I Could Live Here: Sparrows LodgeAuthor:Candace Abbott
A drive down the 10, onto Highway 111, which transforms into the bustling stretch of Palm Canyon Drive and there I am. I am at the doorstep of Sparrows Lodge, a beautifully designed, rustic-inspired, barn style resort that dates back to the 1950s. My two Jack Russell mutts, who’ve just been rewarded with an “upon arrival doggy treat” and I are thrilled and ready to move in.
Unlike neighboring resorts, Sparrows Lodge is void of the mid-century aesthetic, The Rat Pack references, the luxe spa amenities, printed materials, and even television, but all of this is not a bad thing. In fact, Sparrows, isn’t lacking by any stretch of the imagination. Instead it’s giving you a sense of serenity and what the owners have created is sweet hideaway from the noise and the distractions of everyday life. There’s still Wifi, by the way.
Upon entry—after passing the row of bicycles there for your use—there’s a charming view to the courtyard, which features a simple pool surrounded by cobblestone, wooden lounge chairs, a wealth of pretty palms and desert shrubbery, a fire pit, and that stunning backdrop of the desert mountain range. Already my mind’s at ease.
There are no swim-up bars or DJ booths and that’s fine. This is a desert cleansing of sorts. One where 20 rooms of exposed beam ceilings, concrete floors with inlaid pebbles, horse trough bathtubs, rain showers, Cote Bastide toiletries and plush mattresses wash away the stress or whatever else you may be feeling. All rooms are a blend of style and simplicity with Swiss Army blankets atop each bed, butterfly chairs ideal for reading, muted palettes, and prints from the owner’s personal collection including pieces from David Salle, Ansel Adams, Ellsworth Kelly, William Wegman, Frank Stella as well as others. Some of the rooms even feature wood-burning fireplaces and private patios. This is everything you want to unwind.
As for the eats, the Lodge barn, which is a darling communal space laced with art and rustic vintage furnishings, serves a breakfast of simplicity: muffins, toast, fruit, granola, coffee and all day libations including beer and wine, bubbles, speciality drinks, and sodas.
At Sparrows Lodge I find that the words “nurture” and “reset” keep coming up. It’s fitting too because the place is so intimate, that it’s easy to fraternize with fellow guests, gather around the fire for s’mores, hang midday in the sun flooded barn and chat, or take a break from sunbathing to play a game of horseshoes.
The place features a thoughtful quote that reads, “I’m just a man in a flock of sparrows.” Perhaps a nice nod to the locale’s moniker or a gentle reminder that it’s all very simple—no fluff, no extra, just a captivating backdrop, good design, no distractions and you, the singular man among the flock. Do I feel relaxed? Yes. Are the pups and I ready to call it home? You better believe it.