mountains. Truly breathtaking. 

Bubble Gum Alley: Gross, actually. It's like tons of peoples gum built up over the years. I'm serious - LOL But it's a must see in the area.

Mission San Luis Obispo: Gorgeous religious site, that won't take more than 30 minutes to see.

Farmers Market (especially on Thursdays!): Such good food, and really good local vibe.

Bishop's Peak: Easy hike, about 5 miles up and down. Great views of the area.

Thrifting: Really good shopping and thrifting here. Take your time and really explore it! 

Places to stay:

The Madonna Inn

Airbnb

Weirdly there are not a lot of cute hotels in the area, so let me know if you need an airbnb spot, and I got you covered! Otherwise, The Madonna Inn is super famous and each room is completely different than the other. Everything is almost all PINK and it's a crazy unique place to stay. 

Places to eat:

Big Sky Cafe: Breakfast and lunch spot with something to please everyone.

Luna Red: Tapas style place, good for drinks too.

Bliss Cafe: Vegan food, and I love it!

The Original Jamba Juice: Truly! 

Granada Hotel: We had a really nice dinner here, good wine and great service.

Seeds: Juice and health food place, that's really good.

Scout Coffee: The best coffee spot in the area, super cute and great for pictures, I LOVED the decor.



Keeping it short and sweet today. Have such good posts this week, so this one is just an update! Going to Austin next weekend for a bachelorette, any suggestions of thangs to do? Would love your input!

You da best,

xoxo

Krista