Trip dates: September 2019 & February 2020
The annual trip to Palm Springs recently got even better as friends Nathan and Nathan bought a lovely home in the Sunrise Park area of town. And they graciously offered Gail and I each our own guest bedroom!
I used a companion fare on Alaska Air for the two of us and signed us both up for upgrades if available. I was upgraded to First Class and Gail was upgraded to Premium. I mean, not the worse thing to happen but I did think it was a little strange that they split us up even though I booked us together. Free mimosas are free mimosas though!
Nathan picked us up in his very cool Tesla and we headed to the adorable Holiday House for lunch. We sat outside on their patio which is lovely but it was hot. Like 108F hot! They have a small but well thought out menu, the food is very good, great drinks, and the design is awesome. It was my first time here and I really enjoyed it!
Did I mention how hot it was? We finished lunch and headed to Nathan's. While Gail and I got changed for a swim Nathan put icy drinks outside each of our doors. Now where else are you going to find service like that? ❣️
We spent the entire day in the pool with cold drinks and wine. Our friend Jerrell was also in town so he joined too. It was entirely too hot to do anything except for swim, order pizza, and get drunk. Sometimes it is just the simple things!
The next day five of us had a delicious brunch at Wexler's Deli. I always look forward to stopping here, usually for lunch, but brunch was excellent also!
It was another scorcher of a day so we headed down E Arenas Road and settled on Chill Bar for some day drinking in the a/c. Turns out they were having gaybingo hosted by the lovely drag queen Sabryna. We had so much fun! Lot's of daubbing, free shots (also turns out that is the flavor when I asked, haha!), and Gail, Nathan, and I coming up as winners. We even got a free afternoon strip show from one of the guys who was going to be dancing that night! I believe this is a weekly Saturday event if you are interested!
Nextdoor at the Blackbook we had some surprisingly good bar snacks and a few more drinks. Cuz Saturday. I think this is one of the nicer bars on Arenas if you are looking for a good spot that isn't super crazy.
We stopped into Paul Bar that evening to meet some other friends. This was my second visit and I still think they have the best cocktails in town. Great vibe here.
Sunday Funday! We spent the entire day in the pool except to leave for lunch and dinner. Lunch was at Trio which has a very good menu of classic American sandwiches and salads. Dinner was at Tropicale which I know is a beloved local spot, but I find the food to be really mediocre. It was my 2nd time dining here and I don't really need to go back again! haha! Jerrell and I did have some nice nightcaps at the bar though.
Before the boys dropped us off at the airport the next day Jerrell invited us all for lunch at Farm. This spot is absolutely adorable! I somehow didn't get any photos but check out their website. We had a lovely lunch here, my first time!
And then our quick and HOT weekend in PS was over. Gail and I had Premium Class seats home which is always good for a couple of free glasses of wine.
It was a great time with our friends but I think I have decided that September is a bit too toasty for me in the desert! Which is why I jumped at the chance to meet Gail at Nathan and Nathan's again in February for a long weekend!
I had just gotten my Alaska Air Lounge pass so was excited to relax with a mimosa before the flight in the gorgeous space at N Gates at SeaTac.
As everyone was working when my flight arrived I grabbed an Uber to... can you guess... Wexler's Deli for lunch! Seriously, I love this place!
Gail met me when her meetings were done and after lunch we walked next door to the liquor store to stock up the Nathan's house.
It was warm during the day but got pretty chilly that night when we went to Rooster & Pig for dinner. Luckily they now have a bar next door with indoor seating where you can wait for your table.
Rooster & Pig has been around for a while but each time I had tried to go the wait was ridiculous. So I was super happy to have a cocktail in the bar and then finally get to enjoy their fabulous Vietnamese food. I loved it, as does most of the town.
Having really liked Blackbook on the last trip, we stopped in after dinner for a nightcap outside on the patio. Still a great spot.
One night Nathan was in the mood for tiki drinks so we headed to The Reef inside the Caliente Tropics hotel. There were four of us as Gail's friend Robin drove up from San Diego. This is such a fun and kitschy place! The hotel has been around since 1964 and the bar has changed names over time.
With temperatures on this trip being much cooler than the last visit, I resumed my morning walks around the neighborhoods. Exploring Sunrise Park, Deepwell Estates, and The Movie Colony never get old. I even had to wear a jacket a few times!
Gail and I spotted quite a few historical markers around Movie Colony, including Twin Palms which was Sinatra's estate.
So one Palm Springs trip ended up being a bit too hot. The next a tad to cool. Hopefully this damn pandemic will soon be over and I can plan a "just right" visit!
September Palm Springs photos here.
February Palm Springs photos here.