Ready to leave the Vegas dresses at home, but are still looking for a destination with a little bit of everything? Palm Springs is an incredible option for a girls trip! With a great climate year round (although the summer gets pretty toasty), an international airport accessible by 10 major airlines, and enough to keep you busy all weekend long, a Palm Springs girls trip is the perfect excuse to getaway and connect your friends. Below I have outlined some fun things to do and the best places to stay, eat, and drink to make the most of your weekend away!
Read on for the Ultimate Palm Springs Girls Trip!
Places to Stay in Palm Springs
Depending on how many chica’s you’re travelling with, you will either want to book a hotel or rent an Airbnb. Below I’ve listed my favourites from each category!
ARRIVE – Ping pong, bocce, poolside movies, an ice cream shop(pe), great coffee & cocktails, cool decor, fun vibes all around
Saguaro – Yes, that colourful hotel you’ve seen all over your instagram. Bonus: El Jefe is on-site, home of the best tacos and margarita’s in town!
Ace Hotel -A classic for Coachella goers and weekend warriors, this hotel has two great pools that promise a good time. Sip in the Amigo Room and eat all the foods at King’s Highway!
Rowan Palm Springs – Brand new Kimpton Hotel. Has the only Rooftop Pool in Palm Springs. Need I say more?
Holiday House – Funky, mid-century boutique hotel, Adults only (21+)
Flamingo House – I mean how can you not at least check this airbnb out with a name like that?
The Weekend House – Newly renovated, sleeps 8 comfortably
The Amado Property – You can either rent out a few rooms or the whole property depending on the size of your group!
Classic Mid Century Remodeled Retro Chic Property – Colourful, reasonably priced and sleeps 8!
How to get around Palm Springs
Uber & Lyft
Downtown Palm Springs is fairly small, so uber and lyft are your best bet! Only rent a car if you know you’ll be doing lots of driving (like a day trip to Joshua Tree or Cabazon Outlets .. see below!)
Most hotels and airbnb’s offer free bicycle use to go exploring! If not, BIKE Palm Springs is a great rental place!
Ya, don’t put me down for cardio
If you’re up for a fun group workout (and didn’t drink one too many dirty martini’s the night before), here some options for hikes, workout classes and yoga in Palm Springs.
Aerial Tramway Trails – there are great views of Greater Palm Springs at the top of the tram, and plenty of trails to explore. Pack a sweater though, it can be 30-40 degrees cooler up top!
The Cross – A nice leisurely hike with great views of Palm Springs
Indian Canyons – There is a fee to enter, but once inside there are great trails including my favorite, Murray Canyon.
Bump and Grind – This hike is near Palm Desert, so about 20 minutes outside of Downtown Palm Springs. It is a 3.9 mile moderate loop with views of Palm Desert below!
Ecore Fitness – Pilates Reformers
Big Mike’s Bootcamp – Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays at 7am and 8:15am
Peace, Love, Yoga – No charge for mats, wide variety of classes to choose from
Power Yoga Palm Springs – In the heart of Downtown Palm Springs, Spin and Massage studio attached!
Koffi – 3 locations!
Customs Coffee – Attached to ARRIVE hotel
Ernest Coffee – Just look for the tiki torches..
Cause it’s 11:30 and the girls be brunchin’, brunchin’
Palm Springs is a great foodie city, with many renowned chefs opening new restaurants as the downtown area continues to reinvent itself. Below are some of the best brunch places in Palm Springs.
Cheeky’s – Expect to wait, famous for their bacon flights and rotating menu
FARM – Tucked away, this cozy french restaurant is perfect for mimosas, crepes and catching up
Norma’s – If you want to check out the famous Parker hotel grounds while you’re in Palm Springs, head to Norma’s for a delicious (albeit pricey) brunch in the courtyard
Jake’s – Grab brunch at Jake’s, take a cake to go, and head next door to the Frippery for some vintage shopping
Purple Palm – Brunch at the Colony Palms in the historic Movie Colony overlooking the pool!
Can’t have a Palm Springs girls weekend without a little spa action! Some hotels offer spa treatments, so find out if yours has a spa on-site. If not, these are some great options:
Two Bunch Palms Spa – Outdoor treatment gazebos, internationally recognized staff
Palm Springs Yacht Club – Located in the Parker hotel. Custom treatments and wellness packages available
The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage – Gorgeous location and views of the city. Stick around for a cocktail after your treatments! (This is a little bit outside of Palm Springs so you will need to drive or Uber!)
