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Avalon Palm Springs

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, Barneys, Alice & Olivia, Frette outlets + 145 more), arrive in this city filled with old cinema charm, mid-century architecture and picturesque desert land. Read our full Palm Springs Getaway Guide here

For our most recent stay, we chose the Avalon (also a location 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. 

dog friendly vacation

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!

Palm Springs Getaway

palm springs getaway

Updated November 28, 2018.

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 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.) Read our full review here

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.

Head immediately to the bar–that’s where check-in is at Arrive Hotel. Rooms start at $170.

Beautiful 13 acre property, the upscale Parker Palm Springs, decor by designer Jonathan Adler. Gorgeous. Rooms start at $339.

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. Juniper Table at the newly opened Kimpton Rowan hotel: fresh Mediterranean-inspired share plates with local, organic ingredients. The food was delicious and the outdoor patio practically sprawling. It’s right off the main strip so some shopping after lunch is necessary! Workshop: inventive New-American eatery with a stylish outdoor patio. La Azucar at the La Serena Villas hotel: modern mexican food with a rooftop patio and Instagram-friendly decor.

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. It is one of the most beautifully textured hotels I’ve been to in my life. There is color, mid century galore and art made of varied materials and yarn adorned everywhere–it is lush. The outdoor grounds are just enchanting—tall greenery with maze-like pathways. 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.

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Arrive Palm Springs

arrive hotel pool

Arrive in Palm Springs…

We recently stayed in Palm Springs the night before Thanksgiving because hello–93 degree weather!  I heard about ARRIVE and immediately loved the concept. It’s only been open for about a year and a half and the next one is already in the works in Austin TX. It’s a very “open to the neighborhood” and locals type of hotel with the check-in desk being the bar, naturally. No really–you walk into the bar and the bartender checks you in. Cute.

Anything you need, you only need to send a text and they reply instantly. All furniture is from West Elm and toiletries from Malin + Goetz. Free wi-fi AND free valet. By the way, the mini bar charges a shocking $2 for snacks (peanut M&Ms, tortilla chips, Kit Kats). With hotels charging double digits for convenient store candy being the norm, THANK YOU Arrive.

Sooo, food is always the most important part of any hotel for us so let me just say, the restaurant here is actually really good. We ended up not leaving the grounds and having lunch, dinner and breakfast. All dishes were really tasty and a decent variety of choices (hamachi crudo, little gem salad, chicken lavash wrap, roasted japanese eggplant).

For pups, it’s only $50/stay and they even provide a little doggie gate to put in front of your patio (and organic dog biscuits). We really enjoyed our stay and the room felt very airy and large. We’d definitely come back, especially with the great room rates: $150!


Parker Palm Springs

I would have to say this is one of my favorite hotels in California because of its gorgeous design and interior. Parker Palm Springs is a chic upscale resort set on 13-acres featuring decor by the famous Jonathan Adler. His saying? “To unite happiness and chic”, and that’s just what he’s done. My dream one day is to share a cocktail and chat with him about his pup and oh, Simon (his hilarious husband and talented window dresser of Barney’s) can you join too?

When you check into your room with Rover, you’re greeted with a gorgeous black shag dog bed (which is yours to keep!), bowls, toys and homemade biscuits. The rooms are très chic with products for the humans from Molton Brown and Hermès. Every detail of this hotel is mesmerizing from the retro wall hangings, mid-century vibes and 16,500-square-foot spa. If you’re up for some outdoor activity, don’t miss the legendary pool, lawn croquet, pétanque, ping-pong table, golf, and tennis.

Now let’s explore…


parker palm springs dog

parker palm springs dog

parker palm springs dog

Sweater by FABDOG.

parker palm springs dog

Kimono: a vintage find at Santa Fe Vintage.

Rooms start at $350. $200 per pet, per night. 4200 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs CA 92264.


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