Oh, Palm Springs.
For Angelenos, Palm Springs is the place that immediately springs to mind when you’re looking for hot sun, sparkling pools and a fun (or relaxing) escape. Only 100 miles east (make sure to stop at the Desert Hills outlets on the way for Gucci, Balenciaga, Alice & Olivia, Frette outlets + 145 more), arrive in this city filled with old cinema charm, mid-century architecture and picturesque desert land. Read my full Palm Springs Getaway Guide here.
For our most recent stay, we chose the Avalon (also another hotel in Beverly Hills) and we loved it. This boutique hotel offers 67 suites and private bungalow villas but don’t be fooled by the word “boutique.” The Avalon has 3 outdoor pool areas and lush garden areas with a view of the nearby San Jacinto mountains — plenty of space for dogs to sniff around and explore! Dogs are even allowed with you at the pool (as long as they are on a leash).
The contemporary rooms are all-white and so chic — accents of silvery chrome, mirror and black here and there. We were upgraded to a 2-bedroom Bungalow Villa and wow! We felt so peaceful the second we walked in with all the plush white, our very own fireplace and private patio.
Pet fee is $75 flat for your entire stay with a portion of the pet fee donated to Best Friends Animal Society. How lovely is that? Casper dog bed, food + water bowls and local treats provided in-room.
We wished we could’ve stayed longer to use the full-service kitchen and gorgeous dining room!
After we checked out, we headed to Chi Chi restaurant at the hotel for a nice outdoor brunch pool-side. The open space makes you feel like you’re at a really swank garden party. The menu offers a delicious selection of fresh Californian dishes, including healthy cold-pressed juices, colorful acai bowls and fresh coconuts (why not add rum?). Weston + Fira enjoyed a couple blueberries and we spent the rest of the day by the pool with a book in hand and a few rounds of ping-pong. Weston, of course, caught a couple foul balls — definitely the highlight of his day!