I took a trip to Palm Springs, California with my Mom back at the beginning of January during the Palm Springs International Film Festival. It was AMAZING. Palm Springs shares similarities to Scottsdale, Arizona, but with slightly different activities. Palm Springs is the ultimate getaway to be in touch with nature, relax and be surrounded by celebs.
How to get there
1. Palm Springs Airport- we booked our tickets 6-7 months in advance because I knew I wanted to go during the film festival so we got roundtrip tickets from ATL to Palm Springs Airport on Delta for $468. By the way, this airport is amazing- most of it is outdoors. Super small with one Starbucks and 2 restaurants, but the feel and views are breathtaking.
2. LAX- another alternative is flying into LAX for half the price and renting a car for the 2 hour drive. We didn’t want this option because we didn’t want to waste time in the LA traffic and we didn’t need a car to get around. Uber was more than enough for Palm Springs.
We stayed at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel which was the perfect location and actually has the largest pool in Palm Springs. Downtown is just a 10 minute walk or you can use their free shuttle service for downtown and to and from the airport.
The Parker Palm Springs Hotel is where I wish we could have stayed. It is absolutely gorgeous with its’ history, exclusivity, high-end clientele and famous villas. You must must visit the Lemonade Stand and take a stroll through the property (only allowed if you’re a guest or have a service scheduled at the spa)- you’ll feel like Alice in Wonderland!
Another great place to stay would be the JW Marriott Palm Springs Resort– this where Jesse’s stepdad got married and Saved by the Bell was filmed for the Palm Springs Weekend!
1. Cheeky’s (Brunch)- superfoods, amazing waffles and corn cakes
2. Lulu’s California Bistro (Bfast or Lunch)- healthy eats (duh, West Coast)
3. Rooster and the Pig (Dinner)- Vietnamese
4. Tommy Bahama (Dinner or drinks)- laid back feel
5. Palm Greens Cafe (Brunch)- organic eats
6. Bills Pizza- amazing, but they only take cash
7. Taqueria Tlaquepaque- the best Mexican nachos
8. Norma’s at the Parker Palm Springs (Bfast, Brunch or Lunch)- a MUST-do
9. Tonga Hut (Dinner)- Hawaiian inspired food
10. Koffi (Coffee and bites)- amazing: turned my Mom into a coffee drinker!
1. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway- snow!, gorg views of Coachella Valley
2. Walk of Stars- just to say you did it, no Hollywood Walk of Fame though
3. Palm Springs Downtown- boutiques, art galleries, restaurants
4. Celebrity House Tour/Windmills and Date Shakes- delicious Date Shakes, the celebrity house tour only worth it for Old Hollywood fans
5. Hike Tahquitz Canyon, Indian Canyon or Andrea’s Canyon- a MUST do
6. The Yacht Club Spa at the Parker Hotel
7. ACE Hotel King’s Diner
8. The Saguaro Colorful Building
9. The Colorful and Famous Doors of Palm Springs
10. The Palm Springs International Film Festival or Modernism Week
Future Trips to Palm Springs
1. Indian Wells
2. Rancho Mirage
3. Dessert Hills Premium Outlets
4. Rent out Leonardo Dicaprio’s house