Now that the summer is winding down, I have winter travels on the brain. I know, I know it’s still hot out but believe me when I say this warmth is going to be a distant memory real soon.
If you’re the type who craves the sun and like me, you need to getaway a couple times to cope during the winter months, then this post is for you. As I start to plan, it’s a real easy decision to head back west to the California sunshine. And since I’m a seasoned vet of the valley, I’m sharing my tips with on traveling out to Palm Springs with my friends at Expedia.com. Whether you want to ball out, do it boujee or on a budget, we’ve got you covered with tips and tricks for making the most of your time away.
The way I travel I need to have my foundation set, you know, the usual stuff – flight, hotel and car if necessary. And with Expedia.com’s Add On Advantage it’s super easy to pair your flight with an Add On hotel while you search. While there are direct flights from Toronto, most have a stop through LAX with a short layover and you can find really affordable flights with one- or two-stops on the site.
I’ve outlined some of my favorite hotels based on price. These are all fabulous spots to stay – it really just depends on your budget. If you are looking to go all out, I’d also have to say book a spa service at any hotel that offers it. There is nothing quite like a relaxing treatment in the most peaceful desert vibe.
- Parker Palm Springs
- The Ritz Carlton, Rancho Mirage
- L’Horizon Resort & Spa
- The Saguaro Palm Springs
- Renaissance Palm Springs
- Colony Palms Hotel
- JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort
- Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel
- Korakia Pensione
On A Budget
- Hotel Paseo, Autograph Collection Marriott
- Ace Hotel and Swim Club
- Hotel Zoso
Looking for more options? Check out Expedia.com Palm Springs hotels.
A Little More:
Since I’m a crazy travel organizer, I like to build a package that suits my needs and with Palm Springs it’s all about balance. It’s the best place to book a few days of activities and a few days to relax. And beyond the weather obviously, that is honestly what makes it so appealing.
You can truly have a mix of everything. And when on holiday, it’s all about convenience and as little stress as possible. With Expedia.com you’ve got a one stop shop that makes booking your trip SO EASY. I usually add a car when visiting Palm Springs because everything is pretty spread out. I love knowing that as soon as I land I just hop on the shuttle to pick up my rental car and everything’s ready to go with no hassle.
If you’re not interested in renting a car there are taxis in Palm Springs to get around and some hotels offer shuttle services. Yes, you can easily get around during the day but I’d still recommend investing in a rental ride. There’s something so fun about putzing around as a local, and not being tied to your area should you want to explore.
Palm Springs is also about 40 minutes to Pioneertown and less than an hour to Joshua Tree. Both spots are a favorite for tourists and locals alike and are worth the drive to see a piece of Hollywood history and a hot spot in the heat.
Are you one of those full-on itinerary types? With Expedia.com you can also add activities into your package – they’ve got rock climbing, they’ve got hiking and FYI there’s a huge golf community in Palm Springs. If you’re more of the wine type LIKE ME you should also know that you can book a full-day excursion to Temecula Valley for a wine tour. I AM ALWAYS SET.
Ok so the last thing I want to give you are a few hotspots that I love to visit while I’m in town. These are amazing favorites for bites, cocktails and good vibe to get the essence that is Palm Springs.
My Favorite Spots:
The Rowan in the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs
- The Kimpton Rowan is relatively new to Palm Springs. And The Rowan is the new hot spot. If you visit Palm Springs anytime soon, you have to come here.
Norma’s in The Parker Palm Springs
- I’d recommend brunch at Norma’s because they have a great breakfast menu but it’s a shaded spot to enjoy your morning before that desert heat kicks in. Also, if you’re not staying at the Parker, it’s nice to explore during the day.
Counter Reformation and Mini Bar
- These are two really fun bars also at the Parker. Counter has a speakeasy feel and Mini Bar has that classic Hollywood vibe that makes you feel like you escaped the LA paparazzi for a weekend away.
Birba Palm Springs
- Come for the shareable plates and stay for the delicious cocktails! This is such a cute spot with amazing food and a pure Palm Springs ambiance.
The Amigo Room in the Ace Hotel
- This spot closes at midnight daily, but is great if you want a casual cocktail and to turn in early.
- If you’re looking to go all night then you have to check out Zelda’s. It is A LOT but it’s so much fun for a wild time in PS.
So if I haven’t sold on you on it yet, Palm Springs is the place to be for a little bit of everything tucked away in the desert. The thing that makes it the perfect vacation destination is the fact that it makes you feel transported to a more classic time. Things move a little slower, the weather feels a little warmer and the tourists and locals melt into one. It truly is a one-of-a-kind destination and I cannot wait to head back.
If you have any questions on how to get there or what to do, leave a comment below to get your answer x.
*This post is written in partnership with Expedia.com. All tips and tricks are my own. Thank you as always for supporting sponsored content.