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As a pretty recent convert to the cult of California, there are almost endless options of new destinations for me to explore in the Golden State. Yet still, when planning out my two weeks there last fall, I was itching to return to Palm Springs. I’d loved my brief stay there the previous year, and vowed to return for longer as soon as possible. Locals warned the desert town would still be scorching in September, but I didn’t let a little thing like triple digit temperatures get in the way of a weekend with my dad, my boyfriend, my dear friend, and my dog.

After ten busy days exploring Los Angeles and San Diego, we were ready for a relaxing final stop.

The Ace Palm Springs

Dog Friendly Palm Springs

First, we had to get there. Kat, Ian, Tucker and I took the scenic route and spent about three hours with the top down, winding our way from San Diego to Palm Springs. Much of it was charmless highway, but the final stretch through the San Jacinto Mountains on Route 74 were breathtaking. Tucker agreed.

I nearly fainted with excitement when we pulled down our Airbnb rental’s charming midcentury modern street. Palm Springs is lined with gorgeous hotels and restaurants, but with our pup in tow we knew we’d be best suited by a pet-friendly rental where we could make ourselves at home and cook most of our own meals. Airbnb had an impressive selection of rentals that allowed pets, and I hemmed and hawed over which of the gorgeously retro homes we should make our own for the weekend.

We settled on the .

Palm Springs Airbnb

Dog Friendly Palm Springs

The property manager gave us a tour as we swooned, pointing out every detail to each other. Three cozy bedrooms each had their own character, while a chic living and dining room opened out to a spacious yard. And of course there was a pool, arguably the most important aspect of any Palm Springs pad.

Palm Springs is a treasure trove of , one of the many features that first endeared me to it. You don’t really have to do anything in particular while you’re there — just being there, soaking up the impeccable style that the residents so meticulously preserve, is ambitious enough.

Palm Springs Airbnb

Palm Springs Airbnb

Palm Springs Airbnb

Palm Springs Airbnb

Later that evening, my Dad arrived after work from Los Angeles and we reveled in the luxury of preparing a home-cooked meal on the patio, snuggling on the couch for a movie, and making plans for the rest of the weekend ahead.

The next morning, Tucker agreed to guard the house while we peeled off for brunch at The Ace Hotel and Swim Club, where I’d attended a gorgeous wedding the prior spring. My dad and I had taken our lazy canine companion to the for a morning adventure, and he was ready for a nap. As he snoozed, we had a beautiful meal at King’s Highway, and worked it off with a walk around the grounds while I reminisced about the nuptials.

But it wasn’t long before we were back at the house. Can you blame us for not wanting to stray? Kat whipped up a beautiful batch of homemade sangria, while Ian and I got down to the crucial work of exploring which pool float my dad had brought from his own backyard was our favorite.

doing some light dog reading

frozen grapes on a stick — my favorite summer snack!

Poolside Palm Springs

Poolside Palm Springs

Our one goal for the day had been to ride the , which just so happened to be around the corner from The Sycamore House.

Unfortunately, our trip overlapped with a two week period the attraction was closed for upgrades. While we were bummed at first, in the end it was a gift in two aspects — a reason to return, and a full day to do nothing but laze poolside. It was absolutely perfect and just what we needed. Words can’t explain how good this day was.

That night, we enjoyed another home-cooked meal and and another early night in. We had quite an adventure planned the next day — one you’ll read all about in an upcoming post — and so we fueled up with an elaborate breakfast lovingly prepared by Ian. Am I a lucky girl or what?

Palm Springs Brunch

Palm Springs Brunch

Later that night, after returning from our exploration, we decided to give the pet-friendly restaurant scene of Palms Springs a try. I checked my usual resource, , and settled on the colorful , where Tucker was able to supervise the sidewalk throughout our entire meal.

He’s pretty indifferent to strangers, which we had to apologetically explain over and over again as he turned his snout up to the adoring crowds who fawned over him as they passed by. What can I say — we’re all just guests on the Tucker Show.

Lulu Palm Springs

Lulu Palm Springs

The trip was near flawless. The MVP of the weekend was definitely our sweet digs — we loved that house something fierce! The only bummer of the weekend was the fact that the hot tub we’d been looking forward over the evenings wasn’t working, and repairmen were poking around throughout the otherwise peaceful weekend.

Other than that, we really only had nitpicks that are only even worth mentioning because it’s a high-end rental that you expect high-end service from — there was no charcoal for the grill, no wood for the stove and the shampoo and conditioner levels were super low when we arrived (to his credit the property manager ran over immediately when we called about the grill). Even with those minor annoyances, we couldn’t stop raving about The Sycamore House and I’d recommend to friends far and wide traveling with or without pets — and with Airbnb’s search filters, it was easy to find a Tucker-friendly property. Want to give Airbnb a try, anywhere in the world? Get towards your first stay by clicking the button at left!

