Last week I ventured out to Palm Springs desert with some of my best girlfriends to celebrate my birthday. Although it was my first time visiting the California desert we went with the goal of relaxing, sunbathing and having lots of girl talk as our main priority. With that being said, we didn’t make it everywhere during our short trip but I wanted to share a snapshot into what we did do along with more details of some of our favorite activities, restaurants and places to stay. Click through the tabs below to see more on Where to Stay, Where to Eat and What to Do.
Modern Home– We opted to rent a house to have optimal space together and our own private pool and backyard escape. It was the perfect choice for us to have space to hang out and chill together as well as a full kitchen to cook in throughout the weekend.
The Parker Palm Springs– The Parker is one of the more well known resorts in the desert. You can find photos of the decor all over instagram which has tourist flocking not to mention there is so much to do on the property- pools, hammocks, the lemonade stand, croquet, bocce ball, a spa, bikes and more.
Korakia Pensione– This one really stands out amongst the rest of the mid century modern hotels. It has a ton of character and charm . It’s a mediterranean-style resort with Moroccan tea service each afternoon and plenty of other amenities that earned it the title for one of the “Sexiest Hotels in America.”
L’Horizon– Again, I have not had the opportunity to stay here yet, but the property is beyond beautiful and perfect for a romantic or luxury getaway.
The Saguaro– Known for its colorful and bright architecture and decor the Saguaro is also one of the more popular locations to stay at in the desert.
King’s Highway– A Palm Springs favorite, definitely on my list for the next visit.
Norma’s– The best brunch spot, especially the french toast.
Chi Chi at The Avalon– A great spot for lunch, they have some lighter, heathy options which are nice in the desert heat.
So.Pa– Located in L’Horizon Hotel and a spot for some seriously good eats. They have a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner with an option for small bites if you’re looking for an afternoon snack.
Las Casuelas – We made reservations for dinner here on Saturday night and is was fantastic. With over 20,000 combinations to create, you’ll be sure to find the perfect Mexican entree to suite your craving.
Relax Poolside– When in the desert you can’t go wrong with a relaxing poolside afternoon. We made sure the house we rented had the ultimate backyard/pool escape.
Two Bunch Palms– A world renowned mineral rich hot spring. Mineral healing waters are pumped into a picturesque grotto which is made up of two pools, one at 99 degrees and the other at 104. The resort has an excellent spa and wellness program menu as well as a restaurant on the property.
Palm Springs Modern Tours– A city known for architecture Palm Springs’ acclaimed and knowledgeable guides take you through the city’s diverse neighborhoods, reveal their many treasures and tell their fascinating stories in a relaxed conversational setting.
Moorten Botanical Gardens– In a city always full of sunshine the gardens are open year round. Housing thousands of species of succulents and cactus growing from all over the world. The “Cactarium” is like a hut overflowing with exotic desert plants