June 3, 2014

{WANDERLUST} 36-Hours in Palm Springs

While we were in LA, Ali and I decided to take a mini-vacation from our vacation and head a couple of hours into the desert to Palm Springs. I have vague memories of Palm Springs, the desert, and stopping at the outlets in Cabazon as a child, but they are only very, very vague. Nevertheless, my nostalgia was reignited by the annual migration to Palm Springs for Coachella, (but without the FOMO, because music festivals are kind of really not my thing). Spending most of my life in very large, metropolitan cities, I had been yearning for open space and blue skies and landscapes that stretched far and wide - something I got a serious taste of while we drove from New Orleans back up to New York the previous week. We set out to Palm Springs and the landscape quickly transformed from tall buildings and dense urbanity into rolling hills and mountains and sprawl - and I could not believe how beautiful it was. My preference has always been towards cities - towards gorgeous, historic architecture and organized chaos, but the desert is really equally gorgeous and exciting, and I found myself getting really nerdy about the quartzite in the rocks along the mountainsides. 

Our 36-hour, 1-night trip was filled with R&R and exploration from the moment the vistas opened up. Our first stop was to the Cabazon Dinosaurs, followed by brunch (the upside of leaving LA early in the morning) at Cheeky's, (the menu changes weekly and yes, it's worth the wait). We then checked into our room at The Saguaro, a colorful, affordable hotel minutes from downtown Palm Springs, and headed straight to the pool for sunshine and margaritas.  I soaked in the sun for hours and swam back and forth reveling in the uninterrupted sunshine; it was hot and it was everything I needed. At night, we took a stroll along South Palm Canyon and had dinner at Las Cazuelas Terraza, a pueblo style Mexican restaurants with live music. 

The following morning, we took the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up to the peaks of the San Jacinto mountains, which offers amazing and diverse pathways for hikes. The views were breathtaking and the chill at the top of the mountains was utterly refreshing. That afternoon, we explored the gorgeous, desert oasis that is The Parker Hotel. The Saguaro is fun and I love the colors and atmosphere, but there was definitely a part of me wishing we had splurged for a night at The Parker. Walking around the property had us prematurely planning our next trip to the desert. We had lunch at Norma's, and shared the Ahi Tuna Cobb and Fish Tacos while sipping on ice-cold lemonade; they're our favorite foods already, but enjoying them in the shade of a mid-century, Jonathan Adler filled space made it all even more delicious. Before we headed back on the road to LA, we stopped at Hadley's Fruit Orchard for their world-famous date shakes - honestly, that alone might be worth the journey!



19 comments:

  1. Next time pick me away in your suitcase, I promise I'll be good! Haha, this look looks like a fun trip! I really want to take mini vacations like this soon.

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  2. Gorgeous photos and gorgeous YOU

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  3. Lovely pictures. I now miss Palm Springs. I should plan a weekend get away. Thanks for the tips and suggestions. Love you.

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  4. I saw on insta we were in PS at the exact same time! This post made me smile - because I did literally all the same things! Stayed at Saguaro, dinner at las cazuelas, took the tram, drinks at the parker (also wish mom and i went for that as much as we loved the saguaro!), also stopped at cabazon + the dinosaurs + got the famous date shake at hadley's! Too much fun! Glad you had a fun weekend escape!

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  5. Jordan - Queen of LAJune 3, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    THOSE DATE SHAKES ARE EVERYTHING

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  6. These photos are brilliant! I Love the dinos!

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  7. Thanks so much! The dinos are awesome, and it was so fun to revisit them after so many years since going as a child!

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  8. I dream about them. Literally.

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  9. Aw this makes me so happy!! Glad you had a great time there, too. PS is so fun, I can't believe I waiting so long to revisit.

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  10. You HAVE to stay at The Parker. And bring me with you.

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  11. GLADLY! It was such a great time. If you're ever in Southern California, I strongly suggest visiting!

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  12. Beautiful photos! I'm at this stage where I am desperate to finish uni (although I know I'll miss it!) and just travel and escape the UK and see some more of the world. This post hasn't helped haha! Palm Springs and the surrounding area looks so beautiful and sunny. I just wanna be let loose with my camera.

    Anyway, great post as always! & Haaappy Spring!

    Hailes<3

    hailesheartsfashion.blogspot.com

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  13. Love these shots! Gorgeous :)
    xo,
    Melissa
    MissyOnMadison.com

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  14. What a fun trip, I can't tell you how much I love that dinosaur.

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