Roughley Manor is the Perfect Joshua Tree National Park Oasis


A cross-country roadtrip is a thing of beauty, and one of the joys of the experience is discovering hidden gems as you go. While Lindsay and I had much of our trip planned, we left a few nights open for a more seat-of-your-pants experience.

We spent our second-to-last night of the trip at Roughley Manor Bed & Breakfast near Joshua Tree National Park (which we would hike the next day), and it was our favorite random find of the voyage. Lindsay found this amazing spot while I drove, called in a reservation, and a few hours later we pulled into what can only be described as an oasis in the desert.

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After driving down a long driveway, we came upon this secretive wall of palms; I thought they looked like sweet shaggy dogs guarding the building behind them. Through a gate and down a garden path we wandered….


…wherein we felt ensconced and protected from the intense desert sun, winds and blowing sand. It is amazing what a difference a garden makes. And in front of us….

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…we came upon the beautiful stone facade of Roughley Manor’s main building. “Nestled within a setting of old Washingtonia palms and cypress trees, the main house was completed in 1928, and is constructed of native stone with Vermont maple flooring throughout,” according to the B&B’s site.


Being inside Roughley was a huge contrast to the desert outside; we felt like we were back home on the East Coast from the style of the place, the several fireplaces, creaking floors, and the wonderful vintage feel. The Main House includes a reception area, the main dining room where breakfast is served, and two suites, each with it’s own private bath and sitting room—each has its own fireplace as well. While desert days can be hot, nights can be downright chilly.


We opted to stay in one of the 7 cottages scattered around the property: “The Cottage and the Farmhouse are both Pet Friendly units, the Pool Bungalow which opens to the pool and hot tub, and the Sunrise and Sunset Rooms. Also, the original museum building has the Pinto and Museum Rooms (both Pet Friendly) in it. Additionally the Barn has the Oasis Room, Palms Room and the Cholla Room in it.”


We had a great night’s sleep in the two giant, supersoft and cozy beds in our suite, which had a full kitchen and a lovely bathroom full of fluffy towels. I took a swim in the pool while Lindsay relaxed (ie. updated our social media!) and then we realized we were hungry!


So we headed into breakfast, which was included in the room rate at Roughley. It was delish! Fresh, hot egg dishes, fresh fruit an english muffin and tea/coffee were the perfect fuel for a day to be spent exploring Joshua Tree National Park. (The Manor is happy to make vegan or vegetarian dishes upon request.)

We loved staying at Roughley Manor and getting into the park in under 10 minutes’ drive.