Tuesday, September 24, 2013

{24 hours in...Palm Springs for two}

Next up in the 24 Hours series is our favorite getaway from Los Angeles, Palm Springs.  For this 24 hour trip I geared the activities towards a weekend for two, but I promise to follow it up with a itinerary for a girl's trip!

 stay at: The Parker
This hotel is by far one of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed at- we celebrated my bachelorette party there, our one year anniversary & even spent our wedding night in one of their villas.  The property is insanely lush and gorgeous with endless areas of interest to discover.  Not to mention the entire place including the fabulous rooms was decorated by Jonathan Adler!

grab brunch at: Normas
Norma's is the restaurant on the property of The Parker, but the food is spectacular compared to normal hotel food-especially for breakfast!  They have an adorable patio that is usually pleasant to sit on in the morning before it gets too hot. 

take a ride: Aerial Tramway
Palm Springs is nestled right behind a small mountain range and there is an Aerial Tramway you can ride up to a viewing deck at the very top (sometimes there is even snow up there!).  It's a quick romantic activity to start your day. 

Palm Springs is vintage shopping heaven and one of the best kept secrets is the four-building Estate Sale Company conveniently located right across from the Parker!  While they specialize mostly in bigger pieces like furniture, there are definitely some finds to be had!

The pool at the Parker fills up quickly throughout the day and for good reason since its a great place to hang out in the hot afternoon weather.  Order drinks from the Lemonade Stand, play petanque or croquet and just generally lay around the way you are supposed to in Palm Springs. 

dinner at: Workshop
Workshop is a newly opened restaurant new the beginning of Palm Spring's downtown "strip."  The food is seriously tasty and they have an extensive cocktail list to chose from -plus the custom poured concrete booths are pretty amazing to sit in. 

Assuming you have driven into Palm Springs, you will pass the infamous Morongo Casino on your way out and right next to it is a little unassuming "fruit stand" where you can order an ostrich burger and a life-changing date shake for the ride home.


  1. did i ever tell you i grew up with a weekend house in PS? we used to go every weekend in the summer and go to the oasis water park and hadleys on the way home, every time! now my mom LOVES to gamble at morongo and anytime she can bribe me into going i make sure we go to hadleys on the way home :)

  2. I'm totally bookmarking this, we spent about 24 hours in PS on our cross-country honeymoon road trip and I loved it -- want to make a trip back next year for our anniversary!

  3. Our grandma lived in Palm Springs so we were able to go spend a lot of time there...we LOVE the date shakes from Hadley's. We make them at home all the time (you can purchase a carton of dates from Costco) but there is something about going to Hadley's. Great post! Love Palm Springs.

    ~Megan & Sydney (Sister Style)