Palm Springer “Ten-i-moon”

We are fresh off the plane from our Palm Springs, 10th Anniversary Adventure and I wanted to share some of the fun spots we went to….

this is a rather narcissistic, self-indulgent post, but hopefully you’ll just ignore and not read it or get some helpful tips!

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We enjoyed a gorgeous sunset flying into Palm Springs…

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Checked into the Hideaway, part of the Orbit In Hotel.

This fantastic spot was recommended to us by our friends and it was perfect.  Sitting area.  Partial kitchen.  And going off season meant we were the ONLY guests our first night.  Awesomeness.

The Hideaway and Orbit In Hotels provide complimentary cocktails every night, a continental breakfast, pool with free snacks and drinks, free bikes and even the owners even snuck a bottle of wine in our room to celebrate our anniversary.  So sweet.

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Hiked a mile and a half down to Workshop Restaurant + Bar.

We hoofed it down to Workshop Kitchen + Bar.

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The cocktails were phenomenal….especially the Palm Springer!  Everything is made in house and is yummy.

We thought the food was fine, but the cocktails were the draw for us!

On the walk home we stopped by the Palm Springs sign and of course, Marilyn….

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On Day 2, we decided to borrow the bikes and explore the cute neighborhoods.

Mid-Century Modern homes galore! It was awesome.

We ended up biking over 12 miles on accident, but we were hoping it off-set the cocktails!

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Randomly we rode by Liberace’s house during our bike ride and also checked out an old gas station, now a restored Visitor’s Center.  Such fun architecture.

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 We did a huge loop and ended up at the Saguro Hotel.

Rainbow heaven!!!

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Next we biked down the road a few blocks, stopping at the ACE Hotel.  We had the King’s Highway restaurant all to ourselves for lunch and loved resting our rears and having breakfast for lunch.  YUM!  The King’s Highway is an old, restored Denny’s and such a fun spot.

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Even though it was a cloudy afternoon, we enjoyed the pool and a beautiful sunset.

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The Saguro has a great dinner spot called El Jefe which hosts Taco Tuesdays from 4:30-9:30pm.  A great chance to taste test tacos galore.  We loved the chorizo and shrimp tacos, chips & guacamole and charred pineapple margaritas.

No free dessert that night, but we splurged on “El Fuerte”.

{aka: flourless chocolate cake, vanilla mousseline, caramel mousse, mezcal chocolate sauce, coffee malt ice cream & spicy pecans}

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Our next day, January 8th, we had the gift of a car and stopped by Elvis’ Honeymoon Hideaway….

had to celebrate his 79th in style!

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We drove a few miles north of town to the Windmill Market in the middle of….

you guessed it….

Windmills.

To get….

Date Shakes!  SO GOOD.

{from Sunset Magazine:  Don’t dare leave without trying one of these frosty, sweet, and slightly earthy gifts from the desert. The best in the valley is at Windmill Market, a few miles west of town on a barren stretch of Indian Canyon Drive. This funky bodega has old-fashioned sodas and 99-cent tacos, but the real scene-stealer is the shake. Windmill goes for maximum purity with Medjools from local Leja Farms, vanilla ice cream, and milk, all made to order in an old-timey mixer. Sip it on the patio out back and take in the mountain views. $; closed Sun; 17080 N. Indian Canyon Dr.; 760/251-4489}

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The Uptown Design District was our next stop….

tons of fun mid-century modern furniture stores—

and the amazing stores by Trina Turk.

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We met our friend for lunch at Cheeky’s.

Lunch outside, on a patio in January is NOT overrated!

And the bacon.

Oh, the bacon.

They have a FLIGHT of bacon, folks.

Here’s Matt’s Bloody Mary…in a boot!

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{awesome art outside of Workshop}

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{stopped to see Marilyn by day!}

After lots of pool relaxing on our one truly sunny day….

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We headed out for…..more food.

At Birba.  Birba is owned & operated by the same folks at Cheeky’s.

It was our favorite meal by far and so fun.

We got to sit outside next to a fire.

Butcher block with meats, cheese, dates and olives?

Yes.

Eggplant Carbonata with homemade burata?

Yes.

Rigatoni with butternut squash and sage.

oh my.

Pizza with pancetta, pecorino, egg and spring onions?

Yes.

And no room for dessert.

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Our last morning was so bittersweet.  We sat by the pool for our last al fresco breakfast.

And I shed a tear or two.

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And finally hit up Sunnylands, the “Camp David” of the west.

Originally owned by the Annenburgs, it is now a beautiful spot many can visit and enjoy.

The gardens are awesome (hello, succulents!) and many political leaders still visit today to retreat from busy professional life and connect for peace.

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We had such a great trip and are so thankful my amazing parents were willing to watch the boys to make it all happen.

Happy 10th, indeed….

now onto picking up toys.

Loading the dishwasher.

Doing laundry.

Grocery shopping.

And….teaching.  EEK.  Starting MONDAY!

Back to the “real” world.

The real, rainy, gray world!

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and a stiff latte!

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4 thoughts on “Palm Springer “Ten-i-moon”

  1. You are your own Sunset Magazine – So happy you had a great time, everything looked wonderful – Thanks for sharing!

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