Why We Love Modernism Week in Palm Springs


It's our favorite weekend of the year - Modernism Week in Palm Springs! Also known as our "annual inspiration trip" with our friend Elizabeth Gilmore. We attended our first Modernism Week last year and quickly fell in love, it's hard not to! 

Modernism Week is a celebration of design, architecture, and style over 10 days in the desert. And what better place than the mid-century modern capital, Palm Springs? If you love colour, sunshine, beautiful houses, and an excuse to get all dressed up, this is definitely the vacation for you.


Moroccan Modern Show Home at Modernism Week

One of the best parts of Modernism Week is visiting all the incredible homes, many of which are only open for tours during Modernism Week itself. This year, the showcase home was "Moroccan Modern," a one of a kind custom-built home from 1975 by architect Hal Lacy that was recently renovated. 


The shape of the house is centered around an incredible courtyard and pool, with the rooms acting like a wall to give you total privacy and seclusion. Since we live in Canada, we are obsessed with the idea of indoor/outdoor living, which is so popular in the desert! We loved the pink door too, obviously. 


Where to Stay for Modernism Week: Saguaro Palm Springs

Every year for Modernism Week we have stayed at the Saguaro Palm Springs! We love this hotel for many reasons, mainly that it's just so damn cute. The colorful rainbow walls were repainted just in time for Modernism Week by Dunn Edwards, and the hotel makes the perfect backdrop for a weekend of Instagram shots. 


Plus, you just have to love this pool! We took a quick break from home tours to soak up the sun by the pool, order a margarita, and just relax. We love their hotel restaurant El Jefe for tacos, and the Saguaro is one of the more affordable places to stay in Palm Springs (along with being so picturesque). Make sure you choose a room with a pool view  at the Saguaro- it's SO worth it!


Palm Springs Door Tour

Some things are just so fun that you have to do them twice! The Palm Springs Door Tour (hosted by Palm Springs Style) is a super fun event for Modernism Week that is basically a dream for millennials like us. You start at the Saguaro hotel, and embark on a cute, self-guided bike tour through all the beautiful neighborhoods of South Palm Springs, stopping at all the bright doors along the way! 


This is the perfect chance to see some of the architecture in Palm Springs while also getting in a lot of Instagram pics. ;) When the tour is over, you're met with a fresh, cold cocktail back at The Saguaro. For your bike rental, cocktail, and the tour, it's only $20! So make sure you snag tickets next year, this event is only open during Modernism Week


Vintage Trailer Show at Modernism Week in Palm Springs

New to us this year was exploring the Vintage Trailer Show at Modernism Week! 

This was surprisingly one of our highlights of the weekend, we had no idea how much we would love it! The Vintage Trailer Show is a curated collection of vintage trailers, campers, buses and motor homes all decorated with their own vibes or theme. Apparently this is one of the largest vintage trailer shows in the United States! 


We are SO glad that we ended up going, it was super cool to get to see all of the hip trailers decked out and to learn more about them from their owners. There was everything from super rare RVs that looked straight out of a 1950s magazine, to new, modern trailers fit for a young couple. We definitely recommend attending this show next year! 


Palm Springs Art Museum

Palm Springs is known worldwide for it's architecture and design, so obviously it would have an incredible museum! We loved visiting the Palm Springs Art Museum for the first time, it was full of modern art and the building itself was so stunning to wander through. 


We loved their outdoor sculpture garden, and their new cafe Persimmon is set to open soon! Because who doesn't want to enjoy rose and charcuterie at any opportunity?

We even got a sneak peek of their new exhibit which is on now - and it's all about Andy Warhol! If you're visiting for Coachella, definitely stop in at the museum and check it out. 


Visiting Frey House II at modernism week

Another incredible activity that we feel so lucky to have experienced is visiting Frey House II, Albert Frey's house!! When he died, he left his house to the Palm Springs Art Museum, and the house is only open to tours once a year, during Modernism Week. 

This was such a special experience to visit the home of one of our favorite architects, high up in the hills of Palm Springs. It was like stepping into the past, and if you ever get the chance to go, definitely go. The tours sell out fast each year! 


The Hidden Frey at Modernism Week

The Frey fun didn't stop there, we also had the unique opportunity to visit the Hidden Frey during Modernsim Week too! This newly restored 1966 tennis estate was the featured home of Modernism Week, and it's named the "hidden" Frey because the property is relatively unknown. 

