The Coolest Palm Springs City Guide


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:


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.  


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). 

 Shoes:  Mohinders  

Shoes: Mohinders 


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.

  The Saguaro pool

The Saguaro pool

  Arrive hotel pool

Arrive hotel pool

  Ace Hotel pool

Ace Hotel pool

  Holiday House pool

Holiday House pool

  Arrive Hotel pool

Arrive Hotel pool


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:


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.


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!


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.


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!


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.


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!


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! :)


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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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!


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.


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.


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! 


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 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?

Looking for more Palm Springs faves? Check out our city guide here

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: 


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 Perfect Pool Day at Arrive Palm Springs

The Palm Springs lifestyle is made up of pools, sunshine, and a really good cocktail. We love the hospitality community here, the hotels all have way more to offer than just a pretty place to rest your head. The newest Palm Springs hotel, Arrive Palm Springs, is also a destination for both locals and visitors, with a great restaurant, poolside bar, ice cream shop, and coffee shop! 

Reservoir at Arrive Hotel was the perfect place for a sunny lunch in Palm Springs, and we are obsessed with the seafood tacos. SO good! We stopped by in the evening as well and sipped on some cocktails by the fire in a poolside cabana, so this spot is perfect for day or night.

The Best Pool in Palm Springs?

Everything at Arrive circles around the pool, and rightfully so! If you're staying here, there's also cute blue bikes you can take to go cruise around Palm Springs (and do our mid-century mod architecture tour on bike!). There's also a cool "ping my pong" ping pong table, and the bright lounge chairs make Arrive Palm Springs the ideal place for a pool day. 

You can view all of our Palm Springs faves in our Pam Springs city guide here, or read more blog posts from Palm Springs here

Chillin' at The Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs

The Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs is somewhat of a legend, and rightfully so. This place is just so tranquil, and chill, and gorgeous to look at. Everyone's always having a swell time, the pool is great, and the food is delicious. What's not to love?

The in-house diner, King's Highway, is soooo good. You won't find greasy food, but you will find delicious and colorful plates for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We definitely recommend brunch outside on the poolside patio, and why not add a Palm Springs classic date shake too? It's vacation after all.


Like every Ace Hotel, the rooms here are stellar and comfortable. We especially loved the retro vibes and all the gorgeous morning light that came in. The details are so thoughtful, with record players, art magazines, and a minibar with actual cool goodies. 

Plus, the rooms just beg for a few selfies. We also loved the California king bed...only way to go in California.


The best part about our room, though, was the huge private patio. It's totally worth springing for! Your room opens up onto this huge, green patio with a couch and table, and theres an umbrella to chill out in the shade in too. Perfect for lounging around on lazy morning with your friends. 

While we were in Palm Springs, our good friends Brittany and Patrick from Oakland were getting married! It was such a gorgeous day to see two people madly in love commit to each other. Congrats, guys! 

The great thing about the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs is that you don't really have to leave. If you want to party on a weekend at The Ace's bar, The Amigo Room, and just crawl into bed after, this is an excellent option. With so many great places to stay in Palm Springs, you can switch it up and stay in a couple. For more on Palm Springs, check out our Palm Springs City Guide here

A Romantic Dinner at Sparrows Lodge, Palm Springs

If there is one thing you absolutely must do in Palm Springs, it's dining al fresca under a gorgeous trellis at Sparrows Lodge. The Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge serves an incredible family-style dinner every Wednesday and Saturday, with a rotating menu based on local, seasonal ingredients. This was a major highlight of the trip for us, and we love making new friends around a common table!

The attention to detail is just unbelievable, it was so cute to have our individual place cards, and we just fell in love with the table setting and the gorgeous environment. The dinner started at sunset, and as the night drew in, we were offered cozy Burberry blankets to snuggle up in as we enjoyed glasses of wine under twinkling lights. It was so romantic, and just a very special experience. That's what vacations are all about, right?

