Like an oasis in the middle of the California desert, Palm Springs is a refuge for all arbiters of style. One could make a long weekend just out of exploring the hotels in the area, which showcase an incredible fusion of kitsch, high design, and everything in between. Take a road trip out from LA (In-N-Out rest stop optional) and park yourself in this design mecca for a long desert weekend.
Check out Carolyn’s Instagram hashtag #caro_in_palmsprings for a photo diary of her trip!
Where To Stay:
Your best bet for a relaxing weekend away is booking an Air BnB not far out of town. The homes here are big on style, and you’ll want to make sure that you have a pool at your digs because Palm Springs gets HOT. Use your quiet Air BnB as a launching pad for exploring the area.
What To Do:
The Parker Hotel – An absolute feast for the senses, The Parker is a design mecca no matter what your style may be. Even if you go for just an hour, spend some time walking around the grounds, and don’t forget to visit the croquet court and the lemonade stand for a sweet treat.
The Saguaro Hotel – Neon color is the name of the game at this funky hotel, which also has a huge pool and a killer Mexican restaurant inside. Swing by the outdoor tiki bar for a cocktail and some people watching poolside.
Ace Hotel – If Stumptown coffee, Monday night bingo, and pool parties are your thing, check out the Ace Hotel. Stopping by for breakfast and an excellent coffee are musts so you can check out the scene.
Explore the Town – Grab brunch and wander! There are so many great little interior, design, and clothing/accessory shops and the main area of town is an easy stroll after a leisurely daytime meal.
Where To Eat:
Birba – Book a table at Birba for dinner and sit out on the patio for a lovely Italian feast. Classics such as the bruschetta and meatballs are excellent, and the pizzas and pastas are perfect for sharing with a group.
Workshop Kitchen + Bar – Whether you hit up Workshop for brunch or dinner, the stunning modern space and reinvented classics make this spot a can’t-miss. I loved the avocado side baked with goat cheese and drizzled with honey and toasted almonds. Great bloody maries here as well
Lappert’s Ice Cream – Make a pit stop at Lappert’s while exploring town, and grab a “Dole Whips” pineapple soft serve to keep cool in the desert heat.
Cheeky’s – Another excellent brunch spot, steal a seat on the patio at Cheeky’s and indulge in updated brunch hits such as huevos rancheros and eggs benedict.
Formally seen in Caros City: Written By Carolyn Stine: Carolyn is author of the food and travel blog Caro’s City that details her travel diaries, culinary pursuits, NYC adventures, and all of the unexpected moments that happen in between. Despite working on the digital side of the fashion industry by day, you can most frequently find her in search of the best new restaurant, knee-deep in planning a trip to a far-reaching locale, or at her local branch of the New York Public Library. Follow Carolyn’s adventures on Instagram at @Carobaker1 and on her blog at https://caroscity.wordpress.com/ .