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Pioneertown Motel: The Old West Made New Again

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Pioneertown Motel: The Old West Made New Again

September 12, 2019

This past spring, my husband and I spent a week road-tripping with our kids from Zion National Park to Palm Springs, with stops in Las Vegas and the Mojave Desert along the way. Pioneertown—an Old West movie set located 125 miles from Los Angeles and founded in 1946 by Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and other Hollywood legends—made our potential pit-stop list, but we ultimately skipped it. By that portion of our trip, we had become singularly focused on breaking out of our four-wheeled prison as quickly as possible and planting ourselves poolside at our Palm Springs hotel.

I wish we hadn’t. Julie recently told me about the Pioneertown Motel, just across from the movie set, where Tinseltown’s finest would stay when shooting on location. It was renovated by two brothers, Matt and Mike French, and reopened in 2016. Since then, it’s blossomed into a mecca for creatives looking to unwind and unplug, all against an otherworldly desert backdrop.

Have a look.

Photography courtesy of Pioneertown Motel.

The “front office,” a small shack-turned-reception area.
Above: The “front office,” a small shack-turned-reception area.
The inn has 19 guest rooms. The brothers enlisted interior designer and stylist Casey Keasler to spiff up the joint. Her goal was to freshen up the look without sacrificing its Wild West spirit.
Above: The inn has 19 guest rooms. The brothers enlisted interior designer and stylist Casey Keasler to spiff up the joint. Her goal was to freshen up the look without sacrificing its Wild West spirit.
The canteen is where guests can grab a cup of coffee and a good read.
Above: The canteen is where guests can grab a cup of coffee and a good read.
Books lined up for guests to borrow. Keasler sourced thrift stores, flea markets, and auction websites for authentic decorative details.
Above: Books lined up for guests to borrow. Keasler sourced thrift stores, flea markets, and auction websites for authentic decorative details.
A welcoming outdoor space just outside the canteen.
Above: A welcoming outdoor space just outside the canteen.
Every room enjoys vaulted ceilings. The industrial lighting is from Rejuvenation.
Above: Every room enjoys vaulted ceilings. The industrial lighting is from Rejuvenation.
Pendleton and serape blankets cover each bed.
Above: Pendleton and serape blankets cover each bed.
A friendly neighbor.
Above: A friendly neighbor.
A Joshua tree overlooks camp chairs set out for sunset views.
Above: A Joshua tree overlooks camp chairs set out for sunset views.

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