Our second stop on our babymoon we made our way inland to Palm Springs. Palm Springs has lots to do but its also a great place to simply relax by the pool at your hotel or house rental. We love to explore and be very active on our trips but this time around we wanted to make sure we had plenty of relaxing down time as we know our lives are going to get quite hectic in the months to come.
We stayed at the lovely Holiday House, which was newly renovated just last year. This hotel ticked all the boxes for us: stylish design, a large pool perfect for relaxing, delicious food, central location and very reasonable pricing.
^^Fresh watermelon juice served all day long—a pregnant woman’s dream come true!
SHOP THE LOOK
^^Super cozy lounge areas around the pool, perfect for doing nothing but relaxing with a cold drink and a good book. ^^Original architecture by Herbert W. Burns ^^Really lovely rooms decorated down to the detail casting you straight away into holiday mode. ^^Lots of original artwork all around the property including works from John Baldassari, David Hockney, Roy Liechtenstein, Herb Ritts, Alex Katz and Mr. Brainwash.^^Yesssss. The glorious pool (image credit)^^Hubs doing some very important reading :) + a poolside “bucket of veggie” from The Pantry. We also had the fish tacos, burger, chicken salad and chips and guacamole—all excellent. ^^Driving around the city admiring all the mid century modern homes, and in particular this little famous gem known for its pink door. ^^Spent an afternoon at the Palm Springs Yacht Club at The Parker getting massages and enjoying the indoor pool. So many cool bits and bobs around the property, definitely worth a visit if you aren’t staying here to see the beautiful decor. Grab brunch at Norma’s or a drink at Mister Parker’s. ^^Lovely indoor pool for use while visiting the spa^^Date night with my hubs + our little bambina. Heading out to dinner at Birba, an Italian restaurant with a lovely outdoor patio space.
Dress | Realisation Par
Bag | Mango
We made our way to Joshua Tree early morning to beat the heat and found the temps to be more than manageable until around mid day, which was the perfect time to head back to our hotel’s pool. The drive from Palm Springs takes about an hour and is well worth it if you’re interested in seeing an otherworldly desert atmosphere of crazy muppet-like trees, huge rocks, and tons of cacti. There are two entrances easily accessed from Palm Springs, the West entrance and the South entrance. The West entrance is nearer to some of the main landmarks in the park so we entered through the West and drove all the way to exit at the South before heading back. ^^Crazy amazing “Joshua” trees SHOP THE LOOK
WHERE TO STAY:
Holiday House: Originally designed in 1951 by Herbert W. Burns and redone in 2017 by designer Mark D. Sykes, Holiday House has everything you need: delightfully decorated property and rooms, large pool with lovely lounge areas as well as a bocce ball court, complimentary bikes for use, delicious fresh food at The Pantry restaurant, and a central location right off the main strip.
Korakia Pensione: Romantic Mediterranean style resort with individually unique rooms as well as a pool, spa, yoga, complimentary bikes, fire pit, and outdoor movies played at night.
The Amado: Stylish rental home with five rooms accommodating a large family or group, or with the option to rent rooms individually for singles or couples. Large pool, fire pit, and BBQ.
The Parker: Exceptionally stylish hotel with expansive grounds including a large outdoor pool, spa with indoor pool, several restaurants and bars, fitness room, tennis court, Pétanque, croquet, yoga, and bikes.
WHERE TO EAT:
Workshop: A 2015 James Beard Award winner for best restaurant design, the interior isn’t the only thing Workshop is well known for. Featuring a seasonally driven menu focusing on fresh ingredients from local farms, as well as a killer cocktail and wine menu. A must visit in Palm Springs.
Birba: Beautiful outdoor dining and a menu filled with Italian favorites like pizza, meatballs, fresh made pasta and salads.
Farm: Garden-like patio seating with a menu inspired by the south of France.
Cheeky’s: Breakfast served all day as well as lunch options until 2pm. No reservations.
Norma’s: Brightly colored, cheerful atmosphere located at The Parker hotel, with a big menu featuring breakfast all day.
Relax at your hotel or house
Palm Springs is the perfect low key place to simply relax. So while there is lots to do, make sure and set some time aside to do all of nothing but sit by the pool and sip on cold drinks with a good book or your favorite music.
Known for the Mid Century Modern architecture, you can take guided tours of the city or put together your own and drive yourself.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
The world’s largest rotating tramcar will take you over 1.5 miles up along the cliffs of Chino Canyon and into the pristine wilderness of the mountain top. Once at the top, enjoy two restaurants, observation decks, natural history museum, two documentary theaters, gift shop and over 50 miles of hiking trails.
Day trip to Joshua Tree
About an hours drive from the city, spend a few hours or more exploring the crazy other-planet like environment at Joshua Tree National Park.
Photography: Images shot using the Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm F2.8-4.0 R LM OIS Lens and the Fujinon XF35mmF1.4 R Lens, as well as the iPhone 6s.