What did we do in Palm Desert, you ask? Nothing. Glorious nothing.
Well, not exactly nothing. I mean, we cooked and ate delicious food with some of our best pals. We lounged by the pool. We even got our fitness on and worked out, believe it or not. But really, you don’t go to the desert to run around and kick up dust. You go to chill. And chill we did.
It’s so, so beautiful out there — I love the landscape. I remember when I was little I never really liked cactus plants or palm trees. I wanted things to be really leafy and green and lush. But now that I’m a little older I find something so fascinating about the minimalism of a desert landscape. The wide open space punctuated with tall, simple trees is so lovely. And the more you look, the more wildlife you see.
We did find some time to toodle around the shops at El Paseo, which you should definitely do if you ever visit. It’s a gorgeous little shopping area full of some of my faves, and the stores are small-ish but so beautifully stocked and merchandised. I wanted to just look more than I actually wanted to shop. The J.Crew and the Anthro there are particularly pretty.
We also headed into Palm Springs for a dinner on our last night, and if you’re there you have got to try Workshop Kitchen and Bar. Oh my gosh. The outside is all Palm Springs-y with white stucco and tile and cactus plants, and the inside is all minimal cement with these gorgeous hanging light fixtures. So good. It’s all fresh, farm-to-table, local ingredients, too. Get the Palm Springer if you need a sweet sip with a little kick. And while the entrees were delicious, if I were going again I’d just split a bunch of the salad bowls among friends and be happy as a clam. (Definitely have the beet salad and the asparagus & lobster chop.)
We left the desert feeling refreshed, clear-headed, and so lucky to have spent some time there with good friends. If you’ve ever been, I’d love to hear some of your faves, too! xoxo