Friday, October 4, 2013

crafting community is finally here!

my love affair with the desert is well documented. every time i go i am immediately enveloped by the peaceful quiet of the desert. it is such an instant way for my family to decompress from our often hectic social/travel schedule and i always feel like time stands blissfully still as soon as I pull into town. i think this trip out will be the crowning jewel and am so looking forward to meeting everyone out at crafting community.

where to stay: 

there are many places to stay in palm springs but we alternate between the ace hotel and the parker. we have stayed at the ace since day one and love the location, nestled at the foot of mount san jacinto. the sunsets are positively magical and i love getting up extra early with my girls and having the pool all to ourselves.

designed by jonathan adler, the parker is chic and full of unexpected design elements. i love the grounds and usually opt to stay here if i don't have my little one with me (which is once in a blue moon these days!)

i've also been dying to try the korakia, a moroccan style pensione that is meant to be heavenly.

where to eat/drink: 

by lunch, I am pool side ordering fish tacos or a salad so brunch is the highlight of dining out for me in palm springs. my two favorite brunch spots are cheeky's and norma's at the parker.

for dinner, I love birba because it's not too fussy and has delicious fresh salads, pastas, and pizzas.

if i'm looking to make a night of it, i will go to workshop or mister parker's.

for a healthy vegetarian meal or a juice i'll head to native foods or palm greens cafe - be sure to try the suzane somer's smoothie!
what to do:

the best thing to do in palm springs is...nothing.

if i am with friends, i bring a big stack of magazines, plenty of sunscreen, and a favorite floppy hat to the pool and plan to stay there for the majority of the day.

if i am with my girls, i camp out at the pool early and bring lots of pool toys, snacks, and water. there is a pool emporium close to the ace hotel for when i forget a floatie or goggles for the little ones!

i tend to take naps during the hottest hours of the day. other than that, i'm at the pool. being poolside with friends and family is what palm springs is all about.

i also love to grab a coffee and muffin and head out to the quieter residential streets for an early morning bike ride with my family. it is really peaceful and you can see some of the famous palm springs architecture.

when i'm feeling ambitious or we are with friends, we take the aerial tramway up chino canyon. it is gorgeous and a requisite palm springs activity. bring something warm to wear, it is significantly cooler on the mountain year round.

there are tons of little designer and vintage shops downtown (and the nearby cabazon shopping outlet which i've only braved once) but i prefer to spend my time and money at the spa!

above all else... get out of palm springs! 

joshua tree national park is breathtaking and close enough to visit for the day. i also love taking visitors to the integratron for a therapeutic soundbath followed by some live music at pappy & harriet's in neighboring pioneertown, a former old west motion picture set.

what are your desert favorites?


  1. Have so much fun this weekend! Thank you for the tips, we stopped by the Ace just for a lunch on a road trip this year, but I am dying to go back to Palm Springs and stay overnight someday soon. I am an "ocean" girl and never really cared about the desert until I visited Palm Springs. Now I totally get it, it's very peaceful :) Can't wait to hear about your trip!

  2. Please post about the book you worked on - looks really interesting (and pretty)