Travel with blondewalk – Palm Springs

Being in such close proximity to major cities such as LA and Phoenix, Palm Springs tends to be a desert resort location we visit a few times a year. Why do we love it so much? It is the ideal relaxing holiday and we aren’t forced to travel outside North America. This weekend is the kick off to Coachella – one of the world’s most popular music festivals. As it is always held in Palm Springs, music lovers from around the world (including a few of our lucky friends from Saskatoon) will be traveling to the desert to take in this cultural experience.

SLEEP

In searching for a hotel, we normally scout out the best deal, but after staying at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa we knew we had to return. Located just outside of downtown Palm Spring in Rancho Mirage, it is the perfect place to unwind. The resort is equipped with in-house restaurants, a market, spa, three pools and a golf course. It doesn’t give us many reasons to leave the premise (other than to grab our morning Starbucks). If you are vacationing with the littles, this place is right up your alley. The Westin has organized children activities, a waterslide, paddling pool and family bike rentals.

Travel with blondewalk - Palm Springs

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Travel with blondewalk - Palm Springs

SHOP

Although we don’t visit Palm Springs for the shopping, we would be lying to say we came home empty handed. When the men are golfing, we can often be found on El Paseo Drive in Palm Desert. It’s the city’s top shopping scene with high-end boutiques, art galleries and lavish places to dine. At night the street is beautifully lit with string lights wrapped around the palm trees. From Gucci to Anthropologie, there is a wide range of retail to satisfy our shopping needs.

Travel with blondewalk - Palm Springs

Travel with blondewalk - Palm Springs

A day trip to the Desert Hills Outlets in Cabazon is another great retail experience if you are looking for marked down premium merchandise. Storefronts range from Burberry, Alice & Olivia, Vince, J.Crew and Le Creuset, just to name a few of our favorites. The drive is a good half hour from Palm Springs, so grab a coffee and take in the desert views!

Travel with blondewalk - Palm Springs

Travel with blondewalk - Palm Springs

WONDER

When driving outside the city limits into Coachella Valley, you will see vast array of windmills. It is not only a beautiful site, but also an interesting place to stop. Tours are available, but we prefer to take in the view ourselves.

Travel with blondewalk - Palm Springs

Travel with blondewalk - Palm Springs

Villagefest occurs every Thursday night in downtown Palm Springs. Three blocks of Palm Canyon Drive is blocked off for a large street fair that offers art, food, shopping and entertainment. 

Travel with blondewalk - Palm Springs

Travel with blondewalk - Palm Springs

FEAST

If we aren’t picking up fresh croissants from Wholefoods, you’ll find us brunching at Cheeky’s. There can be a line up at this trendy breakfast joint so be sure to arrive early. Their farm-to-table menu changes regularly, but is always filled with many great options. Famously known for their homemade cinnamon rolls and bacon bar (among many others), we can’t narrow our recommendations down to just one item!

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Tommy Bahama Restaurant (retail/restaurant hybrid) has one of the nicest patios in the city, which overlooks El Paseo Drive. Their resort-like atmosphere paired with live entertainment is sure to relax anyone. To begin, you are served their famous cinnamon honey butter with warm fresh bread (this might be why we keep returning). The chicken mango salad and fish tacos are two of our favorite entrees.

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Photos: blondewalk | The Westin Resort | Cheeky’s | Google images

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