Palm Springs with Kids
Yes, you can go to the desert in the dead of summer with your kids and enjoy it. One of my best friends and I decided that we wanted to take a week during summer break and spend it together with our kids (who also happen to love each other). Palm Springs felt like the perfect choice because all we wanted to do was hang by a pool all week and it had to be somewhere we could drive to. When we found a great house on Airbnb with 3 bedrooms and a pool in the backyard, the plan was set!
The morning of the trip, we caravanned out to Palm Springs in two cars and stopped for gas and lunch midway. We arrived to Palm Springs that evening to 116 degree heat. As soon as the moms unpacked the cars (quickly!) the kids were digging in their suitcases for swimsuits and heading to the pool within minutes.
The first three days of the week we just swam, ate, talked, and swam more. It would hit 100 degrees by 8am and the kids were in the pool by 9am everyday. We stocked up on food the first night and cooked all our meals at the house with the plan to eat out one night. The kids would go to bed by 9ish and us moms would stay up watching old chick flicks with wine and chocolate. It was bliss! But by day four I could tell my kids were getting antsy and needing to get out of the house for a change of scenery so I packed the kids up in the car that afternoon for an adventure in town.
The kids and I had a blast walking around downtown Palm Springs. We popped into Desert Hatter and tried on lots of different hats together, laughing and taking pictures of each other. We walked to Ruby's diner next door and had milkshakes for lunch and then shopped for kitschy Palm Spring souvenirs at the Palm Springs General Store before driving back to the house.
In the evening we all got dressed up and went out to dinner. On the way to the restaurant, we decided to stop into the ACE hotel to check out the fun lobby and take pictures in the retro black and white photo booth, it's located near the restaurant just past the check in desk. The machine takes cards and cost is $6. We all piled into the booth in pairs and in threes to take our photos, waiting 4 minutes for each strip to print and develop. They made for the best souvenirs! The staff at the Ace was so kind and helpful, chatting with the kids and even giving us a little tour of the pool and swim club. We thought about changing our dinner plans last minute to eat there (great kids menu and patio!) but decided to head to our original indoor destination because of the heat. I'm already thinking of booking a room here though for my next Palm Springs trip in March.
The Droughtsman, is part of the Arrive hotel. It did'nt seem super kid friendly at first glance but once we chatted with our waiter he let us know what was on the kids menu and also mentioned that they do game nights on the patio when the weather allows (it was just too dang hot!). We ordered burgers, a chicken sandwich, the poke nachos and the moms enjoyed a fancy cocktail too! For dessert we walked to Ice cream and Shoppe for a scoop. It's also part of the Arrive hotel and is just the cutest place ever. They have a great gift shop and unlimited free toppings for your ice cream. The kids loved it!
The next morning, we decided to get up early and head to the Palm Springs farmers market. They hold it in an indoor location during the hot summer months. Genius! They had some great produce and guess what else... Joshua Tree Coffee Co was there with samples and fresh beans!! It's one of my favorites and I picked up some to take home. We went back to the rental to beat the heat and swim in the pool for the rest of the day.
On Sunday, we packed up our bags and said goodbye to our buddies because they wanted to get on road early. I had one last stop in mind. The kids and I drove over to Moortens Botanical Gardens and arrived just after they opened. I suggest going early because of the heat and to beat the crowds. We were able to enjoy the garden quietly and snap tons of pics without anyone in the background. It was such a fun place to visit and great for kids. Right before getting on the road we had brunch at Shermans Deli. The kids ordered breakfast plates and I ordered a half pastrami sandwich on rye with Matzo ball soup side. SO GOOD! I can't wait to bring Bryan back sometime.
We accomplished our goal of getting quality time with our friends and the trip was just so incredibly easy. We are already planning another week together next summer! Only question is... where to?