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LHP Travels: Palm Springs

I have been pretty lucky in the travel department lately. Two places on my bucket list, New Orleans and Palm Springs, got checked off in one month. As an architectural photographer, both locations appealed to me visually because of their unique architecture and design personalities. I visited Palm Springs in late October for a family member’s wedding and the city did not disappoint. I’m obsessed with mid-century design and the glamour of the 1950s and 60s…and all things cacti. Here is a quick roundup of beautiful mid-century homes, and of course, some cacti.  

Oh, just Marilyn’s House. NBD.

You know this house from Slim Aaron’s famous photograph.

Hiking in Palm Canyon

The stunning Lobby of the Parker Palm Springs

Favorites from the trip:

Parker Palm Springs – An amazing luxury hotel. Brunch at Norma’s is an experience

Scoot Palm Springs – We rented scooters and went on a mid-century homes hunt. Saw some awesome places and its a great way to explore the city.

Moorten Botanic Garden and Cactarium – Home to hundreds of species of cacti, turtles and the world’s first (and only?) cactarium

Palm Canyon – One of my favorite parts of the trip. Literally an oasis in the middle of the desert where you’ll find thousands of natural palm trees and miles and miles of hiking trails.

Kiffi Coffee – Several PS locations. They have great lattes and breakfast

Bootlegger Tiki – Another favorite. This tiny spot has everything you want in a good tiki bar. Skip the usual drinks and be adventurous with your cocktail order. Rum martini anyone? Place gets busy and there’s usually a line Fri/Sat so arrive early or go on an off day.

Ace Hotel – Where the wedding was located. Beautiful restored HoJo near downtown. Great pool scene, bar and restaurant.


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