Palm Springs: Your Easy Family Vacation Spot
Go where you feel the most alive. ~anonymous
I grew up in the NW and always craved sun, but for some reason Palm Springs wasn't ever a destination on my trip list. I thought PS was for retired people who golf, and since there's no ocean, that's an automatic strike. Little did I know what we'd been missing.
But then, for my birthday a few years back, Jeff kidnapped me and as a surprise, flew the two of us to Palm Springs for a few days of hot sunshine, lounging by the pool with some drinky drinks, spa-ing, long walks, eating, reading books, and a bike ride or two. From this point on...Palm Springs, you've had our hearts!
We've been back several times since, but most of all it's become the place where we love to spend Thanksgiving with Jeff's brother, my sister-in-law, and now our nephew Pacific who is six months old (these cuties - pictured above - who are also our bffs, started the tradition five years ago). Every year the invitation is open to any family and friends, and we've seen different people join the group. There's such beauty in a long table filled with people who all love the same people. We aren't necessarily all related but that doesn't matter. People do their own thing, join up for some of the day, maybe share a few dinners together, go for long walks, watch each other's kids, and it's pretty much just a relaxing and carefree week. Well relaxing in terms of traveling with two crazy kids anyway.
Let me tell you about a dreamy little spot to stay if you're ever visiting: the Avalon Hotel in Palm Springs (formerly the Viceroy). We've never stayed anywhere else! The sweet people at the hotel are what make it for us, as well as just the chic, boutique feel, and divine food. It's a no-brainer because it's not really a hotel where swarms of kids go (if this sounds crazy, read this post which explains how we feel about these types of kid-things! :)...yes we may embarrass ourselves from time to time, but our kids are known and loved by the end of the trip (I say that with a chuckle).
This just happens to be one of the best weeks of my year. It's truly lovely. The crisp, sunny mornings which quickly turn warm. The dry, hot air that chaps your lips but is oh-so-heavenly. The Thanksgiving meal under the stars, by the pool. The champagne at breakfast. Throwing on robes at 4:00 when the sun starts to go down and gathering around the hottub. Putting the kids to bed early and having some adult time. Sitting with a cocktail around the fire pit. Lemon cucumber water. Hiking on the hill. Lunch by the pool. Wandering through the picture-perfect midcentury neighborhoods. And part of what's made this a family tradition is this place where we love to stay.
One night we hired a sitter and did a double date with Brook and Andy to Workshop Kitchen + Bar. Yum yum, you must try it! We ate fresh shaved truffles on pasta, and a whole lot of other wonderful things. And the restaurant has such a wonderful ambience, as well as an outdoor patio with white lights and heaters.
If you're needing a family trip, or even a couples getaway...this is an excellent spot. You'll never have to leave the hotel, but if you do want to - there are free bikes, walking trails, and loads of shops and restaurants just steps away. The architecture and landscape are truly breathtaking, and you'll want to take a million pictures. Add it to your list, friend!