My mom and I took a short two day trip to Palm Desert & Palm Springs last weekend. Girl’s trip! She wanted to go, hang out, and take me shopping to celebrate Adam & my upcoming nuptials! Who am I to say no to that?!
First off, let me begin by saying that our trip was very relaxed, due to the fact that I have bronchitis. Who gets sick in May? This girl. So, between overdosing on DayQuil & Mucinex, excessively coughing, and constantly blowing my nose we still managed to have a fun little trip!
My dad booked our hotel for us, and we stayed at the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert. Fancy, fancy! The resort was beautiful, the grounds were immaculate, the rooms were extremely clean, and the food and drinks were delicious. You cannot ask for much more than that.
Desert Springs is approximately 14 miles from Downtown Palm Springs. A quick 20 minute drive through Cathedral City and we arrived in downtown Palm Springs! What a neat little town! The architecture takes you back in time! It looks like it was all built in the 1950’s, complete with the pink and teal accent colors. Super cute.
We began our day by eating at Cheeky’s. Do not go to Palm Springs and miss out on the food at Cheeky’s. Yes, there will be a wait; yes, the wait is worth it. Cheeky’s is open from 8:00 AM- 2:00 PM everyday except Tuesday. Breakfast is served all day, and lunch is served starting at 11:30 PM. Best part? The menu changes weekly! Honestly, I would return to Palm Springs just to eat at Cheeky’s again.
There is no shortage of shopping in Downtown Palm Springs! Adorable and affordable little boutique shops line the main drag. A few of my favorites? Paperdolls Boutique, Lush Boutique (everything in the store is $16.99- woah), Diane’s Beachwear, Ooo La La, and Shoe La La.
PS. You can follow Paperdolls Boutique on Instagram- and they ship their products!
Near Palm Springs is the mecca of outlet shopping malls: The Desert Hills Premium Outlets. The outlets are located in Cabazon off the I-10. I’m sure most people have seen these outlets and passed them to and from LA.
(The crowds here are a bummer, not going to lie. And filled with people who like to stop directly in front of you when you are walking.)
But, if you can get over the crowds, this place is filled with great stores and great deals! High-end designers such as Coach, Michael Kors, Kate Space, Gucci, Burberry, DVF, Dolce & Gabbana, Dooney & Bourke, Fendi, Prada and Jimmy Choo attract large crowds. Other great stores present at the Desert Hills Premium Outlets include, but are not limited to: J. Crew Factory Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Levi’s, Banana Republic, TOMS, Aldo, American Eagle, BCBG, Hugo Boss, DKNY, Lululemon, Express, Fossil, Joe’s, and Lucky Brand.
Piece of advice: It is very windy! So, don’t do your hair all nice or anything & bring a sweater!
Overall it was a great weekend with mi madre!
Palm Springs is a cute town and the J.W. Marriott was a beautiful place to stay. But, this is not a destination I would frequent often. Except if I want a solid weekend to do some damage shopping!