Palm Springs was never on my radar as a vacation destination or even a weekend getaway. Growing up, this place was a too-hot-for-comfort, barren retiree community with nothing really interesting to see or do. Now, Palm Springs is a fashion blogger’s paradise with plenty of Instagram-worthy backdrops and the premier destination for the annual Coachella music festival in the spring. Funny how things change…
Phil and I were initially interested in solely visiting Joshua Tree National Park during the winter holiday vacation. In fact, we wanted to camp under the stars, embrace nature, and appreciate our surroundings. But, we were aptly warned that in the middle of winter, the camping would be very very cold in the evening. Scratch that. We’re staying in a hotel.
With about 4 days in Southern California, we were able to explore Joshua Tree, as well as visit a few Palm Springs hot spots.
Our first full day in the area was spent sleeping in, relaxing and enjoying Palm Springs. We checked out the adorable Moorten Botanical Garden, snapped a pic in front of the famous Palm Springs pink door (#thatpinkdoor at 1100 E Sierra Way) and did an afternoon mineral waters spa session at Desert Hot Springs.
Throughout the trip, we also made sure to hit a few of the popular eateries in Palm Springs:
El Jefe: Tequila dive bar with your classic Mexican grub. Meh, we’ve had better, but if you’re staying at the Saguaro Palm Springs, stop by for a drink and some nachos.
King’s Highway: Old school hipster diner vibes. Yummy brunch options!
Birba: In the heart of downtown Palm Springs. Delicious modern Italian fare set in a beautiful outdoor space.
We had a fantastic and relaxing few days here and then headed up north along the coast to the little town of Carmel to ring in the new years. Love the holidays and the down time for more adventures!