Packing our bags last Saturday morning, my mom and I took a spontaneous trip to Coachella Valley, California. The area is mostly known for Coachella, the music festival that is held there every year in May or the various golf and tennis tournaments that bring in spectators from around the world. Many people who live along the Southern California coast have second homes or go on weekend getaways to this desert oasis. We were headed there to soak in the sun and rejuvenate after a long week.
We arrived just around lunch time, checking into the Indian Wells Resort Hotel, a favorite hotel of ours. Founded in 1957 by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, the hotel provides the perfect escape. It is located in Indian Wells, a quieter part of the valley and home to resorts, golf courses and luxury residences. Not wanting to have to wander too far away from the hotel for lunch we made our way to the Gardens of El Paseo. This trendy upscale mix of retail and restaurants offers some of the best places to do a little retail therapy and enjoy delicious food.
Ending up at Pacifica Seafood Restaurant for lunch, we sat outside in the sunshine as we waited for our food to arrive. The past week had been a bit chilly along the coast (chilly means 60F/15C in Southern California) so it felt amazing to take in the warmth of the sun. Our food arrived and I enjoyed every bit of my seafood kabob with soba noodles while my mom had the fresh steamed mussels. Who knew you could get such good seafood in the desert?
After lunch we took our time strolling along El Paseo Drive, walking into the various art galleries and stores. Of course we did a little shopping as well. I bought a pair of Tori Burch sunglasses and new pants from Banana Republic, they were having a great sale and I couldn’t resist =o) Passing Il Sogno café we stopped for a mid afternoon pastry and espresso. The rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing by the hotel pool and watching the sunset.
A specialty at the Indian Wells Resort Hotel is the dinner and performance at Frank’s Place, the hotel’s old Hollywood style bar and lounge. Every Friday and Saturday evening Frank DiSalvo transports you to the 1960s with songs by Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. as you sip on your favorite cocktail. Watching the show was a perfect end to our day.
Sunday morning we woke up early and made our way down to have breakfast. Over our cups of coffee we planned our day. Since we hadn’t made it to downtown Palm Springs the day before, we decided we should stop there on the way home. Unlike the posh Gardens of El Paseo, downtown Palm Springs has a more laid back and historic atmosphere. Loading our bags back into the car we checked out of the hotel and drove towards Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs.
In the summer of 1949 the city installed more than 300 palm trees along Palm Canyon Drive. Today the palm trees have grown and provide the perfect amount of shade as you wander from store to store. Craving a healthy snack we stopped in at Fruit Wonders to try one of their bowls. This vegan friendly juice shop has so many different juices, fruit bowls and popsicles to choose from! I ended up deciding on the new pitaya bowl and my mom ordered one of their fruity juices. If you are in Palm Springs I highly recommend checking out Fruit Wonders, it was a tasty late morning snack.
I’m so happy my mom came up with the idea for this spontaneous trip, a weekend in the desert was exactly what I needed. Being back in Southern California I realize just how many places there are for a quick weekend getaway. I plan on taking more weekend trips like this one, it’s always nice to get away, even if just for one night.
x the Adventurer
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