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Palm Springs

Palm Springs

Location: Palm Springs, CA

Back in February, I wrote about a road trip to the Cabazon Dinosaurs and Joshua Tree National ParkI wrote about a road trip to the Cabazon Dinosaurs and Joshua Tree National Park while on my way to  weekend getaway in Palm Springs, California with my best friends. After our dusty drive, we arrived at the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage.

We had never stayed in a Ritz-Carlton Hotel before and it was such an incredible experience. There were so many moments where we felt out-of-place in our road-trip-wrinkled clothes and dirt-coated-shoes, but the complimentary champagne when we checked in and the candy counter when we checked out helped us feel oh-so-welcome (and well fed.)

Story time: While we were outside waiting for our car, the valet came up driving a gorgeous car. The very well-dress woman standing nearby responded to the driver, “Um. That’s not my Tesla.” That’s when we realized that we really didn’t belong in that hotel. (Our car was most certainly not even close to being a Tesla.) Oh well. It was a crazy amazing experience though.

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We spent one night at the hotel (all three of us girls sharing one bed because #RitzCarltonOnABudget.) The next morning we woke early and had one of the pools all to ourselves. Swimming with a view like this? Yes please.

Our entire stay was incredible and definitely an experience I hope to have again. I love trips where I camp in the back of a car, but there’s also something so luxurious about staying at a hotel like this. It’s a change-of-pace from my norm and it was the perfect splurge for our girls weekend in Palm Springs.

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This pool, though.

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Coffee was an important and necessary next stop in our morning after we checked out of the hotel.

Palm Springs

Palm Springs

My friend Alli recommended that we grab brunch at the King’s Highway and Amigo Room at the iconic Ace hotel and it was amazing. I’m still dreaming about when I can go back because the food was out of this world.

Tip: If you find yourself at King’s Highway, order the ricotta pancakes. I promise that you won’t be disappointed.

Palm Springs

Palm Springs

After brunch, we needed to walk off all of the food we had just consumed so we found our way to the Moorten Botanical Garden. Admission was only $5 per person and we loved walking through the gardens and the cactus house.

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Great. I want a pool with a view and a cactus house.

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After the gardens, we were hot and hungry (surprise, surprise) so our next stop was Great Shakes.

Great Shakes is rated as the #1 spot in all of California, the #4 shake place in the entire United States, and is #8 in the whole world. Let me tell you, these shakes did not disappoint.

We make all our shakes and malts using only whole, fresh and natural ingredients. We make many ingredients ourselves so that we can deliver the best taste and freshness possible! For example, we make our amazing salted caramel, fudge and butterscotch sauces. We also make our whipped cream, marshmallows and many other ingredients. Great Shakes | About Us

I ordered the Blueberry Hill  which they describe as “delicious blueberries, freshly squeezed lemon and just the right touch of lavender.” YUM.

Palm Springs

Palm Springs

Our time in Palm Springs was absolute perfection. From our morning swim at the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage to Brunch. From our walk through the Moorten Botanical Gardens to the decadent shakes from Great Shakes. I couldn’t have conjured a better girls weekend. After heading out of the city of Palm Springs, we made the drive to Salvation Mountain and I’ll be sharing that adventure soon.

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  • I was in Palm Springs last month and your picture of your iced coffee from Koffi made me want to cry. I LOVE that place. Would go there everyday if there was one near me…so maybe it’s good that there isn’t. I stayed in a Motel 6. Your Ritz Carlton experience sounds much better!

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    I’ve never been to Palm Springs, but have heard good things. It looks dreamy!

  • That trip sounds (and looks) aMAZING! I cracked up at the Tesla quote. Man, I would feel so out of place.

  • Palm Springs is on my list of places to visit. I love that cactus garden, so cute. And I gotta check out Great Shakes when we go!

    Gennifer Rose | http://www.GenniferRose.com

  • what a lovely place! cactus house is the cutest thing.