Palm Springs Day Trip

April 9, 2018


Mid-century modern homes, picturesque poolsides, and of course, the palm trees - it's what Palm Springs is all about.  I recently visited my parents' house in the high desert for the weekend.  On the way back to San Diego, I decided to treat myself to a solo trip to Palm Springs.  The last time I visited Palm Springs was for a bachelorette party a few years ago, so I was looking forward to exploring the town on my own.  


First stop: Ernest Coffee (9:50am) - an iced chai tea + glazed donut to kick-off the day.  


Palm Springs Architecture (10:15pm) -  I love the homes in the desert.  There's quality and quantity.  I visited the famous Kaufmann Desert House first.  It was built in 1946 and is the perfect embodiment of International style architecture.  As it is a private home, I admired it from a safe distance.   Next, I headed to the home made famous on Instagram that's simply referred to as #thatpinkdoor.  Again, I admired it from afar as the owners have requested privacy given its cult-like following.  There are plenty of other homes just as enchanting.  

Moorten Botanical Garden (11:30am) - it's right off Palm Canyon Dr. and they have an array of cacti and other intriguing plants.  The cactus greenhouse is the gem of the gardens.  Admission is $5, and you can take free guided tours throughout the day.  They also sell plants, so be sure to take a succulent or cactus home with you as a souvenir.


Brunch at Azucar inside La Serena Villas (12:30pm) - downstairs overlooks the pool, while the upstairs has a gorgeous patio area.  I chose upstairs and sat in a comfy chair across from the outdoor fireplace.  The decor of the hotel and restaurant is desert chic and executed perfectly.  I enjoyed a refreshing cocktail and the banana bread french toast topped with a bourbon syrup (drooling as I type this!).  The staff was also very attentive and accommodating. I will definitely be returning to this place for another serene outdoor dining experience.

Palm Spring Art Museum (1:45pm) - I actually visited two museums.  The first was the Palm Springs Architecture & Design Center ($5 admission).  Quick tip: if you go to that one first, the admission will go towards the main art museum admission, so the price will be $7 instead of $12.  Just be sure to save the receipt given.  I did a quick walk-thru before heading to the main art museum down the street.  The main reason I wanted to go was for the Andy Warhol exhibit which is on the first floor.  It was amazing!  A lot of his works were displayed including famous pieces like Marylin and Mao. The exhibit ends on May 28th, so I recommend checking it out before it leaves.

Ice cream (3:00pm) - it was 70 degrees, but felt like 80+.  So... what better way to beat the heat than eating ice cream?  I ventured to Kreem, a newly opened artisanal ice cream and coffee shop.  They have traditional flavors mixed with more interesting ones like ube (purple yam) ice cream.  I chose the coffee lavender in a sugar cone, and it hit the spot.  


Headed home (3:30pm) - as Palm Springs shrank in my rear view mirror I thought about how much fun I had by myself.  For those of us residing in southern California, there's really no excuse not to visit more often.



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