The last time I was in Palm Springs, I was filming reality TV scenes for the first show I starred in. My first impression of the hot desert destination involved a visit to We Care Detox Spa & Spiritual Retreat where I did a juice cleanse, endermologie treatment, liquid diet and a colonic. Let’s just say that I always told myself I would come back and really experience this sunny paradise.
That is exactly what we did this Labor day weekend! Once we hit the road, our minds were focused on one thing – THE POOL!!
When you drive two hours from LA to Palm Springs, it is a given that you make a quick pit stop at the Desert Hills Premium Outlets. There is over 180 stores to choose from so if you are in the mood to shop than definitely make a small detour.
And try not to get car sick (like my friend Emily).
Hey, I called shotgun!
Thankfully, we had all this beautiful scenery waiting for us in Palm Springs.
The bold palate of the Saguaro Hotel also greeted us in a oh-so colorful way! Check out that cozy bed!
But we did not come to Palm Springs to catch some Zzzz’s!
We came to P-A-R-T-Y!
After our margarita-fest, it was time to hit the town. All the shops, restaurants, bars, and boutiques that the downtown area has to offer made our night complete. I loved the clean streets, friendly people and the close-up mountains that frame Palm Canyon Drive.
The next morning we ate at the popular breakfast joint, Cheeky’s. This casual hot-spot has an eclectic menu filled with all sorts of astounding plates (and Blue Bottle coffee!!).
Owner Tara Lazar only serves food fresh, nothing frozen. Their menu changes daily so make sure you get a chance to taste these crispy buttermilk (and gluten free) waffles. AMAZE.
Palm Springs is also known for their furniture stores! From fabulous antiques to weird conversation pieces, this city is a dream come true for people wanting to add a little character to their home.
PS. I totally want this super-sized rubber ducky.
It would not be a road trip adventure if my friends, Emily and Criss, did not talk us into doing something a little scary.
And by a little scary, I am talking about the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway!!
If you are not afraid of heights, closed in spaces or have dreams of falling than you will so appreciate this mega-view attraction.
Over 18 million people have traveled the 2.5-mile ride, which begins at the Valley Station (elevation 2,643 feet) and ends at the Mountain Station (elevation 8,516 feet).
Here is a quick picture tour from our journey up the mountain. I still cannot believe we did it (side note: the floor of the tram rotates so you don’t miss a thing)!
How spectacular is that view?!
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This was one of the best weekends away. I fell in love with Palm Springs and can’t wait to go back to make more memories!
The Other Hubby