Palmsprings – A Travel log

December 26, 2016 19 Comments

The holidays are here, and I feel happy that a lot of things I ended up doing were  those I did set out to do in 2016, and 1 very important thing that I did not plan: *this*. Yep, blogging wasn’t part of the list, this time last year. I was just a girl who loved different shades of style and writing down my thoughts. One thing led to another, and I found myself blogging that helped me combine the fun I have with clothes and writing.

Link to top: White sweater top with crocheted flowers on sleeve

Between this, and the work, plans of buying a house, working on a relationship, 2016 was one heavy platter. So much so, that I hardly had time to get away and travel, something that for every year before this occupied a major portion of my plans. And with just one week left for the year to end, I really felt the need to get away and recharge my batteries, even if it’s just a short trip. Which is where, staying in Southern California is a real blessing. There are tons of cool places around to visit, a seemingly endless list. We picked the desert resort city of Palm Springs, in Coachella Valley.

We left in the day, a few days before Christmas. It was a short drive, just over 2 hours, and seems even shorter since the breathtaking views take away any tiredness. I love driving and this was one pleasurable drive. We passed through mountains, creeks, desert lands, and a slew of gigantic windmills that make it look like the scene from Interstellar where Matthew McConaughey wakes up in the future on a faraway planet with everything super-sized.

We had a sweet suite waiting for us at the Hyatt, overlooking the San Jacinto Mountains, and that made for a great view. We quickly got a few drinks at the evening cocktail hour arranged by the hotel, and then walked around the downtown area for my coffee fix (yes, alcohol and coffee, the twain do mix).

We got into a coffee shop, where we had a very special encounter. You see, my boyfriend, apart from his day job as an engineer, is also an up and coming stand-up comedian. And pretty soon after we had entered the place, he spotted one of his idols, popular LA comic, Fahim Anwar. They had a nice chat about starting out in comedy, and introduced the rest of us. My boyfriend tried to play it cool, but I could see he was fanboyishly thrilled to meet Fahim. And to think of it, he didn’t even want to go to the coffee place (he hates coffee, but he owes me one now for a while for getting him there)

We then walked through downtown Palm Springs, and this is one of my favorite things to do around Christmas time. I love walking through the lights in whichever town I am on the holidays. This reminds me so much of my hometown and awesome holiday fun with family. We were in a small town, and decorating our house and seeing the lights everywhere used to be so much fun.  The only difference was, our town was lined with coconut trees instead of the palm trees I was walking among here.

We got back, and chilled at the hotel. I got a massage at the spa and then we spent some time in the pool. That really fixed me up. Up next, was dinner at this upscale restaurant called Reservoir at the Arrive hotel. It’s a rustic, chic restaurant, and they had cool poolside tables. With the fire next to the water, the ambience was amazing. I tried out one of their seafood entrees and loved it. We got back pretty late to the hotel and called it a night after spending some more time at the pool.

Waking up to the view of the mountains was an out of the world feeling. Had a nice brunch and morning tea in the balcony, and then set out to explore around town.

First stop were some of the beautiful houses in town, Palm Springs being the swankiest towns of them all. Most streets there are dotted with beautiful houses, and a unique aspect a noticed was the flat outlay of most of the houses. Its pretty distinct from the houses one sees in big cities like San Diego. The houses were really urban estates, with most of them having one distinct feature, either a foyer, a façade or in one case: a door. Yes, we managed to find #thatpinkdoor. We later found out that this is one of the most instagrammed doors in the world, and it really is one pretty sight. It looked like a really delicious bar of chocolate gone pink. I wish I was in a decent dressy shape to have some pictures clicked next to the door, but this time I was happy to just do the clicking myself. One could tell almost all the houses were at least a few millions worth.

Story of pink door 

We then went up the world famous Palm Springs Aerial Tram aerial tram, home to the world’s largest rotating aerial tramway. There was a long queue to get on the tram but we got lucky since a good Samaritan was selling tickets she no longer needed for the next ride. The tramway takes you from the floor of the valley to pretty much the peak of San Jacinto mountain, at 8500 ft. One goes through five climate zones, starting from the desert and ending up in the snow filled Alpine forests.

The views were breathtaking through the ride, and at the peak. We played around a little in the snow, even though it was snowing when we got there. Finally settled down with a few cocktails and some snacks at the fine dining restaurant at the peak, nestled next to the snowy backdrop. Quite the refreshment I had hoped when I set out for the getaway.  White Xmas is soon becoming my favorite kind of Christmas!

 

After the snowcapade, we grabbed dinner at the Greek Islands restaurant in downtown (amazing lamb chops, gyro and kebabs) and it was time to head back. It was quite a trip, short but packed a great punch and had me refreshed for the days ahead. We managed to pull back into San Diego right in time for the Christmas Eve midnight mass. The best part about this trip was that after all the fun, I still had 2 bonus holidays to look forward to. Isn’t that the best feeling?

I want to wish all the readers of the blog a very happy new year. When I write, I like to write thinking I’m speaking to each one of you, individually. And your support has meant the world to me in my fledgling blogging life. I hope I hear more from you and continue to build this connection in 2017. Hope you and your loved ones prosper and have a fun year ahead!

All images by the brilliant and fun to work with, @urbancell_vault. Do check his feed for great shots and sights.

