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 dog-friendly desert getaway. Make sure that you and your pup stay extra hydrated, as it is dry and hot here. Weston, Fira and I rounded up the best things to see and do in Palm Springs with your dog!
Formerly the Viceroy, this boutique hotel Avalon is walking distance to downtown and has 2 beautiful pools. The rooms are extra white, clean and calming. ($75 dog fee per stay. Dog walking, grooming and pet reflexology available. Rooms start at $350.) Read my full review here.
Hip, artsy Ace Hotel & Swim Club includes outdoor fireplaces and poolside yurts all with a vintage feel. Rooms start at $299. $25 per dog (under 25 lbs), per night. Up to two dogs.
Kimpton Rowan is in the perfect location right on the main strip. Rooms start at $400. Dogs stay free!
Or stay at the adorable rainbow-colored Saguaro Hotel (known for its legendary pool parties). Rooms start at $159. Dogs allowed at ANY size. $50/per stay.
With only 25 rooms, L’Horizon Resort feels like a total escape. It’s also 21+ only, so the grounds and pool were super quiet and felt “exclusive.” Note: because they pride themselves on feeling exclusive, all visitors of guests must be approved by management beforehand. Rooms start at $600. $150 per pet/per stay.
Boozehounds: this adorable restaurant/lounge was created for people just like us! This spot has such a laid-back, stylish vibe and is pure happiness in one place. Dogs can enjoy a puppy menu and their humans can enjoy American fare and handcrafted cocktails.
Right behind me is Workshop Kitchen+Bar — probably my favorite dog-friendly restaurant in Palm Springs! The outdoor area is very airy and large, so your pups have lots of room and are blocked off from the street + sidewalks. The decor is so magnificent — call it “stone-chic.” Enjoy inventive New American dishes and craft cocktails.
Order a coffee or tea at Cafe La Jefa and grab a seat. There’s a cute little courtyard here with artificial grass, benches and chairs for a much-needed break.
If you’re craving brunch, Farm is a must. Provençal-style restaurant with yummy dishes like brioche french toast, crepes and rustic omelettes.
1501 Uptown Gastropub hits the spot if you’re needing a big burger, fried chicken sandwich or fish + chips. It has its own large parking lot (score!) and the most scrumptious curled potato wedges.
Birba: get your farm-to-table eats, homemade pasta and wood-fired pizzas here in their sprawling, tree-filled patio.
Pantry at Holiday House: located inside the hotel, an adorable spot for upscale comfort food. Must have a reservation. Note: Come for Fried Chicken Fridays! Juniper Table at the Kimpton Rowan hotel: fresh Mediterranean-inspired share plates with local, organic ingredients. It’s right off the main strip so some shopping after lunch is necessary. La Azucar at the La Serena Villas hotel: modern Mexican food with a rooftop patio and Instagram-friendly decor. Koffi: order high quality coffee + baked goods and take them to their backyard escape for lawn seating including a view of palm trees + San Jacinto mountains.
Norma’s at Parker Palm Springs. The hotel itself is one of the most beautifully textured hotels full of color, mid-century galore and art made of varied materials and yarn adorned everywhere — it is lush. The outdoor grounds are equally enchanting — tall greenery with maze-like pathways. Read my Parker Palm Springs Hotel review here. Back to Norma’s. Brunch was yummy — they promptly came with ice water for the pups and a daily fresh baked treat!
The Palm Springs Dog Park is perfect for your pup to get some play time and socialization. It has a Large Dog area and Small Dog area and is very well-kept.
Snap a pic with 26ft-tall Marilyn Monroe and take a stroll around. Cold Nose & Warm Heart is only a five-minute walk away — a dog boutique that sells everything from treats to posh dog clothing.
If you’re looking for a relaxed activity to do with your pup and you’re really into cacti 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.
On Thursday’s, the Palm Springs Village Fest is a must — a street fair featuring local food stalls, artists and entertainment. 6-10PM.
Photos by: Jessica Castro