Lazy Lizard Ranch Entrance - Photo: Brenda C Hill
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Lazy Lizard Ranch Entrance – Photo: Brenda C Hill

Today I travelled through a high desert sand and wind storm to reach a rural ranch on a dirt road in the Lucern Valley of the Mohave Desert. The Lazy Lizard Lodge is a hidden gem, yet well known to the owners family and friends who seek a quiet oasis of peace and tranquility.

What I love most about the Lazy Lizard is exactly what the name suggests. I can lounge around the large sunny pool all day like a lazy lizard.

Old Stage Coach Stop = Photo: Brenda C Hill
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Old Stage Coach Stop = Photo: Brenda C Hill

This 60 plus acre ranch offers fascinating history lessons . Once a stage coach stop, a commune, a guest ranch, and a movie set, the amiable owner and manager, Jerry, is happy to fill you in.

Jerry's Festive Margarita Bar - Photo: Brenda C Hill
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Jerry’s Festive Margarita Bar – Photo: Brenda C Hill

My other favorite spot, especially after a wilderness hike seeking wildflowers, is the Margarita Bar. I feel as if I am back in Key West or the Bahamas dancing with Jimmy Buffet while sipping a cold margarita.

Lazy Lizard Single Room - Photo: Brenda C Hill
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Lazy Lizard Single Room – Photo: Brenda C Hill

Each room has a different desert view and varied vintage decor. Most are enhanced with handmade quilts. Local quilters meet at the ranch to perfect their craft.

For culinary adventures one can drive a short way for surprising options including a pizza place, A Mexican cafe with an an early happy hour, the general store which sells pools and fireplaces, plus prepares fresh sandwiches.

China House is perfect for our group of six writers with large round tables and many choices of authentic cuisine to share family style. Besides the popular Polynesian and Cantonese pu pu platters, one can dine on Mandarin or Szechwan cuisines

Cafe 247 - Photo: Brenda C Hill
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Cafe 247 – Photo: Brenda C Hill

Perhaps no cheeseburgers in Paradise, yet the Cafe 247 serves a dozen specialty burgers. I enjoy the all day brunch of California burritos with deep fried jalapeño poppers.

The 247 cookies are made from scratch and are freshly baked. Another unique treat is elderberry and salted caramel ice cream shakes. No chains near the Ranch. Simply good ole school regional cooking from the heart.

Lucky me to discover a real ranch retreat with a cool pool only an hour away from the hot springs near Palm Springs. This spot is ideal for couples, a girls get-away, corporate retreats, family reunions, or a single writer seeking solitary stillness.

 

Brenda C. Hill
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Brenda Hill is an Events Blogger with Amigos de La Cruz for the Vallarta Tribune. The weekly covers entertainment, art, culture, and news for Riviera Nayarit,
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