The great thing about Palm Springs is that everyone seems to welcome dogs and it is only 107 miles from LA, making it a no-brainer for a fantastic weekend getaway. Weston and I stopped here on our way east during our road trip and we rounded up the best things to do and see with your pooch!
Formerly the Viceroy, this boutique hotel AVALON is walking distance to downtown and has 2 beautiful pools. The rooms were extra cute. ($75 dog fee per stay. Dog walking, grooming and pet reflexology available. Rooms start at $200.)
Other dog-friendly hotels worth mentioning:
Hip, artsy hotel Ace Hotel & Swim Club includes outdoor fireplaces, poolside yurts all with a vintage feel. Rooms start at $150.
Or stay at the adorable rainbow-colored Saguaro Hotel (known for its legendary pool parties). Rooms start at $169.
Where to eat? Well, Cheeky’s is legendary. We were running late so we skipped brunch since the wait was so long. It must be good if the wait is always 45 minutes minimum. I hear they have something called the Bacon Flight (5 strips of bacon in different flavors).
Lulu’s: a modern bistro with a huge outdoor patio.
Now my favorite… Norma’s at Parker Palm Springs. Wait, can we just talk about the hotel? When I walked in, my eyes couldn’t even take in all of it at once. I WISH I HAD MORE EYES. It is honestly one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever been to in my life. There is color, mid century galore and art made of textured material and yarn adorned everywhere–it is lush. The outdoor grounds are beyond enchanting. Tall greenery with maze-like pathways. I don’t have the words or eyes. Read my Parker Palm Springs Hotel Guide here. Back to Norma’s. Brunch was yummy–they promptly came with ice water for Weston and a daily fresh baked treat!
The iconic Trina Turk stores (for women, men & home).
If you’re looking for a relaxed activity to do with your pup and you’re really into cactus like me, check out the Moorten Botanical Garden’s. It’s a short 20 minute stroll through all different species of cactus and succulents. They also sell some cute ceramic plant holders and inexpensive succulents! Admission $5. Dogs: $0.