Palm Springs, California
(@jennfortner - jennfortnerphotography.com)
Palm Springs surprised me with its modern charm and multiple things to do. I became intrigued with Palm Springs by talking with a few friends who have visited over the years and fallen in love with the small city, so I knew when we were talking about visiting the Southwest we had to come here. It’s completely vibey, completely fun, and an amazing place to visit if you enjoy architecture and design.
The Ace Hotel & Swim Club had a lovely brunch, served Stumptown coffee, a pool that you can visit even if you are not staying at the hotel, and the loveliest of hipster-esk decors ever. Definitely visit.
The Parker hotel had the most lovely interior design by Jonathan Alder and outside grounds and gardens to explore. We only stopped by for an hour but one could easily spend a day there.
We stopped at The Saguaro for a pool side snack and drink and could have easily stayed poolside there all day long. Great food and a great place to grab some sun!
If you visit Palm Springs, a visit to the Moorten Botanical Garden is a must (that is if you like plants, if you don’t...well). Take a guided tour or go on your own to see an amazing variety of cactuses and succulents. I kinda thought it was heaven on earth.
Last on our adventure list was Joshua Tree National Park. I was extra excited to visit here, as I had seen so many beautiful Instagram posts and had friends visit and explain to me the wonders of the park.
We had one day of quick exploring, so we took some of the shorter hikes and bounced around the park a bit that way. I liked it, but I think there are better ways to see the park and the beauty of the desert than what we did. I think camping overnight would provide a beautiful sunset and stargazing into a dark sky. I also think if you like bouldering or climbing this is the place just for you!
Thanks for coming along with me on my journey! I hope some day you get to see the beauty of the Southwest.
- Jenn Fortner
For the dreamer - For the adventurer