Pioneertown: The New Old West


The Pioneertown Motel is a dusty, single-story motel in a remote community named Pioneertown, in the middle of the desert in Southern California. 


It’s a destination unlike any other. The quaint property has 20 rooms and it’s the place to relax, unplug and be present…with an offering of everything you need and nothing you don’t. The unincorporated community is tiny, the cellphone service is spotty and you might drive for miles before you see another human being, but the remoteness is among its greatest attributes.


Rooted in old-Hollywood history, Pioneertown was founded in the ‘40s by a group of Hollywood pros who were tired of traveling far to film the westerns that were popular at the time. So they built facades and spaces to replicate a 19th-century western town complete with an old-fashioned saloon, post office, bowling alley and a trading post, as well as the Pioneertown Motel where they stayed up into the night.


So whether you’re here to stargaze or walk in the footsteps of Hollywood legends, Pioneertown is your door to the desert. And while you’re here, make sure you check out Pappy and Harriet’s for a night of drinking, good food and live music. Who knows, you just might run into Paul McCartney (we hear he’s a regular).


What I’m wearing: Eddie Bauer jacket, Eight Field of Freedom jeans, Teva boots, Ray-Ban sunglasses