The food was amazing, and chef Gabriel Woo was very charming. The family-style, long table dinners run twice a week, Barn Kitchen does “Chicken” Wednesdays and “Steak” Saturdays. You don't have to be staying at The Sparrows to attend, but it does book up 4-6 weeks in advance, so make sure you save your spot! The menu changes for each dinner, and they did not disappoint! Edible flowers in your salad? Amazing. 

Sparrows Lodge is a completely restored 1950's retreat, with a unique Palm Springs vibe. While most of the city is very mid-century mod, Sparrows had a more rustic-chic vibe. The rooms all open to a long common area, with a pool in the front and a garden area in the back (where the dinner is served). And the rooms are gorgeous

If you can't make it to a dinner, the bar is open until 11pm everyday, and you can stop by to gather around the fire-pit and meet new friends. 

Heading to Palm Springs? Find all the best places to eat, drink and shop in our Palm Springs City Guide

Biking Around Palm Springs: A Mid-Century Mod Architecture Tour

Palm Springs is famous for it's mid-century mod architecture, and we love seeing all the bright and colorful houses! It's one of our favorite things to do in Palm Springs, but it can be hard to figure out where exactly you should go. Luckily for you, we figured it out so you don't have to! This is our little Palm Springs mid-century mod architecture "tour," aka us riding around on bikes finding cute houses. 

Racquet Club Road Alexanders

We rented bikes from Bike Palm Springs, which was probably the best idea we've ever had. Palm Springs is pretty much all flat, so it's super easy to bike all around town. There's also a bike lane that runs through the city (and cute houses), so it really couldn't be easier. Use this self-guided tour map as your guide! The first area we explored was the Alexander's along Racquet Club Road, and then explored some of the smaller side streets, where we found the house with the yellow door and this dope Airstream. 

Twin Palms Estates Alexanders

The next day, we explored the other Alexanders along Twin Palms Estates in South Palm Springs, pretty close to the Ace Hotel. You can just bike through the streets, explore some little cul-de-sacs, and let your wonder take you wherever.

Getting Around Palm Springs

We really can't recommend renting bikes in Palm Springs enough! Rental cars are a pain (especially if you want to have a cocktail), so we usually just Lyft around whichever city we're in. If you're new to Lyft, you can get $50 in credit with our code "locallove." But the good news is that Palm Springs is a "driving optional" city! They have a free "buzz" trolley that runs through the whole city, so it's totally possible to get around for free. 

If you want to do things like see the houses, where walking would take forever, biking is a super great option. 


That Pink Door

The most famous of all the Palm Springs houses is #ThatPinkDoor, the house so famous it has it's own Instagram hashtag. It's so gorgeous, and I guess the owners don't really mind people taking photos on their doorstep everyday? You can find the house with the pink door at 1100 E Sierra Way.

There's so much to see and do in Palm Springs, and you can explore more of the mid-century mod architecture around town here. And don't forget to check out our Palm Springs city guide!

A Palm Springs Oasis at The Junipero

There's no shortage of beautiful places to stay in Palm Springs, but our favorite is The Junipero. This Airbnb complex is made up of 3 suites and a main house, and situated on gorgeous grounds. It's within walking (and biking) distance of the Uptown Design District, and we loved the peace and quiet that you don't get staying in a larger hotel. And how amazing is this pool!?

Our friend Jaime Kowal is an amazing Palm Springs local, and she's created not only The Junipero, but also Ernest Coffee, Bootlegger Tiki, and another boutique Airbnb, The Amado (look for the bright orange door on this month's cover of Sunset Magazine!). She's done a great job of adding personal touches to the suites to make it feel as comfortable as home.

We stayed in bungalow #3, and probably our favorite part of the whole trip was just waking up to the gorgeous sunshine in these bright and calming suites. Or sipping on some wine in the hot tub while staring at the stars...tough decision! ;)

When we weren't enjoying our pretty room, we were lounging about in the yard. There's so many places to relax, it's hard to choose where! You can take a dip in the pool, tan on the lounge chairs, get some work by the picnic tables, by the or take a little nap in the hammock.

Seriously, this place is just the best and it's a total Palm Springs oasis. If you're wondering where to stay in Palm Springs, we really couldn't recommend The Junipero enough! We wish we stayed longer, and we're already trying to come up with an occasion to book the whole place out for a weekend in Palm Springs with friends. So great for get togethers!

