Beyond All Expectations
I don't even know where to begin when it comes to reviewing our stay at Pipes Canyon Lodge. What I can say is that we just had one of the best vacations EVER, due in no small part to this house and the incredible energy that came along with it.
First, the house: phenomenal inside and out. We enjoyed the jacuzzi, the cozy beds with electric blankets, the three fireplaces, the piano, the guitar, the stocked kitchen. Excellent showers/bathrooms (3!), inviting dining room table, cozy kitchen table where we played Pictionary (provided) for the first time! Outside -- what can I say? The views, the views! The sky came alive with sunrises and sunsets, and even mid-day provided the bluest skies I'd ever seen. Snow in the distance, rocks everywhere you turn ... we even saw rainbows more than once. Finally, the star-gazing ... I can't tell you the last time I pondered the Little Dipper, O'Ryan's Belt and we saw several shooting stars. Put down the iPhones and look UP!
Next, the people: Pamela and Steven went out of their way to email, call and make sure we were set up with every need. They were SO ATTENTIVE to make sure that we were comfortable. Their local contacts, Laurel and John, were beyond accommodating. I felt like we really met soul mates in them ... they love the desert and their energy was infectious. I cannot say enough about how genuine and helpful they were. Such good salt-of-the-earth people and they influenced our stay in such a positive way.
Finally, the area: this was our first trip to the Joshua Tree area and um, yeah, the desert is NOT Palm Springs! THIS is the real deal, people. I never thought I was a "desert person" until this trip. We will DEFINITELY be back. From eating at Pappy and Harriets (highly recommended) to rock climbing at "The Monument" (aka JT National Park ... oh yeah, we know the lingo now), this was truly one of the best trips our family has ever taken.
Our only regret is that we could not stay longer and spend more time at the house. We will have to remedy that and come back again, REAL soon. Thank you Pamela, Steven, Laurel and John. Trip of a lifetime. THANK YOU!
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Owner's Response: From the moment Deborah contacted us, we knew that they would be the best guests. Yes, you can tell a lot about people by their emails. She was open, engaging and excited about sharing Pipes Canyon Lodge with her husband and three lovely kids. My gut instincts were confirmed when Jon and Laurel raved about the whole family! We cannot wait to welcome them back. I hope that when they visit again, we will be there to greet them personally.
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