I always love going to the desert. The scenery is always beautiful and although it’s hot (and the heat isn’t particularly my favorite) I don’t mind the heat in the desert because it’s a dry heat, with no humidity. Less humidity = less sweat. My mom, sisters, and I always loved going to the Palm Springs area for birthdays or girl’s trips and now Shaun and I love to do the same. The desert is quiet and so peaceful and the resorts there are just the same. I feel so lucky to live only about an hour away from Palm Springs! If you’ve never been, or even if you have, I want to share some of my favorite spots in and around the city… so, let’s get going!
So first, let’s talk about how beautiful these grounds are at the Westin?! I mean… c’mon. I could walk around this hotel forever just looking at the golf courses and pretty plants. It almost makes me want to become a golfer 😉 ….almost. If I could ride the golf cart I’d maybe (definitely) be more inclined.
And, the Westin in Palm Desert has a gorgeous “quiet” pool (my favorite kind). Relaxing spa music plays and everyone just lounges. We definitely spent a good amount of time soaking up the sun and cooling off in the water. Just fill a water bottle with your favorite drink (my preference = wine) and grab a book… sit back, relax, and unwind!
I guess you could say he’s pretty cute 😉 .
The walk from our car to our room was not long at all. Maybe I am picky, but I really dislike when a hotel’s parking lot seems like it’s ten miles from the actual hotel. The Westin had so much land that everything was spread out perfectly even and there really were parking spots in front of every building without having an overwhelmingly huge lot. It was set up a lot like an apartment complex and made getting to our room so easy.
I couldn’t not include this meal. Even though Eureka is not only local to the Palm Desert area, it still exists there and if you’re visiting I’d highly recommend it. This place is definitely one of Shaun and my favorites and whenever we’re in the OC or San Diego area we have to stop by at least once. This trip we re-discovered it was in the Palm Desert area and were so glad we had remembered it was there!! My favorite is the Jalapeño egg burger prepared medium rare #MouthWatering. It’s topped with a fried egg and bacon and is perfectly spicy… can’t get any better!
Not just the land is perfect here, the rooms are just as great. Having a kitchen makes preparing meals and saving money on food so easy. If you’re anything like me, you like waking up, brewing a cup o’ joe, and throwing together a quick and easy breakfast to sit down and watch the news (or food network). Having the kitchen and the living room made me feel like I was at home each morning and the view from the couch didn’t hurt, either. It was just so cozy.
I lived in this shirt all weekend long and got SO many compliments on it. It’s definitely a must buy this summer. So soft, so flow-ey, so comfy, and the cacti print?! The best. I found these shorts for $10 at the Pac Sun outlet and they’re my new favorite pair I own. Originally $60+ and still so on trend… I love a good steal.
Another stop Shaun and I never skip out on is to Bagel Bistro. Homemade bagels and cream cheese makes for one of the best breakfasts ever. They SLAB on the cream cheese. Not complaining, because it’s the best cream cheese ever, but I do have to wipe a lot of it off. Maybe I’m just picky… or maybe I’m just weird.
They offer bagel sandwiches, too. So, technically they can make for the best lunch, too, if you’re into that sorta thing. Not kidding, I think about this place at least once a month and look forward to going every time we plan a trip to the area. My favorite bagel is the cheesy jalapeño one. See a trend?
So, this picture (a’hem, #selfie) was taken the last day we spent in Palm Desert right before leaving. I really wanted a mimosa but had no OJ or champagne. Now, that’s a dilemma if I’ve ever heard one. But, I am a problem solver and didn’t give up on my craving. I grabbed the rest of my mango kombucha and mixed it with my pinot grigio from the night before and, walla, mango kombucha mimosa(?)… kind of. It was good none-the-less. Use it as inspiration when you, too, have no OJ or champagne handy. #creative.
Best Places to Eat in/near Palm Desert
- Sherman’s Deli & Bakery: This place was suggested to us by my grandparents and we are so glad we gave it a chance! It’s a cute little Kosher-style deli with delicious sandwiches and treats. They’re sandwiches are HUGE, stacked tall with meat, and taste so fresh. It wasn’t too expensive, either. The service was great and it has a nice family-style vibe. It was even features on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives… so you know it’s good!
- Bagel Bistro: Like I mentioned before, this place definitely is my favorite place to visit when staying in or near Palm Desert. The bagels are made there, and so is the cream cheese. Everything has excellent taste! They even make breakfast and lunch sandwiches, have an array of coffee and other drinks (like fresh OJ) and everyone is always so friendly. Just talking about it is making me hungry!!
