This post is sponsored by Palm Springs but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
This year my Husband’s company held their Holiday off-site and dinner in Palm Springs. We decided to make into a family trip so we could go to Disneyland for Christmastime. Evan headed to Palm Springs a day before I flew with the girls to LA. Our travel was nothing less than exciting. We almost missed the flight because I dropped my phone, with a wallet case (ID and Debit card in the phone case) somewhere between the parking lot and the ticket kiosk, I was crying in the middle of the Denver airport, not my most proud motherhood moment. A very nice gal assisted me in not only calling my phone, which another very nice lady had recovered, she also ran to the parking lot to retrieve the phone for me because I had the girls, the double stroller, a roller bag, and 3 other bags, making it very difficult to navigate my way around. TSA took pity on me and Cora, who needed to use the restroom while waiting in line for security and let us get in the priority boarding line. We made it! We were some of the last to board, but we got to LA!
The girls are super easy to travel with, this particular travel day just had more challenges in store for me than I had anticipated. I was so relieved to get to LA and check into our hotel. The next day I met up with my sister and the girls got to have a sleepover at their Auntie’s while I spent a much needed Mom-Off-Duty day in Palm Springs!
Taking a Mom-Off-Duty day is something I highly recommend for every mom. It’s an important part of self-care. Busy mamas need to slow down sometimes and take a day to whatever they want. Not running errands or taking care of other people. Go to museums, a movie, shopping, whatever makes you happy. A day to clear your head and re-charge. My day in Palm Springs was perfectly timed. In fact, I almost canceled after the airport debacle, but after all that, I needed it more than EVER!
If you live in or are visiting Southern California, you’ll want to make sure to plan a day in Palm Springs. When we lived in the Beach Cities of LA, Palm Springs was an easy staycation getaway. Only an hour and 30-minute drive from Los Angeles makes it a totally doable, and enjoyable day trip. Palm Springs has so much to offer. It’s not just a destination for Coachella.
I made zero itinerary plans for this Mom-Off-Duty day trip. I needed to just breathe and see where the day took me. I found Peninsula Patisserie on Palm Springs website and knew a latte and pastry would be the perfect start to the day. Once properly caffeinated, I found parking in Down Town Palm Springs and started walking around. I found a cute little Candy Shoppe and picked up some caramel truffles for myself and a few little candy treats for the girls. For lunch, I took a break at Lulu. This California Bistro has some serious flair! The food was delicious and their cocktails make for a perfect Happy Hour.
After lunch, I walked around some more. Found an installation by David Cerny outside the Palm Springs Art Museum. Giant 8 foot “Babies” playing in a sandbox. The exhibit can be viewed from street level but is supposed to be a real sight when viewed from the rooftop High Bar of the Kimpton Rowan Hotel.
Something I love about Palm Springs is that there is beauty everywhere. The Mid-Century architecture and design in Palm Springs are so spectacular. Nestled at the bottom of the mountains, a desert full of color and personality. When browsing Palm Spring’s Instagram before my visit, I found an ice-cream shop I didn’t want to miss. The fun and vibrant Ice Cream & Shop(pe) is a Palm Springs gift shop and gourmet ice cream bar. With flavors like Lavinder, Blackberry Merlot, Champagne Bubbles, and Pomegranate Chocolate Chip you’ll have a hard time picking just a scoop. It’s located inside the Arrive Hotel a little way outside the Downtown area. (I had to drive).
This Mom-Off-Duty exertion day was perfect. My little adventure day in Palm Springs turned out to be just what I needed. As I type this and my children are screaming at each other in the background, I find myself wishing I could go back. Next time, I plan on taking advantage of their many tours and activities. Check out what all 9 Palm Springs Cities have to offer HERE! Can’t get away from the kids? Don’t worry, Palm Springs has plenty of family-friendly things to do too!