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Travel // Palm Springs, CA Pt. 1

Back in February, I had the pleasure of traveling to Palm Springs, California for a week. It was a blissfully sunny week, equal parts spent relaxing and exploring/hiking. The town is incredibly charming and quirky, with ’60s modernism influences abound. Nestled in a valley between mountains, the city itself is very flat with hardly a high rise building in sight.

Also, yes, the sky is that blue. No filter required.

Things to do in Palm Springs:

  1. That Pink Door (1100 E Sierra Way, Palm Springs, CA 92264)
    The architectural history and weirdness of Palm Springs equates to fun surprises around every corner. One of my favourite spots to visit was the infamous ‘Pink Door’ – nearby is also a house with two lion statues decked out with inflatable pool toys! (Both houses pictured below)
  2. Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium (1701 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264)
    Spend an hour wandering through this gorgeous garden, and make a pit stop in the cactarium! I’m obsessed with cactuses and succulents, so this place was a dream come true. I couldn’t take any plants home with me, but I did buy some gorgeous plant pots.
  3. Woodys Palm House (450 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262)
    Set a little further down the road from most of the restaurants/shopping, this place has THE MOST AMAZING APPETIZERS. Stop by for a drink and grab some jalapeno poppers or mac and cheese wedges. Seriously, to die for. They also host live music most evenings, and reservations can book up quickly.
  4. Go for a bike ride!
    There are ample bikes available to rent in town. Fortunately, the house I was staying at had a few bikes kicking around so I went for a few cruises around the neighbourhood. There is stunning architecture abound everywhere, and so many cute houses with amazing landscaping elements such as vividly painted gates, or quirky plant arrangements. There are also vintage cars abound EVERYWHERE. The town is so quaint, no matter what route you take you won’t be disappointed.

Around Palm Springs

Around the neighbourhood 

Cabazon Dinosaurs

Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium

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