An overnight stop in Palm Springs filled with food and fun for me and the girls!
The girls and I were headed to Ventura County to spend a couple nights with friends over Fall Break, and since I was solo parenting, I thought it would be fun to take an extra day and spend the night in Palm Springs on the way to break up the drive. Plus, we’d never been there before.
I booked our room at The Saguaro Palm Springs. I thought if it was as colorful as the Scottsdale location, the girls would love it. And they did! They checked out the Barbie display in the lobby while I checked in, and Pumpkin was over the moon to discover our room had a pink door – and beds to match!
Once we were settled in, the first stop was the pool. It’s all the girls could talk about! It wasn’t too crowded on a Thursday afternoon, and there were plenty of floaties and beach balls to keep the girls entertained.
Post-pool and snack, we cruised around to check out more of the hotel. There was bocce ball and Baggo boards, and hammocks and cushions for lounging. (Ok, so lounging isn’t really on the itinerary when traveling solo with kids, but it looked cozy!)
Our stay was short, but we loved it! And before we checked out, one little treat that’s only allowed in the hotel – you know, to get the wiggles out before the drive.
Eats & Treats
Thursday nights happen to be Village Fest, a large outdoor market in downtown Palm Springs, so we headed over to check it out. We walked around, checked out vendors and shops, and made our way to Bill’s Pizza for dinner. The pizza was great and it was a quick and easy option for dinner as we ordered pizza by the slice. And the decor provided an opportunity for a lesson on TV and movie history.
Seeing that we were on vacation, we followed up the pizza with a stop at Jus Chillin Frozen Desserts, where the girls had their first gelato, and Balboa Candy, where Pumpkin picked up a treat for the road.
For breakfast before we hit the road Friday morning, we went to the King’s Highway Diner at the Ace Hotel. Located in a former Denny’s, it had an awesome 1960s boho vibe with macrame decor and stone walls. I had an amazing breakfast of corn fritters and marinated tomatoes with a poached egg. The girls enjoyed ricotta pancakes.
We sure had a fun time in our less-than-24-hour visit. I can’t wait to go back and stay longer to see more of what Palm Springs has to offer!