Palm Springs Getaway
I recently took a little break from writing to enjoy a getaway to Palm Springs, CA. It was a great opportunity to unplug and recharge. I did a long weekend and purposely planned a less active trip, with plenty of quality reading time with my Kindle, by the pool at my resort. Here are some highlights to help you plan your own itinerary.
For accommodations, I stayed at the Villa Royale and I highly recommend it! My room had an incredible view of one of the two pools on the property. The service was outstanding and the food at the onsite restaurant, Del Rey was incredible! Located about a mile away from downtown, the location was perfect for getting out to explore.
Things to Do
Thursday night is Street Fair night in downtown Palm Springs. I was so caught up in the warm evening and the atmosphere, I forgot to take pictures, aside from the amazing tamales I enjoyed for dinner. Oops! North Palm Canyon Drive closes down to traffic to make way for artists, food vendors, and a farmers market. I couldn’t pass up a gorgeous silk scarf based on the photography of Manny Sanchez. The design I chose is a photo taken in Central Park. Check out his work!
All the stores also stay open late for your shopping enjoyment. Palm Springs is well-known for vintage shopping. Skip the typical tchotchke souvenirs and hit up the vintage shops for one of a kind momento. I highly recommend Bazar where I found an incredible vintage dress and pearls.
I decided to get an early start and headed to the Agua Caliente Tahquitz Visitor Center as soon as they opened and enjoyed a serene hike before the trail got busy. The chilly morning air was well worth it. The hike is about two miles, round trip, over somewhat challenging terrain. This is definitely not a beginner level hike but the views are beautiful and you get to enjoy a 60 foot waterfall!
Moorten Botanical Garden is one of the smaller botanical gardens I’ve visited but still well worth the $5 entry fee. Stroll slowly through the gardens to see a wide variety of native plants.
Where to Eat
Cafe Jasmin is a great spot any time of day. I enjoyed brunch here and the hospitality was second to none! Enjoy the crepes near the fountain on their outdoor patio.
Farm is a must as far as I’m concerned! Enjoy breakfast and lunch every day. But for a true dining experience, make a reservation Friday or Saturday night to enjoy their dinner service. The chef creates a five course menu that changes every week.The food is locally sources and perfectly prepared. Offering various options for each course, there is something everyone will love. The waitstaff is welcoming, friendly, and incredibly knowledgeable about every dish on the menu. My meal there was the highlight of my trip!
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