a travel diary
full of stripes + palm trees
All good vacations must come to an end, sadly. Palm Springs was super dreamy, and at some points during our exploration felt like an actual time warp. Our long weekend in the desert oasis was exactly what we hoped it would be.
where we stayed
Holiday House. If you follow me on Insta then you know I was *truly* and utterly obsessed with this place, to the point that I said I felt like I made it up in my imagination. We honestly could have stayed there the entire time and been happy clams. The menu is amazing (the bucket of vegetables, followed by lobster fries was a winning combo we had multiple times...), and overall vibe is so Palm Springs in the 60's that you'll find it hard to leave at the end of your stay.
where we had the best food
Sparrow's Lodge. They do a communal table dinner on Saturday night that was delicious. Robert saw a bunch of rave reviews for it online so we knew we had to check it out, plus it's the same owners and chef as Holiday House, so we knew we were in good hands. Sparrow's Lodge is also another place to stay that is incredibly dreamy. The vibe is less retro / more mountain hideaway, but just as beautiful. A friend of mine stayed there recently and had only good things to say about how amazingly hidden it feels from the rest of Palm Springs. Truly a sanctuary.
where we ventured
on a Bicycle Tour of the reeeeeeally pretty houses. Basically all of my Mid-Century Modern dreams came true while we rode around the neighborhoods, viewing some easier than others from the street. We loved it so much we redid part of the route after we finished, it was that much fun. Holiday House had polka dot cruisers available to take out for such an occasion, making the whole experience feel extra retro.
Joshua Tree. It's a quick 45 minute drive and was absolutely gorgeous. We were however ill prepared for the snowfall that greeted us upon arrival, despite being layered up it was a lot colder than we expected (and to be honest, coming from 18° on the East Coast, we were more than a little bit over the snow) so we ended up just traipsing around in the car and stopping at different sight seeing points. We want to go back and give it a proper trek, but our first tour in was dreamy.