Ahhh, anyone who knows us, knows that we love Palm Springs. It's a great place to unwind, catch some rays and take in some good food. It's been about over a year since our last trip and every time we go back, a few things change. For us, this was the first trip to Palm Spring with our son!
STAY - My husband found a great spot for us to stay called "The Twist". I believe it was an old 2 level motel that was renovated. They provide long term rentals as well. Location is spot on! Located in the heart of Palms Spring and within walking distance to shopping and food. It has a full kitchen and private patios on the lower level, both very handy when you are traveling with kids. There's a swimming pool, hot tub and also a couple putting greens to practice your golf. The Bootlegger Tiki Bar is around the corner if you fancy a drink in the evening and Ernest Coffee Cafe is also around the corner so you can get your immediate caffeine fix.
The only complaint I have with the place is that the walls are as thin as paper. We could hear the people above us walking around as well as the neighbor that liked to watch TV really loudly. Also, a couple things I think that were missing from the kitchen: a strainer, peeler and perhaps a couple of baking pans or ovenware. Otherwise, they provided every else!
EAT - It's always nice to head back to some oldies and goodies like Birba, Workshop and Cheeky's. Sad to see that Jiao is gone, but it has been replaced by a rotisserie chicken place called "The Chicken Ranch" and they serve up locally sourced chicken and chicken every way possible from sandwich to salad. We hit up Norma's at the Parker but, to be honest, it's a very OVER PRICED brunch. But if you like to be seen and want to take some good selfies and pay over $100 USD for a meal for two people, Norma's may be the brunch spot for you.
Two new places I would like to bring up and totally worth checking out:
1. Reservoir at the Arrive Hotel. Firstly, we went to Reservoir twice for brunch because we liked it so much. They also do lunch and dinner. You can get a really great brunch meal for under $13 (and the food was WAY better than Norma's). I highly recommend their Egg Sandwich and Savory Crepe. They have bocci ball and ping pong in the ground, which is part of the hotel.
2. SO.PA is located in the newly renovated L'Horizon. We decided to dine here to celebrate my man's birthday. All seating is outdoors and super romantic with fire pit and stringed lights and chandeliers hung over top. They serve up a seasonal menu with a Mediterranean flare. FYI - They do not have high chairs for little wee ones, but we were in at 6 pm (their earliest reservation) and they placed us in a nice booth and provided us with extra pillows.
SEE - If you are looking for a peaceful place to walk, hang out and perhaps have a tea, you must visit Sunnylands. in 2001, Walter and Leonore Annenberg established the Annenberg Foundations Trust at Sunnylands. What they had envisioned and hoped for the place was for it to be "a place where intimate and solution-driven meetings could take place". The additional 17,000 sq ft building and nine-acre garden was added in 2009 and the grounds are immaculately kept and in the building, they have a small gift shop and show case a small collection of art.
Every time we leave we miss Palm Springs immediately and we can not wait to head back. Until next time!