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3 of us visited Jackie's property for 2 nights on a weekend trip to the desert from LA. Overall we had a positive experience but there are some things about the place we wanted to mention. Jackie is very nice and has set up a pleasantly appointed, modest house. Beds are very comfortable, there's a great pool table, an abundance of healthy snacks she provides as part of the rental, and a nice jacuzzi that heats up quickly.
There were some things about the place that were not the best fit for us. Jackie lives on the premises. Her quarters are in a room toward the front of the ranch house, the rest of the house is for the renters. If you want a private place where the owner is not on the premises at all, this is not your place. Lastly, the swinning pool is not heated, meaning it was very cold, basically unusable (during winter months). This was disappointing as we were in the desert looking forward to dipping in the pool.
Anyway, we still had a great time. This is a very nice house with a super friendly owner which will be great for the right renters.
My family stayed at Jackie's beautiful home over Christmas. She made us feel very at home, the kitchen was full of fresh food and her kitchen is optimal for cooking which we did for almost every meal. The sink broke on our first night so we couldn't do dishes and it was a bit inconvenient, but Jackie got a plumber in the next day (on Christmas) and did everything she could to fix it for us. The beds were incredibly comfortable. Although it was cold outside, the hot tub was excellent and we all had a great time. It's about 30-40 minutes to Joshua Tree National Park, so it's very accessible.
Would definitely recommend Jackie's b&b! Thanks for a great time!
What a wonderful experience! Jackie made me feel right at home. She catered to my extremely picky eating habits and even had the graciousness to say that selective diners were her specialty. The room is clean, spacious, and private for a shared home (I wouldn't mind bringing my sig other next time). The setting was so peaceful I slept wonderfully. Next time I'll arrange for Jackie to cook all my meals (and perform a couple of cooking demos!) and put together a few outings.
I stayed in the Gluten Free Retreat with 6 of my friends, we attended Coachella. Jackie was a wonderful host, breakfast was cooked every morning and was delicious. We had free range to every amenity in the house, our favorites being the pool, hot tub, & massage chair which was perfect after having walked around for 10 hrs straight. We had plenty of privacy, Jackie is a great host and this was a wonderful relaxing experience, if we return to Coachella next year we will definitely be staying with her again. Desert Hot Springs is a very quiet town, but everything is like 20 minutes away from where we stayed which wasn't bad at all. If you're looking for a relaxing getaway Jackie's is really the best place to stay, she's a wonderful host and very knowledgeable person, she really does make the best of your vacation, like being in your own home.
So many great things about Jackie's place and her hosting: good location (between Joshua Tree NP and Palm Springs), spacious rooms with really comfortable beds (ALL of them), very swell saline pool and hot tub, and the whole area is quiet, quiet, quiet, yet near every kind of service you'd need. But, the very BEST thing about Jackie's place is the FOOD! She knows so much about healthy, yet very delicious food, and the breakfasts she made for us were really, really good and had plenty of variety. I would recommend anyone looking for a place in this area who want a splendid host, comfortable quarters and delicious food book at Jackie's place.
Very impressed by the hospitality we received. The breakfast was great, the kids really enjoyed the atmosphere and cleanliness of the house. We are definitely going to be back again.
Staying at the Gluten Free Getaway was exactly what my husband and I needed. A Quiet escape from the hustle bustle of Los Angeles. Our room had glass doors out to the pool and hot tub which to our delight were both salt water! We loved relaxing in the spa while watching the stars. We are both Vegetarian and Jackie had plenty of organic fruits and veggies for our morning smoothies.
She even offered her fresh made Kombucha and vegan chocolate which my husband and I gobbled up with no regret!
Jackie is a nutritionist and was generous answering our questions about vitamins and diet. She was very helpful and caring about health but not in a preachy way which we appreciated.
Overall staying with Jackie was a delight and I would recommend anyone looking for a home like situation with a pleasant and healing environment to stay at the Gluten Free Getaway!
Thanks Jackie!!! See you again !
Jackie was a very communicative guest. Even though plans had changed she kept me up to date even a few hours before check in which was very helpful as to when to expect her. We found our home clean and well kept when we returned. We would book her as a guest again.
Jackie is both a friend and colleague. Our mutual interest in health and wellness afforded us an opportunity to meet. In addition to living in the same desert city, we also discovered that we share a passion to assist those seeking a healthier lifestyle. Desert Hot Springs provides the perfect backdrop for getting away from it all. Beautiful desert scenery, hiking trails and our award winning mineral water from an underground aquifer - perfect for a healing hideaway.