David and I like to keep moving. We try to seize each opportunity to travel as a chance to visit a new country (or two, or three), ideally something we can both see together for the first time. I can’t think of a trip we’ve taken abroad that we didn’t love enough to repeat a million times — but there are so many other places we’d like to see first!
But in between the big trips, we do have some go-to minibreak destinations we visit frequently enough that they feel like home away from home for us. Specifically — as any regular reader of this blog will know — we love the Palm Springs region and travel frequently to the desert. It’s got all of the ingredients that make up a perfect little holiday: easy striking distance by car, luxe hotels, perfect pools, sunshine that won’t quit… and proximity to the world’s best outlet shopping.
I’ve stayed all over Palm Springs over the years, for all kinds of occasions and getaways. Korakia Pensione, the Avalon (nee Viceroy), and the Parker are among my favorite properties.
I now have a new favorite in the making, too.
I’d visited the gorgeous and historic La Quinta Resort once for work a while back and loved it. So back in May when we were looking for a last-minute getaway to celebrate summer’s unofficial kickoff — Memorial Day weekend — we called an audible and packed up the family for the twins’ very first hotel stay there. And we had an absolute blast.
First of all, La Quinta is perfect for families, extremely accessible and accommodating, with impeccable pack-and-plays available for use in the room, and various restaurant options with kid-friendly menus and amenities. But it’s also luxe and elegant feeling — with nary a licensed character or snaking line or manic vibe on property. I don’t believe a family trip has to look like that — and I intend for our family vacations to be as enjoyable for the adults as they are for the children.
On our trip in May, the twins went in the pool for the very first time, crawled all over the perfectly manicured lawns (never mind the drought), and bopped to the sounds of the live music in the courtyard. It remains a jewel box of a precious memory that I hold very dear.
Well, now that summer’s unofficial end is upon us, we’ve decided to bookend the season with a trip back to La Quinta. Armed with even more experience and knowledge about road trips with babies, we’re packing the car up tonight and leaving in the morning right around nap time.
I’m just tickled to see this little ritual develop, and I know this property will always remain close to my heart. Looks like our first family travel tradition is underway!
Whatever your plans are for the holiday weekend, I hope they are joyful and full of love.
What a summer it’s been. <3
Now I’d love to hear from you: What are your favorite family travel traditions?