Thirsty Souls

Thirsty Souls: Palm Springs Getaway

This week we're thirsty for a grand getaway. Head to Palm Springs with our go-to guide for a stylish vacay worthy of a 1950's glamour goddess.

1. Moorten Cactus Garden

This desert-inspired botanical garden in Palm Springs has been a historical landmark since 1938. Of course, we feel most at home in the Cactarium, but look for the gold miner relics, fossils, and crystals for added adventure. 

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2. House Tours

Palm Springs is the Mecca of desert modern architecture, so be sure to tour these iconic digs to revel in mid-century style. 

Swing by Frank Sinatra's 4,500 square-ft Twin Palms Estate in Movie Colony to see where Ol' Blue Eyes famously rested his head. Better yet, rent the place for a posh weekend with your buds -- because everyone deserves a chance to vogue in a piano-shaped pool.  

We're enamored with the "daring design" of the Elrod House, which includes curved walls, slate floors, and exposed rocks.

Peruse Elvis Presley's Honeymoon Hideaway to set the mood for a romantic evening with your crush. After all, if it's sexy enough for Elvis, it's sexy enough. 

Kaufmann Desert House features a pinwheel floor plan and plenty of glass and steel. The idea of living in the desert is starting to grow on you, isn't it?

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3. Vintage Shopping

The Fine Art Of Design offers a hodge-podge of haute couture. You can find vintage Dior, retro wedding dresses, early edition books, and chic golf and tennis wear inside its four fabulous walls. Time for a shopping spree!

Dazzles has everything our hearts desire: Bakelite jewelry, rattan furniture, resin grapes, and Tiki for days. Superb, darling.

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4. Pool Hopping

The hotel scene in Palm Springs is fierce, making it the perfect place to suit up and dive in.

Saguaro has a Cactus Punch cocktail on the pool menu, yoga at the spa, and organic bath products and linens in each room. 

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Cactus Water poolside at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club is our happy drink in our happy place. Stick around until Monday night for Fabulous Bingo with Shirley Claire. 

Travel back in time with an authentic '50's experience at the dapper Skylark Hotel.

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5. Take a Hike

We can't say it enough: get away and get outside! Ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to access campsites and trails in Mount San Jacinto State Park, and spend an afternoon in Tahquitz Canyon hiking the loop to the waterfall and back.

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6. Food & Drink

You can't truly appreciate a locale until you've tasted it's best. Add these eateries to your agenda for some serious deliciousness.

Cheeky's- Breakfast/Brunch

Start with a flight of bacon (seriously?!) and round out brunch by enjoying duck confit hash, huevos rancheros, and carrot cake waffles with your crew.

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King's Highway Diner at The Ace Hotel & Swim Club- Lunch

Vegetarians will love the diner's black-eyed pea hummus, charred shishito peppers, and fancy grilled cheese sandwich, and meat-eaters can choose between buttermilk fried Jidori chicken, mahi-mahi tacos, or a classic burger. Rehydrate midday with a Cactus Water to keep the Cali vibes comin' your way.

Melvyn's- Dinner

Take in the ambiance of Old Hollywood in a spot that has seen everyone from Clark Gable to Salvador Dali to Cher. And the saffron prawns are pretty good, too.

Great Shakes- Dessert

End your day on a high note at Great Shakes. Unwind with a White Chocolate Lavender shake, Buttered Pecan malt, or a Black Cherry float for a dessert that's as cool as Palm Springs itself. 

7. Pit Stops

Ranging from silly to surreal to spiritual, the Palm Springs area has pit stops for the roadside photographer in us all.

Pictured below: San Gorgonio Pass, Cabazon dinosaurs, Salvation Mountain, Salton Sea, and Joshua Tree National Park.

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Cactus Water is good for the body; getting away is good for the soul. We salute you, weekend explorers.


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