A Weekend in Palm Springs
A few weekends ago I headed down south to the land of palm trees, mid-century modern wonders, and tiki bars to spend a few days celebrating the 30th birthday of one of my best girlfriend’s. I grew up going to Palm Springs a lot with my family but hadn’t been back for quite a while and I couldn’t believe how much more the desert had to offer than what I remembered. This desert weekend was nothing short of blissful with lots of pool time, girl talk, delicious meals, thrift shopping, mid-century modern design around every corner and a sudden urge to paint my front door bright orange. This place inspired me in so many ways and I could have easily spent a few more days exploring, shopping and eating my face off but all the more reason to plan another trip back soon – preferably when it’s not 120 degrees. I wanted to share with you guys some highlights from the trip including “grammable” sights, foodie experiences, and thrift shop finds as well as the places on my list to check out for next time. Also, does anyone else feel like they are a professional photographer every time they go to Palm Springs because the lighting is always somehow on point and everything just happens to be perfectly photogenic?
“GRAMMABLE” (AS IN INSTAGRAMABLE) SIGHTS:
- Cabazon Dinosaurs – These guys are about 20 minutes outside of the desert so we decided to stop and snap a few photos on our way in. You can apparently go inside the T-Rex but we decided to just pose with them instead.
- Windmills – On the way into the desert, a little past the dinos are hundreds and hundreds of windmills sprinkled along the valley at the base of the mountains like flowers. We pulled off the freeway and drove along a side street for a bit until we found the perfect spot to snap some photos of these beautiful sources of electricity.
- The Parker – You’ve probably seen pictures of this iconic hotel designed by interior design God Jonathan Adler but photos really don’t do this place justice. The Parker is a chic bohemian paradise that inspires around every turn and you might even spot a celebrity or two. Everything from the “Drugs” sign to palm trees made of brass – you don’t want to miss the perfectly designed desert oasis.
A few other places that we didn’t make it to but are on my list to check out for next time:
WHERE TO STAY:
- VRBO: Atomic Tiki – I am a big fan of Airbnb and VRBO. For bigger groups, I’ve found that VRBO is usually the way to go. One of my girlfriends found the “Atomic Tiki” house through VRBO and it was a slice of mid-century modern heaven. I’ve included some photos of the place below.
- Arrive – This is a brand new 32 room hotel that is owned by one of the Facebook founders and is located in downtown Palm Springs towards the Uptown Design District. The location is ideal and the design is very organic modern with kind of a SF vibe. I stopped by this hotel for a bit to check out the grounds and would love to stay there next time. The rooms are also relatively affordable compared to some other hotels in the area with some under $200/night.
- The Ace – A hipster’s paradise. We stopped by this place to have some drinks at the bar and hang by the pool. Definitely a fun, young atmosphere and cool interiors and art to gaze at.
Some other hotels on my list include:
- Victoria’s Attic Antiques – This place was easily one of the best antique stores I’ve been in and I could have probably spent 5 more hours perusing aisle after aisle. The store is jam packed with treasures in every corner at great prices. I scored that mid-century pillow (photo below) as well as that cool driftwood and brass bird sculpture (photo below).
- Revivals – Mid-century pieces at amazing prices. Need I say more? Next time I go here I’m going to need a bigger car.
- Jill – Located right on the main drag in downtown PS, this store has tons of cool art, sculptures and accent pieces for the home – all at prices I couldn’t believe.
- Dazzles – Tucked back off off the road on North Palm Canyon Dr., this vintage store was jam packed with housewares, jewelry, accessories and interesting furniture pieces.
- The Frippery – Vintage clothing and accessories for both men and women and some select homewares and furniture pieces.
EAT + DRINK:
- Chi Chi’s at The Avalon
- Norma’s at the Parker
- Custom’s Coffee at Arrive
- Ice Cream & Shoppe at Arrive
- Bootlegger Tiki
On the list for next time:
Can’t wait to plan a trip back to the desert for Modernism week in February. Who’s with me?