This past December (feels so long ago now!) Ben and I hopped over to the west coast for a winter getaway. I had been to Joshua Tree and Palm Springs once on our road trip in 2015 but road weariness and record breaking heat took away from the experience. This sophomore effort more than made up for it! The temperatures were ideal, and every part of the trip went great. If your looking for a quiet and creative place to escape to, the Joshua Tree and Palm Springs combo is it!
Arrival at the Airbnb
Ben found a great Airbnb for our first night. Cozy with amazing view of surrounding desert scape.
Day 1: Joshua Tree National Park
We went to the park right when it opened. It had rained all night so there was this other worldly fog everywhere and barely any other visitors were out yet and we had the park to ourselves for the first hour or two.
The Natural Sisters Cafe
We had a flop dinner our first night so it was a huge relief to discover The Natural Sisters Cafe. This cafe became our go to for the Joshua Tree part of the trip and featured nourishing and filling vegan food. Plus treats!
Joshua Tree Exploring
Aside from the park, Joshua Tree has an eclectic and fascinating DIY vibe.
Super cute retail oasis!
And Now Time for the City
Nothing like balancing out a desert trip with a city trip! After a jam packed 24 hours in Joshua Tree we made our way to Palm Springs for another adventurous 24 hours. This eye catching sign, well, caught us, and we investigated further to find a huge, you guessed it, cactus mart!
Ace Hotel Palm Springs Swim Club
What balances a little desert bout better than a little city time? We spent our second night on the west coast at Ace Hotel Palm Springs Swim Club. I love staying here - all of my ACE hotel experiences have been great. The on site diner was a bit lacking in vegan options but otherwise I always have a quality experience, including this one.
In lue of hotel food we found Native Foods – tasty vegan comfort food – right when we needed it. A bit washed out from the trip, we scarfed down some classics (burger and nachos) and made our way back to respit.
Day 2: Sunrise in Palm Springs
We were VERY early risers since we were on New York time. What does one do in the wee hours of the am? Watch sunrise! The view from Koffi turned out to be a fun way to kick off the day with a beautiful backdrop of the mountains.
Exploring Palm Springs
The bulk of our Palm Springs visit was at the hotel enjoying cable tv and lounging, so we didn’t get around the city too much except for a few overpriced vintage stores. This part of the trip was very relaxing and was a great pace to end on as we prepared for the long flight back home. We did squeeze in a visit to the botanical garden on our way to the airport. Definitely worth the stop over!
Palm Greens Cafe
Another surprise vegan delight was Palm Greens Cafe! This made for a tasty breakfast after sunrise. PRO TRAVEL TIP: we had a hard time finding vegan food on the plane ride over to the west coast but on the way back we learned our lesson and got the Palm Greens Cafe scramble to have on the flight back. GENIUS MOVE!
BACK TO NEW YORK