That’s right, I finally got around to going through the hundreds of photos we took on vacation in Palm Springs to give you a little recap of what we were up to! I even enlisted the help of one of my favorite Illustrators, Hello Kristen Long, to draw up a map as a free printable guide since I know many of you are headed out to the dessert soon. (Kristen is amazing, and she even draws what she ate for breakfast sometimes on her Instagram account, so definitely go check her out! We all love drawings of food!!)
What are you waiting for? There are plenty of palm trees and gorgeous colors to be seen in this post, so dive right in! You better beware though, you might be begging your family or significant other for a vacation afterwards. I’m already begging mine to go back! Enjoy our little photo story and make sure to download your map at the end!
On our first day, we went to the Ace Hotel to do some exploring and ate at the restaurant there, Kings Highway. This was probably our favorite place to eat and we went back twice for brunch. I got a BLAT (which is a BLT + avocado) the first time, and skirt steak and eggs the second time; both were delicious! I also tried some of my guy’s avocado toast, and was sad when I had to stop after only one bite. During our whole trip, I think we had avocado at every meal and I was definitely not complaining!
The Ace Hotel has a photobooth in the lobby too, so even if you’re not staying there, stop in and go make some silly faces. Old school photobooth photos are one of my favorite treasures since they are actually a physical memory. And because I can line the refrigerator with them! Ha!
We ended up taking a TON of photos at the Ace. Nobody was around when we went, and I got to freak out about seeing a cactus in the wild for the first time totally free of judgement. And the view of the mountains from the hotel rooms! Let’s talk about those mountains for a second because I am not convinced they are real! They were so perfect I kept talking about how it looked like someone was just holding up a cutout that was just mountain-shaped.
We had rented a car to get from LAX to Palm Springs, so we had a way to get to the Cabazon Dinosaurs, otherwise known as “the giant dinosaurs everyone Instagrams.” (I am totally guilty of Instagramming these now too). This is about 45 minutes outside of Palm Springs but they’re definitely worth seeing, and you won’t miss them when you’re driving on the highway; they’re the only giant dinosaurs in sight!
After seeing the dinosaurs, we explored The Parker. Words can’t describe how beautiful everything is there, it’s like something out of a fairy-tale. We literally got lost in a huge hedge maze for half an hour exploring. And the decor! Jonathan Adler did an amazing job because I wanted to take every part of that hotel, pick it up, and bring it back to my apartment. I mean, look at how gorgeous their restaurant, Norma’s, even is?!
Now on to one of the things I was most excited about: #thatpinkdoor! I even had to plan my outfit beforehand to coordinate with the door. I know, I’m a total loser! If you have a car, or if it’s not 115 degrees Fahrenheit like it was when we went, you can rent a bike from The Saguaro, and drive around the Palm Springs houses. And to make life easier, the address of the pink door house is 1100 E Sierra Way. You’ll thank me for this after you see how easy it is to get lost within those gorgeous streets.
Anddd, here’s the big Palm Springs map reveal! I’m extremely obsessed with it, I already have plans to print it out and frame it as a memory of all of our favorite places. Kristen did an AH-mazing job, don’t forget to check out her other work too!
This post has definitely made me miss vacation as I’m sitting here back in my apartment and looking at the forecast of clouds and rain for New York for the next week. If you’re headed to Palm Springs soon, or want to plan a trip there after seeing how gorgeous it is, don’t forget to take along the Aww Sam + Hello Kristen Long map! You can download it below or click the photo above for the full sized .jpg version!