Palm Springs is our main getaway.
Simplistic in commute, only a two and a half hour drive from San Diego, the desert town makes for a vacation without major traveling logistics. It also helps that Palm Springs’ Mid Century Modern aesthetic is what our dreams are made of.
We stayed at The Parker in Palm Springs, the only hotel we ever stay at. One: we are getting married at The Parker. Two: it’s a magical wonderland for adults. On my top five favorite things to do, waking up early and having coffee at Norma’s before the crowds arrive for breakfast ground me with creativity and beauty. I just can’t explain it. It’s a transportive hotel – a wonderland of time where hints of Cuba, France and Palm Springs come out to play. The 1950s, the 1960s, Alice in Wonderland? It’s a medley of inspirational ambiance.
Anyways, my fiancé Adam and I stayed for two nights with another couple friend of ours, Josh and Olivia. Our first couples trip had us feeling like adults. We successfully ate through our stay – hitting each culinary spot at The Parker except for Mr. Parker since it is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. We also ventured outside of the hotel (gasp!) to eat at Workshop in Downtown Palm Springs. Highly, highly recommended for the modern folk – concrete, industrial, duck fat fries…you get the picture.
When we were on the property, we lounged at the pool in 104 degree weather, walked through the Secret-Garden-like pathways, laid in the hammocks roped to palm trees, drank cappuccinos, frequented the Lemonade Stand, got in a few naps in our estate rooms and ate like the world was potentially coming to an end.
It was blistering hot so the pool was our saving grace. The Parker has two pools. One near the North building and the other near the Lemonade Stand which is an adult-only pool. The adult-only pool can fill up quickly but it’s the superior of options: serene and secluded. The Parker is such a family spot (which I love) so the pool near the North building can fill up with splashing kiddos pretty quickly. Needless to say, we loved the getaway feel of the adult pool. Also fabulous to note: they have a pool menu so order as much guacamole and chips to your lounge chair as your heart can stuff.
It’s impossible to capture The Parker in all of it’s nooks and crannies but here are a few sneak peeks. The top photo is Norma’s, their main more casual restaurant on property. That’s our breakfast spot. The third photo is their bar located in the lobby and the other photos are communal lounging areas throughout the property. You run into these little gems everywhere!
Out & About
Safe to say The Parker is my happy place – filled with twists and turns and romantic walks. Also, coffee just tastes better in the desert sunrise alone at Norma’s.
More goodies on this trip: Watch the VIDEO here!