Sands Hotel and Spa – This brand new hotel is located in Indian Wells, and is already getting praise from Forbes, Conde Nast traveller and the New York Times. Check out this description for their Royal Facial:
“This mineral-rich facial balances all skin conditions to hydrate, detox or illuminate – depending on your skincare needs. To hydrate, Manuka Honey unleashes the powers of rose petals and exotic gooseberry for quenched skin that diffuses a golden glow. Detoxify, an earthy melody of organic powders unleash their Fountain-of-Youth properties to combat free radicals and package skin with powerful minerals. To illuminate, powerful raw powders including OrganicWild Turmeric, Organic Sandalwood and golden flecks of saffron work in harmony to uncover fresh skin and reduce hyper-pigmentation.”
Sign me up. Stay for a meal at the Pink Cabana while you’re there!
Things to Do in Palm Springs
Midcentury Architecture Tours (aka enough Instagram photos to last ya a month)
Sit & Sip Poolside (that’s why you’re there right?!)
- Spend the day by your hotel/airbnb with mimosas, floaties and appetizers (hit up Trader Joe’s and Target for all the goods!)
- ARRIVE pool is open to the public and has floaties, ping pong and bocce ball
- Rent a cabana at Kimpton Rooftop
- The Saguaro and the Ace have pool parties on weekends (just check their websites to make sure!)
Shopping & Lunch on El Paseo Drive (25 minutes outside of Downtown Palm Springs)
- Some of the best shopping in Greater Palm Springs! For lunch, I love Mamma Gina’s, Tommy Bahama’s and Pacifica. Wilma and Frieda’s is amazing for brunch if you’re out there early enough!
Cabazon & Desert Hills Premium Outlets (30 minutes outside of Downtown Palm Springs)
- Stop at In-n-Out while there and if you’re looking for photo opts, the dinosaurs at Cabazon and the Windmills on the way are perfect for some epic group shots! Bring a tripod if you have one to get everyone together!
Day Trip to Joshua Tree National Park
Did somebody say Happy Hour?
While every hour is happy hour in Palm Springs, they sure know how to make the most of the late afternoon as the sun sets. Here is a list of my favorite happy hour spots in Palm Springs for you and your girls to sip and people watch!
Lulu’s – Great people watching and all day happy hour at the bar! Come for a drink and the ambiance.
Trio– Another great people watching spot, great patio and very central
El Jefe – Tacos and margaritas?! Hell yes.
Amigo Room at The Ace Hotel – Great space, even better cocktails. Check the schedule as there is usually a DJ, live band or comic in the house.
Bootlegger Tiki – The prettiest drinks you’ll sip on all weekend!
Azucar – The prettiest Moroccan Inspired restaurant you ever did see
Tropicale – A local favourite and some incredible people watching! They have jazz certain nights of the week, and an outdoor patio with a bar and TV’s.
Heading to Tropicale? Go on a Thursday so you can head next door to the Copa for a drag show afterwards!
Mr.Lyons – Classic Steakhouse with great seafood and vegetarian options as well, with a fun after dinner spot in the back (see below)
Workshop Kitchen – A favorite amongst locals and tourists alike. Trendy, industrial chic with a modern, Palm Springs twist.
Sand Fish – New trendy Sushi and Whiskey Bar from Japanese chef Engin Onural
For a full list of my favourite restaurants in Downtown Palm Springs, check out this post.
Aprés Dinner Drinks
Melvyn’s – Iconic piano bar at the Ingleside Inn. Popular among Hollywood’s elite in the Rat Pack days (and continues to attract a few famous faces)
Seymour’s (Attached to Mr. Lyons) – Definitely check this out if you eat dinner at Mr.Lyons. Really cool space and carefully crafted cocktails
Truss and Twine – New after dinner spot brought to you by the peeps that created the smash hit, Workshop Kitchen. It’s right next door, so grab some dinner and then walk over for a nightcap and chat as a live DJ plays a few hits.
Dead or Alive – Good spot for a beer or glass of wine
There you have it! Those are my recommendations for an epic Palm Springs Girls Trip! If you are looking for a full Friday-Monday itinerary, I put together a resource you can snag below. It will give you a few more ideas and may help plan the weekend away! Have SO much fun!