The Coolest Palm Springs City Guide

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Our new Palm Springs City Guide is here! Palm Springs is one of the best places to visit all year long, whether you're coming to party at Coachella, explore architecture at Modernism Week, or just want to relax by the pool in the sunshine.

Our Palm Springs City Guide gives you everything you need to know to plan for your upcoming vacay, from things to do in Palm Springs to the best restaurants, shopping, and where to stay in Palm Springs:

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FUn Things to Do in Palm Springs

One of our favorite things to do in Palm Springs is to explore all of the beautiful architecture, and there's a ton of architecture or home tours that you can take around town. Palm Springs is full of bright doors, and we highly recommend taking yourself on a bike tour of all the gorgeous houses if you're looking for fun things to do in Palm Springs. We rented bikes from Bike Palm Springs and biked all around the flat city checking out the historic houses in this self-guided tour.  

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A visit to #Thatpinkdoor is a Palm Springs classic - I mean, any house that has it's own Instagram hashtag must be, right? If you're looking for That Pink Door's address or location, you can find her at 1100 East Sierra Way in South Palm Springs (not too far from The Ace Hotel). 

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Shoes: Mohinders 

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Even though we've been to Palm Springs countless times, there's still fun things to do that we haven't checked off our list yet! Like visiting the Moorten Botanical Gardens for a perfect selfie shot, or feeding the giraffes at The Living Desert.

Another  incredible Palm Springs experience is participating in the long table dinners at Sparrows Lodge. You need to book ahead, but we just loved this dining al fresco experience and will definitely do it again! We also loved exploring the cool art collection at the Palm Springs Art Museum, and if you get a chance to book a tour to Albert Frey's house, Frey House II, definitely do it! 

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Best Pools in Palm Springs

Obviously, you have to have to spend some serious time by the pool in Palm Springs while you're there. The good news is that you're not confined to the pool at your hotel! You can pool hop in Palm Springs, with most pools being open to the public if you buy a drink, eat some food, or sometimes, pay a small cover charge. 

If you're looking to party, the pool at The Saguaro is super fun with a great poolside bar, tacos, and music. The Ace Hotel pool is kind of an inbetween, with lots of people lounging but there's still some music to groove to. The pool at Arrive Hotel is just stunning, and a really great place to lay out with good food and drinks. Last but not least, Holiday House has killer margaritas and an amazing lawn / shaded area, complete with shuffleboard.

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The Saguaro pool

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Arrive hotel pool

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Ace Hotel pool

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Holiday House pool

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Arrive Hotel pool

BEST RESTAURANTS IN PALM SPRINGS

Wondering where to eat in Palm Springs? Palm Springs is in the middle of a cultural renaissance, and there are SO many amazing restaurants and bars to choose from. Our current obsession is Azucar Restaurant, with their modern boho decor, incredible cocktail menu (hello, blood orange margaritas), and gorgeous rooftop bar! This is definitely one of the best restaurants in Palm Springs, I mean...just look at it:

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Other good restaurants in Palm Springs are King's Highway at the Ace Hotel, you can eat by the pool or inside their cool '60s restaurant. This is one of the Palm Springs staples, and we come here to eat every time we visit! 

Norma's at The Parker hotel is also famous for their brunch, but it is pretty pricey so check the menu before you go. Another favorite Palm Springs restaurant is  Reservoir at Arrive Hotel, which is great for both lunch and dinner. 

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If you're looking for a serious good cocktail, head to Bootleger Tiki for some tropical drinks! Next door is Ernest Coffee, which is where you'll want to spend your mornings if you're a fan of Stumptown Cofeee. Also a great spot to work if you need to! Ice Cream & Shoppe is the place to go to cool down with some gelato or ice cream, and they have a totally rad gift shop of curated goodies (and a #palmspringsisbetter neon sign).  If you're in South Palm Springs by the Saguaro or Ace, then you'll want to hit up Koffi for coffee.

