Although my camping part of this trip was amazing, I was so excited to check out our lodging for the rest of the trip. I found out about a little trailer park community called Hicksville that was just opened last year in Joshua Tree. When I researched the place, I loved what I saw and had to go and stay there.
Built by Los Angeles writer and director Morgan Higby Night, Hicksville was opened in April 2010 as a retreat for artists of any medium to get away and have a safe place to create & collaborate. Morgan reached out to artists in the community as well as in Los Angeles to help him re-design each of the trailers into their own special theme. The idea to make them themed came from his favorite hotel, The Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo.
“The Cramps” themed trailer named after the recently deceased Lux Interior, this little punk/tiki themed cutie has Mini Fridge, Stove, a B&W TV with horror movies and a Cramps-filled Jukebox.
Morgan acquired this trailer “as is” from his Uncle Higby who used to travel all over selling his oddities and potions. The work inside of this trailer is fantastic and even has its own Fortune Teller! I’m staying in this one next time for sure!
This trailer is donned with a 1970′s lounge feel with big areas for lounging, dvd and tv and its own record player. My friends are staying here…good for you and your honey!
The Fifi has been described before as “being inside a genie bottle”, and was designed by Ryan and Marci Hessling of Fifi Mahony’s wig store in New Orleans. So fun!
Named after Roger Corman’s studio, this 40 foot original 1950′s trailer has it’s own full bath, queen bedroom, flat screen TV w/DVD & DirectTV, full kitchen and bunk beds that convert into an edit suite for film makers.
Designed in homage to the mystical Integratron in nearby Landers, CA. This trailer boasts a queen bed, laptop work station and alien communication system.
The owner has thought of everything for your stay here. There are picnic tables, lounges, bbq pits and anything else you might need for your daily lounging. There is a bar area with a ping-pong table and an old vending machine that sells bottled beer for $2 (so if you run out of alcohol, no need to fret).
The decor of everything here is so perfectly done. It’s all kitschy and old with so much character that keeps you smiling.
For those of you that have dogs, there is a fenced off area for them to hang with beds and toys to keep them occupied while you hang by the pool or play games.
Outside of Ping Pong, there are many other games set up for passing the time in the desert with your friends. Horseshoes is always a fun one cause you can play with a beer in your hand!
Hicksville also has an area for be be gun shooting. I had so much fun filling up my hot pink gun with bebes and trying to hit the cans hanging from the clothesline!
There is also archery which is equally as fun!
We had a blast at Hicksville (it also has a recording studio, Library for book sharing, a hot tub and a great sunset watching spot on the roof) and I plan on coming back again with a big group of friends to take the place over. I can’t recommend this spot enough, I absolutely love all of the details and amenities and it has been so super relaxing as well as inspiring for a project I am currently working on back home.
My week of vacation is coming to a close, I hope you enjoyed my experience in the desert and The Sche Report will be back to fashion as we know it on Monday!