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California Adventure, Part 2 – Palm Springs

To get to Palm Springs from San Diego, we took the scenic route, off the main highways, East through the Southern end of Mount San Jacinto State Park.  It was H-O-T in August. Aubrey told me it would be hot, I told him I liked dry heat. But man, oh man it was hot.

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After driving through the ridiculously hot mountains, we arrived in Palm Springs and checked into #bucketList number 1,208 – The Saguaro Hotel.

So here’s the thing. I had thought it was an uber fancy spot but it’s totally a Motel. That’s one thing I hadn’t fully appreciated even though my girlfriend told me it was a Motel with a capital M. But you know what? It was AWESOME. The pool was fantastic. They were great with kids. It was worth booking for a night just for the sheer fun of having a wild and crazy colour room and I loved learning about some of the history behind the rejuvenation, which you can read about here. 


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So we didn’t book a second night here, although we tried. Turns out it was fully booked for SPLASH HOUSE. Aubrey and I were cracking.up. at the idea of the three of us chilling in the pool and suddenly the party would start and well. I’m somewhat bummed we missed out on the shindig. LOL! They were setting up for the festivities (video below) as we were packing up our car to make it to our next destination.

While in Palm Springs you have to appreciate the architecture.

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This house had two CRABS on either side of the door. Amazing.

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We visited the Palm Springs Art Museum




Can you spot the Dale Chihuly? Oscar’s favourite, as he had fallen in love with his work at the ROM. Night number two in Palm Springs brought us to none other than, The Parker. Mind. Blown.


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The Parker Hotel, Palm Springs California

The hotel is crazy amazing and you totally feel like you’re in Alice in Wonderland, having fallen down the rabbit hole the minute you walk through those orange doors and they close behind you. As you walk through the grounds, I touched limes growing around me, spotted hammocks swinging among palms and the hot hot of the city faded away – briefly – and then we hurried back to our room that was classic mid century modern design thanks to Jonathan Adlers involvement. It was the most un hotel like room I have been in ever, with low ceilings covered in seagrass / grasscloth it reminded me of my fashionable grandmother whose home was all mid century and so, I felt like I was stepping back into her place.

Every Thursday night they shut down the main street, Palm Canyon Drive for a market – We parked one street over early enough to get parking and walked to get dinner first. It’s SO hot in Palm Springs they have misters along the street and also restaurants. (My girlfriend Emily told me that there were Misters but I thought she was talking about like a Mr. and I thought it strange she was telling me that there were men along the street – only to realize (not quickly enough) that she meant water misters. LOL!) Yes. I’m the first to admit sometimes I’m TOTALLY slow.


Here is Aub under the mist – which I do warn you, seriously soaked us after a meal. So if you do go here, don’t sit on the vinyl bench. You’ll have a (very) wet bum. We visited the Indian Canyon Trails one late afternoon and found reprieve from the hot dessert sun and heat by a little oasis in the dessert.

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These are all somewhat out of order of when we actually did it all, so forgive me. But all were done and all were awesome. Ps., We dined at Shermans for lunch one day and it was perfect. Especially if you love Deli food as Aubrey does. 🙂


On the way out of Palm Springs to our next destination we hit up …


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And then we were on the road again – on our last leg of our trip, to Santa Monica.


xo Linds

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  • Reply
    Jordana @WhiteCabana
    September 20, 2016 at 8:03 am

    What a cool trip, Lindsay. I totally thought the Saguaro was a uber fancy place, too. What a way to revamp a motel!

    • Reply
      Lindsay Stephenson
      September 20, 2016 at 11:20 am

      Isn’t it neat!? I recommend a visit. I may have to go back to attend the “Splash House” party sans 6 year old. LOL!

  • Reply
    October 4, 2016 at 12:43 am

    This makes me homesick! I didn’t grow up in Palm Springs, but in a small town in Nevada – outside Las Vegas. Our desert looks like this. Complete with the little Oases in the middle of nowhere! There was a warm spring with palm trees surrounding it that I spent lots of my childhood at. Now I’m living in Japan and wishing I could be back in that scorching desert heat for a bit! These are gorgeous pictures of the desert; I loved seeing my home area through your lens! Can’t wait to check out your shop.

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