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Where to Shop in Palm Springs

There's a ton of really great mid-century mod furniture shopping in Palm Springs, but if you don't want to break the bank, head to The Frippery for some cute and curated vintage shopping!

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Somewhat new to Palm Springs is The Shops at 1345, a shopping destination full of amazing  Moroccan rugs at Soukie Modern, cute and colorful desert goodies at Palm Springs Style shop, and a ton of other really cool vendors.

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If you're in Palm Desert, we love love love the vintage store The Fine Art of Design. Amidst all the luxury brands and big stores in Palm Desert, we found the lovely local boutique Elizabeth & Prince, where you can easily get into stylish Palm Springs vacation mode.

Where to Stay in Palm Springs

When it comes to where to stay in Palm Springs, there are SO many amazing options! Honestly…you can’t go wrong. Here are some of our favourite places to stay in Palm Springs, based on where we have personally chosen to stay!

Best Palm Springs Hotels: The Saguaro

We have stayed at the Saguaro Hotel a bunch, and we love it! The hotel grounds are super colourful which makes the perfect backdrop for your Instagram photos, and it’s really reasonably priced too. Definitely spring for a pool view room! This is where you want to stay if you want a lively atmosphere and fun pool to hang out at -  the DJ is always playing!

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Best Palm Springs Hotels: Ace Hotel

We are regular visitors to all of the Ace Hotels, and the Ace Hotel Palm Springs is one of our favourites! We love the rooms with the big patios, perfect for happy hour with your friends. The huge beds are super comfy too, and it’s nice to be close to a great pool, a cool bar, and a yummy restaurant.

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Best Palm Springs Hotels: The Parker Palm Springs

The Parker Palm Springs is a super hot spot Palm Springs hotel, and it’s pricey too. Located a bit away from the centre of the “city”, you’ll want to stay here if you’re looking for a resort-like hotel that has a ton of amenities, secluded in the luxury of peace of quiet. Think lots of lawns, fire pits, and a celebrity or two from LA. If you don’t stay here, come for a drink at least, it’s pretty cool!

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Best Boutique Hotel in Palm Springs: The Amado

If you are looking for something in between an Airbnb and a big hotel, then the Amado is perfect for you! It’s very peaceful, with just 5 units and a common pool. The rooms are big with a kitchen, dining area, and living room, so it’s like your cool home away from home in the desert.

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Best Airbnbs in Palm Springs:

There are a TON of really amazing Palm Springs houses for rent on Airbnb, so if you’re going with a big group of people definitely check those out! We recently stayed at the picture perfect Flamingo House and LOVED it. We also really loved having our own pool to hang out at with our girlfriends, and a huge kitchen to cook in. Not to mention this incredible design!

Get $40 in free Airbnb credit for your first stay! Just sign up at this link here and your credit will be there for you when you need it - you don't even have to book right now! :)

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We hope you enjoyed our Palm Springs City Guide! This is honestly our favorite place to visit, and this is our most popular blog post ever so we are very excited to have it all updated for you guys.

You can check out all our Palm Springs blog posts here, and don't forget to follow us on Instagram at @localwanderer for even more travel inspo!

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Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments! 

11 Cool Places to Go in North Park, San Diego

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Wondering where to go in San Diego, California? North Park is one of our favorite neighborhoods because it's laid back, easy to walk around, and it's home to some of the best casual restaurants in San Diego. Not to mention there are a ton of breweries

Here are some of the coolest places to shop, eat, and drink in North Park, San Diego:

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1. Most Instagrammable Place in North Park: Holy Matcha

Matcha is having a serious moment right now, and Holy Matcha in San Diego's North Park is the perfect place to visit to brighten up your day (and your Instagram feed). We love the matcha or rosé lemonade, which we ordered with our friend Christine from C'est Christine, but don't sleep on their vegan and gluten-free matcha donuts too! 

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2. Best Vegan Eats in North Park: Tribute Pizza

Located in the former North Park Post Office building, Tribute Pizza is a gorgeous, open, light-filled space that is perfect for enjoying a delicious pizza with your besties. Doesn't hurt that the lighting can really make your foodie brunch pizza photos pop!