19 Comments

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    Melanie

    December 29, 2016

    Palm springs sounds like a great getaway. We will plan a trip soon. Thanks for all the details

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    Aldora

    December 29, 2016

    I’m obsessed with your white sweater top especially the embroidered floral details! And I do agree on going on a short trip to recharge and stay inspired *hehe (my usual traveling excuse)
    Happy New Year to you in advance and can’t wait to see more of your amazing posts in 2017 😉

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    Jennifer Lee Quattrucci

    December 31, 2016

    This is such a delightful and inspiring post! I love how you described the amazing adventure and adore your outfit. The skirt is my favorite and when I saw you wear it on your instagram post I couldn’t stop thinking about it! Thank you so much for sharing your holiday and your style!

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    Helen Chik

    January 1, 2017

    Glad you got to get away, even if it was just for a little while! I’ve been dying to visit Palm Springs and may head over just before Coachella this year! Can’t wait!!

    Hope you had a fabulous New Years darling!

    Helen xx
    https://ch1k.com/2016-a-year-of-change

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    Lily Rose

    January 2, 2017

    That is so cool you have just started your blog in 2016, what amazing you have accomplished! This place looks so great to visit and I adore your outfit. I looked at your bio and I’m an engineer too. It’s so nice to know another engineer with a fashion (unrelated to code) blog! Happy 2017 and best wishes babe.

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

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    Thomas Falkenstedt

    January 2, 2017

    Well, you do succeed in your ambition as it really feels like you are reaching out to me personally! A year ago also I was just a boy who loved fashion and writing, but really hadn’t realized that blogging could be my thing. Now that it occupies all my spare time I LOVE it. All I need to do now is to quit my day job and I’ll be well off 🙂
    Thank you also for a lovely insight into Palm Springs, a place which is definitely on my list to visit.
    xoxo
    Thomas

    http://thomasfalkenstedt.com

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    Michelle @LeHoarder.com

    January 2, 2017

    What a fun vacay! And always exciting to run into a celeb. Love all your looks – you’re too cute!
    Happy New Year!
    XO
    http://www.lehoarder.com

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    Tandya

    January 2, 2017

    Such a great post! I love going to Palm Springs for weekend giveaways. I have never been in the winter, but it looks nice and quiet. I went up the tram in the summer and it was so hot! Crazy how it can snow up there!

    Happy 2017

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    Natalia k

    January 3, 2017

    Your trip sounds and looks amazing what didn’t you do ??
    Hello that pink door is amazing,I wonder if the owners get annoyed at all the pictures done in front of it?
    Wishing you all the success in 2017

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    Eva

    January 3, 2017

    Hello dear!!!
    Seeing your pictures wish to be a Palm Springs .lol.
    Very nice your outfits, especially the combo of the pleated skirt.
    Have a good year!!!
    xx
    Eva
    http://www.themermaidfashion.com

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    Manda

    January 3, 2017

    I’m the same as you when it comes to travel plans for the past year! My plate has been so full between having two little ones, buying a new home…and the rest of life that we haven’t gotten away but a couple times. Love your looks and it’s awesome that you live right next to so many great day cation spots! Have a great week love!

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

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    Katya Bychkova

    January 4, 2017

    These are the best vacation outfits I’ve seen in a while!! That patchwork skirt and embroidered sweater are so stunning!!! I really need these pieces in my wardrobe too!

    It seems like you had amazing time!! Wishing you many more wonderful trips like that in 2017!!

    http://stylesprinter.com

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    Darlene Anderson

    January 4, 2017

    That pink door is so famous! i would love to visit Palm Springs someday and take photographs on that famous door! Glad you had a great time

    x
    thenewgirl

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    Richa Kamal

    January 9, 2017

    Thats sounds like a great vacation and break. Desert to snow if pretty interesting just as that door 🙂
    I had the whole holiday week off in office. But I just did a staycation.
    Felt so good to take a break and do nothing at all.
    You look lovely in the outfit. Love the skirt.
    Happy New Year!
    Richa | Fancier’s World

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    Anonymous

    January 12, 2017

    Loved this Palm Springs Travel log! I have never been but felt like I was right there with you. That chance encounter between your bf and the LA comic definitely boded well for a great time ahead, and it definitely shows. Also, so jealous you found that pink door, it really does look like a fabulous chocolate bar. Finally, your adorable outfit was the perfect look to explore such a swanky neighborhood!

    xo Soo | http://www.BrownEyedToast.com

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    Brown Eyed Toast

    January 12, 2017

    Loved this Palm Springs Travel log! I have never been but felt like I was right there with you. That chance encounter between your bf and the LA comic definitely boded well for a great time ahead, and it definitely shows. Also, so jealous you found that pink door, it really does look like a fabulous chocolate bar. Finally, your adorable outfit was the perfect look to explore such a swanky neighborhood!

    xo Soo | http://www.BrownEyedToast.com

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    siyaadaax3

    January 19, 2017

    Im in love with both outfits especially the skirt and top…….u put them together so well and i hope you enjoy ur vacation
    p.s. love the pink door…..cant find any where i live lol

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    Nisha @ Honey What's Cooking

    February 9, 2017

    Palm Springs is a must do on my list. I visit SoCal quite often so I’m hoping in the next couple years it’ll happen. Beautiful getaway. Sweet suite! That’s always a plus.

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    Bart Criado

    April 21, 2017

    great insight. Ubersuggest girl

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