Once in awhile you need to getaway with some lady friends and spend quality time together to do girly things. I’m talking about some R&R (rest and relaxation) by the pool, spa treatments and fun in the sun. What’s more perfect than Palm Springs and a birthday celebration to top it ALL off.
I was very excited to spend my special birthday with my awesome lady friends Kim, Sarah and Jane. These are all beautiful, strong and independent women. They all took time out from their busy lives and leaving their families to celebrate ME. I feel so lucky to have these ladies in my life.
I’ve heard great things about this hot desert city in California, that was once a vacation spot to the stars back in the 50’s. From the mid century modern architecture, palm trees to their infamous date shakes, I was dying to experience it and take it all in. With so much to see and not a whole lot of time, I put a daily itinerary or I like to call it, the “clipboard of fun” together, in order to maximize the opportunity. Type A, perhaps? We’ve hit a lot of places and to share it with you today.
King’s Highway– Located inside of Ace hotel, we came here for our first meal and I’m so glad we did. I had an avocado toast and my very first date shake! So good. Their menu has a little bit of everything for everyone, from sandwiches to tacos.
Cheeky’s– There are beer flights and wine flights, but have you ever had a “bacon flight”? For $5 you can have your choice of a bacon sampler. Must order! Did I mention they serve breakfast all day? Get there early to avoid crowds.
Norma’s– All visitors stop by this infamous diner to grab brunch, whenever they come to Palm Springs. It’s worth paying for the premium dishes and sipping on a date shake, while admiring this gorgeous hotel. It’s a great way to get a glimpse of this desert oasis, located inside of The Parker Palm Springs.
Workshop– A controversial observation: While the decor is sterile and cold, the food is prepared and flavorful from the octopus carpaccio to duck fat fries. I don’t drink, but my lady friends love their seasonal cocktails.
Farm– Southern french inspired food serving crepes and croque madame. Not a normal find in Palm Springs, but definitely something different from your usual desert food. They also have a $45 prix fixe dinner, without any preface on what will be served. Disclaimer: Must be an adventurous diner without food restrictions.
Airbnb There are many mid century homes decorated in the funkiest decor for rent in Palm Springs. To really experience the true feeling of this desert city, this would be a good option, especially with a larger group. A pool is highly recommended!
The Parker Palm Springs– Interior design by Johnathan Adler, this hotel is decorated with mid century vibrant colors to shapes and lines. Each area and room keeps your eyes interested in all corners. Don’t forget to snap a picture of the ginormous orange double door. Did I mention the Kardashians stayed their recently?
Ace hotel– This is my first visit to this chain boutique hotel. The minute you walk in you experience a cool laid back vibe. Their chill and accommodating staff, made you feel welcome. We hung out at their pool all day with exception of booking a spa treatment. I had one of the best facials at their Feel Good Spa.
Are you planning a trip to Palm Springs soon? Stay tuned for Part Two of Palm Springs!
Photos by Sarah Berends
SIDE STORY: On our way to the airport I received a phone call from the owner of the original house we rented. He said the house next to it was caught on fire and had smoke damages, not being safe for us to stay there. I was devastated and couldn’t believe my birthday trip started out so terribly. Is this a sign? Someone trying to tell me my 40’s are going to suck! This is not how I want to start a new decade. Then I got myself together and fix the problem by booking another, yet better house than the original one. Airbnb was able to refund the difference since it was more expensive. We loved the house we stayed in!