Looking for a little getaway in the new year? Palm Springs just so happens to be one of our favs. From gorgeous sunshine and palm trees to delicious food, the Coachella Valley has it all. If you’re stumped on where to stay and what to do, no fret. We’ve compiled a mini getaway guide to our favorite places in the area. All you have to do is get there!
The Ritz-Carlton in Rancho Mirage is one of our favorite resorts in the area. #Treatyourself with a terrace firepit room and Club Lounge access (hello free-flowing champers and gourmet bites!). And don’t worry, you can burn off those Coachella Pizza calories from State Fare on a scenic hike in the Santa Rosa Mountain Range. If that’s not enough, indulge in a massage at the spa and take advantage of the aromatherapy showers.
Triada is an uh-mazing option if you’re looking to stay in the middle of it all. Aside from the gorgeous Mediterranean style rooms, the hotel also has a restaurant and two pools. It’s also minutes walking distance from the posh Uptown Design District. Hit up Cheeky’s for a bacon flight and tasty-but-healthy Acai Kale Icee. Ernest Coffee will provide your Stumptown Coffee fix, and Bootlegger Tiki pours delish cocktails (try the Bell Flower with Mezcal).
Once you enter this adult only lodge (aka hip adult camp), it’s not hard to unwind here. Sip on “welcome” sangria, order delish fruit and burrata poolside from the barn, and warm up by the communal firepit. If you can break away from your bubble bath in the horse trough-turned bathtub, King’s Highway and SOPA are a stone’s throw away and perfect spots for dinner. In the mornings, find your favorite garden nook and sip on endless cups of french pressed coffee.
We told you about how uh-mazing the JW Marriott is here, and we’re raving about it again! If five pools and a world-class spa isn’t enough to draw you in, their restaurants, incredible golf course, and a Venetian inspired indoor/outdoor waterway might do the trick. Of course, you’ll have a hard time even getting yourself away from their incredibly comfy beds.
EAT + DRINK
Cement booths may not sound sexy, but wait until you step foot into Michael Beckman’s award-winning eatery. Start with an innovative cocktail like the spicy Ancho Libre, or order vintage punch bowl service for larger groups. There are many menu decisions to be made, but we highly recommend the apples and cheese (because truffle honey and duck fat brioche — duh!), the shaved brussels sprout salad, and the market veggie enchiladas.
Aside from having most gorgeous sunset dining view in the Coachella Valley, The Edge Steakhouse is known for it’s dry-aged bone-in meats and insane wine list. Can’t decide? The waitstaff is well equipped to help you make a final choice (the maple roasted butternut squash is a nice accompaniment to any steak!). To top it off, a retro cordial cart is wheeled around with a trio of aperitifs — compliments of the house.
We consider Nutella stuffed french toast the ideal breakfast of champions, which is why no stop to Palm Springs is complete without a visit to Simon Kitchen + Bar at the Hard Rock Hotel. If Nutella isn’t your jam (yes, we’re judging), the berry blintzes stuffed with house ricotta, lemon, and Grand Marnier are also #worththecalories.
Save room in your food agenda for brunch at Norma’s in the Parker Palm Springs. The banana-macadamia nut flapjacks topped with whipped banana brown sugar butter is something your palate will never let you forget. You can walk off a few of those calories post-breakfast around the hotel’s whimsical grounds.
It’s all about the views. Take a ride on the world’s largest rotating tram for the prettiest Instagram snaps ever. We suggest going on the 4pm slot, as you’ll see the alpenglow over the entire valley.
Throw on your hiking shoes and head out to Joshua Tree (about an hour from Palm Springs). Grab a warm curried rice wrap at The Natural Sisters Cafe and a coffee from Joshua Tree Coffee Company and head into Joshua Tree National Park for the day.
xx, The FabFitFun Team