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Travel: Emily's Guide to Palm Springs


With this baby boy barging his way into the world in May, Jeff and I decided to take one last trip, aka The Babymoon, to Palm Springs last month. I’m a total California girl – I’m still dying to move to LA but I’d never been to the California desert. I don’t know if it was the sunshine or the thought of this as our last trip just the two of us but I totally fell in love with Palm Springs. Jeff and I are already scheming how we can buy a pool house and vacation there every winter.  Retirement at 35? 

WHERE TO STAY


The Parker:
We spoiled ourselves and spent a blissful week at the Parker. It was heaven. I highly recommend. The design of the entire hotel from the lobby to the pool to the hotel rooms was literally from a magazine (no like they photograph editorials there all the time). Check our Gray Malin’s recent photoshoot. If you save up and splurge you won’t be disappointed.

 

WHERE TO EAT


Norma’s At The Parker:
This spot is perfect for breakfast and lunch (skip the dinner). The patio is super cute. We missed Leo (yes, THAT Leo) by 10 minutes when we had a late lunch our first day.   If it’s one of Leo’s favourite spots, it’s fine by me! Try the banana pancakes.




Cheeky’s:
The healthy LA vibe has made it’s way to PS with this breakfast joint. Get ready to wait in line (no reservations) but it’s worth the wait. We visited a number of times and loved everything. The Mexican Coffee is a must!


 

Workshop Kitchen:
This place is a scene. Concrete with incandescent lighting – the atmosphere is totally unique. We had one of the best meals of our life here. I splurged and had the most delicious burger on record. Make sure to try the homemade ginger beer. Yum!


Birba:
The entire restaurant is a patio – perfect for any Torontonian. Another bonus to being in the desert. We had a delicious dinner at this hot spot. The pizza is amazing as are all the salads and sides.   The cocktails looked delicious – when we go back post baby I’ll be sure to try!

 

WHERE TO SHOP


Desert Hills Premium Outlet:
It’s worth the trip to PS just to go to this outlet mall. I haven’t stopped talking about it since I got home. I’m not even an outlet mall person and I made Jeff take me back twice. There is literally EVERYTHING you could ever want here. Barney’s, DVF, Gucci (and Gucci kids…), Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Helmut Lang, Prada, Rag and Bone, Moncler, Vince.. the list goes on.   Lucky for my wallet I was pregnant and not my normal size. I’m already counting down the days until I can go back.

The Shops at Thirteen Forty Five:
PS is known for its Art Deco style and shopping. This marketplace has an amazing assortment of furniture and accessories that any design fiend will love. Spend a few hours poking around at all of the boutiques.

El Paseo Village:
This outdoor shopping street has a great assortment of boutiques and shops. Saks, LV, Johnny Was, Gucci etc. Grab lunch at Wilma + Frieda.

 

WHAT TO DO 

Joshua Tree:
Take a roadtrip up to Joshua Tree, one of the largest National Parks in California.. It is where the Mojave and Colorado Deserts meet. There are tons of hikes and adventures to try. We did the Lost Palms Oasis which was a tad challenging for a pregnant girl – but the views and sights were breathtaking.

 



Enjoy!!!


XO, Emily

 


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