Weekend Away: Palm Springs

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Palm Springs Image via Matt Kieffer

(Image via Matt Kieffer)

When we were in California in January we had three main destinations: Los Angeles, Imperial, and San Diego. Neither my husband and I had ever been to Palm Springs and so on our drive from Los Angeles to Imperial we decided to stop there for lunch.

I feel like Palm Springs is one of those places you always hear about and that people always visit, but as our trips to California are always to visit people, stopping there has never been a priority. However, now that I’ve gotten a VERY small taste of Palm Springs, I can’t wait to go back.

Palm Springs is located about two hours outside of Los Angeles. It’s also located right near Joshua Tree National Park and the site of the Coachella Music Festival. Needless to say, it’s a pretty relaxing place but there’s also plenty to do! Palm Springs has pools, mountains, and dry air.  It’s the perfect winter getaway since the weather is pretty warm year-round, although nighttime temps are pretty cool. Planning on visiting anytime soon? This mini guide will help you plan your visit!

How to Get to Palm Springs

The following airlines fly directly into Palm Springs International Airport: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, jetBlue, Sun Country Airlines, United, and Virgin America

Personally, when we go back we will probably fly into Los Angeles, rent a car, and then make the drive. It really wasn’t bad at all and then you get the benefit of possibly spending a minute or two by the ocean as well!

Where to Stay in Palm Springs

According to TripAdvisor, these are some of the top hotels in Palm Springs:

  • Desert Riviera Hotel
  • Hotel California
  • La Maison Hotel
  • Little Paradise Hotel
  • Palm Springs Rendezvous

Of these, only Hotel California also makes it on TripAdvisor’s list of budget-friendly hotels in Palm Springs, although it’s pretty far down the list!

What to do in Palm Springs

It was only after we’d left Palm Springs that we learned about the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which looks awesome. If you golf, this is also the place to be as the area has 124 (!) irrigated golf courses. I’m pretty sure my fellow shopaholics could spend all day shopping in downtown Palm Springs.

As mentioned above, Joshua Tree National Park is quite close and may be worth a visit. Depending on the time of the year, Coachella may be happening but my guess is you’ll need to book a hotel early and expect to pay extra.

What to Wear in Palm Springs

If you plan on hitting up this little city in the desert, ModCloth has you covered. Their spring collection is full of fantastic boho styles that are perfect for the desert, and Palm Springs in particular.

Boho Style from ModCloth

Call to a Halter Top – available in sizes XS-4X // Just Dawned on Me Shorts – available in sizes 24-31 // Shooting Stardom Bootie in Brown


Summer romper from ModCloth

So Field with Joy Romper – available in sizes XS-4X // Who’s the Emboss? Bag //  Villa You Be Mine Wedge


Palm Springs Style from ModCloth

Put Your Mind at Peace Top – available in sizes S, M, L // Easygoing Expression Jeans in Distressed Dark Wash – available in sizes 25-31 //  Network Your Angle Necklace // Birkenstock Sense of Wonder Sandal in Silver


Summer Style from ModCloth

Set the Serene Swimsuit Top and Set the Serene Swimsuit Bottom – both available in sizes XS-XL // Karaoke Songstress Shorts – available in sizes S-3X //  Soak Up Some Sun Sandal


ModCloth Plus Size Boho Style

Wave Jumping Wonder One-Piece Swimsuit – available in sizes 1X-3X // All Art Walks of Life Tunic – available in sizes XS-4X // Keep It Coil Ring // Salt Water Sandal


Lastly, if you’re heading out for a weekend away, don’t forget a cute weekender bag and, most importantly, a water bottle! You are headed to the middle of the desert after all. Stay hydrated!

boho accessories from ModCloth

Frill Seekers Weekend Bag (this bag fits in with this years tassels and pom poms trend perfectly!) // Hydrated and Mighty Water Bottle in Medallion

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by ModCloth, however all opinions expressed above are my own.

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