Living in Southern California, there are a lot of beautiful places to visit and sights to see. Having lived here my whole life, I think I forget sometimes how beautiful it is so I’ve been trying to appreciate cities and landmarks through the eyes of someone that’s never visited here before. When we go to a city that I’ve been to before, I try to think like a tourist…where would they eat, what would they like to see there first, where would they stay?
Our latest adventure took us on a weekend getaway in Palm Springs, CA. Palm Springs is located about 100 miles east of Los Angeles in the Coachella Valley (yes, THAT Coachella). It’s HOT in the summer, which isn’t my favorite but the beauty of the city, plus all the fun that it offers, makes up for it. Palm Springs is also known for it’s mid-century modern architecture and as a vacation town for a lot of celebrities. In all honesty, my fiancée and I were excited to get away by ourselves and have a relaxing, enjoyable weekend! Palm Springs is about an hour away from our house, which I love because we don’t have to spend hours in the car driving to the fun!
Our first stop was our hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Golf Resort – Palm Springs. About a year and a half ago, this resort went through a huge remodel and it definitely shows! Outside, the grounds are beautifully landscaped and incredibly clean. As soon as you walk through the front doors and enter the lobby, you know you’re staying some place special. After checking in, you’ll have to walk through Mira Bar on the way to the elevator. Mira Bar is a lounge with amazing decor, fun drinks and great food. All the windows look out onto the pool and the golf course, which makes relaxing with a drink even better there!
Our room was on the 3rd floor and we had an amazing view of the pool, golf course & mountains. It was one of the best views I’ve ever seen from a hotel window. Our room featured a table with 2 chairs, a couch that converted to a bed, a comfy king size bed, TV, small refrigerator and a balcony that was amazing for people watching.
After getting settled, we headed back downstairs to Mira Bar, tried some of the amazing food that comes from the Polanco Kitchen restaurant (they are open at certain times but you can order food at Mira Bar or through room service) and had a few drinks. Everything that we tasted there was amazing. We left Mira Bar extremely full and very happy!
Our next stop was cruising down the streets of downtown Palm Springs. While in Palm Springs, you have to drive through the downtown area. It’s such a lively atmosphere with a lot of different restaurants (most seem to have outdoor dining) and any kind of shop or boutique that you can imagine.
The next morning, we woke up & were again reminded how beautiful the view was outside! Downstairs in Polanco Kitchen, we had a wonderful breakfast buffet but it wasn’t your typical “hotel buffet” breakfast. There were breakfast potatoes, eggs, bacon, sausage, different types of bread for toast, 2 waffle makers so you could make your own, 6 different juices to choose from, coffee & much more. We were very impressed with the breakfast & left the hotel for the day to make our way to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.
If you’ve never heard of the Tramway, I have to tell you that it is a must when you visit Palm Springs. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is the world’s largest rotating tram car and it travels over two-and-one-half miles along the cliffs of Chino Canyon, and up to Mt. San Jacinto State Park. The best part (for me, at least) is that at the top, it’s a good 20-30 degrees cooler than it is at the base of the mountain. The trip from bottom to top is about 10 minutes and it’s amazing that the floor of the tram car rotates (slowly, don’t worry!) so everyone gets to experience the views all the way around them.
At the top, you’ll arrive at Mountain Station (elevation is 8516 ft.). There you’ll find two restaurants, observation decks, natural history museum, two documentary theaters, gift shop and over 50 miles of hiking trails. The views from the top are breathtaking!
We then had one last stop at the DoubleTree by Hilton Golf Resort – Palm Springs to pick up our belongings, say goodbye to our new friend Frankie who works behind the bar at Mira Bar and then it was check-out time. We were sad to go because everyone there was incredibly helpful and very friendly. We’ll definitely be back and next time we’ll take the kids with us! The hotel has over 70 connecting guest rooms that are ideal for families.
Want a getaway? Head on out to Palm Springs and stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Golf Resort – Palm Springs. The property is beautiful, there are so many things to do there and Palm Springs is a fantastic city!
- 289 guest rooms and suites
- Over 70 connecting guest rooms ideal for families
- Pet-friendly rooms (a non-refundable pet fee is required at check-in)
- Minutes from Downtown Palm Springs and the Palm Springs International Airport (PSL)
- High-speed wireless Internet access
- Olympic-size swimming pool, two whirlpools, 5,000 square-foot sundeck
- Private cabanas with plenty of shade and stunning golf course/mountain views
- Polanco Kitchen, our on-site restaurant features gourmet cuisine
- Mira Bar – our lounge for refreshing beverages and light fare
- Full-service Spa
- 24-hour Front Desk assistance
- Plenty of self-parking able to accommodate buses and oversized vehicles
- Fitness center with state-of-the art equipment
- 23,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space.
- Full-service event staff including on-site event planners, catering and audiovisual
- Golf – 27 holes of championship golf with golf pro shop, driving range and putting green
- Tennis – Nine tennis courts, four of which are lighted until 10:00 pm, two stadium courts, pro shop, tennis clinics and with lessons available
- Pickleball, Racquetball, Basketball, Bocce ball, Horseshoes