There are few things that can get us out of bed early only to go wait in a line, but the breakfast at Cheeky’s is one of them. Our typical order includes the spicy blood mary, chilaquiles, and the bacon flight. Because bacon. It’s arguably the best breakfast we’ve ever had in the desert, and while we dread the agonizing line, the food and service more than make up for it.
As obsessed with cacti, succulents, and desert foliage as we are? You need a one way ticket to the Moorten Botanical Gardens. Boasting over 3,000 variations of plant species, a cactarium (yes, a cactarium), and a family of roaming desert tortoises, it’s anything but your typical botanical garden. Take a camera, pay the $4 entry fee, and spend an afternoon roaming the few acres of desert horticulture heaven.
Located on a geomagnetic vortex in the mystical Mojave, the Integratron has become a popular destination for everyone from Gwenyth Paltrow to the ladies on our editorial team. Laying within the dome-shaped structure and bathe in the melodic mix of live and recorded crystal singing bowls; the experience can be uneasy but wholly worth it. It sounds a bit cult-y to those not familiar, the stories of the Integratron’s beginnings include an extraterrestrial named Solganda, but this once other-wordly time machine has turned into a sanctuary of sound.
Workshop Kitchen is our ideal kind of dining. They support local farms, their food is thoughtful and fun, and the space is what architectural dreams are made of. Don’t expect the same dining experience twice, the menu changes depending on the local farms’ harvest, but do expect artfully prepared Americana-style dishes and service that will make you want to come back again and again.
If you’re a hiking enthusiast, or if you want an aerial view of the desert that will leave your Instagram followers breathless, you need to do this. At $24 per adult it’s a nominal price to pay for a day filled with exploring 54 miles worth of hiking trails in the Mount San Jacinto National Park and Wilderness Area. Check the weather before you head over, it can get pretty hot in the summer and even snows in the winter!