Palm Springs Travel Diary

March 9, 2016

It’s safe to say I’m obsessed with Palm Springs. From the colorful hotels, to the mid-century style homes, to the stunning views everywhere, it’s hard not to love it. Plus, there are amazing restaurants, fun bars and antique shops on every corner! I hinted at a travel guide in my outfit posts here and here, and I’m so excited to finally share it with you. It’s a long one, so grab a cup of coffee!

Since this was only my second time visiting Palm Springs, and Dave’s first, there’s definitely a lot that we didn’t get to explore! But, that just means we have to go back 😉 Even thought it was a short trip, we packed as much as we could into our two night stay! My Palm Springs to-do list was a mile long, with most of the list being places to eat–Dave thought I was a little crazy. But hey, it doesn’t hurt to plan! We ended up checking a lot off my list, and came up with some recommendations of our own. If you’re thinking about heading to Palm Springs, you should definitely make it happen. Here’s some ideas for you to add to your list (you know, if you’re into lists)!

Where to stay:

After a long debate (there are just so many hotels to choose from!), we stayed at the Villa Royale Inn, and loved it! It was a beautiful hotel, and it was just the tranquil sanctuary we needed to really unwind after a hectic few weeks. The grounds are lush and gorgeous, and it truly feels like an oasis! It’s a super private hotel, and it pretty much felt like we had the place to ourselves the whole time, which was awesome!

I’ve also heard nothing but amazing things about the Parker (a definite splurge), the Saguaro, and the Ace Hotel. Airbnb is always a great option, too! I love this one and this one.

Welcome to the Villa Royale!

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Not a bad spot for coffee in the morning…

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Perfect spot for a happy hour cocktail (or two).

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The hotel was full of little passageways…

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…always filled with bougainvillea!

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See, I told you! This one led to the second, more private pool.
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We watched nightly sunsets from our courtyard, drinks in hand.

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Gotta love the desert scenery!

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Where to eat:

You’ve got to try Birba for dinner! Their pasta and pizza are all homemade, and absolutely amazing! They have incredible drinks, too, and the atmosphere is just perfect. Fire pits and an outdoor patio under the desert stars- it doesn’t get much better.

We went to Kings Highway for lunch after hearing tons about it, and it didn’t disappoint! We both ordered sandwiches that were to die for. Plus, the decor is pretty awesome too. If you eat dinner there, you have to grab a drink at their bar, The Amigo Room.

We brunched at Workshop Kitchen and Bar, and it was definitely one of our favorite meals. They have a really diverse, interesting menu and killer Bloody Marys. PLUS, they have $15 bottomless mimosas. You know, if you’re into that.

Get a jump start on your morning and grab coffee and a pastry at Koffi! There are two locations, and one just happened to be right around the corner from our hotel. Their coffee is so good, we bought a couple bags to take home with us! Oh, and get the cinnamon roll, you won’t be sorry.

We stopped for a drink and appetizers at Lulu’s, which was a great spot for people-watching downtown. They have happy hour all day every day, so if you’re needing a cheap drink, this is your spot!

I know Cheeky’s is supposed to be amazing for brunch but we didn’t have time (there’s always a 2 hour wait, so plan ahead)! Also, Norma’s, El Jefe, and Chi Chi at the Avalon were highly recommended!

His and hers. Couldn’t resist iced coffee in the desert heat!

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Perfect shady spot to enjoy a cuppa.

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The outdoor patio at Workshop was lovely!

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We ate indoors, and even though it was concrete filled and very mod, the booths were super cozy!

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Can’t resist a good Bloody Mary.

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Not so patiently waiting for our food…

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About to dig in to our feast! Chicken and waffles for him, and duck egg huevos rancheros for me.

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Oh, and duck fat fries to share. Because… why not?

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Eyeing Bloody Mary number two.

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I couldn’t recommend the fries more! We could have polished off at least a couple buckets of them.

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My dish wasn’t the most photogenic, but it was SO GOOD.

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The chicken and waffles were incredible, too. The salty, sweet maple combo is just too good!

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Stopped for lunch at King’s Highway and contemplated stealing those chairs.

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Wanted to take this home, too!

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Pick a seat, any seat…

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Loved the retro vibes! Also, I’m pretty sure we have that same kind of rock in my house?!

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Chicken salad sandwich for me…

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…and a breakfast sandwich for him (I was very jealous of his bacon).

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Not a bad spot to wait!

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I know, this photo is kind of irrelephant.

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What to do:

If you’re not eating (which, let’s be real, will be a lot of your trip), here’s a few fun things to do! Learn something new about cactus at the Moorten Botanical Gardenperuse the fun mid-century shops downtown (I loved the bright colors at Pelago, and you have to stop at the Trina Turk flagship store), ride bikes around the gorgeous neighborhoods (it’s perfect because it’s all flat), be sure to stop at the #thatpinkdoor house, ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for a fun change of scenery (there was snow at the top when we went, so be prepared!) and grab a drink at sunset, or go hotel hopping and grab drinks and wander around some gorgeous hotels!

You can’t go wrong with Trina Turk!

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Decisions, decisions…

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The view from the top of the tram is incredible! See that tiiiiiny building at the bottom? Yeah, that’s where you start. *gulp*

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We made it up the Aerial Tramway (even though I was freaking out just a little), and the view is so worth it!

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You can see for miles, and you can even see the San Andreas Fault. Crazy!

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But the scenery is a little different up there (it’s over 8,000 feet elevation)…so pack some warm clothes!

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The Moorten Botanical Garden is simply magical.

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You’ll learn more about cactus than you thought was possible!
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It was so hard to leave this gorgeous place, but we’ll be back soon!

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Have you been to Palm Springs before? What are your favorite things to do?



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