First - Happy Anniversary!
I may be bias but I LOVE going to Desert Hot Springs.
It may be, as it is a 2 hour drive from LA and reasonably priced.
And , it is beautiful. Hot with gorgeous mountains in the back round.
The real advantage of Desert Hot Springs is all the small but lush boutique hotels.They all have pools, hot tubs and soakers that are fed by the springs
(Internet and cable too)
Therapeutic and beautiful.
It is quiet but the amenities are modern. Most have awesome treatments too like massage etc. They usually have couples deals etc.
Desert Springs is a a very small , grungy ish town but you never go there.
You can fly into Palm Springs which is about 15 - 20 minutes away.
I always hike early in the AM and lounge and do nothing later at the pools and nap. .Ok I confess I hit the local gym every now and then;))
It is 30 minutes from Joshua Tree and 20 minutes (or less) from Palm Springs so you have access to more nature and the shopping and hustle and bustle if you want. Lots of spa hotels with great services in Palm Springs if you want to do a day trip.
There is a natural grocery store in Palm Springs( I forgot the name - would have to research ) has an awesome vegetarian ,very vegan friendly deli-Natures cafe attached with great food and juice bar etc. http://www.quarrygirl.com/2009/04/29/na ... #more-2916
I wish they would open one in LA .It is that good.
There is also a Native Foods in Palm Springs- A GREAT comfort food Vegan Restaurant- http://www.nativefoods.com/
and http://www.quarrygirl.com/2008/04/30/na ... he-desert/
.I often go to the desert when I go on a cleanse.
I ALWAYS go to Native Foods the night before
There is even a nudist boutique hotel in the desert if you two really want to bond;). I haven't been there personally , but I have heard "interesting " things.
I have stayed at several of the boutique hotels in the desert. I am actually going next Sunday . Let me know if you want more info.
( I just re read this. I should work for their travel board;))
I am sure there are a lot of gems like this all over the US.
Wherever you go , have a great time!!!