December 05, 2017
I'm a California girl through and through. My mom was born in Palm Springs and that whole side of my family still lives there. I grew up in Lake Arrowhead, but spent countless weekends in Palm Springs and really grew to love it. I make it a point to escape the city and make trips out to the desert as much as I can. My boyfriend, Phillip, our doggie Franklin, and I are trying to start traveling more often and document our getaways as a little family. Palm Springs is the perfect spot since it is so close to LA and has so much to offer. We went out there for Thanksgiving and since my birthday was the following Saturday so we figured we may as well make a trip of it! Here’s a little low down on our weekend adventures and some of our favorite spots, complete with fun photos and all our travel tips.
You may have seen this infamous spot before. The aptly name ‘millenial pink’ door has made its rounds on social media officially being dubbed #thatpinkdoor. I knew it was a bit overplayed, but how could I resist? Had to stop by for a photo after some thrift shopping! You can find this Insta famous photo spot at 1345 N Palm Canyon Drive; Palm Springs, California.
There is a whole gang of amazing antique malls in this area, starting with Sunny Dunes. I’m a sucker for some good vintage furniture or apparel, and Palm Springs is the perfect place for it! It was an area booming during the mid century modern craze so there is plenty to go around as opposed to the picked-over places in LA. I find a lot of inspiration for my designs when I wander about stores like this, whether it’s a vintage poster or some cool old album artwork. You can explore these places for hours and never run out of new treasures to find! Don’t miss this spot when you’re in town.
We have Arrived! Yes, the puns never end with this beautiful boutique hotel. New to the neighborhood and giving the Ace a run for it’s money as the most hip hangout spot. It’s modern and minimal, yet cozy and cool. One of our favorite parts about the hotel is you never have to leave! Arrive has two restaurants, a cute coffee shop, an ice cream parlor, and a seriously stylish gift shop. It has two floors of bungalow style rooms complete with patios, all surrounding the gorgeous pool. They are super puppy friendly which was great for Franklin! We even got to hang in the pool while he watched us from a lounge chair all bundled up! Another awesome thing about Arrive is how they want to bring value to the community by hosting pop up events featuring local vendors, and also keep their pool open to the public!
Coffee and cocktails?! Count me in! Just a hop, skip, and jump away from Arrive we have one of the coolest hidden gems. Ernest is a delicious and adorable coffee shop by day, and by night the secret back doors open up to reveal a speakeasy-style tiki bar! I’m a huge lover of coffee and the tiki culture design of the 50s & 60s, so this place was a dream. Palm Springs was a hub of tiki design and much of my summer collection was inspired by the amazing art and architecture I had seen while visiting Palm Springs!
Saturday was my birthday so we figured we would finally leave the hotel, haha. What better way to spend it than at a birthday brunch with friends? We needed a spot where we could bring the pup, but also relax and have some drinks in a nice environment. Farm Palm Springs was perfect! It’s hidden away in a courtyard between some shops. It’s mostly outdoors and really makes you feel like you’re in a secret garden. It’s the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the main street. The food and drinks we’re amazing. I especially loved the watermelon mimosas!
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