Photo by Bethany Young Photography
Palm Springs has been very high on my list of places to visit ever since I was a little girl. Thanks to my amazing grandparents, and the fact that I'm actually an 80 year old woman trapped in a 20-something's body, I grew up watching classic films with my sisters. Instead of enjoying Saturday morning cartoons, we were mesmerized by films like My Fair Lady, How To Marry A Millionaire and Pillow Talk. Needless to say, after my grandparents told us about a place called Palm Springs where the classic Hollywood legends used to go to have fun, I put it at the top of my "must visit" list.
I was just in Los Angeles (travel guide coming soon), and convinced my good friend Kendall to drive out to Palm Springs with me for a couple days. I've known Kendall since she was in high school - she was a model in the first professional editorial shoot I ever did, and we instantly connected. She's been a great friend / model-muse for me ever since, and I'm so proud of all that she's accomplished in her modeling career so far! [Friend brag: Kendall has shot campaigns for Ban.do, Hurley, Free People and tons more] Her great musician boyfriend, Jordon, joined us and we hit the open road - leaving the hustle and bustle of LA in our rear view windows. Here's what we discovered, and loved...
Where do I even start. I really, really loved the Ace - The minimalist vibe with perfectly placed pops of color, the huge pillow as a headboard, the orange trees, the Martin guitar in the lobby, the outdoor fireplaces, the canvas draped walls... I mean, this hotel is great. Here are some photos I took while we were there...
Color, color, color, color! When you picture Palm Springs in all its mid-century, colorful glory, you're basically seeing the Saguaro. Each room has an assigned color that fills the space with vibrant life. The balconies overlook the pool and courtyard, which is filled with hammocks, picnic tables and colorful lounge chairs. Enjoy these photos I took from our time at the Saguaro...
A bright and inspiring men's and women's vintage clothing and accessory boutique.
Half gift shop, half ice cream parlor - what's not to love?!
Fun gift shop with entertaining decor, coffee table books, stationery etc.
It's impossible to miss all of the beautiful white windmills as you drive into Palm Springs from LA - Our favorite spot to pull over and take photos was along North Indian Canyon Drive, right off of Highway 10.
What's a trip to Palm Springs without seeing the iconic pink door house?? (1100 E Sierra Way) The city has also put together a self-guided tour of staple architectural buildings that you can find here. Instead of following their tour map, we drove around at will and saw many incredible structures.
Photo by Bethany Young Photography
This little coffee shop had one killer chai tea latte - probably my favorite in the whole city. Customs serves organic coffee roasted by Joshua Tree Coffee Company. They also have fun t-shirts for sale with cute sayings like, "Explore the Desert" and "I want to sleep with you in the desert tonight."
What's not to love about Ernest Coffee? They serve Stumptown Coffee, wine, beer and champagne, along with a menu of sweet and savory snacks.
King's Highway is a diner located at the Ace Hotel. Their menu is committed to heirloom ingredients and locally-sourced produce, making this retro place right on trend. I highly recommend the coconut latte! Enjoy these photos I took while dining at King's Highway...
El Jefe is a Mexican restaurant located inside the Saguaro Hotel. They offer fresh fruit margaritas, daily happy hour, Taco Tuesday and delicious nachos.
I highly recommend going to Palm Springs - I really loved it. If you have a heart for mid-century design, classic Hollywood and/or pool-side relaxation, then Palm Springs is definitely for you. While you're there, add a day and go out to Joshua Tree National Park - you can find my travel guide on this desert oasis here!