Fans of the B-52s might be inspired to roam — if they want to — all the way out to the Mojave Desert.
That’s where the lead singer of the quirk-pop act has brought her bee-hived sensibility to a new Airstream hotel that opened in November, reports The Orange County Register.
Co-owned by B-52s vocalist Kate Pierson, Kate’s Lazy Desert invites visitors to “rocket through the wilderness” in a collection of six vintage Airstreams, the interiors of which riff off the kitsch of the band’s best-known material.
The Lava trailer, with its orange-blob paint job, mimics the gooey movement of the ’60s-style lamp, whereas the Hairstream is a fantasy version of a B-52′s dressing room, and Planet Air is cast in an otherworldly pink light to recreate the aura of Planet Claire.
“Visiting the desert is like a little mini trip to the moon,” said Pierson, whose design sensibility is every bit as far out as her vocals.
The same could be said of the motel’s Airstreams, which are the perfect architectural compliment to the band’s space-age surfer vibe, looking, as they do, like lunar modules with their studded sheet metal siding.
Kate’s Lazy Desert is the west coast adjunct to Kate’s Lazy Meadow, an equally quirky, in-the-sticks collection of cabins tucked into the Catskill Mountains outside Woodstock, New York, where Pierson lives with her romantic and business partner, Monica Nation, who’s been running Kate’s Lazy Meadow since 2004, The Orange County Register reports.
The Airstreams in the Lazy Desert were originally situated along the Hudson River at Kate’s Lazy Meadow, and were always the first rooms to be booked, Pierson said. But when the trailers flooded during last year’s Hurricane Irene, she and Nation decided to wheel them off to the Mojave.
“How much safer can you be from a flood than in the desert?” Pierson quipped.
Pierson and Nation have been traveling to the Joshua Tree-area for years to visit her friends Phillip Maberry and Scott Walker, who decorated the Airstreams’ interiors. They also manage Kate’s Lazy Desert because they live next door in the small town of Landers where the motel is based.
If the Airstream Hotel looks like the B-52s Love Shack, that isn’t a coincidence. Maberry and Walker’s home was the location for the famed ’80s video. It’s also served as an unstated motto for the hotel, which is designed to be a romantic couples getaway, not a place for kids, even if there is a swimming pool in the area and the vibe is playful. The trailers are tchotchke’d out with the thrifted treasures Pierson and her band mate Fred Schneider have unearthed during decades of touring.
Pierson is something of a hotel aficionado, having toured with her band for more than three decades and stayed in venues of every caliber and stripe, reports The Orange County Register.
“For me, a great hotel is a place where you’re not disturbed,” said Pierson, who, at age 64, will record her first solo album in L.A. this winter.
“It’s just nice to feel like you’re in an apartment of your own that has really great decor that isn’t generic and is also in a beautiful natural place.”
Pierson and Nation are self-described “nature enthusiasts” who like to hike with their German shepherds.
“Landers seems like the middle of nowhere, but it’s next to this amazing place called the Integratron (a geodesic tabernacle renown for its acoustics) and Joshua Tree National Park, so it’s very well situated. But it’s also raw desert. You can look outside and there are no other houses, just giant mountains.
“You can do the town and get a rock ‘n roll tour in or sit by the fire and play Scrabble and watch a horror movie,” added Pierson, who plans to stock Kate’s Lazy Desert with B horror movies just as she did Kate’s Lazy Meadow in upstate New York.
Eventually, Pierson hopes to expand her hotel sensibility to a city, most likely Palm Springs. “We’re just looking for an investor. If Mr. Marriott wants to invest, he can contact us.”
Kate’s Lazy Desert Airstream Motel
Address: 58380 Botkin Road, Landers, CA 92285
Location: 17 miles north of Yucca Valley, off State Route 247 (Old Woman Springs Road)
Phone: (845) 688-7200
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