Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Palm Springs, CA

So, Palm Springs. It's where the folks of LA go for a quick (or long!) resort vacation. The city is in the middle of the desert, about 100 miles east of LA, and is known for its hipster hotels, shops, and restaurants. A lot of the hotels and houses in the area still reflect the mid-century modern architecture style (popular back when the city was really taking off), making a visit to the city feel almost like a step back in time.

Palm Springs is hot in August, so we didn't do too much frolicking around. We walked through the main shopping area (thankfully there were water misters to keep us cool!) then grabbed lunch at Grind Brgr Bar before heading off to check into our hotel.

Once at our hotel, we decided to stay put for the night and just chill. There are a lot of boutique hotels in the area, and we scored a sweet Living Social deal for Los Arboles Hotel. We were pumped to stay in a legitimate hotel, a nice upgrade from tents and roadside motels. We had a great dinner at the hotel's Mexican restaurant, El Mirasol (included in our hotel deal!) then lounged by the pool late into the night.

The next morning, Taras surprised me with breakfast at King's Highway, a restaurant at the Ace Hotel. We mostly skipped eating out breakfast during the road trip (save that money!) but I'd long wanted to check out this hipster joint and would have been sad to not even get a look inside.

After an indulgent breakfast, we were on our way, many more desert miles ahead of us.

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