Sleep like Gene Autry at the Pioneertown Motel

After Patrick wrapped up his conference in Palm Springs, we headed to the high desert to spend a couple of nights at the Pioneertown Motel.

Long time readers may be familiar with previous visits to Pioneertown, a real town originally built as a live-in backlot of sorts made exclusively for westerns back in 1946. But beyond the facades, props, and puns, is a motel, originally built for the stars and crew who were filming on Pioneertown’s streets. Today, it’s a rustic desert retreat perfect for getting away from it all.

Myself standing in front of the Pioneertown Motel sign, wearing a butter yellow leather jacket with dark brown fringe, a t-shirt featuring the cover of the Eagles' album "Hotel California," jeans, and a cream colored flat top cowboy hat.

Recently renovated, the motel features 19 rooms, a 24 hour guest lounge known as “The Canteen,” an outdoor fireplace, and an amazing outdoor space for star gazing. Oh, and wifi!

A long, single story building stretches into the distance under a blue sky. The building is akin to a log cabin.

Large cut out yellow letters spell out "Pioneertown Motel"

Myself standing in front of the sign for Pioneertown Motel, reading "Motel Guests Only," wearing a butter yellow leather jacket with dark brown fringe, a t-shirt featuring the cover of the Eagles' album "Hotel California," jeans, and a cream colored flat top cowboy hat.

A long, single story building stretches into the distance under a blue sky. The building is akin to a log cabin.

Close up of the front of my jacket, which features a beaded blue bird with a pink ribbon and red flowers in its beak.

Myself standing in front of part of the Pioneertown Motel, wearing a butter yellow leather jacket with dark brown fringe, a t-shirt featuring the cover of the Eagles' album "Hotel California," jeans, and a cream colored flat top cowboy hat.

Myself standing in front of part of the Pioneertown Motel, wearing a butter yellow leather jacket with dark brown fringe, a t-shirt featuring the cover of the Eagles' album "Hotel California," jeans, and a cream colored flat top cowboy hat.

Cut out letters from old license plates spell out "Annie Oakley"

The Pioonertown Motel office shines bright under a starry sky.

Myself standing in front of part of the Pioneertown Motel, wearing a butter yellow leather jacket with dark brown fringe, a t-shirt featuring the cover of the Eagles' album "Hotel California," jeans, and a cream colored flat top cowboy hat.

A mauve colored wooden door features an iron peek window.

Myself sitting in front of part of the Pioneertown Motel, wearing a butter yellow leather jacket with dark brown fringe, a t-shirt featuring the cover of the Eagles' album "Hotel California," jeans, and a cream colored flat top cowboy hat.

Inside our room, on a white wall above the bed hangs a yellow and red Indian blanket. The bed features a pillow also of an Indian blanket, and the bed has a grey wool blanket and another Indian blanket at the food.

A small gold plaque reads "This place has a long history of outside-sitting. These camp chairs are for you to use while you're here - take 'em out for stargazing or day dreaming, but don't take 'em home."

A tall, leafless tree stands under a star strewn nigh sky.

Myself standing in front of part of the Pioneertown Motel, wearing a butter yellow leather jacket with dark brown fringe, a t-shirt featuring the cover of the Eagles' album "Hotel California," jeans, and a cream colored flat top cowboy hat.

A large outdoor fireplace features yellow chairs to sit on.

The inside of the common room, which features upholstered seats all the way around it, and a massive coffee table in the center. Hanging on the wall is a photograph of a cowboy and his horse.

Myself standing in front of part of the Pioneertown Motel, wearing a butter yellow leather jacket with dark brown fringe, a t-shirt featuring the cover of the Eagles' album "Hotel California," jeans, and a cream colored flat top cowboy hat.

Inside our room, on a white wall above the bed hangs a yellow and red Indian blanket. The bed features a pillow also of an Indian blanket, and the bed has a grey wool blanket and another Indian blanket at the food. A large circular rustic chandelier hangs from the ceiling. A cowhide rug sits on a concrete floor that has been painted maroon.

Myself standing in front of part of the Pioneertown Motel, wearing a butter yellow leather jacket with dark brown fringe, a t-shirt featuring the cover of the Eagles' album "Hotel California," jeans, and a cream colored flat top cowboy hat.

Myself standing in front of part of the Pioneertown Motel, wearing a butter yellow leather jacket with dark brown fringe, a t-shirt featuring the cover of the Eagles' album "Hotel California," jeans, and a cream colored flat top cowboy hat.

Myself walking down the covered walkway of the motel.

As the motel was made for the stars and crew, it is located at the front of Mane Street, which is perfect for a morning stroll.

Myself standing in front of a horse corral wearing a butter yellow leather jacket with dark brown fringe, a t-shirt featuring the cover of the Eagles' album "Hotel California," jeans, and a cream colored flat top cowboy hat.

Myself standing in front of one of the Pioneertown facades, the "Mane Street Hotel and Bath House" wearing a butter yellow leather jacket with dark brown fringe, a t-shirt featuring the cover of the Eagles' album "Hotel California," jeans, and a cream colored flat top cowboy hat.

Myself standing in front of a horse corral wearing a butter yellow leather jacket with dark brown fringe, a t-shirt featuring the cover of the Eagles' album "Hotel California," jeans, and a cream colored flat top cowboy hat.

Close up of the flower bead detail on the pocket of my jacket.

Myself standing in front of a horse corral wearing a butter yellow leather jacket with dark brown fringe, a t-shirt featuring the cover of the Eagles' album "Hotel California," jeans, and a cream colored flat top cowboy hat.

Myself standing in front of one of the Pioneertown facades, the "Mane Street Hotel and Bath House" wearing a butter yellow leather jacket with dark brown fringe, a t-shirt featuring the cover of the Eagles' album "Hotel California," jeans, and a cream colored flat top cowboy hat.

Myself standing in front of a horse corral wearing a butter yellow leather jacket with dark brown fringe, a t-shirt featuring the cover of the Eagles' album "Hotel California," jeans, and a cream colored flat top cowboy hat.

Myself standing in front of one of the Pioneertown facades, the "Mane Street Hotel and Bath House" wearing a butter yellow leather jacket with dark brown fringe, a t-shirt featuring the cover of the Eagles' album "Hotel California," jeans, and a cream colored flat top cowboy hat.

Myself sitting in front of one of the Pioneertown facades, the "Mane Street Hotel and Bath House" wearing a butter yellow leather jacket with dark brown fringe, a t-shirt featuring the cover of the Eagles' album "Hotel California," jeans, and a cream colored flat top cowboy hat.

The back of my jacket, which features beaded blue birds pulling at a pink ribbon.

Now don’t go getting the Mane Street Hotel and the Pioneertown Motel confused, there is only one place to say, and that is the Pioneertown Motel. The Mane Street one is just a gussied up facade!

You can view previous posts on Pioneertown here and here.

To learn more about the Pioneertown Motel, including booking your room, visit their website here.

Outfit
Hat: Joyride Vintage, Orange, California
Jacket: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Oregon
Hotel California Tee: Target (little boys’ section)
Jeans: Freddies of Pinewood
Earrings: ???
Squash Blossom: Magpie, Portland, Oregon
Rings: Here and there
Mocs: Minnetonka Moccasin

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