Since midnight munchies are more than just a stoner stereotype, Room 420 at the Hicksville Pines Chalets & Motel boasts a fully stocked vending machine.
The room – in the resort town of Idyllwild, atop forested mountains overlooking Palm Springs – also offers a collection of Cheech and Chong DVDs, video games, blacklight posters, a bed built right into the floor and a volcano vaporizer to heat up whatever strain of cannabis guests have handy.
“It’s our most popular room,” said Morgan Night, who opened Hicksville Pines about a year ago.
Now Night plans to stretch that popularity across his entire motel. On Friday, he’s rebranding the property as a “bud and breakfast.”
Soon, Hicksville Pines will be age-restricted to 21 and older. Room 420 will remain special, as the only spot in the lodge to allow in-room smoking. Elsewhere on the property, guests will be allowed to light up, vape or eat cannabis-infused foods so long as they’re not inside one of the other rooms.
Visitors also will be able to board Hicksville’s retro RV – which Night has dubbed “Cannabus” – and take a free ride over to one of Idyllwild’s unlicensed cannabis dispensaries.
In the future, if Riverside County moves to issue licenses to marijuana businesses, Night hopes to open a dispensary on the property. Short of that, he’ll push for regular delivery services, the way other resorts might welcome food trucks.
Hicksville Pines is joining a small number of resorts in California that are openly advertising themselves as cannabis friendly. That number is expected to increase sharply as California extends the legalization of recreational marijuana and embraces the emerging cannabis tourism industry.
“I just think that we’re in a different time where smoking pot is part of normalcy,” Night said. “And that’s how life in my world should be, because it’s legal now.”
Night stumbled into being an innkeeper seven years ago.
He’s a DJ, writer, director and producer, with one feature-length film and several music videos to his credit. He was hosting a drive-in movie night in Los Angeles in 2010, but work was otherwise slow and he was looking for another adventure.
He was also a regular visitor to Joshua Tree and a fan of old trailers. So he combined those passions when he opened…