Getaway: Palm Springs

Getaway Palm Springs

Highlights of last Friday night: driving to Palm Springs with my bestie to kick off her bachelorette, noshing killer goat tacos, and giggling like a school girl until the wee hours.

Lowlights (as in events not hair treatments) of last Friday night: getting locked out of the house we were supposed to stay in for the next three days. Allow me to give you the back story, will you?

My best friend in the whole wide world is getting married in 8 short weeks and a group of us headed to Palm Springs to celebrate. We had it planned down to every last detail and even got our friend’s parents to donate their house for the occasion. At least we thought we had it planned out. Then around midnight on Saturday morning we arrived at the house only to realize that none of the four keys we had would let us inside. True to our type A (and sometime stubborn natures), we tried every key in every way permutation before giving up and waking up the parents – feeling as sheepish as curfew-cutting high schoolers in the process.

While we waited for the repairman to arrive in the morning, we made lemons out of lemonade and headed down the road to the ACE Hotel. Once we checked in, the tide totally turned. Not only did they give us a late-check in deal on the room, but our friend’s friend’s band, The Blank Tapes, were playing at the bar. And we made it just in time for last call. It was a hilarious misunderstanding that made for a good story and great start to the weekend.


The next morning we woke up and reverted back to our 12-year old selves. We walked around the property with full-on bedhead, in our pajamas, and ducked our feet in the pool. Were people staring you ask? Why yes. Did we care? Not one bit! To cure our hangovers, we ordered some Stumptown Coffee and the most amazingly fresh, buttery, flaky croissants this side of Paris. I have no idea why it took nearly 20 minutes to get the croissants but it was so worth it as we gobbled them down like we were in eating competition.


As if we hadn’t had enough to eat we headed over the The Parker Palm Springs for brunch at Norma’s. A word about the Parker — remember last month when I went off the grid and treated my self to some post-book tour R&R? I was hidden away at The Parker taking advantage of their ridiculously awesome Spa Junkie package. I share this package with you because we are friends but, seriously, don’t tell too many people about it because it’s gotta remain our secret. Got it? Good!


Anyway, we spent the afternoon getting spa treatments. If I were one of those 1 percenters and had all the time in the world, I swear I’d get a massage pretty much every single day. No, seriously. The Parker’s Spa cracks me up because it’s all dolled up like a yacht club — so ironic since it’s smack dab in the middle of the desert — and they give you a shot of cucumber vodka to kick off your services.


We spent the remainder of the day doing bachelorette stuff — you know, roasting the bride-to-be, making her drink out of penis straws, giving her fluffy pink slippers to sport — the usual. Of course, I couldn’t share a getaway without giving you a few of the food highlights. After my recent trips to Palm Springs, here are the places I’ve enjoyed the most. Now if only I could find the time and money to head that way more often. Anyone up for investing in a house share?


Palm Springs Restaurant Recommendations
El Jefe
1800 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
(760) 323- 1711

4200 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
(760) 770-5000

622 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm springs, CA 92262
(760) 327-7595

622 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm springs, CA 92262
(760) 372-5678

Workshop Palm Springs
800 N. Palm Canyon Dr. Suite G, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 459-3451

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