During San Diego happy hour you can score a margherita pizza for only $7 from 4-6pm, half price wine on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and bottomless mimosas for brunch on the weekend. Plus, there's vegan pizzas and gluten-free dough too. 

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3. Best Shopping North Park: Pigment

Pigment is not only one of our favorite places to shop in San Diego, it's one of our all-time favorite stores anywhere! Every time we visit San Diego we have to stop by to see what's new, and they are always changing up the store with their gorgeous visual merchandising and perfect selection of curated goods for your home, office, and life. 

Be sure to check out their make-your-own-terrariums, as well as their built in selfie station. You can also bring home Ban.do with you too!

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4. Best Donuts in North Park: Dark Horse Coffee Roasters

Dark Horse Coffee Roasters have a few locations in San Diego, and we love their little outpost in North Park. This is definitely the place to stroll in and pick up some yummy vegan donuts with your iced coffee! Probably best to take it to go, because the seating is pretty limited.

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5. Live Like a Surfer at Aloha Beach Club in North Park

Aloha Beach Club is a cool surf label home to San Diego and Hawaii, and you'll find everything you need to embrace that laid-back surfer style at this shop in North Park. There's a good mix of both men's and women's items, so you can shop for yourself or take something home for your loved ones!

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6. Best Drink Specials at Encontro North Park

Whether you want bottomless mimosas, or buy one bottle of wine get the second for 10 cents (seriously), Encontro North Park is home to some seriously great drink specials. They also have a great location along University Ave, and we love their laid-back vibes and beer selection. You can check out their ever-changing (and creative) drink specials here

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7. Best Coffee in North Park: Holsem Coffee

Holsem Coffee is a great coffee shop to work out of in North Park, and their coffee is super great too. They also have a creative coffee menu, including an affogato for those sunny San Diego days, and some yummy baked goods and sandwiches too. 

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8. Best Chill Out Spot in North Park: Dunedin

Dunedin is a New Zealand–themed restaurant in North Park, and we love their quirky decor. It kind of feels like you're eating at a tropical summer camp, and the two shaded patios (and a fire pit) makes it the perfect patio spot year round in North Park, San Diego. You can even bring your pup, because it's dog friendly! Plus, you can't beat $1 mimosas on the weekends. 

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9. Best Patio in North Park: Underbelly

Underbelly is a yummy ramen spot in San Diego with two locations, one being this beautiful, big space in North Park. We love cozying up during the "cooler" months with a hot bowl of ramen around the toasty, fire pit tables on their patio. Grab a local craft beer and you can settle in all night! Plus, there's vegetarian-friendly ramen too. 

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10. Coolest Decor in North Park: Modern Times Flavordome

While there are tons and tons of breweries in North Park to choose from, Modern Times Flavordome is a classic. They have consistently good beer, including a lot of coffee-infused beers, but their quirky decor is what makes this one of the coolest places to get a beer in San Diego. From the upside down lamp shades decorating the ceiling, to the mural of Yoga made out of floppy disks, this is definitely a go-to place to visit. 

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11. Sip Lavender Lattes at Communal Coffee

Communal Coffee is the kind of place where you can work, get a delicious lavender latte, nibble on a flight of toasts, and head home with a bunch of freshly bundled flowers. Their iconic "coffee and flowers" mural should be taken literally, because this place is home to both Communal Coffee and the florists Native Poppy!

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Well, that's it for some of our favorite cool places to go in North Park, San Diego! There's lots more though, so feel free to wander down University Ave or 30th Street and discover more of what makes this 'hood so chill and fun. 

Travelling to San Diego? Check out our Airbnb/hotel picks as well as a ton of other San Diego places to visit on our page here!

