I love Palm Springs. I relax instantly as soon as I am greeted with the 'Welcome to Palm Springs' banner as I enter the retro outdoor airport. Not only am I flooded with the physical warmth of the desert but also nostalgia of the trips to Phoenix to visit my grandparents during spring break - namely because the arrival gate is a sea of silver haired beauties excited to greet loved ones. But honestly, I've been lucky to visit Palm Springs a few times and I love that these trips are very relaxing yet I'm always able to find new things to check out in the city - and it's only a 3 hour plane ride away from home.
A theme you'll see in my life is that I really am an old soul - from my musical education from older generations, my inability to sleep past 7am and my appreciation of an early bed time - I sound like a great time, I know. I was excited to continue my love affair for Palm Springs and was able to explore and dine in some new spots! Check out my must visits below:
Get your steps in!
Not only is the name of the hike the same title as critically acclaimed R.Kelly greatest hit but it will give you a great workout and view! The trail was pretty busy on a Wednesday morning at 9am so I'd recommend going earlier in the day to beat the heat and the crowds.
It's been on my bucket list for awhile now; to re-live the Entourage episode and to get a in-the-flesh view of U2's album that was always popping up on my playlist. Well, it's off my bucket list now with only a fraction of the park explored. If you're going from downtown Palm Springs it's about an hour and half and there are numerous hikes (aka inclined walks) to do. Very beautiful and peaceful, definitely something to see! Our Uber driver also promised that every night there is a Milky Way to see, so, you know that's now penned on my bucket list.
Where We Ate & Drank
Home to the infamous 'DRUGS' sign in the lobby, this hotel is the definition of the modernism theme that is evident through the whole city. Behind the bright orange doors you'll find white brick, hanging basket chairs, a wall of yarn owls and so much more! They have a charming outdoor seating area with little pocket benches to hide out in. There is a Lemonade Bar that I've never been to but I'm hoping I'd go as myself and leave as Beyonce. They also do weddings and events and I could confidently say this could be my dream venue (if anyone is wondering or looking to ask).
We sat outside and enjoyed a lovely Italian meal in the middle of February - it was basically anyone's dream. Located next to the infamous Cheeky's (a must try for brunch but be warned - it's not for those hangry or impatient as the wait is usually over an hour... but the cold brew and pancakes are worth it!) Birba can be spotted by the lit up B letter on the street corner. Live music, string bulb lights and a relaxed ambiance make this a perfect date spot or night out. We were impressed from the strong cocktails and the healthy appetizer portions. Must orders would be: roasted cauliflower, burrata and spaghetti carbonara.
This farm to table restaurant is nestled in the heart of downtown and you're immediately transported to the feeling of the south of France as you dine in a flower lined courtyard enjoying a french press of coffee. The restaurant is kid and dog friendly and it accommodates large groups, making it feel like you're dining in someones french villa in the country side. Must orders: Croque Madame, FARM Breakfast Sandwich and the Brie Sandwich.
My first tiki bar! And it didn't disappoint. I was adequately hung over after having the full experience which meant a punch bowl, a shot of 151 lit on fire, American paraphanilia and excessive straws. The ceilings and walls were lined with wicker, the ambiance and staff were welcoming and helpful with recommendations (try the Coco Loco). When reading up on this spot I came across an article on the owner Chad Austin and the "secret bartender handshake"; an interesting read here and something to remember the next time you are bonding/flirting with the bartender.
Where to Shop
This spot was on all of the blogs I researched saying it has the best selection - it opened at 11am and there was a crowd of people waiting (always a good sign)! I was immediately impressed by it's organization and layout - often times vintage shops are overwhelming and just a plethora of things so you don't know where to start. The owner was attentive and managed the only 2 change rooms all while fielding questions and pulling pieces. I had my heart on finding a power one piece pant suit but sadly came up short. However, it was such a fun experience to check out the different pieces and the change between decades - think ecelectic and bright colours for the 70s and more tourquoise and pink blocking in the 80s. This spot would definitely be on my regular rotation every time I'm in Palm Springs.
While this visit was short and sweet it will keep me coming back. I wasn't able to take advantage of the festivities of modernism week so I'll need to return for that! Palm Springs is a hot spot that has something for everyone: the snow birds, old souls, hipsters, foodies and children under the age of 3 - winning for all.
What's your favourite winter spot? Am I missing any must sees in Palm Springs I need to check out? Let me know!