things to see & do!

by Liz Dowling

Oh happy day! Escaping the Boston winter in February! Tim and I headed to Palm Springs to visit friends and dip into some of the Mid-Century Modern activities.

First stop, my friend’s store Pink Cactus @ 401 E. Sunny Dunes Road.

Julie has an incredible eye and her store is full of beautiful vintage treasures and modern pieces for the home.

I want this couch and chairs!

Also, this painting. I love it! Pink Cactus is a must-visit stop on your Palm Springs tour. Julie is also an interior designer and is putting her stamp on many homes in this community.

Pickle Ball was on the agenda. I think we played every day, sometimes twice. We had a lesson at the Palm Springs Tennis Club and took a dip in this lovely pool afterward!

Stop by the Korakia Pensione, named one of the “sexiest” hotels in America by The New York Times. This is the original keyhole-shaped grand entrance, leading you into a gorgeous Mediterranean style resort.

257 S Patencio Road.

Coffee at Cafe La Jefa @ 750 N. Palm Canyon Drive. So cute and a big courtyard to sip and people watch.

Tim was obsessed with all of the fruit trees, so he picked lemons every day and made fresh Tom Collins for all of us. It became our signature drink this trip! An early evening activity – Tom Collins and dominos. Now we are calling him “Tim” Collins.

Doors, doors, doors are fabulous all over Palm Springs! Just jump in your car and drive through various neighborhoods to look at the different styles and brilliant colors.

We went to a really fun vintage fashion show as part of modernism week, hosted by Mitchells Palm Springs ~ 106 S Indian Canyon Drive. Vintage Pucci, Halston, Bill Blass, Pierre Cardin, Oscar De la Renta and more.

FOOD & DRINK! The Tailor Shop (above) is a stunning new cocktail den named for its focus on tailoring classic cocktails to customers’ tastes. 140 W. Via Lola Unit A.

A Palm Springs fixture since 1947, the newly renovated Villa Royale Hotel has a lovely cocktail lounge called Del Ray. Dark and moody, it is the perfect place to slip in for a drink before dinner. 1620 S Indian Trail.

The Colony Palms has an outdoor courtyard where we had a delicious dinner. Old school Palm Springs with all the vibes. 572 N Indian Canyon Drive.

Bar Cecil is another Palm Springs classic. We ate outside under a twinkling Palm Tree! 1555 S Palm Canyon Drive.

Holiday House is always a favorite stop for lunch, a quick coffee or a stroll through all of the gorgeous rooms that interior designer Mark D. Sykes stamped with his blue & white decor. Opened in 1951, this little hotel is a gem. 200 W Arenas Road.

Moorten Botanical Garden (love the “hand painted” sign) is too funny. We pulled over to check it out and strolled through all of the native desert species they have on display.

This is a kick if you have the time! 1701 S Palm Canyon Drive.

To wrap up, it was a full “snow” moon when we were there and lots of chasing around to see who could get the best picture. I think this one wins ~ credit to Julie.

We did not want to leave…. 8-12″ of snow forecast for this Friday in Boston. We have to rethink our Northeast winter strategy!

the wry home



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Melinda Sweet February 24, 2022 - 4:20 pm

Such great pictures of your lovel,y trip to Palm Springs. What a place- so much to do and see. Julie has a fab shop. Lucky you and Tim Collins.

Liz Dowling February 24, 2022 - 4:54 pm

Tim Collins 🙂

Katie mcdonald February 25, 2022 - 6:57 am

Loved your visit to PalmSprings! TEMPTATIONS IN EVERY PHOTO. Absolute heaven.

Liz Dowling February 25, 2022 - 8:12 am

It is the greatest!

Lucia Greenhouse February 25, 2022 - 7:00 am

Love love love this! Palm Springs is on my list! Thanks Liz for the pointers. ❤️

Liz Dowling February 25, 2022 - 8:12 am

Lotte is there now! It is so fun, highly recommend.

Anonymous February 25, 2022 - 10:41 pm

Thank you for such great insider tips! Can’t wait to be there and in particular can’t wait to see Pink Cactus. Sounds amazing.

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