Getaway weekends are always fun, and Palm Springs was just what the doctor ordered. Even though it’s only a couple hour car ride, this desert oasis feels like a true vacation. This Palm Springs getaway was a little different from past visits. This time, we made an effort to dine at all new places. The locals always know the best spots so that’s exactly who I went to for restaurant recommendations, and I am so happy I did!
Farm is the cutest little restaurant, and perfect for Saturday brunch. It is tucked around the corner of some building so you can’t see it from the main drive. Once you turn the corner, the most perfect outdoor patio appears. The place has an almost French and Spanish inspired vibe. The open air patio was covered in flowers and vines. Each wooden table had its own selection of unique vases filled with wildflowers. Not to mention, the menu was all natural, fresh, and organic, just my style. I ordered the most delicious chicken sandwich and side salad. I can’t wait to go back and try the rest of the menu. The homemade crepes looked amazing, definitely going to order that next! I would absolutely encourage everyone to try this adorable place.
Dinner: Lulu California Bistro
We drove by this restaurant while cruising Downtown Palm Springs. Immediately it looked hip and trendy. I was excited our local friend told us the food was amazing too. This restaurant has inside seating, an open air patio, and an atrium. We dined in the atrium, enjoying the indoor/outdoor action. The food was incredible. The menu was large and varied, perfect for husbands who don’t know what they want to order. ; ) If you are looking to stop at one of the hottest restaurants in town, this place is a must.
Breakfast: Cafe Europa
This quaint little cafe is just perfect for a light breakfast and cup of coffee. It is visible from the main street but the back patio is tucked inside a colorful courtyard backing up to the giant mountains. Breakfast with a view is the best, plus the courtyard is filled with one of kind art pieces and shops. My veggie omelette and French Press coffee hit the spot. This was the perfect way to end our short little getaway. Definitely coming back.
Even though it seems like it, eating was not the only thing we did on this trip. I like to be somewhat active on vacations and hiking is one of my favorite activities. The hubs and I took to the Murray Canyon trail. This trailhead is only 10 minutes from downtown and really easy to get to. The trail starts in a cluster of palm trees and leads to the open desert. After a while, another cluster of palm trees pops up again. Those little bits of shade were much appreciated. The trail led to a small waterfall which was a nice place to rest and hydrate. Overall, the hike was about 4 miles in and out. This is a great moderate hike for someone looking to be active on their trip without taking up the whole day.
The rest of the trip was spent relaxing at the pool. Sunshine, cold drinks, and good music is really all I need for a perfect day. The Saguaro Hotel was the absolute best place to do some poolside lounging. I think I loved the crazy colors of this hotel the most. The pinks and yellows just make you smile. It is such a young and hip place that even has a photo stage set up for bloggers to snap some pics. This is a really fun place to check out and I would certainly want to come back and spend more time here. We were lucky enough to be apart of Locale Magazine’s launch event for their Palm Springs edition. DJ, dancing, food, and fun made for the perfect night.
Already looking forward to returning back for another Palm Springs stay!