Last weekend we took a short staycation to Palm Springs. We found a Groupon in April for the Saguaro Palm Springs and jumped on it. It was just as colorful and fun as I had heard. The hotel has two restaurants (both great!) and a pool area in the center of the property. From the pool/courtyard, you can see all of the colorful balconies surrounding you. Each room is decorated with bright colors as well. Take a look at the beautiful blanket on our bed for the weekend.
The hotel lobby is decorated with lots of little kitschy corners, and there are bicycles you can rent to check out the area. Every time we tried to rent them, they were already claimed or there was only one bicycle available, so we’ll have to leave that for our next trip. Don’t let the line of bicycles below fool you. Apparently these were the ones people had rented, but they hadn’t brought back the keys yet!
On Friday evening, we had dinner at Tinto, a Spanish tapas restaurant with dishes from the Basque region. The chef, José Garces was an Iron Chef winner, so ya’ know… it was pretty darn yummy. It was restaurant week, so we paid a flat rate and enjoyed three small plates each, which we shared, and some dessert. We really enjoyed the patatas riojanas and the pulpo a la gallega. And the sangría was one of the best I’ve had. I had the tinto, but they also serve sangría blanca. The black and white decor in the restaurant gave it a very elegant, but simple look.
On Saturday we started our day with a yummy breakfast from El Jefe, the other restaurant at the Saguaro. Then, we checked out the downtown area and visited a few local shops and the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center. It’s worth the time if you enjoy architecture and textile design. It is rather small, but I enjoyed the sculptures and weavings by Andrea Zittel. If you’re in the area, be sure to check it out! Her work will be on display until July 26. This museum is housed in a former bank. I got a kick out of part of the gift shop being inside the old bank’s vault.
After the museum, we went over to Moorten Botanical Garden, because I’d heard it was a cool spot to see some beautiful cacti and succulents. It definitely was, but I personally prefer the Fullerton Arboretum in Orange County.
We enjoyed a filling Mexican lunch at Las Casuelas and then headed back to the Saguaro for some downtime out of the hot sun. It was 110 degrees! We lazed around for most of the afternoon and then went to enjoy some coffee at Koffi for a bit. I was able to get in some work that needed to be finished before Monday, and then we headed back downtown to hang out and grab a bite for dinner.
On Sunday morning, we slept in and then headed over to Elmer’s for breakfast. The local, family owned restaurant is a great place to get your breakfast fix… the menu is huge! We made our way back to the hotel and packed up our things to head home. But first, we made sure to take a drive through some of the beautiful neighborhoods with the mid-century modern homes that Palm Springs is so well known for. I didn’t take any photos, because it felt a little strange to stop and shoot pictures of people’s homes. So, you’ll just have to make your way to Palm Springs to see those beauties for yourself. The architecture and design deserve all the heart eye emojis!