VISITING: PALM SPRINGS
Early fall is my favorite time of year in Palm Springs. It is a great time to refresh before the holiday busy-ness descends and a great time to take advantage of the perfect climate. The blazing desert heat has subsided but there are still enough sunlight hours to pack in a full day of activities before the crisp night air falls and you can cozy up by a fire. It has become a favorite road trip because it is a very do-able two hour drive from Los Angeles and we return always feeling refreshed. Over our many visits we slowly assembled a solid set of favorites. I thought I would share them here since people often ask me for them. Keep in mind, it is hard to go wrong there as there are beautiful mountains all around you, blooming desert flora, never ending palm trees and a poetic vast skyline (it is wonderful that there are no tall buildings in PS so you can see for miles). Scroll all the way through for the lodging, dining and activities' section.
Favorites for different reasons and seasons, but The Parker is first because it has everything you need on site - dining options, a spa, pools and tennis courts but it still manages to avoid the resort vibe and feel quaint and charming. Also, as a family with a little one having great options very nearby is a huge plus!
- Cheeky's for breakfast or brunch. Be prepared to wait awhile, but it is worth it or go early ie: 8am.
- Birba for dinner, you might get lucky and catch some fun live music.
- Mister Parker's for a glamours retro dining experience with the best playlist.
- Kings Highway at the Ace Hotel is a solid choice anytime - standard and good diner fare.
- Counter Reformation for delicious tapas and unique wine pairings. FUN + YUM!
- The Purple Palm for dining by a pool
- Nature's Health Food Cafe- when you just want easy healthy to go food and smoothies. Also, good if you forgot any of your health care essentials.
- Palm Greens Cafe - for same reason as above.
- Beautiful hiking trails. Many options depending on your interests. Bring your hiking shoes.
- Palm Springs Art Museum
- Palm Springs Architecture and Design Center
- Vintage shopping! Plenty of consignment shops all over. Good finds to be had if you are willing to dig a little. You can start on East Sunny Dunes Road.
- Pool time. Always a good idea.
- Half day trip to the Integratron for an out of this world 'sound bath'. A must! Worthi it! GO!
- Day trip to Joshua Tree National park. Although, you could camp there too! No place like this. LOVE! Pack a lunch, bring plenty of water.
- Scope out a few MCM architecture gems OR visit during February for the very popular Modernism Week (which tickets are a must!).