Thursday, May 10, 2018

Palm Springs (with little people)!


Palm Springs has become our favorite place to vacation as a family.  It's only a two hour flight away and it is actually relaxing for Eric and I (which is pretty huge when traveling with three kids five and under)!  I got a ton of questions about what we do when we're in Palm Springs so I thought I'd share real quick!

And when I say real quick... it's because we really don't do that much while we're there.  Our kids swim alllllll day, we eat, we drink, and we relax as much as possible.  There are a ton of homes to rent in Palm Springs, I highly recommend trying to rent a home over staying in a hotel if you have little kids.  It's so nice when they have a bedroom (so you can still have an evening with your spouse once they're in bed) and having a private pool is seriously amazing.


Palm Springs is pretty low key.  We don't ever feel the need to go out and sight see while we're there. All our kids want to do it swim so why fight it right?!  The city parks are really nice, you just have to go really early in the morning or later in the evening so it's not super hot. There is also a zoo called The Living Desert, we've never been but I've heard amazing things!  We plan on going next time we're down there.  There is a really fun children's museum nearby in Rancho Mirage, my grandparents actually took my brother and I there when we were little!

We really love the downtown Palm Springs area.  It's fun to just walk around, go into shops, eat, and people watch. My friend Lauren introduced me to Koffi, they have amazing iced coffee and breakfast sandwiches.  There is a cute courtyard out back where the kids can run around while you sip your coffee.  We also love Blue Coyote and Las Casuelas, both yummy Mexican restaurants (ask to sit outside!).  Oh and love Fruit Wonder! The girls always get fresh watermelon popsicles and Eric and I share an acaí bowl (it's so yummy, I want one now just writing about it!).  

The Parker Hotel is beautiful and has a great restaurant.  The restaurant is kid friendly, but it is on the spendier side.  The margaritas are $17 (!!), but they are seriously SO yummy.  We like to walk around the grounds because it's all just so pretty.  Think lots and lots of bouganvia :).  La Quinta Cliff House is another nice restaurant, the food is amazing!

If outlets are your thing, there is a huge outdoor outlet mall called Cabazon.  There is also a really nice shopping center in Palm Desert with lots of restaurants called The Gardens on El Paseo.

We typically stop at Target and Trader Joes for diapers, sunscreen, and food and then spend most of our days playing in the pool.  We like to grab coffee in the morning, eat lunch around the pool, and then go out to dinner.  Doesn't sound super exciting, but we seriously love all of the quality time with our little ones.  Plus it's so nice to slow down for a few days!!

Let me know if you have any questions in a comment below!

































11 comments :

  1. What do you do for car/ car seats when you arrive? We fly to Florida in July and haven’t figured this part out. We don’t really need to rent a car because everything is within walking distance. And I’d rather not fly with 3 car seats. Can you get car service that provides car seats?

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    1. You can check your carseats for free on the airplane, but it’s a MAJOR pain hauling them around. We typically bring Briar’s infant carseat with us and check it when we arrive at the airport. Then we rent carseats for the girls with our car rental. We always rent a car though, I’m not sure if you can rent carseats through a car service. Sorry I can’t be more helpful!!!

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  2. What house do you guys rent? We are looking for a trip just like this since we are only a 4 hour drive!

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    1. We’re lucky enough to get to stay at a friend of a friends home! I would check Airbnb!

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  3. I was wondering the same... if you have a recommendation of houses. :-)

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    1. We’re lucky enough to get to stay at a friend of a friends home! I would check Airbnb!

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  4. It looks like you guys had a blast!!
    You're pictures are always so beautiful, what dp you use?

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    1. Some are from my iPhone x and some are from my Nikon dslr!

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  5. What are some things you take for baby boy in the airplane to keep him happy? I will be flying with an 5 month old, and 3 year old the flight is 3-4 hours long.

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    1. He slept for most of our flight, but I brought little snacks (like puffs), a teether, and some little figurines. He loves playing with his sisters little Disney figurines! One time Sloan got restless on a flight so I let her pull all of the wipes out of the wipes container. Kept her quiet and busy for like 30 minutes and was totally worth it :).

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