just a little tour of the casita that i was lucky enough to live in some years back, in a little town between santa fe and taos new mexico.
the end. meet me in paradise and save me a pina colada?
four days in the desert staying at the entirely gorgeous and v v swanky parker hotel, where we somehow scored the loveliest and most fancy suite ever. we spent our days sipping champagne lemon drops by the “family” pool (aka the not sexy pool), where my son tried to flirt with european tweens and little redheaded girls and i dug through the september issues of elle and vogue while (strangely) pauly shore paced around the pool talking on his cell phone. we also had one too many pina coladas at the ace while chatting with the staff about renegade desert parking lot minutemen shows and my high school crush on mike watt. we did our best to get through a plate of cheese fries at pappy and harriets and wound up hanging out in the back of a truck filled with punk rock t-shirts where the extremely kind proprietor gifted my son a set of rocky & clubber lang dolls which he has not let go of since. we also partook in bottomless champagne brunches and hung out at iconic atomic vintage digging through bags of 1960’s bikinis and costume jewelry and bar cloth shirts. all in all it was a dream trip, one which my liver and metabolism will likely need months to recover from.
as i began packing for my vacation i found myself faced with the age old problem of having really nothing to wear. really. nothing. the question of what to pack was met with another question, one that comes to me often when faced with major challenges in life: what would stevie do? while i realize that heading off to spend 4 days in 110 + degree heat doesn’t typically make one think of covering oneself in black chiffon bell sleeves, full skirts, and 15 gold necklaces, it makes perfect sense to me. stevie nicks. the desert. leather and lace, my friends. and so, in answer to the big question, the pieces below proved most obvious.
we just got home from a wonderful 4 days in palm springs. this was our first somewhat lengthy trip with the kiddo, and i wasn’t sure how he’d handle it. luckily he was a complete trooper and did amazing in the 110 degree + heat. we decided to rent a full size crib for the stay through desert baby rentals, and it could not have been easier. highly recommended! palm springs in the off season is pretty great, because it’s fairly empty. we felt like we had the town to ourselves, and that was awesome. what i really love about palm springs is that there are places that are way stylish and super rad for adults like us (the aging not-quite-hipster/music geek/cocktail enthusiast/plant nerd/total foodie/design geek type), and yet still totally accommodating to toddlers. this is not a common thing, in life. everywhere that we went we were met with genuine kindness and a mighty fine cocktail. we can’t wait to go back. here’s my fave raves from the valley below.
2. next up is the moorten botanical garden. this place is really a wonder, located pretty much right downtown palm springs. while we wouldn’t want the toddler to run through on his own, he loved being carried through the little paths of enormous cactus and seeing all of the plant life. the greenhouse is such a little sanctuary of gorgeous natural light, and the spanish style private residence on site is a thing of beauty. even in the 112 degree heat it was worth walking through.
3. next is the parker hotel, which we all like to refer to as heaven on earth. we had brunch at norma’s twice, and were blown away by how the staff remembered even our names the next time that we came in, from the valet parkers to the wait staff. the food was honestly amazing, from the farm fresh eggs to the baked goods to the fully epic cocktails. they give you a sample of their daily smoothie and offer it with booze, and each time it is insanely good. we got to spend some time after our meals walking around the grounds and were all totally over the moon for the place. the landscaping is so lush and there are all of these little hideaways where you can sit and have drinks, or lay in a hammock, or play croquet. my son had the best time ever running around and checking out all of the little hiding spots. they have two pools, one for families and one for adults only, and they somehow maintain this balance of being luxurious yet totally comfortable and again, unpretentious. sadly the stunning lobby and those famous front doors were under construction while we were there, but it was still a complete design marvel to all of us. little nods to mid-century design,1960’s fellini-esque italy, a hint of southern plantation charm and a smack of morocco all somehow blend together perfectly. we can’t wait to stay there.
4. a big part of why we wanted to stay in palm springs was the mid-century architecture. there are companies that give tours, or plenty of maps (and even an app) to do self-guided tours. it was a good break from the heat to drive around and check out places like the kaufmann house, elvis’ honeymoon hideaway and the movie colony neighborhood with its ultra chic mansions and the highly weird kenny irwin jr. home (which is like an enormous acid trip). the movie colony neighborhood also features ruth hardy park, which is a fantastic park for kids. they have a really cool play area that works for little and big kids, and tons of lawn area for kids to run free in.
5. last but not least is pappy and harriets in pioneertown. my husband has been wanting to visit this place for over a decade, and making the trek up to pioneertown was completely worth it. the space is big and there was plenty of room for my son to run around inside and out. the food is delicious, the drinks and strong and the staff is so, so nice. we heart pappy and harriets.