Funky little shack!
If you’re not old enough to remember the 1990s, then you probably haven’t heard of Kate Pierson, or the B-52s, the band for which she is the lead singer. This funky, colorful musical phenomenon brought their love of retro clothing and beehive hairstyles into the pop music culture of that otherwise grungy decade.
It turns out that Kate’s love of retro style and adventure camping had a real-world component. Kate loves RVs and owns a collection of vintage Airstream trailers in the Mojave Desert. Kate’s Lazy Desert in Lansdale, California, is where you can see several restored and renovated vintage Airstream trailers, uniquely designed in a vibrant retro style.
Lazy Meadow, New York
Before there was a Lazy Desert in California, Kate was lending her creativity to her Lazy Meadow accommodations in New York. This was a boutique hotel before they became a fashionable phenomenon, and is a popular spot for glampers, designers, tourists, and all manner of adventure travelers. Instead of RVs, this is a collection of cozy, rustic cabins decorated with retro colors and other designs, dating from the 1950s and ’60s.
You’ll see several examples of the real-life Love Shack here, as the ambiance is very similar to that of the classic video. Kate took this same idea to California a few years later, but it was only by accident that the new park became a haven for vintage trailers.
Life in the Lazy Desert
Originally, the Airstream trailers in Landers were a part of Kate’s Lazy Meadow in New York. After a few disastrous floods, Kate and her business partners decided to move the trailers across the country. Landers is a small, idyllic city, only a few miles away from Joshua Tree State Park. Kate was visiting friends in nearby Los Angeles when she came across a small plot of land that was already being used as a private RV park. This romantic sandy vantage point became Kate’s Lazy Desert, nestled among the dunes of the Mojave. There are currently six vintage Airstream trailers in the park, each with a different theme and distinctive name that describes the decor. The Lava trailer is designed to make you feel like you’re inside a funky lava lamp, the Hairstream was inspired by Kate’s own dream of a perfect dressing room, and North to Alaska is decorated with features from its long journey from south to north and back again.
Each is available for nightly stays, but the trailers never leave the park, as they are too precious to vintage RV enthusiast who owns the place. (Kate, If you’re reading this, Outdoorsy would be a great place to do it if you did ever decide to rent them out…)
It turns out that the vintage style we saw in the videos and on-stage also had a component in real life. Whether you’re a fan of glamor camping, rural California dreamin’, vintage RVs, or 1990s pop music, you can “rocket through the wilderness” like a star the cool RV motel near Joshua Tree owned by the funky Kate Pierson.