The house is sunken from the street and truly hidden from view, with the tennis court and home below street level.


We had the best time visiting Palm Springs for Modernism Week 2018, and hopefully we will be back next year too! We can't recommend it enough - it's the perfect time to escape to Palm Springs for some sunshine, get inspired by all the amazing art, design, and architecture, and also just hang out with your friends or loved ones in an amazing city!

Heading to Palm Springs? Check out all our fave spots in our guide here:


This post is in partnership with our friends at Modernism Week - thank you for having us be part of the #PSModSquad again! 

24 hours in Whistler Village at the Crystal Lodge


Living in Vancouver, we are always ready for a road trip to Whistler! It's the perfect little escape from the city, and we recently visited for just a short 24 hours with Whistler's Crystal Lodge. Whether you stay for a day or a week, there's so much to explore in Whistler, and this trip we got to try a few new things too! 

Planning a trip to Whistler? You can view all of our favorite Whistler spots and posts here


We hit the road with our bestie Lindsay from Treasures & Travels blog and started the trip by venturing through Squamish. 

We often find ourselves stopping the whole way to Whistler, no matter how many times we visit. Alta Lake and Lost Lake are two of our favourite spots to visit in both winter and summer for the epic scenery and calm water. 


When we got to Whistler, we ended up visiting the gorgeous Audain Art Museum for the first time!

The museum is a mesmerizing display of art from local BC artists. The architecture of the museum is stunning and very forest-like, reflecting the presence within. We definitely recommend visiting, especially if you're a BC local and looking for something new to do in Whistler! 


While in Whistler, we stayed at the Crystal Lodge, which is the perfect spot to stay within the village if you're wanting to be close to everything! We finally got to visit Basalt, a wine and salumeria located upstairs/above the hotel facing the village.

We were obsessed with the charcuterie boards and cocktails, specifically the Bour•geoi•sie that features St Germain Elderflower Liquor, Gordon's Gin, Orange Marmalade, Lemon Juice and Sparking Wine. We also loved their selection of wines, including some of our favourite wine from BC's Okanagan like Covert Farm's Rose and MoonCurser's Syrah. 


Where to Stay in Whistler Village

We had never experienced staying right in the thick of the village, and we loved our stay at Crystal Lodge, with windows facing the mountains and village walkways. We didn't hear a sound all night, and really enjoyed our cozy and minimal room. We also enjoyed a Vegan Scramble and Egg's Benedict from the Wild Wood Pacific Bistro, which was voted the #1 Brunch spot in Whistler.


In the morning, we woke up and found ourselves going up the gondola as every local usually does. The Peak2Peak gondola is our favourite adventure to satisfy that craving for snow on a time crunch. The glass bottoms are very romanticizing, if you're not afraid of heights!


After taking in the snow and beautiful day, it was time for aprés and a local beer at Beacon's Pub & Eatery, along with deep-fried pickles and massive Caesar's served in a boot glass. Sooo yum!


We had such a fun 24 hours in Whistler village! Looking for more things to do in Whistler? Check out our Whistler City Guide


This post is in partnership with Crystal Lodge 

A Relaxing Escape to Tofino, BC: Where To Eat, Surf, and Stay


Tofino, BC is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and that's not the only reason to visit! Besides being one of the only places in Canada you can surf, Tofino also has stunning sandy beaches, an incredible food scene full of local, fresh seafood, and beautiful resorts made for relaxing. 

Here's some of the best things for you to do and see in Tofino, BC: 


How to Get to Tofino, BC from Vancouver

One of the things that makes Tofino, BC such a magical place to visit is that it's pretty secluded. While the trip is definitely worth it, is does involve driving to the ferry, taking a 2.5 hour ferry to Nanaimo on BC Ferries, and then driving another ~3 hours. Did we mention that the last bit of the drive is super windy roads, too? 

If you're like us, the last thing you want to do when leaving or coming home from vacation is deal with renting a car, especially when you already have a long road trip ahead of you. It adds SO much time to your trip to wait for your car and return it, not to mention you get charged if you don't return your car exactly when you thought you would be back. 


That's why we were SO excited to find out that you can take an Evo Car Share on the road with you outside of the city! We use Evo all the time in Vancouver anyway, so we decided to use Evo's daily rental rate for our road trip to Tofino. It's $89.99 per day, and that includes all of your gas too!

