Headline: Sagebrush Cafe is the best place to stop for coffee on your way to the California Poppy Reserve. Also, not surprisingly, a morning coffee turns out to be the perfect complement to a trip to see the Poppies.
As the Reserve’s official website points out, “Poppies open up in mid morning, and curl up in the late afternoon or if it’s cold.” So, getting yourself warmed up for a late morning drive to this desert gem seems kind of perfect.
You know about the Poppies. You’ve seen the startling, even surreal pictures of a good bloom of the California state flower, enlivening the hillsides with an unforgettable shade of orange.
“Each spring, the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve comes alive with the seasonal surprises of the Mojave Desert Grassland habitat. The duration and intensity of colors and scents vary from year to year. The wildflower season generally lasts from as early as mid-February through May, with a variety of wildflowers creating a mosaic of color that changes daily” (Ca.gov).
You may not know, however, what Antelope Valley locals know – Sagebrush Cafe is on the doorstep to the Mojave, tucked away in artsy Quartz Hill on the west side of the Antelope Valley.
In addition to Sagebrush Cafe’s dedication to quality espresso drinks and customer service, Sagebrush also happens to be just a short drive from the Antelope Valley’s most visited landmark – the California Poppy Reserve.
Be sure to check the weather forecast and take a look at the park guidelines as you plan your trip. And, if you want to, you can think ahead about whether you want to take a vanilla latte with you when you go or a nice hot chocolate.