Two weeks ago, I saw the first sign of fall. Some yellowing leaves were falling across the street at the park as I was swimming. I had this realization that I needed to embrace the rest of the long days we have left. So I booked a trip to Palm Springs, somewhere I had never been before.
I stayed at the best little boutique resort in Palm Springs. So wonderful, I don't even want to tell you where it is! But I will; Sparrow's Lodge. It's a gem in a sea of party-centric hotels and mediocre food and service. Their staff, decor, kitchen and pool lounge are too perfect! Oh, and the beds!
On the second day of my stay, I started the day riding the Palm Spring Aerial Tramway up to the Mount San Jacinto State Park at the top. It's truly incredible to ride a rotating tram 8,500 ft. up and find over 50 miles of hiking trails among redwoods; just minutes after leaving a desert.
Later that evening I wandered to Joshua Tree National Park - which I'm sure you know all about. I went right at sunset to watch the stars come out. With the full moon coming up, there wasn't the sky full of stars I had hoped for. But the pink clouds, full moon and setting sun were enough.
If I'm being honest, food in Palm Springs isn't the best. I can't brag enough about Sparrow's Lodge and their kitchen, though. But I spent lunch at The Parker one day, going to Norma's. After hearing the hype, I figured it would be worth the $40 you'll spend on lunch. Can't say that it's true - though the grounds are incredibly kept!
Moorten Botanical Gardens is worth a stop though. A $5 admission gets your into a Cactarium and a walk around some amazing succulents and little lizard friends. They also have some handmade pottery for sale.