Ah, Palm Springs. I’ve been wanting to visit this pink-door boasting, desert oasis (often mentioned in conjunction with that music festival, you might have heard of it before, ya know, Coachella 😉 ) for years, so when Ashley and I were planning our mini Cali road trip, we both jumped at the chance to make a stop here. And while it was cute and fun and all, the massive windstorm that took out most of the town’s power (and consequently most of the town’s restaurants and bars) while we were there, also made it difficult to enjoy PS to its full potential. We made the best of the situation (I mean, how could you not in a town with so many cute little houses and colorful doors?!) and still had a blast, but I already can’t wait to go back and explore the town more (or, at least with more power). In the mean time, scroll on through for all the deets on where we stayed and ate, plus a few fun things to do in the area.
The Riviera Palm Springs: You guys. The interior at this place was serious goals. Like, if I could have moved in (or at least fit one of those pink chairs in my suitcase) I totally would have. I loved that each little nook within the main area of the hotel was decorated so uniquely, yet so beautifully. I honestly couldn’t decide which was my favorite.
The property is massive and includes two pools, a beautiful spa and several restaurants and bars right on the property. However, it’s also conveniently located right by a few other great spots (see “Eats” below), so it’s a great location to be, whether you’re looking to just post up and relax for a few days, or you’re looking for a great base from which to head out and about.
We really took advantage of the pool during our stay, fully embracing the Sunday funday vibes with a pitcher of sangria (aka just what we needed after a stressful drive through LA traffic earlier in the day). We spent the weekdays by the pool in a bit more relaxed manner, simply catching some rays, doing a little work and trading boozy sangria fruit for a fresh fruit platter (So good!). In fact, we were so relaxed at the pool that we didn’t even get to take advantage of the complimentary bikes that the hotel offers (Next time, for sure!).
(side note: sadly, due to the windstorm, most of the restaurants we wanted to try ended up being closed the evening we had planned to head out, but we still managed to find a few good spots!)
Koffi: Amazing speciality coffee drinks, but not a place to grab food and allow plenty of time as the wait can be a bit long
King’s Highway: Great for grabbing a small bite or some light snacks (The cauliflower is so yummy!). Also, their watermelon margs are highly recommended!
Reservoir: Cute spot, ok food, but works well for grabbing lunch (or a drink). Plus, there’s free valet and an amazing ice cream shop (see next item on this list) right next door!
Ice Cream & Shop(pe): The cutest little shop with the yummiest ice cream aka an Instagrammers dream.
Draughtsman: While this place came recommended, it wasn’t first on our list of places to go. However, with everything else being closed from the windstorm, it was our only option for dinner our last night in PS. I’m actually glad we ended up going here as I thought the food was really tasty. We got short rib poutine (OH YES!) and a brussel sprouts salad that was super fresh and flavorful. They also had lots of great tasting beers (including several California based brews) available. Other things to note: they’re great outdoor seating area, complete with fire pits. Even if it’s just for a drink, I’d definitely recommend stopping by.
Visit the Pink Door (because, did you even visit PS if you didn’t visit this door?!)
Moorten Botanical Garden (So mani cacti!)
Take a ride up the aerial tramway (I know, this sounds super touristy. But there’s a restaurant and bar at the top, so drinks + views = what’s not to love?! We didn’t have time to do this on this trip, but it’s the first thing I’m doing next time I go back.)