Postcards From Palm Springs

A few of my favorite things to do in Palm Springs

I had heard mixed reviews about this spot as it supposedly can be a bit of a tourist trap. But clearly it’s for good reason. I’m here to tell you that this restaurant was AMAZING. The huevos ranchero (which is my new favorite brunch item now) were to die for. We obviously ordered the popular spicy bloody mary’s (they typically come in a boot glass, I was very sad when they brought out high balls). We also ordered the glazed donut with rhubarb compote, delicious. My friends had ordered a breakfast wrap while the other ordered eggs benedict. They equally looked delicious. The wait was a little long, so get here early and be prepared to hang out.

A few weeks ago I headed to Palm Springs to attend Coachella with some of my closest friends. We rented an adorable mid-century modern home in Palm Springs and spent our mornings by the pool, and afternoons at Coachella dancing to great music. We didn’t have a ton of extra time to explore as it took us almost 15 hours to get to Palm Springs, thanks to the worlds longest rental car line and insane traffic, but on our last day we headed to Venice Beach to explore a bit. This left for only one day to pack in as much Palm Springs fun as possible. 

What we did manage to do was eat at the very popular Cheeky’s for brunch. The food was incredible and I think I’m officially a huevos ranchero fan after that meal. We then walked around The Parker Hotel, a must visit, and hunted down that ever so famous pink door. A few things we wish we did was go antique shopping at flea markets and maybe visit the giant dinosaurs (we did see them from the road though, it was pretty cool!). 

LAYING POOLSIDE

Our Airbnb had the perfect pool to sit by all day long before heading to Coachella. The desert sun is the best for getting a tan in my opinion. Without any humidity and the weather being in the low 80’s, it was super enjoyable to lay by the pool all day without getting overheated. If you do choose the Airbnb route (which I recommend!) be sure to find one with a pool as it’s a desert requirement!

THAT PINK PALM SPRINGS DOOR

Palm Springs is full of colorful doors and mid century modern architecture. But this particular door is Insta-famous and I had to see it with my own eyes. It’s just as impressive in person. It’s playful and fun, and it made me instantly want to move out to Palm Springs and buy a house. Oh wait, but this house recently sold on the market for $1.8 million. Never mind.

THE PARKER HOTEL

You may be more familiar with the front of this hotel as it’s photographed often. But I traveled to the back of the property where there was a pretty garden, seating area and this gorgeous door framed by beautiful pink flowers. Even if you don’t stay here, definitely make the trip to view the grounds. The lobby is stunning and decked out in Jonathan Adler and mid-century modern decor. There’s also Norma’s restaurant in the hotel that I peeked at while walking around. Food looked pretty good! I’ve been told to just do brunch there and that lunch/dinner isn’t really worth the price.

A peek at the inside of this amazing hotel. The decor is simply stunning and I can’t wait to head back to Palm Springs to stay here. 

OUR ADORABLE PALM SPRINGS AIRBNB

We decided to do an Airbnb this trip which was my first time ever doing it. I was excited to browse and find a truly Palm Springs home and boy did we nail it. This place was STUNNING. It was the perfect size for us, 3 bed, 2 bath. Had a great pool that we posted up at every single day and a huge living space. I wish I got a better photo of the house, but trust me when I tell you, it was worth every single penny.

For those of you looking to do Coachella, Palm Springs is a solid 45 minutes to the festival grounds. Lots of people stay here though as there are several shuttles that go through it. I think if we go back next year, we’ll stay in La Quinta where we can bike to the grounds. Now that I got mid-century modern architecture out of my system, I supposed I can stay at a 90’s stucco boring house.  

COACHELLA

Although Coachella doesn’t take place in Palm Springs, this was the absolute highlight of the entire trip. It was the whole reason we went obviously, and having the best time ever is an understatement. If you’ve ever contemplated going, go! As a matter of fact, start saving now, book an AirBNB, and mark your calendar for when tickets go on sale. This Besame Mucho art installation was my favorite one at the festival. So much that I may find a print of it to add to my gallery wall it’s that pretty.

With so many events that happen at Indio Polo Fields, there’s usually a pretty solid reason to visit Palm Springs, and this was definitely a good one in my opinion. I can’t wait to go back in 2017.

BRUNCH AT CHEEKYS IN DOWNTOWN PALM SPRINGS

Another pic of Cheeky’s. Their food was really incredible. I ordered the huevos ranchero (which didn’t photograph great so that’s why you’re seeing my friends dish) and my pal ordered eggs benedict. I was worried this spot would be over hyped and that I’d be super disappointed, but it was just the opposite. I’d definitely go back (and plan to!) the next time I’m in Palm Springs.

 

 

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