Quick Palm Springs Getaway
Imagine waking up with the morning light, slipping into a breezy cotton sundress and sandals, and stepping outside into the warm sunshine to have breakfast on the patio. No alarm clocks, no email notifications or phone calls, nothing on your to-do list—no distractions.
I was lucky enough to take a work trip to Palm Springs, so I called up a few girlfriends who I knew would be up for a last minute adventure and took the opportunity to add on a few days of much needed vacation.
Where to Stay
Palm Springs gets over 350 days of sunshine and temperatures in the spring can average between 30 and 35 degrees. With this in mind, we basically chose hotel destinations based on their poolsides.
The first stop on this trip was the rainbow themed Saguaro Hotel. This place has been on my travel bucket list, and it didn't disappoint. The courtyard pool is surrounded by the hotel's brightly painted balconies, and features inflatable pink flamingos and a great poolside bar.
Watch out for their frozen drinks—they pack a punch! The strawberry banana swirl and another cocktail called Mermaid Bait quickly became our favourites. Pair those drinks with some of their delicious tacos. I had the carnitas (two days in a row!) and the fish tacos which were the perfect poolside snack. They deliver your meal right to pool's edge so you don't even have to get out—heaven.
Next up was The Ace Hotel & Swim Club, which used to be a mid-century modern Westward Ho that they renovated. The mid-century modern aesthetic lives on in the hotel's design and decor, and was one of the reasons I wanted to check this place out.
We happened to be there the weekend during Stagecoach, which as I understand it is like the country music version of Coachella. Shania Twain was headlining one of the days and as Canadians, we were so tempted to go! Maybe next time ;)
The in-house restaurant, King's Highway, also came highly recommended and the pool scene at the hotel is hard to beat. I ordered the Desert Highway Burger TWICE in one day. It was that good. Two wagyu beef patties with cheese and their secret sauce (I may have added bacon...)—definite food coma followed but a cabana nap.
If you're looking for a relaxing poolside vacation, Palm Springs is definitely the place but there's much more to this desert town than pool parties and festivals. Most of the hotels offer bike rental which is great way to tour around and check out some of the city's famous mid-century modern architecture.
A must see in Palm Springs is #ThatPinkDoor (yes, it has it's own hashtag). Just a few doors down you'll also find the party lions house which accessorizes the twin lion statues with different props and costumes. My favourite house in this neighbourhood is just across the street and features a gorgeous covered walkway leading to the brightest yellow door.
I was fortunate to be in Palm Springs for the last week of Desert X which is a collection of exhibits scattered across the Coachella Valley. I wish I'd had time to see more of the installations but I'm thankful I was able to see two of them.
My girlfriend and I headed out to to Douglas Aitken's Mirage at sunset which turned out to be the perfect time to go. Not being in the direct sun meant we could take our time and explore the space. Aside from the throngs of people lined up to get inside, it was really peaceful to be higher up in the hills overlooking the entire valley.
Phillip K Smith's Circle of Land and Sky was also beautiful. If you stood at the right angle, you could see yourself reflected across the slats.
I'm back in Vancouver now, and it's raining. Again. Is it too early to start planning my next Palm Springs trip?!