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Sacred Sands: A Strawbale B&B Guest Retreat
Posted By Abigail Doan On December 29, 2007 @ 12:19 pm In Architecture,Sustainable Building | 6 Comments
We are all in need of some good old R&R from time to time, and the Sacred Sands Guest Retreat  in Joshua Tree, California is just the sort of (green) destination to cure what ails you. This two guest room B&B eco-lodge not only offers desert solitude, no frills pampering, and pristine views and panoramas, but also the opportunity to experience strawbale construction  first-hand in this luxury outpost near the western entrance to Joshua Tree National Park .
We love that the proprietors at Sacred Sands  have gone to great lengths to incorporate sustainable building methods into their guest retreat, particularly since Joshua Tree is a fragile desert ecosystem with a steady stream of tourists and recreationists from around the world. Strawbale construction  is the perfect choice for the southeastern California climate and an excellent solution for the temperature regulation of the retreat’s interiors. Strawbale construction  is a green building method that uses straw bales as both structural elements and insulation. Compared to conventional building methods it is both affordable and energy efficient in its unusually high insulation value. Straw is also plentiful in most regions and serves as a sustainable, non-toxic alternative to chemically treated, harvested timber and other conventional construction materials.
The earth-tone walls at Sacred Sands  are stuccoed on the outside and plastered with earth on the inside to create an adobe-like feel. Each wall is wide and flexible yet dense and air tight, allowing for greater performance and safety during earthquakes and fires (setting fire to a strawbale wall has been compared to lighting a match to a phone book; the density does not allow for air flow).
In addition to the peace of mind created by incorporating eco-friendly principles into this stunning retreat, the guest rooms also feature luxury bedding and linens and indoor showers with body sprays, rainhead fixtures, and river rock floors to massage your weary feet. Outside you can shower al fresco, or soak in your private spa as you view the desert sunsets. Guests can also nap in the sun or sleep under the stars on their very own terrace, complete with meditation platform. What better way to rejunvenate on holiday, explore the region’s offerings, and support eco-minded hospitality and tourism in a unique and naturally rich environment? For those adventurers who happen to be in Joshua Tree in early May consider timing your visit to coincide with the site specific enviro-art happening, High Desert Test Sites .
Current Room Rates Per Night Double Occupancy :
$259.00 Sunday through Thursday
$289.00 Friday and Saturday
Two night minimum on weekends
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 strawbale construction: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straw-bale_construction
 Joshua Tree National Park: http://www.nps.gov/jotr/
 High Desert Test Sites: http://www.highdeserttestsites.com/
 + Strawbuilding.org: http://www.strawbuilding.org/
 + Greenbuilder Straw Bale Construction Sourcebook: http://www.greenbuilder.com/sourcebook/strawbale.html
 + High Desert Test Sites: http://www.highdeserttestsites.com
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