A short 2 hour drive from LA, Palm Springs is perfect for a relaxing weekend getaway. On a recent trip, armed with my swimsuit, Canon, notepad, and appetite, I compiled together of a few of my favorite spots that are worth the visit.
The Parker Hotel – For the design-enthusiast and stylish jet-set.
Colony Palms Hotel – Serene, idyllic, with an almost provençale, old world charm.
Avalon Hotel – Boutique, stylish. We stayed here a couple of nights and loved the 24 hour jacuzzi and chic poolside bistro.
The Ace Hotel – Trendy, hip, cool. For the hipsters, musicians and trendsetters. Great for groups.
A short drive away in Palm Desert, I stopped in for a Spa treatment at the beautiful La Quinta Resort. The grounds exude an elegant Spanish charm. Definitely staying here on my next trip to the desert.
EAT & DRINK:
Koffi: Located across the street from the Ace Hotel, this is the best place for a morning caffeine fix. (They have several other locations in town).
Cheeky’s: By far my favorite meal in Palm Springs. Brunch here is absolute perfection. Order a Bacon flight side and with the best eggs in the city.
Workshop Kitchen & Bar: I had my birthday dinner here and loved the romantic, chic vibe. The farm to table menu is as tasty as it reads.
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Purple Palm Restaurant & Bar at the Colony Palms Hotel: The cocktails here are terrific. I’m infatuated with it’s old-world charm – the fringe lampshades and red spanish tiles are my favorite. I love the daytime poolside vibe.
Appetito Deli: Across the street from the Ace hotel, this Cali-Italian deli is perfect for a day or evening snack of charcuterie, cheese, or a plate of ricotta gnocchi. The decor is molto chic too.
King’s Highway at the Ace Hotel: We indulged in a heavenly Baklava Sundae at this retro diner, but I’ll definitely be back to try their chichi burger’s next time around. Refined roadside diner fare at its best.
Norma’s at The Parker Hotel: Breakfasts are big, at the colorful and comfy patio eatery, serving up American fare. Waffles seem to be the hit. Tasty and stylish, albeit pricey.
Chi Chi at The Viceroy Hotel: Dinner here on my last night was delicious and memorable. Serving Latin-style tapas in a chic poolside bistro, this is relaxed, Palm Springs dining at its best. (A word of warning, eat the padron peppers with caution… they are muy picante!)
Lappet’s Ice Cream : An obligatory ice-cream stop after those ridiculously hot pepper’s took me to the indulgent, Lappert’s. Despite being on the crowded main tourist drag, the long line is worth the wait for a creamy, decadent treat.
Amigo Room at The Ace Hotel: Artisanal cocktails and craft beers are served in this cavernous space, with something fun every night, from DJ’s to live bands, performance artists, and even karaoke.
Deja Vu Vintage Finery – Super cool consignment store featuring vintage clothes and accessories from Palm Springs heyday.
Trina Turk – It wouldn’t be Palm Springs if you weren’t donning one of Trina Turk’s candy-colored prints.
a La MOD – Unique, one of a kind, mid-century modern interior finds with super-friendly owners.
Hedge – Eclectic, and tasteful vintage furniture with beautiful accessories and artwork.
Wil Stiles – A cheerful collection of fashion, art and accessories for men. Cute, quirky, Palm Springs perfection.
Elizabeth & Prince – If you’re taking a trip to old town La Quinta, this sophisticated and stylish lifestyle boutique is a must.
Moorten Botanical Garden – a light filled greenhouse with the most amazing cacti and plants. (Great photo-opp for your Instagram)
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway – Thrilling tram ride up the San Jacinto mountains.Great hikes and mesmerizing views.
Happy Palm Springs Travels!