Travel Notes: 48 Hour Girls Trip to Palm Springs

This past April, 2 of my close girlfriends and I took a much needed getaway to Palm Springs.  We lounged by the pool and ate extremely well.  We decided to stay at the Colony Palms, which was a great choice.  There were fun cocktails and the vibe was very chill with a few beds mixed in with the loungers.


There were couples and families here and it was pretty quiet which is what we were looking for.  On a previous family trip, we’ve also stayed at the Parker Meridien which is a beautiful choice as well.  Here they separate kids and adults for pools, so the adult pool tends to be a little bit more happening.  The Parker is also more spread out than the Colony and is a larger hotel.  They have the amazing Norma’s for brunch, Mister Parker’s for dinner, a lobby bar, and a fire pit to warm up on the chilly desert nights.

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We went to two delicious dinners – first up, Friday night at Birba.  Birba had a beautiful outdoor living room feel, and the cauliflower crust pizza was divine.  It was on the corner of a busy street but once you stepped in the space enclosed by hedges it felt as if you were at a chic backyard party.

The next morning we biked to the Ace hotel, stopping to admire all the mid-century homes using this tour guide and grabbed brunch at the hipster King’s Highway.



We rode home and vintage shopped and browsed jewelry inside mini airstreams.


Our final dinner was at Workshop – it was an unexpected highlight of our entire weekend.  The chef has been nominated several times for a James Beard and every dish we ordered was out of this world.  The best dish?  A $35 vegetable plate.  Trust me, I did not want to get this – who pays that much for vegetables?  Thank goodness I was out-voted.  I have tried to recreate this dish at home almost every month since I have been back and I’ve never come close.   In case you are wondering, this is the item description: Lobster Mushrooms, baby turnips, garnet yams, chinese long beans, young artichokes, butternut squash puree, flowering herbs, green chili + garlic ferment, with harissa yogurt.  All of their ingredients are sourced no more than an hour way.  This is a do not miss spot!

We ended up doing late dinners and drinking wine into the night at our hotel from the Purple Palm on the pool beds but here are some drink spots that we had planned on trying:  Seymour’s – speakeasy style bar in the back of Mr. Lyon’s Steakhouse & El Jefe at The Saguro – Tequila bar at the Saguro hotel

We then headed to LA for 48 hours – post up on that soon.  Where do you like to stay in Palm Springs?

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