24 Hours in Palm Springs

There’s really nothing quite like the desert. Palm Springs has such a unique charm and it’s one of my favorite places to spend a weekend.

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Between the killer decor, the super friendly staff, and incredible pool, the Ace Palm Springs is the place to stay. By some miracle we were upgraded to the Ace Suite and now I feel like I’ll have to splurge for all future visits. Complete with a patio and fireplace, an outdoor shower, and living space that is larger than my home, we were joking we needed to make friends and throw a party to make decent use of the place.

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During our visit, there was a DJ by the pool playing Brazilian style dance tracks and really fun relaxing songs. They got the vibe just right! The pool menu is the same as the Ace’s in house restaurant King’s Highway so definitely grab a bite to eat in between cannonballs. The fish tacos were alright but the beet salad was incredible. Must order! My favorite, Boochcraft was on tap and the frozen palamos were perfectly slushy and not overbearingly sweet.

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Stop for a drink at the Parker and check out the iconic orange doors. It seemed like the Hibiscus Garden was everyone’s drink of choice so we got one as well. The lillet rouge and hibiscus cocktail was the perfect before dinner aperitif.

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So many great restaurants in Palm Springs are hidden within resorts. This is also the case with Azucar at La Serena Villas. The space is really beautiful and the main dining area has a gallery wall of Frida Calo portraits. Our waiter was incredible! We actually asked him to pull up a chair and continue chatting multiple times. Food was great, especially the risotto with poached salmon and hollandaise. Stay for a glass of wine on the rooftop. The desert gets cold at night but Azucar has plenty of mexican blankets to keep warm.

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After breakfast by the pool, avocado toast (typical), and a tearful goodbye to the Ace, we made a game plan for the rest of our afternoon. Don’t forget to use the photobooth in the lobby at checkout for a cute memento to take home! We took the Ace bikes on a spin around the neighborhood for a door tour of iconic Palm Springs midcentury modern homes. There were several open houses and it took all of my self control to continue pedaling by.

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If you’re into cacti, Moorten Botanical Gardens is a really fun pit stop on your way out of town. They have countless rare cacti and succulents, and an entire greenhouse full of them. Take a self guided walk around and explore.

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