The ‘With Love’ Guide to Palm Springs
I told you all that this was coming and here it finally is! I hope that over the summer during my travels I can share so much more with you all here on To Style, With Love and help you all to have the best summer getaways as possible! After all if we didn’t share our own experiences with each other how on earth would we know where to go and where to avoid when visiting a new place. So today I am presenting the official To Style, With Love Guide To Palm Springs! Here are some of my favorite spots to eat, play and just enjoy the scenery of Palm Springs! So without further adieu….
4200 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
The first spot that is a must must must is The Parker hotel! Whether you are just going exploring Palm Springs, looking for a hotel to stay at or hunting down the best brunch in town, The Parker is the spot for you. With it’s mid century modern esc aesthetic and groovy 70s vibes woven in and out you are sure to find one too many photo ops at The Parker but is that really a bad thing!? Take a walk around their endless grounds and find the secret hammock garden or maybe stop over for a game or cricket or croquet if you have the chance. If it hadn’t over been pushing over 105 degrees I would’ve wanted to make sure and stop to rent some bikes to ride around the property but the heat was far too insufferable!
Oh and how could I forget that they even have a lemonade bar! What more could you want when the weather is just too too hot down in the springs! Grab a glass and head over to the pool for a dip or just to admire the cute little retro yellow striped umbrellas and people watching of course. Did I mention that Beyonce stays here sometimes!
The most essential meal of the day in Palm Springs is not breakfast but brunch! And Norma’s at The Parker is some of the best brunch around. With options for everyone and yummy little smoothie shots you can go wrong with a pit stop at Norma’s. If you’re anything like me you are not much of a morning person and don’t want to have to get there by noon at the latest for your brunch, luckily Norma’s is open for brunch until late in the afternoon to help you with your mid day pancake cravings! Don’t forget to try the little donut holes too and try both dipping sauces of course (my favorite is the lemon curd)!
1350 Ladera Circle, Palm Springs, CA, 92262
As with many of the most famous starlets back in the day Elvis was a regular down in Palm Springs. This was not Elvis’s primary home of course in fact he leased it from famous Architects of Palm Springs, Robert Alexander, as a retreat for Priscilla and him to spend weekends at. Elvis then planned to have their private wedding there but when the press found out the house was anything but private so Elvis and Priscilla eloped in Las Vegas. Hence the true meaning of Viva Las Vegas! The darling little couple then returned to their Honeymoon estate in Palm Springs where they lived for a few years.
I wasn’t aware during my trip but you can arrange a little tour of the Honeymoon House and from the interior photos I’ve seen it will definitely be on my list of things to do next time I visit!
1441 N Kaweah Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262
By this time it was far too hot and all I wanted was to stay in the air conditioned car so we just did a nice drive by as I obviously had to see one of Liberace’s very over the top homes so I apologize for the lack of personal photo ops from me! This was one of 3 homes Liberace lived in during his time in Palm Springs. I find it the most “Liberace” esc on the outside with it’s lion and goddess statues on each side of the front gate and don’t forget of course the piano shaped mailbox!
Apparently the neighbors, do their delight or maybe not, could hear him playing piano every night during his residency there. He also was said to pass out silver dollars to all trick or treaters during halloween.
Along Racquet Club Road, East of Indian Canyon
First of all a moment of applause for how cute the name of this stretch of road is. Ok, thank you, now the reason for the name is however about the proximity of the homes to the Tennis Club right up the street. Famed Palm Springs builder mentioned above Robert Alexander and architects Palmer and Krisel. The homes were built between 1958 and 1962 intended to be used as vacation homes for people looking for escapes from city life in Los Angeles.
The homes are all built on large 1/4 acre plots with smaller houses of about 1,225 square feet each. Despite being the same in size each house is incredibly unique because of the variety in the architecture and landscaping. The Racquet Club Road Estates are the epitome of Palmer & Krisel’s cutting edge futurist designs of the mid century. Perfect for taking a nice drive and checking out some of the most authentic mid century modern architecture around.
1326 N Rose Ave, Palm Springs, CA 92262
This was one of my personal favorite stops and not just because I like many others have a great love for the late starlet Marilyn Monroe. I also enjoyed this top especially because I didn’t just feel like I was looking at a house that some old famous person once lived in, no this property had a certain charm that I truly felt embodied and embraced the aura around Marilyn Monroe. The house was so cute and maintained it’s old Hollywood/Palm Springs air and that made me happy. It truly felt like a little landmark and I could really feel the vibes that Marilyn had once embodied at this residence.
This house is now on my lifetime wish list, I would love to have this little bungalow as my own little Palm Springs getaway someday. I can see myself with a pink headscarf on, giant white cat eye sunglasses, sitting in the garden while sipping some lemonade. Just another one of my crazy fantasies.
622 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
My new favorite dinner spot in Palm Springs is this little italiano meets hipster chic pizza spot in downtown Palm Springs called Birba. Ver recognizable by its bright red beaming giant B out front and its to die for egg and prosciutto pizza. One of my favorite parts also happened to be one of the appetizers called The Butcher’s Block, with a creamy sort of goat cheese, some toasted pita/pizza bread and a few different cuts of charcuterie it was so good we went home raving about how to make our own!
Birba has a little not so secret brunch spot open right next door called Cheeky’s! Give it a try and make sure to get the buttermilk and fresh corn pancakes and bacon!
101 N Museum Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
The absolute most perfect spot to get out of the heat for an hour or so in the afternoon. With three floors we stopped in the Palm Springs Art Museum right before closing and had the place pretty much to ourselves like our own version of Night at the museum (except during the day lol). Wander around and don’t forget to check out the sculpture gardens down the stairs and outside!
My favorite part is always the modern art wing, but the western art exhibition was really interesting and showed some of Palm Springs classic desert culture too.
222 W Chino Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard’s house wasn’t just pink, it was pink and covered in more pink flowers! The house was built in the 1920s but has been kept in tip top shape throughout the years and updated with all modern amenities while keeping the trademark Casa de Corazon sign and tiled address plate.
This house is the absolute perfect spot for some super super palm springs esc photo ops, especially with the perfect mountain view across the street.
Well there you have it, my official tour guide to Palm Springs! I hope that this guide can be some help to you if you take a little weekend getaway to my favorite desert oasis. If you have any other must try recommendations for Palm Springs let me know by leaving a comment below, who doesn’t love to try out new places!
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