Palm Springs brings together what most of us are craving just about this time of year: warm weather, palm trees, delicious restaurants with patio dining, boutique hotels perfect for poolside rosé and great shopping. Throw in a backdrop of beautiful desert mountains and a couple of your favorite girlfriends—you’ll find a trip to the desert offers the perfect mix to recharge and relax.
While Palm Springs is also a great destination for the guys (golfing much?), we did some firsthand research for our Bellevue ladies to narrow down your choices for your next girlfriends getaway. Only a two-hour direct flight away, and with most attractions in close proximity to the airport and downtown, this trip is easy, convenient and does not need to be overthought. The toughest decision you will need to make is how many open toe shoes to pack. For more travel information, VisitPalmSprings.com has your back.
Alcazar Palm Springs
622 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 | 760.318.9850 | @alcazarps
This hip Spanish colonial-style boutique hotel offers sleek, individually decorated all-white rooms, chic beach cruiser loaners, outdoor pool and hot tub, and complimentary morning coffee and pastries. It’s just a mile from downtown and next door to a casual farm-to-table cafe and an Italian restaurant and bar.
849 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 92262 | 760.325.8490 | @eight4nine
This casual upscale restaurant and lounge with white, crisp interior lined with farmhouse tables and stylish chairs creates a luxurious yet comfortable ambiance. For serene scenery, grab drinks on the patio overlooking the San Jacinto Mountains. The majestic views and elegant sculpture decorating the garden make it the perfect setting for a weekend brunch, dinner or special occasion.
Estrella Spa at Avalon Hotel & Bungalows
415 S. Belardo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262 | 760.318.3000 |@estrellaspa
Indulge in premium spa services with massages, facials and wellness at the luxury Estrella, a full-service aromatherapy spa. The Estrella Spa at the Avalon Hotel Palm Springs offers privacy, luxury and superlative treatment services in a serene indoor-outdoor setting.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262 | 888.515.8726 | @palmspringsaerialtramway
Aboard the world’s largest rotating tramcar, you will experience a breathtaking journey up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon. It’s a 10-minute ride at the 2,643-foot Valley Station and rises to the Mountain Station at 8,516 feet. There are more than 50 miles of hiking trails, and it’s usually 30-40 degrees cooler at the top.
233 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 92262 | 760.327.1551 | @mrlyonspalmsprings
Mr. Lyons is a steakhouse with a conscientious modern update and a menu that puts local small farms first. Evoking the old Hollywood glamour that Palm Springs is famous for, their dining salon is black and white marble, wood, brass, leather and velvet—a fine dining experience steeped in classic elegance.
664 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 | 760.327.4400 | @jakespalmsprings
This hip-yet-casual American bistro serves up fresh, innovative fare and comfort food favorites along with beverages from a full bar. Dine alfresco in their charming courtyard or sleek dining room. Can’t go wrong with lunch, dinner or brunch.
LuLu California Bistro
200 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 | 760.327.5858 | @lulupalmsprings
Lulu is a captivating California bistro dining experience. Menu options are many, and the generous portions are prepared with the freshest ingredients available and a dash of innovation from award-winning chefs. Freshly baked bread and decadent desserts are made in-house daily.
The Shops at Thirteen Forty Five
1345 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 | firstname.lastname@example.org | @theshopsat1345
This unique and chic collective of design shops gives shoppers the opportunity to experience and purchase from a curated variety of coveted and beautiful items.
1345 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 | 310.955.1060 | @soukiemodern
Soukie Modern is best known for its handbags, which captures its California-meets-Morocco aesthetics, and can be seen on most Instagram influencers while hanging at Coachella. It also offers a finely curated collection of vintage Moroccan rugs, textiles and home accessories.