Travel Guide: Palm Springs For A Day

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My trip, much like many others, was for photography work. A very California engagement shoot in Palm Springs that was just as much behind the camera as it was in front. 

My desire for travel has been ingrained in me since the years of my childhood that I spent going to school in Thailand. There's certainly beauty to languid travel, in taking your time and spending days in a new place. But I've discovered the magic to taking only one day in a new place, and enjoying it just as much. For me there are benefits to the limited time as a firm reminder to enjoy the day. It requires me to take in all the details, to see what I can, eat delicious food at only one or two places, and experience the day in the same way as someone who lives there in a condensed 24 hour period.  

Where to eat: SO•PA

For brunch, we ate at SO•PA which is actually the restaurant within the hotel and spa. For someone who grew up in between two countries, I tend to be fairly predictable within the realm of restaurant eating: I like to order eggs benedict or pancakes wherever I travel and make note of which place as the best brunch and coffee. Both were delicious here.

Not pictured: Two meals at In-N-Out. I couldn't help myself. 

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What to see: That Damn Pink Door

I like to be both tourist and local when I travel, and that includes finding local shops  and taking an instagram of the pink door. It was just as pretty in person, but the other homes on that street don't get hardly the recognition they deserve. I most definitely wanted to move into the house across the street from the glorious pink door house (that has its own hashtag I might add). I couldn't get enough of the glass and ethereal blue. 

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Where to stay: Parker Palm Springs Hotel
 

After what has felt like an eternal winter in New York, and after an actual thunderstorm in LA, Palm Springs was a warm breeze that I had waited months for. All that sun! It felt wonderful, I felt like I was thawing out on the outside patio with the hum of light chatter and clinking glasses from the outdoor restaurant.

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The Saguaro is also a delightful second option, if for nothing more than just to eat and drink at the Tequila bar. 

Visiting Palm Springs felt like stepping back into a time and place I had never been, but had always heard of in books. The art deco, the mountains behind palm trees and the color of California bold and bright as the sun. I can't wait to be back in December for the wedding! Until then, I'll watch the snow in New York and wish for a summer breeze.