I recently visited Palm Springs for the first time (and loved it!), so thought I'd spread the aloha and share my recommendations. I found that Palm Springs is actually much like Hawaii: palm trees everywhere you look, mountain vistas and great weather all year round. The two cities also share that coveted resort-style way of life.
Below, a quick guide to Palm Springs. While an oceanfront cocktail won't be on this agenda, a poolside one certainly is.
EAT & DRINK
Cafe: Ernest Coffee
(1101 North Palm Canyon Dr.) A comfortable cafe that serves up Stumptown coffee, sweet and savory pastries and also wine, beer and bubbles.
Smoothies, Juices & More
: Palm Greens Cafe
(611 South Palm Canyon Dr.) Go for the green juices and superfood smoothies—stay for the full menu of health-conscious breakfast, lunch and dinner.
(622 North Palm Canyon Dr.) Be prepared for a long wait, but I promise it's worth it.
Lunch: King's Highway
(701 East Palm Canyon Dr.) As if you need an excuse to visit Ace Hotel, this is it. Retro diner feels and West coast vibes abound. Oh, and the comforting California-style cuisine is yummy too.
(622 North Palm Canyon Dr.) Right next door to (and the same owners as) Cheeky's. Pizzas, salads and good wine in an adorable outdoor atmosphere. Plus, gluten free and cauliflower crust options. Heaven.
Dinner and drinks: Bar
( 340 North Palm Canyon Dr.) Expect elevated bar food, craft cocktails, a large outdoor patio and a rowdy crowd at night.
Drinks: Bootlegger Tiki
(1101 North Palm Canyon Dr.) A tropical treat located in the original Don the Beachcomber space that opened in 1953. The owners of Ernest Coffee also know how to serve up some magical cocktails, because this small space packs a big (rum) punch.
(515 North Palm Canyon Dr.) The cutest gift shop for home decor, cards, books, exclusive local brands and more. Get ready to spend hours perusing through it all.
(1345 North Palm Canyon Dr.
) Marrakech meets Palm Springs! A chic selection of vintage Moroccan rugs, wedding blankets, home accents, handbags and the like. The Frippery
(664 North Palm Canyon Dr.) Step into this small store for a big selection of carefully curated vintage clothing, objects and curiosities—including Hawaiian-style mu'umu'us!
Take a picture (or stay) at Aloha Hotel
, a no frills hotel that I can't really vouch for, but it's worth a drive by for a cute photo and a dose of aloha.
Hike and/or drive through the majestic Joshua Tree National Park
. On your way back to Palm Springs, it's worth it to drive through Indio and stop at TKB Deli
for a sandwich. They were voted one of the top five restaurants in the U.S., but don't expect anything fancy, just really, really good food and friendly service.
Indulge in a massage or natural treatment at Feel Good Spa
at Ace Hotel
, then grab a cocktail and hit up the vintage photo booth. And be sure to check out Fabulous Bingo every Monday night.