I’ve been to Palm Springs, California (not Palm Beach, Florida) twice; once as a kid and once after college. During both of those trips, we did the obvious cheesy things like riding the aerial tramway and go to the outlets. My good friend Natasha’s wedding brought me out to Palm Springs once more but this time, I got to really see Palm Springs.
I might’ve been unfairly seduced by Palm Springs because it was December and it was getting cold in NY. Palm Springs on the other hand was in the 60’s and sunny for the most part. Oddly enough, it rained during our trip which apparently is the one time a year it rains. What I loved most about Palm Springs was that it’s a small town so you don’t feel overwhelmed so it can be done in a weekend. The airport is 10 minutes from the center of town and there are plenty of friendly Uber drivers to give you tips on where to go.
The wedding was held at the incredible Parker Palm Springs which is probably the nicest hotel I’ve ever been to. It was hands down the nicest wedding I’ve ever been to; it was the perfect formula of a great venue, perfect couple, great music, and delicious food. We stayed at The Sagauro which was like staying in a Skittles commercial; so colorful and jovial. It was down the street from the Parker and a fraction of the price. Below are other recommendations:
- Cheeky’s – Great for brunch
- Birba – Beautiful outdoor space and yummy pizza
- King’s Highway at the Ace Hotel – Awesome old school diner
- El Jefe at The Saguaro – Fresh margaritas made the way you like it
- Mini Bar at Parker Palm Springs – The best decor and ambiance
- In-n-Out – I’m not from California so this is a must
- That Pink Door – I heard about this famous pink door via Instagram. I found it and went for a run from my hotel which was only a mile. You can also bike there if your hotel offers bikes which most of them do.
- Joshua Tree National Park – If you are driving between LA and Palm Springs it’s on the way.
- Botanical Garden – I didn’t get to go because it was raining but it’s on my list for next time.
- Aerial Tramway – It’s worth going up if you’ve never been to Palm Springs.
How To Get There
- I took the JetBlue non-stop flight from JFK to Palm Springs which only flies once a day. The return is a brutal red-eye.
- Fly to LAX then drive 3 hours to Palm Springs. It’s a good little road trip where you see futuristic wind turbines and pass Joshua Tree.