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Get Tacos, Coffee, and a Cool Airbnb at One Bunk San Diego

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Looking for where to stay in San Diego? We recently stayed at One Bunk San Diego, a super rad Airbnb located in the up-and-coming area of Barrio Logan. The huge backyard, close proximity to the best tacos in town, and affordable price definitely make this one of the best Airbnb's in San Diego

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Where to Stay in San Diego: one Bunk San Diego

You know when you walk into a hotel room or AIrbnb, and smile from ear to ear because the hosts just "get it?" You'll definitely experience that at One Bunk San Diego! It's outfitted with everything a millennial could want or need, from the local craft Mexican beer in the fridge to the smart TV with Netflix and Hulu, plus a great speaker system and really good wifi. 

The Airbnb is a spacious, 500+ square foot room with both sleeping and living quarters and it was the perfect place to relax and hang out in for a couple days in San Diego. Plus, it looks super cool for your Instagram photos too.

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If you're new to Airbnb, you can get $40 off your first stay by signing up with our code here!

Even if you don't have a trip to book now, the credit will still be there when you do :) 

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One Bunk San Diego has a huge, shared backyard with the One Bunk offices. During the day you might see some people having meetings in converted shipping containers, but honestly we didn't notice anyone at all! The backyard is huge, and it was so nice to relax there at the end of the day for a little happy hour. 

Heading south of the border? One Bunk Tijuana is now open! We love going to TJ, it's pretty safe nowadays and there's a lot of great tacos and craft beer. One Bunk TJ looks super gorgeous and it's definitely on our list to visit! 

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Where to Go in Barrio Logan:

There's no need to suffer with sub-par hotel room coffee at One Bunk, because one of the best coffee shops in San Diego is right across the street! Take the provided mugs in your room to Cafe Moto for a complimentary pour, or treat yourself to a latte and yummy pastry. Getting a good coffee and then walking 10 seconds back to our room to cozy up in bed with it was one of our favorite things about staying at One Bunk. 

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San Diego is full of really, really good tacos, but Salud is arguably the best in the city. It's one of those places that has both a hip vibe, cool decor, and amazing food rolled into one. Also, the TJ street corn is the most delicious thing ever, so definitely order that too! Trust us...it's the one thing we go back for every time we visit San Diego.

Salud has gotten super popular since we first shared it, so be prepared for a line or head over there at a non-peak time!  

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This post is in partnership with our friends at One Bunk, who are genuinely some of the best in the hospitality biz! You can follow them on Instagram at @webunkyou

Spend Your Summer Vacation at an A-Frame Cabin in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is a gorgeous place to explore all year round, but we had the best summer vacation at Yosemite National Park! Thanks to our beautiful a-frame cabin rental from Boutique Homes, it was a relaxing trip full of sunshine, nature, and lots of relaxation. Here's some travel inspiration for your next trip, including the best place to stay in Yosemite National Park!

Getting to Yosemite National Park

We picked up our rental car in San Francisco and drove 3.5 hours to Yosemite National Park. Our car ended up being a VW Bug convertible, which was perfect because it was over 100 degrees while we were there! Hello, heat wave. We felt like we were on a safari the whole weekend, so we definitely recommend getting a convertible for your summer trip to Yosemite.

Where to Stay in Yosemite National Park: An A-Frame Cabin in the Woods 

We stayed slightly outside of Yosemite National Park in a gorgeous, remote a-frame cabin with our friends. Located in the Oakhurst area, it's only about a 30 minute drive from the park entrance that is closest to Fresno. The a-frame cabin comfortably sleeps 4 people, it has great WIFI (essential if you work remote!) and a barbecue for some late night grilling. 

The a-frame cabin is so lovely, you could spend a ton of time just relaxing and playing ukulele with your friends! We loved the decor of this cabin, we instantly felt inspired and at home, all at the same time. Nothing like a little mid-century decor out in nature! 

We loved that there is a grocery store nearby if you need anything, and if you're visiting Yosemite National Park in the summer, definitely bring bug spray!

Exploring Yosemite National Park

Of course we had to spend time visiting the actual park too! We explored Yosemite National Park and enjoyed all the main spots and viewpoints, like the view of half dome. You can check out this blog post for all of the best exploring spots in Yosemite from our last trip! 

