Nestled along the border of Saguaro National Park in Tucson is the Posada by The Joshua Tree House. A five-suite inn, the Posada is a charming escape and a destination in of itself.
When our friends Sara and Rich Combs opened up the Joshua Tree House years ago, I instantly fell in love with their eye for design. Travis and I had spent a long weekend there back in 2016, soaking it all in and exploring Joshua Tree. Their ability to create a space that invites you to savor and go slow is unlike anything I’ve experienced before. So when they renovated and opened up their first inn, I was incredibly excited to see what they had created.
Our first trip of the year was a three-night stay at Posada. It was something we had been looking forward to for months. A chance to disconnect, be out in the desert and explore a new city. The best of both worlds. By our last day, Travis and I looked at each other and said, “when are we coming back?”
Here’s a closer look at our stay at the Posada by The Joshua Tree House.
The Posada by The Joshua Tree House.
Photos don’t quite capture the feeling you get when you arrive at the inn. Surrounded by towering saguaro cactuses, cholla gardens, and more desert flora, it blends in perfectly. As if it was always part of the desert, the Posada maintains a natural landscape as you walk the path to the main door.
With five suites, a common area that includes a full kitchen and dining area, there’s plenty of space for everyone. Sara mentioned during our stay, that even at full occupancy, you often feel like you have the inn to yourself.
As you walk into the main door, the sunken living room catches your eye. Pops of color, a large fireplace, and incredible artwork are a few of the highlights. As you pass to the right towards the kitchen and dining area, the large windows are the perfect frame for the patio and natural pool. One of my favorite areas in the Posada is this dining room. Just outside, a small watering hole is there where local animals frequent. So each morning, I sat there and sipped my coffee, to see rabbits, birds and hopefully a javelina or two.
In the morning, a light breakfast of local granola or pastries await. A hot pot of coffee is always on and a selection of teas. These slow mornings were definitely a favorite part of the stay.
A natural pool with a surrounding patio and firepit lie outside the main living room. During the summer heat, the pool is refreshing and by night, a fire crackles. One design feature to not miss is the natural roof over the firepit made of ocotillo panels (a local cactus). It provides just the right amount of shade over the patio. And with opened walls, it felt like I was right there in the desert, very comfortably part of it.
The rooftop at the Posada is another great area to relax in. Lounge chairs and couches are spread out, and in the distance, some incredible views of the nearby mountain ranges. I’d pop up here for sunset, the views are too good.
The Saguaro Suite
During the stay, Travis and I checked into the Saguaro Suite. One of the most beautiful and spacious rooms I’ve stayed in, it was an absolute dream. Split into two levels, you felt like you were in your own home. Upstairs, a kitchenette with a dining table and the living room was our favorite area to hang out during the day. We’d make pour-over coffee, flip through vintage books that were in the room, and soak in the sun that streamed through. The large windows on either side of the Saguaro Suite lit the room up in the most inviting way.
Downstairs, a four-poster bed with a comfortable Tuft & Needle mattress and linens awaited. It’s the same mattress we sleep on at home, so we were more than thrilled. Soft rugs by our favorite Soukie Modern were placed throughout the room, warming up those classic desert tiles. Inside the bathroom, a double vanity and one of the most beautifully designed baths and shower features I’ve ever seen. Split by one wall, the sunken tub was a dream.
And as all suites at Posada have a fireplace, the Saguaro Suite had two! One downstairs in front of the bed and one upstairs in the living space.
Travel tip: With no suite alike, each of them has their own personality and design. I love how different each was but also how the same ode to the desert was in the rooms. It’s hard to choose a suite at the Posada!
A Focus on Sustainability
If there’s one impression I walked away with from the stay at the Posada, it was that above their beautifully designed inn, there’s a focus on sustainability. Reminders of it were throughout the stay, and an invitation to think differently about how I consume.
Things like reusable coffee filters and eco-friendly bathroom amenities are just a few of the ways the Posada by The Joshua Tree House is supporting sustainable travel. Avoiding single-use goods is at the forefront and the idea to invest in the things that last longer at the core. It was refreshing to see this and experience it first hand. I came home rethinking about the goods I buy for the house, encouraged to reduce waste in my own life.
What to Do Nearby
Posada by The Joshua Tree is right outside the western Saguaro National Park and about thirty minutes from downtown Tucson. Besides relaxing at the inn, there are quite a few activities nearby. Head to this Tucson Guide to see what to do on a weekend in the area.
The stay at the Posada by The Joshua Tree was the perfect weekend escape. It’s a place to retreat to if you’re looking to slow down a bit, be immersed in a stunning space, and get outdoors. Thank you to Sara and Rich for inviting us to such an incredible weekend away and we already can’t wait to come back!