Palm Springs: A 24 hour getaway with the kids
Ahh..palm trees, gorgeous mid-century architecture, and sunny warm weather. Okay, so warm may be a bit of an understatement at this time of year, considering it was up to 115ºF the day we arrived. Say hello to Palm Springs. A city that I remember visiting as a child, and now we are continuing on that tradition with our own little tribe. Antonio and I have literally had ‘Palm Springs’ as a quick getaway on our minds for months now, perhaps even a year or so. It was time. We booked a night at The Saguaro Hotel, and headed out on our mini road trip. Giovanni and Camila had no idea what awaited them, pool time included. Antonio, Camila, and I had actually made a trip to Target, while Gio spent the night with his cousins, you know for provisions and extremely necessary items like a blow up popsicle raft. We stashed the raft in the back of the car, as a little surprise for the water adventure we were about to experience. The Cabazon Dinosaurs made it in as a crucial stop/photo op. Camila still talks about taking pictures beside them to this day.
Just a little over 2 hours from San Diego, there she was, glittering in all of its glory. The palm tree lined streets, and the beautiful houses that Antonio and I both gawked at each time we passed one. Before heading to the hotel for check-in, ice cream was a necessity. We tucked into the cutest spot called Ice Cream & Shop(pe). The kids each had a scoop, and Antonio and I split a cup overflowing with scoops of chocolate and champagne sorbet. I mean, calories don’t count on “vacation” right? Even if it is for only 24 hours. The little store inside was loaded with the most amazing goodies. I decided it was best to leave before I scooped up everything in sight.
Antonio made a quick stop next door at Customs Coffee for a cold brew, and then we hopped in the car en route to King’s Highway at the Ace Hotel for some lunch. Burgers, club sandwiches, and salads, oh my! This diner is filled with dreamy interiors, and an overall great vibe. We had a fantastic lunch and the littles colored to their hearts content. With bellies full, it was time to venture to The Saguaro. What a beaut! We were immediately greeted with the colors of the rainbow, and as soon as I looked in the backseat, both of the kids’ eyes lit up like disco balls. I mean sparkled, well yeah, you get it. As soon as we got to the room, the kids did a happy dance jump on the bed, while the glorious popsicle float was being inflated. In the blink of an eye we were outside at the pool, water misters happily cooling us down before we took a dip. The pool was heated, but still a relief from the scorching heat. We enjoyed a couple of adult beverages, and the kids splashed about, until we all started to get hungry for dinner time. Am I the only one that gets extra hungry when it's hot outside? We decided to stay close, really close, and just grab a bite at the restaurant inside of the hotel.
Just as the sun began to set we decided to grab a seat on the lawn, and watch the littles play a round of bocce ball. The colors beaming off of the hotel’s exteriors create the most perfect background.
The next morning, I’m pretty positive that Gio woke up asking for pancakes, before his eyes were even cracked open. We decided on breakfast at Norma’s at the Parker Hotel, and we couldn’t have been happier with that decision. Let’s just say their pancakes are heavenly. Little hints of citrus, and topped with fruit, which in this case was blueberries. We also had to order eggs benedict, because that is my all time favorite breakfast/brunch item. The hotel is absolutely stunning inside, and we already found ourselves planning a trip back to Palm Springs, before we had even finished with breakfast.
Palm Springs, you were good to us. We can’t wait to get back to this desert gem.