Each suite also comes with it's own kitchen, and while we love to go out for dinners on vacation, it was really nice to have a kitchen to make breakfasts in each morning. Freshly ground coffee? Now you're talking vacation mode.

Heading to Palm Springs? Don't forget to check out our Palm Springs city guide, full of all the best places to eat, drink, and shop in Palm Springs!

Where to Stay in Palm Springs

Whether you want your own space or want to meet new friends, we have two suggestions for your next stay in Palm Springs (and they're not The Ace Hotel, even though their pool is dreamworthy). We have fallen in l-o-v-e with the locally-owned, desert-chic oasis of The AmadoAt The Amado, you get to experience the classic mid-century mod design for yourself in a beautiful and peaceful environment - with a pool, of course. 

We stayed in Unit 1, but The Amado is made up of 5 units (and 6 bedrooms), each with their own kitchen and living space so you can rent one unit for yourself or the whole place for you and your friends. After spending so much time on the road going from place-to-place, we loved being able to just sit down, open a bottle of wine, and relax on the couch in our own space.

The Amado is owned by our friend Jaime Kowal, a fellow Canadian who came to Palm Springs on Christmas vacation and never left! On our first trip to Palm Springs last year, Jaime opened her own home to let us crash with her - and she didn't even know us! Needless to say, she's a wonderful person and brings a huge smile to everyone's face and experience at The Amado. 

Okay, so are you in love with the Amada now too? If you're heading to Palm Springs, you can book your stay here through Airbnb. 

If you're heading to Palm Springs for a party weekend, or just want to be in a place where you can meet a bunch of young people in a huge pool setting, then you'll probably want to stay at The Saguaro Palm Springs. There's a ton of really amazing places to stay in Palm Springs, including The Ace, but the Saguaro tends to be both cool and cheap (if you book ahead!). If you're here during big weekends like Coachella or SplashHouse, it's a constant pool party. 

We love all the bright colours everywhere, and even if you don't come for a stay here, it's the perfect place to visit for some selfies. 

Inside the hotel is the restaurant El Jefe, which has $2 Taco Tuesdays, so you can't go wrong with that! The hotel also has cruiser bikes you can use, daily yoga, and a shuttle to downtown Palm Springs. In general, the Saguaro seems to always be full of fun, young people with an bumpin' vibe and you can book your stay here. 

Thanks for reading! This is not a sponsored post, just something we thought was useful to you :) 

Palm Springs Livin'

The California desert is one of our all-time favourite places to visit, and we're excited to share some local Palm Springs love with you! First up? A pit-stop at the windmill farms, followed by some of Coachella Valley's famed date shakes. 

The Uptown Design Destrict is full of the contemporary and mid-century design that Palm Springs is famous for, and Ernest Coffee is the independent coffee shop at the heart of it all. Stop by to sip on some Stumptown Coffee, grab a gluten-free or vegan treat, or just hang out with a beer and work for a bit. Either way, you'll spot the historic tiki torches that have been there since 1953!

Next door you'll find Bootlegger Tiki, by the same amazing locals behind Ernest Coffee - which turns into a wine bar at happy hour! Plus, they were just named one of the Top 5 Tiki Bars in America. 

Which brings us to the food and drinks! Does anything beat a craft cocktail and charcuterie spread on a patio in Palm Springs? Don't think so. Seriously those, the craft cocktails are amazing and we loved the choose-your-own-charturie options. 

We are obsessed with the mid-century mod architecture in Palm Springs. Like, really, really obsessed. You can take yourself on your own self-guided tour of the classic spots, or just drive around some of the neighbourhoods brimming with Alexander homes. Is that creepy? Maybe a bit, but it's also oh so pretty. 

Two more things you should check out while in Palm Springs: breakfast at Cheeky's (get there right at 8am to avoid the line!) and a night at Bar. Yes, it's a bar named Bar! 

Stay tuned for our next Palm Springs post, all about where you should stay!