We did the math and compared it to a regular rental car rate, and after you add up the rental fee, insurance, and gas, it was not only cheaper to take Evo, but way more convenient. There was an Evo across the street from our house, and when we came home all we had to do was drive to our house, unload our bags, and sign out. No horrible rental car experience, yay! 


We did the math and compared it to a regular rental car rate, and after you add up the rental fee, insurance, and gas, it was not only cheaper to take Evo, but way more convenient. There was an Evo across the street from our house, and when we came home all we had to do was drive to our house, unload our bags, and sign out. No horrible rental car experience, yay! 

If you want to try out Evo, use the promo code "JOIN" to get free membership + 30 free minutes! 


Where to Stay in Tofino: Pacific Sands Resort

We stayed at the most incredible and romantic Tofino resort! We quickly fell in love with Pacific Sands Resort, and we had an amazing beach house to enjoy all to ourselves. All of the beach houses have this incredible, floor to ceiling view from the master bedroom, complete with your own balcony that is literally right on the ocean. 


The view from our room was pretty incredible, there were steps to the sand right beside our beach house and we had incredible ocean views. Nothing like falling asleep to ocean waves every night! The beach house had a full living room, kitchen, and second bedroom, so this would be the perfect Tofino resort for a group of friends or a family too. 


Wandering Cox Bay, Tofino

Pacific Sands Resort is located right on the beach in Tofino at Cox Bay. This is a popular spot for surfers, and it's honestly one of the prettiest beaches we have ever been to. It has long, sandy beaches (something you don't get in Vancouver) and Pacific Sands Resort has their own private trails that are perfect for going on a walk at sunset. 

 photo and photo above by  Jordan Dyck

photo and photo above by Jordan Dyck

Having the beach literally right outside your front door is such a luxury, and it's such a calming escape from the city. Perhaps that's why Tofino is such a special place for so many people, they get the chance to just exist in beautiful nature and don't have to worry about anything other than when their next beach walk will be. 

 photo by  Jordan Dyck

photo by Jordan Dyck

Where to Go Surfing in Tofino:

Like we mentioned, Cox Bay is a popular Tofino surfing spot. One of the best benefits of staying at Pacific Sands Resort is that they have one of the best Tofino surfing schools located on the resort! Surf Sisters is a Tofino staple, and their surf shack at the resort makes it super convenient for you to go surfing whenever you want (or every day). 


We had never surfed before, and while I was a little nervous to try, we ended up having so much fun! The instructors at Surf Sisters are all women, and they make surfing super accessible and not intimidating at all. They provided us with everything we needed: wet suits, booties, surfboards, and the confidence to get up on a board and catch a wave! 

Plus, with Wildside Grill restaurant right next door to Surf Sisters at Pacific Sands Resort, you'll have some amazing seafood to fill up on after you've burned all those calories surfing! 


Our Favourite Tofino Restaurant: 1909 Kitchen 

Wondering where to eat in Tofino? Well you're in luck, because the restaurant scene in Tofino is amazing! Between the Wolf in the Fog, Wildside Grill, Shelter, Tacofino, and Rhino donuts, there's so many yummy things to eat. 

On this trip, we tried out the new 1909 Kitchen at Tofino Resort and Marina, and it was amazing! 


This new Tofino restaurant is not only stunning and newly renovated, it's located right on the marina so you have a beautiful ocean view during dinner! Their menu is seafood oriented to showcase the best of Tofino, and their wood-burning oven cooks up some seriously delicious pizzas. Chef Paul Moran created this amazing shared plate of ceviche in shells, and we sipped on their delicious cocktails all night long. 

Definitely make a reservation at 1909 Kitchen for your Tofino trip! It's our new favourite. 


Craft Beer Tasting at Tofino Brewery

Obviously, one of the things you have to do when you visit Tofino is hit up Tofino Brewing! Whether you sit and stay for awhile in their tasting room, or grab a growler to go, Tofino Brewing is a classic part of any visit. Their kelp stout is so good too, it's literally made with kelp from the ocean and has a yummy chocolate-y taste to it. Pretty unique! 


Tofino is such a naturally beautiful and inspiring place to visit, you're guaranteed to have a great time! 

We can't say enough good things about it, especially our stay at Pacific Sands Resort. Looking for more BC road trips?

Check out 7 Gorgeous Weekend Getaways from Vancouver !