Life in Colour- Palm Springs Travel Diary

January 11, 2016

Palm Springs- colourful travel diary, where to eat, what to do,
Hello beautiful. 

Palm Springs is one of those places you dream about going to but never really think you'll end up getting there. At least it was for me. When we decided to go to San Francisco, we knew we wanted to tack on another destination but also knew we wouldn't have enough time to venture south to Los Angeles and surrounding areas... so we thought "Palm Springs! Why not!". It am SO glad we stuck to this plan because it turned out to be an amazing experience! We stayed at the colourful, and dreamlike Saguaro Hotel where we drank margaritas and ate tacos by the pool, took advantage of the free bikes to ride around the city, shopped the inspiring retro design stores in Downtown Palm Springs, hotel hopped to check out The Paker and The Avalon, and even rented a car for a once in a lifetime drive to Joshua Tree National Park! I hope you are ready for the colour burst that is going down below. And I hope you see these pictures and transport yourself to the fun, whimsical and totally out of this world retro city. Of course I noted some of my favourite spots to eat and visit as well. Get your notebooks out!

Palm Springs- colourful travel diary, where to eat, what to do,

Stay
So many options! We went with technicolour dream world. 

We stayed at The Saguaro Palm Springs, which in all seriousness may seem like a glorified motel, but it's totally a fabulous time! Behind each colourful door is a vibrant, retro themed room, with your essentials-- bed, washroom, wifi, but it's outdoors that's the real beauty. Incredible views of the mountains, free bike rentals to scoot all over town, and the free shuttle bus to downtown Palm Springs right outside the hotel doors. What more could you need?! Tacos and margs? Yes, they have those too! As we visited in December, which is not quite a busy season, the hotel was less than full. Perfect for this mother-daughter duo because we literally had the hot tub to ourselves at night. Perfect for smuggling some plastic glasses of wine by the pool if you ask me! The music they played by the pool was great and the location is central. Plus there are two restaurants on-site if you don't feel like travelling.

Palm Springs- colourful travel diary, where to eat, what to do,

Eat
We had some amazing meals in Palm Springs. Seriously I would go back to PS just to re-visit the following restaurants. 

Breakfast- Chi Chi at The Avalon for acai bowls and more. I would have liked to visit for lunch, too!

Brunch/Lunch- The famous Norma's at The Parker Palm Springs will satisfy any brunch craving. 
Bloody Mary's, massive omelettes, smoothies, pancakes, waffles and more!

Dinner- We had two amazing dinners in Palm Springs. 
Birba in downtown Palm Spring is such a hip, modern spot for cocktails and dinner. They focus on Italian dishes with fresh, local ingredients, serve gluten-free crust, and have some wicked salads, too!
We also had a friend recommend La Spiga Ristorante in Palm Dessert to us for dinner. Since we had a car rental we were up for the short 20 minute drive. We had an amazing experience at this family owned and operated Italian restaurant. The owners are actually from Toronto, and are friends of a friend! How crazy is that! La Spiga transported us to Tuscany as this villa style restaurant is complete with gazebos, rose gardens and herb beds which are actually grown to use in the kitchen So fresh, so good!

Tacos- El Jefe at The Saguaro. It's not secret that I am obsessed with Mexican street food. El Jefe served up some of the best chips, guac, fresh fruit margaritas, and of course tacos. Having this restaurant at our hotel was too good to be true. 


Palm Springs- colourful travel diary, where to eat, what to do,
{The Avalon}
Do
Looking for more than lounging pool side? Not to worry, I got you covered!

Since Palm Springs is bicycle friendly, we spent an afternoon cycling around town to house gaze. We found that pink door was only a few minutes away from The Saguaro, and throughly enjoyed dream house hunting in the suburbs right near by. 

Hotel hop- Palm Springs is filled with fabulous hotels. On our first day we biked to The Parker Palm Springs and treated ourselves to brunch at Norma's. What a stunning hotel! Walk the grounds and check out the lobby. Next time, I'm moving in! We also went to visit The Avalon, another stunning hotel. 

Joshua Tree National Park- As I mentioned we had rented a car upon arrival. We drove out of Palm Springs to the dessert for a once in a lifetime chance to visit Joshua Tree. On the drive we passed the famous and grandiose windmill farm, and some sweet vintage shops along the way. Joshua Tree was an incredible experience. We barely made a dent in the 750 000 + acre park, but seeing the terrain and landscape was worth the drive. 

Downtown Palm Springs- There are so many interior design shops to check out downtown Palm Springs. We had a blast checking out all the retro shops and wishing we could bring everything back with us. There is a free shuttle than runs up and down the main street, so be sure to take full advantage of that! 

What do you think? Are you adding Palm Springs to your travel list?

The Avalon Palm Springs- colourful travel diary, where to eat, what to do,
{Breakfast at The Avalon}
The Avalon Palm Springs- colourful travel diary, where to eat, what to do,
{The Avalon}
Palm Springs- colourful travel diary, where to eat, what to do,

Palm Springs- colourful travel diary, where to eat, what to do,

Palm Springs- colourful travel diary, where to eat, what to do,
Parker Palm Springs- colourful travel diary, where to eat, what to do,
{The Parker Palm Springs}
Parker/ Norma's Palm Springs- colourful travel diary, where to eat, what to do,
{Brunch at Norma's}
Norma's Palm Springs- colourful travel diary, where to eat, what to do,

Saguaro Palm Springs- colourful travel diary, where to eat, what to do,

Saguaro Palm Springs- colourful travel diary, where to eat, what to do,

Palm Springs- colourful travel diary, where to eat, what to do,

Palm Springs- colourful travel diary, where to eat, what to do,Joshua Tree/ Palm Springs- colourful travel diary, where to eat, what to do,

Saguaro Palm Springs- colourful travel diary, where to eat, what to do,

Palm Springs- colourful travel diary, where to eat, what to do,

That Pink Door Palm Springs- colourful travel diary, where to eat, what to do,

Palm Springs- colourful travel diary, where to eat, what to do,

Palm Springs- colourful travel diary, where to eat, what to do,

4 comments:

  1. What a lovely post.Ive never been but always wanted to go.I may have to add it on my list of places to go.I love travel diaries.
    Eleni xo

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    1. It's definitely a different experience! One I totally recommend!
      xx

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  2. I'm absolutely LOVING this post, Gabriella. Brian and I have been itching to get back to California since our return from LA - looks like Palm Springs has been added to the list!

    Joelle
    www.lapetitenoob.com

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    1. Thanks so much Joelle! I'm so happy you're adding Palm Springs to the list! It's great to tack on to a Cali vacation.
      xx

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