I had visions of putting this post together on Monday, the day after we got back from a much needed girl’s weekend, however, jet-lag is real my friends! I’m just now KIND OF getting back into the groove of things but then again, lets be honest mommin’ ain’t easy and I rarely feel like I’m on top of my game. Ha!
This past weekend, I took a 4 day trip with a couple of my best friends from high school to Palm Springs, CA. This trip was YEARS in the making and we were so glad to finally be boarding our plane last Thursday evening with visions of late mornings drinking HOT coffee, uninterrupted dinners and endless time to catch up on ALL THE THINGS.
When we were contemplating where to go for this vacation, we had certain criteria that we wanted to fulfill. We wanted warmth, relaxation, the ability to do some outdoor exercise, shops and affordable to get to within the US. Even though the weather was 10 degrees colder than average, coming from MN we were more than happy to take in that 50 degree weather the locals were referring to as their “Polar Vortex”. I’ll show them Polar Vortex, just hop on a flight to Minneapolis and then your 50 degrees won’t look so bad!! HaHa!
When we got into the airport on Thursday night, we were all pleasantly surprised to see how small and easy to navigate the airport was. We rented a Mustang convertible, #weresofancy, and drove less than 10 minutes to get to our hotel. Seriously, how awesome is that!! We stayed at the Kimpton Rowan, which was absolutely stunning. I already had a love for this boutique hotel brand going into our stay. They’re known for their excellent hospitality and their attention to detail in all areas from the common spaces to the individual rooms. I love that they always have robes for you to use and this particular hotel had delicious orange infused water in the lobby.
After we settled into our room for a bit, we went to dinner at Las Casuelas right in downtown Palm Springs. It was less than a 5 minute walk from our hotel. Even though it was Valentine’s Day they were able to find us a seat on their outdoor patio. Apparently, those locals just can’t hang in the cooler temps. 😉 They had outdoor heaters and we managed just fine! No pics of my dinner, #sorrytoohungry #storyofmylife. If you ever find yourself in Palm Springs, the Enchiladas Suizas are to die for!
We woke up Friday morning ready to tackle the day. We got dressed for the day and figured we’d head down to the lobby and grab a cup of coffee. We were surprised when the concierge informed us that it was only 6:30am, oops, and they weren’t quite serving coffee yet. Fortunately for us, we were right next to a Starbucks! #givemeyourcoffee We also got coffee and a pastry at Koffi before setting out for the day. I love trying new coffee places, especially ones that are local. This little place was really nice because there was a courtyard in the back of the coffee shop when you could sit and enjoy your beverages.
In the days leading up to our arrival, Palm Springs had experienced significant flooding and the National Parks and many surrounding trails were closed. As we meandered around the city, we found a trail and took a hike up the mountain. It was so beautiful!
By the time we finished our hike it was late afternoon and we were STARVING!! At the recommendation of our concierge, we hit up the Kaiser Grill and it was so good! We were still so full by dinnertime that we ended up just having desert. We ended up stumbling upon an amazing toffee shop called Brandini. The toffee was out of this world and was actually founded by two really good friends who have a knack for making amazing toffee. When they were in high school and trying to fundraise money for a school trip, their sales were such a huge success they ended up opening their own shop…and we’re super glad they did. YUMM!! You only get a pic of the case, haha, because we devoured (and split) the toffee ice cream sundae!
This time, we started our day off with Coffee Bean coffee. I got a mocha, parting with my routine medium roast with a splash of cream, and it was excellent!
We had plans to hit up Joshua Tree National Park, so before we headed out for the day we had breakfast at one of the Rowan’s restuarants called Juniper Table . I got the Chilaqiles and I’ve never had any better than the ones I had at this restaurant.
Joshua Tree was magnificent!
After we got home we were exhausted from a long day but pulled it together to head out for a nice dinner that evening. Well, we hadn’t planned on all of the resturants being filled due to Modernism week but as luck would have it we ended up at an amazing Italian restaurant. I had a super delish lobster pasta dish that was so good…I’m only sorry that at this point I can’t remember the name of the restaurant.
One of the locals had told us Palm Desert was a MUST SEE while we were in Palm Springs so we figured since we were so close we’d check it out. Honestly, we didn’t love Palm Desert. It was much more commercialized and a lot like home, minus the freezing temps with the added beauty of palm trees. We ate lunch, shopped a bit and then headed back to our hotel. Each of us ladies wanted to bring our kiddos back a little something from the trip so we ended up stopping at Balboa Candy Store. Balboa was such a cute, old-time candy store and the kids very much loved the little treats I brought back for them.
Us girls had the time of our lives on the trip. As childhood friends, this trip was probably the longest period of time we had ever gotten the chance to spend together in our adult lives and I think it meant the world to each of us to have this time. We hope to make this a recurrent event and heaven knows I love to get travel plans on the books so I’m betting we can make it happen again!
I’d love to hear from anyone else that’s been to Palm Springs, what did we miss?! And where should we go on our next trip??
P.S. We were gone over Valentine’s Day, when I got home at 2am on Monday morning this was waiting for me on the counter. Gotta say, it was good to be back home!
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