It even rained inside the park while we were exploring, which we didn't mind one bit considering it was over 100 degrees out! [Yellow Drawstring Backpack from Frachella!]

The sunsets in Yosemite National Park and the Oakhurst area are seriously the best. We hung out at Bass Lake one afternoon, which is only about 10 minutes away from the cabin! The perfect place to cool off in the summer heat.

We had the best time staying in this gorgeous A-frame cabin from Boutique Homes - we will definitely be checking out more of their beautiful places to stay for future trips! You can book this cabin here or explore more of their homes here

Follow us on Instagram for more travel inspo and cool places to stay: @localwanderer

[Special thanks to Elizabeth Gilmore for taking some of these photos!]

6 Romantic Getaways for a Summer of Love

Looking for an easy romantic getaway with your boo? There's no better way to fall in love or rekindle that spark than by going on some romantic weekend getaways together! We teamed up with OkCupid to share some of our favorite places to visit with your honey this summer, and the best part is they are all easy, low-stress weekend getaways that you can turn into a longer trip if you want to. Nothing like summertime romantic getaways, right? 

Romantic Getaways #1: Soak Up the Sun in San Diego, California

Ready to soak in summer along the beach? Take a romantic weekend getaway to San Diego! Get ready to enjoy the delicious food scene in Little Italy (Ironside Oyster is our fave), indulge in a ton of fish tacos (happy hour at Tacos Perla is fantastic), and sip on beer from the city's over 100 craft breweries! Snuggle up on the beach under an umbrella with your boo at Coronado Beach, and if you want to treat yourself, rent a day bed for the day and keep the drinks coming.

Where to Stay: The Pearl Hotel, One Bunk Hotel, or this cute Airbnb (get $40 free credit here
How to Get There: lots of direct flights to SAN, or road trip from San Francisco or Los Angeles

Romantic Getaways #2: Cozy Up in Your Own Airstream in the Woods on Pender Island, BC

It doesn’t get more romantic than enjoying nature in your own Airstream! 🌲  Woods on Pender is located on gorgeous Pender Island in British Columbia, Canada, and it's an easy escape along the west coast. Whether you want to lay in your hammock all day, Netflix and chill in your airstream, or explore the hikes and lakes of the island, it doesn't get any better than a romantic getaway here. The best part? Your own hot tub in the woods! 

Where to Stay: Woods on Pender (Airstreams for rent, or a super affordable lodge)
How to Get There: Take a ferry from Tsawassen, BC (40 minutes past the border), an easy road trip from any PNW city

Romantic Weekend Getaways #3: Party it up in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada

Vegas, anyone?  This easy-to-get to destination can be super affordable, and we love the local vibe off the strip in Downtown Las Vegas.  Fremont East is the "local" Vegas, full of hip taco shops, cocktail bars, gourmet coffee, and so much cool street art. Whether you want to enjoy a show or party it up with your babe, Vegas is bound to add a little excitement to your relationship.

Where to Stay: We love the Downtown Grand Las Vegas because of the prime location downtown, the rooftop pool, and the super cheap price tag (starting at $60/night!) 
How to Get There: lots of cheap flights on charter airlines, or road trip from LA

Romantic Weekend Getaways #4: Enjoy the Small Town Charm of Prince Edward County, Ontario

If you'd rather a more quiet and relaxing romantic getaway, explore the delicious wine country that lies between Toronto, Montreal, and  New York: Prince Edward County! This is a super romantic weekend getaway from the big city, full of hip wineries (get our top 5 here), small town charm, white sandy beaches, and a lot of time for rest and relaxation. We loved our stay at The Ferg, and you'll definitely get your quality time in, because not much is open after 10pm! 

Where to Stay: The Ferg, June Motel, or The Drake Devonshire
How to Get There: road trip! About a 3hr drive from Toronto or Ottawa

Romantic Getaways #5: Road Trip Along the Oregon Coast

A summer romantic getaway doesn’t get better than the sandy beaches along the Oregon Coast! Take a road trip to the PNW and soak in all the beauty and sand dunes that you can find at Cape Kiwanda, a prettier and less busy version of Cannon Beach. 

