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.
Last month, I wrote about how Palm Springs is the perfect destination for a 24-hour vacation that can can actually make you feel totally refreshed and inspired (plus detoxed or retoxed, per your personal preference — hey, no judgement).
Now, I’m giving my readers a chance to score your own perfect 24-hour vacation in Palm Springs!
These days — with the demands of infant twins plus career plus being a grownup — at any given moment, I’d say I deserve a vacation more than ever before.
One (of the infinity) great things about living in Los Angeles is we have easy access to the desert, and 24 hours in Palm Springs can make a person feel totally refreshed, rejuvenated, and… tan.
So last weekend, hubs and I headed out for an overnighter at the Riviera Palm Springs that we sorely needed and enjoyed. We were going to take the babes, but decided it was better to leave them instead in the care of their grandparents when the weather forecast said (wait for it) 115. Fortunately, I can’t get enough of the heat myself.
Here’s what our mini-break looked like.
After you have babies, it’s all about firsts: first foods, first consonant sounds, first time crawling, first time pulling up to stand.
When it comes to travel, I’ve written here about our firsts as new parents since the twins were born: my first business trip at 12 weeks postpartum, our first couples’ driving trip away without babies, our first trip by air since they were born.
At last, just as the twins turned 10 months old, I’m excited to share about our first holiday together as a family of four… which also included the twins’ first hotel stay, and their first time in the pool. (Spoiler alert: too, too fun and such a special and cherished family memory!)
Here’s what we did:
I’m back from the desert with updates about a new hotel: the Triada Palm Springs.
As I teased in a recent post, I just got a chance to stay in the new Triada, which recently opened from Marriott. It’s a Spanish hacienda-style property with 56 guest rooms in the tony Movie Colony neighborhood downtown, and it’s really lovely.
The property just underwent a multimillion dollar renovation, but was orgiginally designed in 1939 (as readers of this blog well know, I am a huge fan of 1930s vintage Spanish style) and began its life as a private residence. In the 1940s it became the Ambassador Hotel and had various incarnations over the years—during which time it hosted the likes of Esther Williams, Elizabeth Taylor, and Howard Hughes. Most recently, though, it had sat vacant for decades.
“Where should I stay in Palm Springs?” People ask me that a lot. I like to think this is because I always look so well rested, wear color so well, and have such a glowing all-over-even tan. But it’s probably just because I’ve been out to the desert a zillion times, love it, and have stayed just about everywhere. Here’s my quickie guide for where to stay in Palm Springs and why — now updated (with photos) for the 2015 spring festival season!
When is a little road trip to Palm Springs more than a little road trip to Palm Springs? When it’s your first trip away as a couple from five-month-old twins.
We’re just back from a couple of nights in the desert that felt entirely new, although we have been there so many dozens of times, and I’ve written about it here extensively. It was such a special and wonderful treat, so meaningful and important in so many ways, to have this first trip away as a couple from the babes.
*Bikini baby bump not pictured anywhere here, obvi, hello.
As long as I can waddle, I can try to squeeze in one more babymoon. (I should put that in a pretty script font and circulate it as Instagram wisdom — because you can mark my words, so help me.)
No, but seriously. Our big European adventure was the technical last hurrah before babies — but so were Vietnam, Bali and Belize. So that’s how we do.
The next few trips on the docket are weekenders, including last weekend’s little Palm Springs jaunt. (A quick trip to the desert is something we’d talked about even while freezing our tushies off in Venice and Paris especially.) We stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, which had just made its debut with an official grand opening party the week before. The Hard Rock replaces (and totally revamps) the former Hotel Zoso on Indian Canyon Drive — walking distance from basically everything.
I’ve written extensively about Palm Springs-area properties and where to stay in Palm Springs, but I want to come back to the topic to quickly give a shout out to the Riviera Palm Springs Resort & Spa.
We’ve stayed at the resort before, but visited again for a last-minute overnighter during Independence Day weekend. Yes, sweltering summer is the desert’s slower season, but we were still seriously impressed with the below-market $99 rate — such that it actually inspired the spontaneous trip.
I’m hardly breaking new ground here, but after dozens of visits to the desert over the years, I finally stayed at La Quinta Resort & Club. Love!
I found myself at La Quinta near Palm Springs on assignment, covering the terrific TEDActive conference. It’s actually been kind of a cold winter by L.A. standards (tiny violin, I know), so when I pulled in to the resort — with its vibrant flowers and palm trees against the striking mountain backdrop — I truly felt like I’d been transported to some kind of paradise after only a couple of hours in the car. You’d have to be deeply jaded not to be at least a little bit awed by the density and drama of the colorful blooms that line grounds of the massive property.