Palm Springs California:
What to expect:
We were there in February, so it was just a bit chilly, more so in the night time. So a light jacket is recommended- It was also amidst -modernism week- so it was pretty busy. It’s a city which is known for great architecture, spa’s, tennis (Indian Wells) and Golf. It’s home to many “snow-birds” a weekend “spa-getaway” for neighboring city’s such as San Diego- about a 2hour drive- and a great place for hiking, playing tennis, and enjoying the great golf courses. There is some shopping, I liked the “El Paseo Shopping District” a nice day out- restaurants, coffee shops and a sprinkling of retail shops.
The homes are all pretty unique, not “cookie-cutter” at all, all with an interesting story. We did an architectural tour, and got a chance to see the insides of 3 designed homes, including the “Frey-House”
Spent a bit of time , as I usually do, researching and trying to find the most suitable hotel. Palm Springs, is known for very 1950’s, Art Deco architecture, many of the hotel’s, although new, have maintained the original structures with aesthetic upgrades and additions.
Hotel: We ended up choosing the #Rowan, and so pleased that I did, for so many reasons, here are a few:
- Location- its located close to everything- great restaurants, shopping and just generally great ambience.
- Its modern, clean, airy, minimalist, beautiful design and decor.
- I can’t say enough about the staff. They were helpful, friendly and very accommodating.
- Complimentary wine hour every evening, I was there for valentines, so the added touch was chocolate covered strawberries.
Did a day at a spa, again- lots of research and some advise from a local blogger: #palmspringstyle who gave her stamp of approval on the spa at the Parker Palm Springs-
The Parker Hotel, was just fabulous. The lobby, the restaurant, the staff, decor very contemporary with mid-century modern accents.
The spa is huge, also known as- PSYC- Palm Springs Yatch Club -as you walk into the lobby, its all navy blue and white. Crisp and inviting. You start your spa day with a cold shot of “Pearl” Cucumber Vodka- soo good. You are invited to spend the day and make use of the hot tub, sauna, indoor swimming pool, yoga room or just lounge and enjoy fruits and infused water.
There were lots of restaurant’s to choose from, I’ll just mention our favorite, on our last night, we ate at Le Vallauris, it was about 2 mins walking from The Rowan (another plus to staying there 🙂 It was such a fantastic experience. The service the ambience the food. I love a menu on an erasable board! It’s a sign of a well thought of menu thats fresh and “du Jour”.
All in all I have to say- the people of Palm Springs were great to us- One of the friendliest places I’ve visited, thanks to everyone there for making it a great “short & sweet” getaway.