As a married mom of two, the crazy days of bachelorette parties might be behind me, but the joy of escaping with girlfriends for a weekend of relaxation remains close to my heart. So, when I designed our Palm Springs Airbnb homes, it was envisioned as the ultimate girls' getaway. So, for all of you planning a dreamy bachelorette party or an unforgettable girls' weekend, here's your ultimate guide to Palm Springs!
1. Cheeky's: Beyond their popular mimosas and delightful breakfast items, Cheeky's is set in a laid-back environment with a quirky interior. Their rotating weekly menu guarantees fresh produce and an ever-changing gastronomic experience.
2. King's Highway: It's hard to believe this hip diner was once a Denny’s. The revamped space celebrates its desert setting with indoor plants and vintage décor, and the food is just as memorable with its local and organic focus.
3. Norma's: Located at the stylish Parker hotel, Norma's is famous for its indulgent breakfast dishes. The lush surroundings of the open-air terrace, paired with their rich truffle-infused dishes, offer a genuine treat to the senses.
4. Grand Central Palm Springs: This is where California cuisine shines. The laid-back atmosphere, with its high ceilings and open design, captures the essence of relaxed vacation dining. Don’t miss their house-made pastries!
5. Tac/Quila: This restaurant is a journey through Jalisco's culinary scene. The vibrant decor, with Mexican tiles and murals, adds authenticity to your dining experience. Their fruit-flavored margaritas are a refreshing treat in the desert heat.
1. Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge: Modern elegance meets comfort in this spacious restaurant. Their diverse menu offers a mix of traditional and innovative dishes, catered to satisfy every palate.
2. The Tropicale: Stepping into The Tropicale is like a retro rewind. The vibrant, mid-century setting with a tropical twist perfectly complements their eclectic global menu.
3. Sandfish Sushi & Whiskey: Minimalist yet warm, Sandfish is a heaven for sushi lovers. Their fresh seafood paired with a vast whiskey collection provides an East meets West experience.
4. Birba: An Italian haven, Birba charms with its garden setting and fairy lights. Their wood-fired pizzas and hand-crafted pastas are a must-try.
5. Copley's on Palm Canyon: This upscale restaurant, housed in Cary Grant's former guesthouse, offers a blend of history and modern culinary expertise. The serene setting, combined with their top-notch dishes, guarantees a memorable evening.
Nightlife and Drinking
1. Bootlegger Tiki: A cozy bar that transports you to a tropical paradise. With intricate tiki decorations and inventive cocktails, it's a unique spot to start the evening.
2. El Jefe at The Saguaro: Bright and lively, El Jefe is a testament to the vibrant culture of Mexico. The outdoor setting is perfect for enjoying their wide selection of tequilas.
3. RetroRoom Lounge: This inclusive bar welcomes everyone with its charismatic charm. With its nostalgic vibe, the karaoke here is a hit, making every evening a memorable one.
4. Toucans Tiki Lounge: For an unforgettable night, their drag show is a must-watch. The lounge's Polynesian-inspired decor, combined with its lively performances, guarantees a night of fun and laughter.
5. Copa Nightclub: With its dance floor, renowned DJs, and excellent service, Copa provides a quintessential clubbing experience in Palm Springs.
Activities and Adventures
1. Pool Party: Dive into the tranquil ambiance of our Airbnb's pool. Outfitted with plush lounge chairs, tropical plants, and a shimmering pool, it's the perfect venue for private pool parties. Create a playlist, grab some floaties, and enjoy a day of sun and fun with your girlfriends.
2. Sunny Cycle Party Bike: This isn’t your average bike ride. Join a lively group and pedal together to Palm Springs' best spots. As you cycle, enjoy a mix of sightseeing, music, and stops at local pubs and eateries. An eco-friendly way to have a blast!
3. Palm Springs Massage Therapy: After a night out or a day of exploring, rejuvenate with personalized massage treatments. Expert therapists use a blend of techniques to ease muscle tension, ensuring you're revitalized for another day of adventure.
4. Aerial Tramway: Step into the world’s largest rotating tramcar and ascend 2,643 ft to the top of Mount San Jacinto. At the summit, you'll be greeted by panoramic views of Palm Springs, verdant forests, and if timed right, stunning sunsets.
5. Candle Crafting Workshop: Dive into the world of artisanal candle-making. Using an array of scents and colors, create your unique candles, making it a perfect memento or gift.
6. Horseback Riding Tours: Traverse through the serene landscapes of the Indian Canyons on horseback. Guided by local experts, learn about the rich history of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians while experiencing the beauty of nature.
7. Hiking: The desert landscape of Palm Springs offers numerous trails. From the serene water trails at the Coachella Valley Preserve to the rugged terrains of Joshua Tree National Park, there's a hike suitable for every adventurer. Don't forget to pack plenty of water and sunscreen!
Exploring Palm Springs
1. The City Center: Wander through Palm Springs’ vibrant downtown, where you'll encounter the iconic Walk of Stars honoring luminaries from Hollywood's golden age and beyond.
2. Shopping:El Paseo Drive, often referred to as the "Rodeo Drive of the Desert", is a shopping paradise. Explore its 300 stores, ranging from luxury boutiques to artisanal shops.
3. Wet 'n' Wild: Escape the desert heat at this water park, filled with thrilling slides, lazy rivers, and a wave pool. A splash-tastic way to beat the heat!
4. VillageFest: Every Thursday evening, Palm Springs comes alive with VillageFest. Wander through stalls of local crafts, gourmet foods, and live entertainment.
More Culinary Gems
1. Pinocchio in the Desert: The lively ambiance paired with bottomless mimosas makes brunch here an unforgettable experience.
2. The Tropicale: As evening sets in, their patio becomes a hotspot for Happy Hour, offering a range of innovative cocktails.
3. Le Vallauris: Dive into an exquisite French dining experience in a romantic setting.
4. Miro’s Restaurant: Explore a myriad of flavors from Central Europe with a contemporary twist.
The Night Still Young?
1. Bar: Beyond their vast array of drinks, it's a hub for live music, with local artists and open mic nights ensuring every evening is vibrant.
2. Amigo Room at Ace Hotel: This trendy hotspot captures the eclectic spirit of Palm Springs with its chic decor and diverse crowd.
3. Red Barn: Experience live bands in an environment that's both rustic and lively, making it a unique spot for night owls.
With each turn, Palm Springs unveils a new layer of wonder, promising memories that will last a lifetime. Whether it's a bachelorette bash or a simple escape from the daily grind, there's something here for every traveler.