As a busy New Yorker I often find myself daydreaming about a weekend of tranquility and charm away from the city's packed streets and hectic pace. So when a friend suggested we plan a girls' getaway to Palm Springs, I jumped at the chance to check out the California Desert. And so my friends and I hopped on a flight from JFK to LAX, picked up a car rental at Hertz, and took a picturesque 2.5 hour drive to the Coachella Valley.
Though I have never attended the much-hyped music festival, I had always wondered about this retro Hollywood playground and was immediately captivated. The date stands, lush orchards, wind turbines, and unique architecture that lined our route built up an intense anticipation for our ultimate destination-- The Parker Palm Springs.
When we arrived at the hotel we were greeted by the iconic mid-century modern look that dominates the region and two handsome gents clad in crisp, white button-downs and Nantucket reds. As they peeled open laquer double doors, we were transported into the whimsical world of Jonathan Adler, who designed the property. From the moment we checked in, until we departed four days later, we couldn't stop smiling. From the quirky decor touches to the cheeky signs and well curated toiletry selection, every detail delighted us.
The Parker Palm Springs is truly an an enchanting oasis. We spent our mornings doing yoga in a dazzling Moroccan tent, days under the desert sun sipping spiked lemonade at the pool, afternoons playing croquet on the green, and late nights surrounding the fire pit; room service even delivered marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate at midnight so we could make s'mores. The hotel's playful vibe creates a sense of joy that is all-encompassing.
We had no interest in leaving the property, but knew we had to explore a bit. And so we headed to town for dinners at The Viceroy's Citron, Workshop, and Purple Palm at the Colony Palms Hotel and squeezed in a shopping trip to Trina Turk, whose boutique and collection are the epitome of Palm Springs chic.
After just a few days at The Parker I immediately understood why the glitterati continues to flock there--it's the resort equivalent of a potent happy pill.
Where to Stay:
The Parker Palm Springs, 4200 East Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA
Where to Shop:
Trina Turk, 891 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA
What to Try:
A Date Shake at Hadley Fruit Orchards, 48980 Seminole Drive, Cabazon, CA
How to Get There:
Most major cities have direct flights to LAX and Palm Springs is just a 2.5 hour drive away (when the traffic cooperates). Virgin America now flies direct from NYC to PSP from Nov. 21, 2013 to April 30, 2014 for rates as low as $149 each way.