Palm Springs Travel Guide

Palm Springs is one of my favorite stay-cation destinations. It’s a quick drive from LA, but it feels like it’s stood still in time. There are so many cute spots to eat and shop, and the vintage vibe never gets old (get it?!). It always feels like I’m seeing it for the first time.

Here are some of my tips for a Palm Springs getaway:

Where to Stay

The Saguaro is great for a quick girls trip. They have pool parties on the weekend during the summer. Plus the hotel is close to downtown where all the restaurants and cute shops are. Not to mention it’s one of the cutest hotels I’ve ever seen. All the different colors get me every time.

The Parker is a must on any Palm Springs travel guide. Jonathan Adler used his design expertise to turn this hotel into a dream. Every inch of this place is a new sight to see. From the poolside lemonade stand to the eclectic elegance of Mister Parker’s, the Parker will have you swooning on check in and extending your check out another day.

Where to Eat

Every trip to the desert includes a visit to LULU California Bistro. A restaurant with a great vibe, and even better food and drinks gets two thumbs up in my book. Whether it’s for dinner or brunch, LULU won’t disappoint.

Cheeky’s is by far my favorite breakfast spot in Palm Springs. Their menu changes weekly, but I have yet to have something I didn’t absolutely love. When we travel during prime season, fall and spring, we try and stop in at Cheeky’s on our way home. Like many places in the desert, they take a “summer break” to avoid the heat. But if you get a chance to stop in, definitely do so and try to get there early to avoid the wait.

For authentic Mexican food, you have to go to Las Casuelas Terraza. They make all their tortillas and chips in house, plus their margaritas are the best. And if you’ve had a few too many margaritas, they have a great brunch that is sure to cure any hangover.

Where to Shop

Chances are you’ve heard about the Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon. If you haven’t been, this outlet mall won’t disappoint with stores like Rag & Bone, All Saints, and Stuart Weitzman, just to name a few, you can get fashions best at the best prices.

If you’re looking to find great vintage, Palm Springs is a treasure trove of gems. Which is why I couldn’t recommend just one or two vintage boutiques. The Frippery, Déjà vu Vintage Finery, Mitchell’s, and The Fine Art of Design in Palm Desert have all been good to me. If you plan on stopping in make sure to call first, as like many places in the desert, they might be away for summer vacation, or they might be out finding new-ish goodies.

If I missed any of your favorite spots, let me know in the comments below (:


Alyssa Ren

Photography: Rudee Michelle

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