- Blue Coyote Grill: This mexican bar and grill offers fresh southwestern cuisine and yummy margs. It’s tucked away in downtown Palm Springs and is the perfect spot to hang out with friends on a cool desert evening! Their patio is huge and wraps around the building, giving the perfect spot to eat yummy food and people watch everyone walking down the street of DT.
Best Places to Visit in/near Palm Desert
- Joshua Tree: I love visiting Joshua Tree. If you have been following for some time now, you probably know I absolutely love national parks. The Yucca Trees, Joshua Trees, little critters and beautiful scenery inside the park is amazing. It’s a great spot for camping, too. I have so many memories from camping there when I was younger with my family. I love waking up to fresh desert morning air and climbing the rocks and exploring the fields.
- The Desert Hills & Cabezon Outlets: This place (they are next door to each other so I consider them one mall) is a must stop every time we come out to the area. It’s about twenty/thirty minutes outside of Palm Desert, but for us it’s on the way so it’s perfect. These outlets are huge. Your feet will definitely be hurting after a day here! Wear comfortable shoes for walking and definitely bring a hat or sunscreen because the sun can get intense and it’s all outdoors. My favorite store is the Kate Spade Outlet because it seems like every time we go they are having a HUGE sale. I mean like upwards of 60-70% off.
- The Living Desert: This zoo is more for kids but it can be fun to walk around and see all of the desert animals. When Shaun and I went, it was SO hot so all of the animals were inside so there wasn’t much to look at… keep the temp in mind! My favorite part is the plants and the gardens. They are perfect for picture taking and are so pretty to look at!
- The Air Museum: You may know that Palm Springs is near a military base (don’t ask me specifics, I don’t know them. All I know is I frequently see fighter jets fly over) so, fittingly, one of the best air museums is also near by. I have never visited but have always wanted to! You can even pay to take a ride in a warbird. Probably would never do that… but it’s pretty cool none-the-less! 😉
- DT Palm Springs: Downtown Palm Springs is definitely a fun place to hang out in the evening. With restaurants, shops, hotels, and more… there is so much to do and look at! The street is nestled near the tall Mount San Jacinto. Every thursday, head down to the villagefest to be entertained and visit multiple booths offering art, handcrafted items and yummy food!
- El Paseo: Again in Palm Springs, this street holds luxury dining and shopping for a fun day out. I have never strolled this part of town, but hear it’s a lot of fun. With stores like Louis Vuitton, Anthropologie, and Ann Taylor… there is an array of different stores for every girl’s shopping needs. Plus, lots of dining and salons for the perfect girl’s day out.
- Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: This has to be, by far, one of the coolest things to do in Palm Springs. A huge gondola takes you to the top of the San Jacinto Mountain where you can hike around in weather about twenty (or more) degrees cooler than the land down below. The ride up is about ten minutes long and the tram very slowly spins so you get a 360 view of the canyon as you make your way to the top. When at the top, the views are breathtaking. When Shaun and I went, there was even snow on the ground! It was crazy because the weather at the bottom of the mountain was probably 90-100 degrees F. Theres a restaurant up there, too, if you get hungry. Along with small museums and a gift shop.
Best Places to Stay in/near Palm Desert
- The Westin Palm Desert: Definitely a new favorite, but you read why above. It’s a great hotel and is very quiet and relaxing, which is what I vacation for. But, if you’re into more of a party scene, I wouldn’t recommend it… but that’s probably obvious.
- Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa: Another favorite. This hotel is less low-key than The Westin. It has a huge pool with a bar and yummy restaurants with the best smoothies in the morning. It’s so much fun to lay out by the pool and get some color while the pool boy brings fun drinks and snacks. It’s definitely a good hotel for a girl’s trip!
- The Westin Rancho Mirage: Another great Westin Location. A bit less relaxed than the first Westin, but still very calm. A tortoise and jack rabbits live on the property and there is a fun pool, tennis courts, a game room, a child’s center, and of course a golf course (along with the other Westin). There are places to eat on the grounds and there is always a puppy for adoption in the lobby. The rooms are spacious but not as updated as the Westin in Palm Desert.
- The La Quinta Waldorf Astoria: I absolutely love any Waldorf Astoria hotel and this one is no exception. The hotel is spread out on a huge piece of land, everything is Spanish style and the buildings are gorgeous. This is definitely a resort for relaxing. Live music plays at night in the center of the restaurants and shops on the property. The band takes requests and played Fleetwood Mac when we went to celebrate my sister and my birthdays! It was SO much fun. Also, be sure to get a room on the second floor because they have enclosed balconies the size of the hotel room, with a fire place, couch, and a table perfect for spending the night outside watching the stars or to sit to drink your coffee in the morning.
What are some of your favorite things to do in and around Palm Springs? Let me know in the comments!