Where to. Stay: beach camping, or there's lots of yurts along the coast
How to Get There: fly to Portland or road trip from Seattle / Vancouver

Romantic Weekend Getaways #6: Go Wine Tasting in Mexico's Valle de Guadalupe

Want a Mexican vacation, without a high price tag? Make your way to Valle de Guadalupe, Baja’s wine country, which is only an hour from the San Diego and Mexico border! Stay in the romantic luxury yurts tucked in the hills and spend your days in the sun with wine, fresh coconuts, and tacos (of course). You must take in sunset at Cuatro Cuatros

Where to Stay: Encuentro Guadalupe
How to Get There: drive across the San Diego border, or walk across the border and hire a car or Uber for a day trip

Hopefully these romantic weekend getaways have inspired you to plan a fun summer trip! We're taking over Okcupid's new Instagram account, so follow along for more romantic inspo -> @okcupid

You can check out even more travel ideas for your next vacation in our other blog posts!

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!

Want more Palm Springs? Check out our city guide here

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. 

Looking for more California road trips? Check out our California page or explore more things to do in Joshua Tree

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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Palm Springs Door Tour: The Best Colorful Houses to Visit

Heading to Palm Springs for Coachella? Whether you're staying in Palm Springs or just driving through on your way to the fest, you'll want to make a pit stop to grab that infamous Palm Springs Instagram shot. Here are our favorite colorful walls, hotels, and houses to visit in South Palm Springs! By the way... don't forget tocheck out the coolest Palm Springs City Guide for the best places to eat, drink, and stay in the city. 

That Colorful Hotel in Palm Springs

On this trip to Palm Springs we stayed at The Saguaro, which is one of the most rainbow poppin, colorful places you could ever stay! We love the bright neon vibes everywhere, but even if you're not staying there it's worth it to visit for a photo op and their yummy margaritas and tacos at El Jefe

If you've seen that infamous Palm Springs sign by the pool, the good news is that we found it! The bad news is that it's a private residence that can be rented out, which will make it a bit difficult for you to snag that photo op if you're just passing through. We got to visit as part of the Mod Squad for Modernism Week, which is honestly the best time of year to go! There are SO many events happening every day around the city, and you'll get to visit a lot of places (like this house) that are otherwise closed to the public. 

The Best of the Palm Springs Door Tour

And now, for the best of the Palm Springs Door Tour! Last year we rented bikes from Bike PS and went on our own little door tour, so we were so excited to see this as a full fledged event hosted by Palm Springs Style during Modernism Week! If you're staying at The Saguaro, they have a ton of new, colorful bikes that you can easily borrow for a quick ride to the houses too. It's the perfect afternoon in Palm Springs, ending at The Ace Hotel pool for cocktails, obviously. 

#ThatPinkDoor is the obvious door choice in Palm Springs, but there are so many other ones in the 'hood too: 

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How perfect is that yellow door?! You can find all of these houses in South Palm Springs - look for the pink house at E Sierra Way and then bike around for the other colorful doors! We loved the "party animal" house with the watermelons, and the teal door with the mini BMW! Yes, that's a real car.. 

Funny story, the Palm Springs door tour is so popular that we ran into our friends Jeff + Kelly Mindell from Studio DIY at the yellow house! They have a great series called #StudioDIYWallCrawl so if you're looking for colorful walls to take photos of in a city near you, check it out

We're ready for you Coachella! 

The Coolest Shopping Collective at Platform in Culver City

Imagine you’re at a mall, but instead of a bland interior filled with chain brands and food courts, you’re in an outdoor oasis filled with independent boutiques, trendy pop-up shops, and local street art. When you’re hungry, you grab a delicious, authentic taco, pair it with an artisanal iced coffee, and treat yourself to a vegan ice cream sundae for dessert. It may sound like a dream, but this is life at Platform.

