Monday was for floating in the pool until Happy Hour. The sun was hot and the prosecco was cold which made for a perfect Monday. For Happy Hour we went to Tonga Hut downtown. We played Checkers and other games from our childhoods until we discovered a speakeasy in the back. For more about that hidden gem click here.
Tuesday was the Fourth of July. We hit the pool early and then headed to brunch at King’s Highway at the Ace Hotel. I had heard such good things about the food here and now I know why. It is so fresh and creative! My burger was amazing and the staff was extremely friendly. After lunch we headed to Ice Cream & Shop(pe) at Arrive for some Vegan Vanilla ice cream (made with coconut milk). The self serve sprinkle bar was an added bonus! We spent the afternoon drinking frosé and alternating between the ping pong tables and the pool before we headed out to watch fireworks at night.
Wednesday we woke up early and went for a hike in Joshua Tree National Park. We stopped at Joshua Tree Coffee Company along the way for cold brew with house made almond milk! After hiking, I spent half a day reading in Ernest Coffee before moving next door to their tiki bar called Bootlegger Tiki for Happy Hour with Niki from The Darling Niki. She gave me the inside scoop on where to go vintage shopping and the must-go places in Palm Springs. I loved the Tiki Bar so much that I brought my family back the following night.
Thursday I took my brother to The Parker Hotel for brunch. Norma’s has an adorable and funky indoor and outdoor space with a great menu. I got the donuts which were like beignets with lemon custard and blueberry jam and he got to design his own omelette which was so big he couldn’t finish it. The food and drinks were unbelievable and the hospitality was amazing. We explored the grounds a little after and stopped by the adorable lemonade stand. From The Parker I went antique shopping. I was surprised to find that a lot of places for vintage and antique goods were closed but the ones that were open were fantastic anyway. Iconic Atomic was my favorite and I took home more vintage Lilly than I needed to! Thursday night Happy Hour was spent at El Jefe at The Saguaro Hotel where the margaritas and tacos were as cheap as they get. The menu features $3 tacos that come in varieties like pork carnitas and tempura cactus which are spectacular. We stayed in an Airbnb right be this hotel, however, next time I would love to stay in this bright and colorful hotel near downtown. After Happy Hour I headed to the Thursday night street fair called Villagefest where I found some great gifts to bring home including a hand made collar for Maggie! Friday we went and toured Palm Springs looking for home inspiration. We found #thatpinkdoor which is totally Instagram famous as well as many other unique and colorful places. We stopped by Moorten Botanical Garden and admired their cactus collection which I found incredibly interesting as an East Coast gal. To beat the heat we headed to Great Shakes for the most amazing shake I’ve ever had complete with tiny donut. I had the Blueberry Hill shake which is lavender, blueberry, and lemon. It was the perfect ending to the hottest week in Palm Springs!
If I learned anything in Palm Springs, California it was to absolutely and unabashedly be yourself and that the best way to beat the heat, no matter where you are, is to stay hydrated at Happy Hour.