If you’re anything like me, you probably haven’t had the chance to hang out (in-person) with your girlfriends much lately. Luckily for you, I recently embarked on the most relaxing weekend getaway with some of my closest girlfriends in Palm Springs, California.
Palm Springs is a magical desert oasis, tucked between the rolling hills of California. It is one of the most relaxed and easy-going destinations perfect for a girls weekend! The warm desert sun and funky shopping make it the ultimate girls weekend destination.
Below I have mapped out some of my favourite things to do whilst in Palm Springs. From epic restaurants to funky hotels and even incredible shopping; this guide has it all!
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About Palm Springs
Palm Springs is perfect for those looking to relax. It is much more of a pool and chill kind of destination, therefore if you are looking for more adventure or outdoor hiking, I suggest you try Joshua Tree, only about an hour away.
However, for most of us, an ultimate girls weekend involves brunching, boozing, and relaxing, making Palm Springs the ultimate girls weekend.
Things To Do
Take this weekend away as an opportunity to pamper yourself! Book an incredible spa treatment or nail appointment with your girls. It is a great way to bond and relax away from the stresses at home.
Downtown Palm Springs is home to some of the cutest shops and boutiques. It is super fun to spend a few hours window shopping and walking around the town.
Palm Springs is known for its warm desert weather, oftentimes reaching 100 degrees and up in the summer season! This is the best weather to spend the day at the pool! You can rent a cabana at your hotel, or even choose to sip some cocktails. Pool days are a must on your weekend trip to Palm Springs.
Where To Eat
My girlfriends and I are major foodies! We love a good dining experience and we were thrilled with the places we visited on our trip. Below are some of our favourite go-to restaurants in Palm Springs.
Sandfish Sushi & Whisky
If you like sushi you have to check out this incredible new restaurant! With a clean, crisp, interior design featuring award-winning sushi by chef Engin, you will not leave disappointed. The food is spectacular, trust me.
Industrial chic dining at its finest! This restaurant has a wonderful seasonal menu and offers the cutest outdoor dining for guests. Located in the historic El Paseo building, this restaurant is the perfect place to book dinner with your girlfriends.
Affordable delicious Italian food with romantic outdoor dining! This restaurant has some incredible pasta and pizza options along with tasty cocktails made in house.
Wilma & Frieda’s
Looking for brunch? Look no further! This place is absolutely delicious. Generally crowded on the weekends, it’s worth heading there early to avoid long wait times. If you have a sweet tooth, definitely try the churro waffles or the banana caramel french toast!
For an incredible Italian option in Palm Desert, check out La Spiga. The outdoor dining set up here is phenomenal, with amazing fairy lights and incredible service. The food here is delicious, but their cocktails are even better! Try their lavender martini if you can…we had a few too many!
Although most bars are currently closed to the public due to the pandemic, I wanted to note a few of my personal favourites should things be back to normal soon. These bars are great places to enjoy craft cocktails and dance with your girls!
Bootlegger Tiki Bar
This is a fun tiki-themed bar with some of the yummiest cocktails around! Such a fun ambience and place to visit with your girlfriends.
Truss & Twine
If you are looking for somewhere a little chicer, definitely stop into Truss & Twine. The cocktails here are some of the best in Palm Springs and the space is incredible.
Known to be one of the best nightlife scenes in the desert, The Nest is a historical spot. Filled with live music, incredible dancing, and wonderful drinks it is a really fun place to go on a night out with your friends.
Where to Stay
The Parker Hotel
You have probably seen images of The Parker Hotel on your Instagram feed. This photo-ready hotel is definitely a vibe and a wonderful place to spend the weekend.
Sands Hotel & Spa
This is a newer hotel located in Palm Desert. The interior is filled with boho desert vibes and it has one of the prettiest bars and pools of them all! Although we did not stay here ourselves, we booked lunch at the Pink Cabana and it was absolutely delicious!
The restaurant is open for Brunch now and the food was so good! We all enjoyed peach bellinis and the view of the incredible pool. Next time I think we will stay here for sure!
If you are looking for a boutique hotel option in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, check out Villa Royale. There are only a few rooms, making this adult-only hotel ideal for your girlfriends. It is also close to the heart of the action if you are central in Palm Springs.
Overall, Palm Springs makes for the ultimate girls weekend getaway! It is such a fun place to relax with your closest friends.
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