The end of the year always ends up in a sprint, tying up loose ends for work and life, as well as preparing for the holidays with family and friends. This year, after spending Christmas with family in San Diego, my sister Ashley and I (along with our spouses) dove into full-on relaxation mode by heading to our favorite desert oasis, Palm Springs. It was the perfect way to ring in the New Year, filling up on great food, beauty and inspiration. Some highlights:
+ The Parker – This hotel does everything right, from the stunning décor by Jonathan Adler, to the expansive gardens and lovely spa. Inspiration for days.
+ Ace Hotel – We had a few meals at the always popular Ace Hotel, and for good reason. It’s casual and tasteful and perfectly located.
+ The Modern Tour – Author Michael Stern led us on a great architectural tour around Palm Springs and even took us into a few residential homes to see some great mid-century interiors.
+ Moorten Botanical Garden – This garden features more than 3000 varieties of plants, including some very rare and gravity-defying cacti.
+ Sparrow’s Lodge – We enjoyed a garden lunch at The Barn Kitchen, located in
this cozy and tasteful boutique hotel. Would love to come back and stay in one of their cabin rooms on another trip.
+ Robolights – This giant holiday sculpture and light show by artist Kenny Irwin Jr., is both unbelievable and a little shocking (it includes 8 million Christmas lights).
+ So.pa – We spent New Year’s Eve dining alfresco at So.Pa, the intimate restaurant nestled in the stunning L’Horizon Hotel. The Lindsay Adelman light fixtures put me over the edge.
+ Indian Canyons (North Golf Course) – Golfing in Palm Springs is fun. Golfing on this course gives you a sneak peak into the backyards of hundreds of stunning mid-century homes, with the mountains as a backdrop. Enough said.
We also did a bit of vintage shopping and discovered some great pieces we rarely come across in our part of the country (Hedge, At Hom, Spaces).