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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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?