Where to Stay in Palm Springs: Mid-Century Mod at The Monkey Tree Hotel

Looking for where to stay in Palm Springs? We love finding fun and eclectic places to stay in Palm Springs, so we were excited to visit the newly renovated Monkey Tree Hotel! It's a boutique Palm Springs hotel that has a ton of character, and we loved how quiet and homey it felt - it was the perfect place to just chill out and enjoy the sunshine and break out our bikinis. If you need more things to do in Palm Springs, check out our city guide!

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Where to Stay in Palm Springs: The Monkey Tree Hotel

The Monkey Tree Hotel is definitely one of the best Palm Springs hotels, namely because of awesome ambiance and gorgeous grounds. If you want a lively place to be seen, this is not it, but if you're looking to really relax and curl up with a book at the pool without being disturbed, this is definitely a great place to stay. Originally built in 1960 by Albert Frey (hey, it's not Palm Springs with some mid-century modernism, right?), it was recently re-opened and lovingly restored. One of our favorite things was enjoying breakfast in their super cool, super retro lounge each morning!

The Jungle Room is so amazing, and back in the days of the original hotel, it was actually Eric Clapton's favorite place to stay in Palm Springs! The room also has it's own private, jungle landscaped patio. All of the rooms have huge windows so you can look out to their pretty grounds and that stunning pool, but don't worry: you can't see inside of them! #magic 

We stayed in one of the Deluxe King rooms which came with a little kitchenette, which we always love when we're travelling! The California King bed was so comfy, and we had a ton of space to hang out in, which was great because it actually rained for two days while we were there! Who knew it rained in Palm Springs?! Thankfully we had this cute space to cozy up in.

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Definitely consider a stay at the Monkey Tree Hotel for your next trip to Palm Springs!

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Taylor's bikini is the Charlatan from Swimsuits for All, which is her favorite brand for curvy swimwear!

Desert Vibes at Casa Joshua Tree, Our Home Away From Home

Everyone always love Joshua Tree. Okay, maybe we didn't totally lovvvve it our first time there, but this time we made sure to do it the right way. And by right way we mean we just chilled out and a did whole lot of nothing, except for enjoying the company of friends and nature. After a busy weekend in Palm Springs, we drove out to the desert and worked remotely for the week from the cutest Joshua Tree Airbnb with our friend Elizabeth. It was quiet, it was beautiful, and it was just what we all needed.

Where to Stay in Joshua Tree: Casa Joshua Tree

We found Casa Joshua Tree on Instagram (they have the best feed!) and instantly knew we had to stay here when we came to visit. It's definitely one of the best Joshua Tree Airbnb's! It's a spacious 2 bedroom house that is covered in natural light during the day and just has the best Joshua Tree vibes. It was so relaxing and peaceful, and we spent our days cooking, working, and just being with each other.

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The bedrooms were so gorgeous, and we couldn't get over all the beautiful details everywhere. I mean come on - this bathroom!? 

You can save Casa Joshua Tree to your Airbnb list here, or if you're new to Airbnb, you can get $40 in FREE travel credit using our link! Just sign up now with the link and your credit will be waiting for you whenever you want to book your trip to Joshua Tree - or anywhere! 

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Casa Joshua Tree has the cutest little backyard, and we loved having our coffee out here in the morning and just relaxing with the sunset. It's so cute to have little "joshua trees" right in your backyard! 

Exploring Joshua Tree National Park

And of course, no trip to Joshua Tree is complete without exploring a bit of nature. One day we didn't even go into the "actual" park and just drove around the neighborhood until we found this rad road in the middle of nowhere. Obviously we had to stop and take some photos while it was sunset!

We will definitely be back to Casa Joshua Tree soon, it's is now officially our desert home away from home. 

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Modernism Week in Palm Springs: The Christopher Kennedy Compound!

Modernism Week in Palm Springs was such a fun and exciting weekend in the city, and by far the best event was the stunning showhome known as the Christopher Kennedy Compound! Each year, the fabulously talented Christopher Kennedy restores a classic mid-century modern house and brings together the nation’s top design talents to create a stunning, liveable, and truly modern home in Palm Springs.

The Christopher Kennedy Compound at Modernism Week

This year, the Christopher Kennedy Compound was the home of blogger Kelly Golightly, and it was extra special for us to attend, meet Kelly and Christopher, and explore Villa Golightly, the most insanely gorgeous home we've ever seen. Because this is what the glamour of Palm Springs is all about, right? How jaw-dropping is this terrace?! Nothing like a Tiffany blue barbeque...

After going for a swim, you can casually make your way into the Beyonce-themed restroom beside the pool, with 3D printed lemonade wallpaper...no big deal.

There's walk in closets, and there's offices, but what if the two of them came together? That's right, welcome to the coolest workspace we've ever seen, the #CLOFFICE. The entire home had an amazing retro vibe, from the bathrooms to the multiple living rooms, and we couldn't get enough! Definitely check out the #VillaGolightly hashtag on Instagram for more of the rooms. 

Another one of our favorite designs in the home was this amazing "millennial pink" bedroom by Sarah Sherman Samuel. Sarah also designed Light Lab, a cool studio space in LA by our friends Caroline and Jayden, so we knew this was going to be a room that stole the show. You couldn't find a better pairing to a pink dream room than an ensuite with a bathtub full of Moet, designed by the fabulous Dawn McCoy

Best Event at Palm Springs Modernism Week

This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the amazing experience of the Christopher Kennedy Compound. Definitely snag tickets to this event in Palm Springs, it's only on during the two weeks of Modernism Week and this design showcase alone makes us want to go back every year! Stay tuned for all of next year's events by following Modernism Week on Instagram. See you there?

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