I had been to Palm Springs once before (for Coachella) and I loved it. When you’re there, you feel like you’re walking on the moon or on another planet. I told my family this, before our trip this June, but I knew they wouldn’t believe it until they experienced it themselves. We drove into Palm Springs from LAX and from that moment on we couldn’t stop talking about how different Palm Springs was from anywhere else we’d ever been. The mountains are so huge and they’re everywhere you turn, the houses are all so unique and modern, everywhere you go only takes 7-12 minutes to get there and there’s never any traffic, and the heat is hot but it’s a dry heat so you barely even sweat. All being things we felt like we could get used to!
We rented an amazing home on Airbnb and, while Palm Springs has some amazing hotels, I always love settling into a home on a trip like this. It makes for a more “authentic” experience because you sort of feel like I live there (A girl can dream!). And, you can always go visit the hotels during the days or nights like we did. The house was nothing short of a relaxing oasis. It had a luxurious open floor plan, ideal when traveling with a big group, and the decor perfectly capturing the quintessential mid-century modern vibes of Palm Springs was such a treat.
We spent the days lounging and soaking in the pool, just enjoying the views and the warm breeze. We spent a lot of time at our house actually, the boys would practice their golf swing, we even did a family mediation session one day & outdoor yoga. Until it was time to eat, then I would drag my family to one of the various restaurants or hotels I had picked out for us (Instagram is a great resource for travel research!).
I will be doing sharing a few more photo diaries – One featuring some of my favorite houses in Palm Springs and one from our amazing day in Joshua Tree. But for now, here’s a list of hotels to visit, restaurants to eat at, and things to do while in Palm Springs (We did most of them!) to help you plan your next Palm Springs adventure. We didn’t make enough time to ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which takes you close to the top of the 10, 834 foot, San Jacinto Peak. John Muir once said, “The view from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth!”
HOTELS TO VISIT
RESTAURANTS TO TRY
(And any of the hotels listed!)