Platform is a super rad collective of local restaurants, shops, and yes, even a SoulCycle, located in Culver City, LA. We visited Culver City for the first time and quickly became obsessed with it; the ‘hood has a very distinct vibe that’s totally different than other areas like Venice and DTLA. Some of the stores at Platform are permanent, but a lot of them are pop-up shops from popular online retailers, like the cult Instagram favorite Pop and Suki. This concept means you’ll always want to be coming back to see what’s new! Here are some of our favorite places to visit at Platform:

Salt Surf is a modern surf/skate shop that has stylish essentials to take you from the sidewalk to the beachfront, along with stylish totes, beanies, and of course - surfboards. 

The Cannibal is one of the restaurants at Platform, and it was sooo delicious for brunch! It’s a haven for both meat-eaters and beer enthusiasts thanks to their huge beer list and tasty menu. We also had our first cicerone experience, which is like a sommelier but for beer. Highly recommend asking them for beer recommendations, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

We love the store Stay by Spring Street Social Society, founded by @aguynamedpatrick. It’s a fun place to work, listen to tunes, shop, or just hang out! Plus, it was so cool seeing our friends’ Coco Carpets hanging in store too.

A good acai bowl is a southern California staple, and the one’s at Sao Acai are so delicious! When you’re done devouring your fruits and veggies, you can wander over to the other side of the store to shop for on-trend streetwear at Kilter.

We always love to visit Poketo while we’re in LA, and while this shop is a bit smaller than their Arts District location, we love it just as much! It’s pretty much impossible to visit without buying something, from their candles to their greeting cards and cute coasters, there’s so many little knick knacks that are begging for you to take them home.

If you’re craving a damn good taco, then you have to head to Loqui! These are some seriously good tacos, and we recommend you order the flour tortilla! So yum.

Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen was one of our favorite discoveries at Platform! We loved the high quality, but loved the affordable price point even more. It’s so nice to find quality goods that aren’t hundreds and hundreds of dollars! #realistic. Definitely check them out if you’re visiting Platform, but you can browse online too.

While you're in Culver City, we definitely recommend walking over to Bar Nine Coffee Roasters! Grab a pour-over, snack on some breakfast goodies, and enjoy the local Culver vibes. 

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Retro Cabin Vibes in Big Bear, California

Big Bear Mountain is a little over two hours from Los Angeles and San Diego, and it's the perfect weekend getaway to the woods! Yes, California isn't all just sand and beaches, and Big Bear is home to a ski resort in the winter too, so you can even enjoy some snow too. We found this amazing, mid-century mod cabin in the woods on Airbnb and knew it was the perfect place for a quiet weekend escape!

Stay at This Rad 70s Cabin in Big Bear, California

Treehouse Vibes isn't your regular Airbnb. Tastefully upgraded and decorated by two LA creatives with vintage and modern mid-century style furniture, it's unlike anything else you've seen in Big Bear and is definitely the coolest place to stay on the mountain. Staying here was the absolute perfect place to unwind, relax, and cozy up by the fire. The full kitchen is perfect for cooking comfort food, and the two sleeping areas would make it the perfect place for a fun friends trip too! 

Every detail of this cabin spoke to us, from the curated book selection to the original wood paneling, so you can feel like you're stepping back in time (but without losing your wifi or bluetooth speakers). The back of the cabin has a huge patio with a barbecue, perfect for enjoying your coffee outside in the woods or entertaining at night. 

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The location is central to the ski resort, grocery stores, and some restaurants nearby if you want to get out and explore. The backyard is super cool because you can wander directly into the forest to a ton of nature trails and truly explore Big Bear. The backyard is literally the wilderness; located just a couple hundred feet from the dirt road entrance to the National Forest where you can hike or ride ATVs and dirt bikes, if that's your thing.

But don't feel guilty if you just want to stay in the cabin and play board games, read, or enjoy some quiet time. That's what we did! Treehouse Vibes is one of the coolest Airbnb's we've stayed in and we will definitely be back for another stay.

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