Palm Springs impressed me just as much the second time around. I had a blast spending unfettered quality time with some of my nearest and dearest humans — and my absolute favorite canine, who showed me Palm Springs is indeed a pet friendly destination. I love this quirky, trendy town in the desert, and have a feeling it will be a regular fixture in my California adventures for years to come.

Have you been to Palm Springs?

Many thanks to the owners of the Sycamore House for providing a small discount in exchange for being featured on this blog. As always, you receive my honest thoughts and opinions regardless of who is footing the bill.

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  • Cate
    May 2 2016

    Wow it looks like you guys had a great time! I don’t know if it’s Your pictures, or words, but you always seem to make everything seem so colorful and fun!

    • Meihoukai
      May 3 2016

      I am very drawn to color šŸ™‚ Thanks Cate!

  • Kim
    May 2 2016

    We love PS as well! So much fun and great Airbnb homes to choose from. I just have to ask – are the Tieks shoes worth the money?? I’m eyeing a pair for a trip to Spain this summer but not sure ballet flats will hold up to a full day of walking around.

    • Meihoukai
      May 3 2016

      Hey Kim! Well first I have to say they are the MOST comfortable flats I’ve ever had and I am obsessed with their cuteness. However I’m a little sad I didn’t take better care of mine from when I got them — they are looking a little rough and I didn’t have the supplies in Thailand to take care of them. If you do invest in a pair I highly recommend asking Tieks directly how to take care of the specific kind you buy (they are made of different materials) to keep them looking fresh as time goes on.

  • Sara
    May 2 2016

    This house looks so dreamy!

    • Meihoukai
      May 3 2016

      There were so many amazing ones to chose from! But this one definitely captured our hearts šŸ™‚

  • Lily La
    May 2 2016

    Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever stayed in an air bnb place that looks that nice! Tucker looks adorable to.

    • Meihoukai
      May 3 2016

      Palm Springs is definitely an Airbnb paradise!

  • Dad
    May 2 2016

    Nice to relive a very enjoyable weekend. Tucker was pleased with the number of references and pictures he was included in. Love Dad and Tucker

    • Meihoukai
      May 3 2016

      My favorite is the one of your guys reading the dog magazine. Ha!

  • Kristina
    May 2 2016

    Just wanted to say I LOVED the newsletter! Can’t wait to hear more about Tomorrowland!
    Palm Springs is at the very top of my US destination wish list.. I’ve been debating between the Ace and the Parker to stay but maybe an Airbnb is the best way to go! I’ve also heard there is great vintage shopping in the area.
    I miss the monthly roundups with your budget and destination breakdowns (especially the highlights/lowlights and lols!) Those posts make long term travel seem so feasible and you give a realistic picture which a lot of bloggers don’t!

    • Meihoukai
      May 3 2016

      Aw, thanks Kristina! I was so excited to publish the first edition and have so many ideas bubbling for future ones! As for Palm Springs, I loved staying at The Ace with friends though Airbnb was perfect with family. And another monthly roundup is coming soon — I’m just super behind!

  • Felicity
    May 2 2016

    I just want to say that I love your blog, and your writing. I’ve read every single post in your archives since I found your blog looking for NOLA tips in back in January and I’m now all caught up and subscribed to your newsletter. I am now starting to save up for a trip to Thailand and Cambodia, thanks to your amazing blog and photos!

    • Meihoukai
      May 3 2016

      Aw, thanks Felicity! I’m so happy to have you reading! Enjoy the saving and planning part of the process šŸ™‚ I love that aspect too!

  • Oh that place looks so quirky and fun! I’d love to stay there. Thanks for sharing and happy travels šŸ™‚
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  • I love Palm Springs – my aunt and uncle used to winter out there, so I’d show up for a week over Christmas/Spring break to veg out.

    I have to laugh at your early nights – I once took a friend with me for Spring Break and we couldn’t help but go to bed at 9pm every night…we figured it was something in the air…or from hanging out with so many old people (this was the late 90’s before Palm Springs got “hip”…definitely pre-Ace Hotel!)
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    • Meihoukai
      May 3 2016

      Ah, that sounds awesome Leigh! Love those early nights every once in a while, ha ha. Maybe it is something in the air!

  • Thuc
    May 2 2016

    What a fun and colourful post! Loved it. I think I like the watermelon float best šŸ™‚

    • Meihoukai
      May 3 2016

      Ha, we carried it all the way from LA and back šŸ™‚

  • Maggie
    May 3 2016

    Wow it looks like you People had a great time in Palm springs…Wish I’dvisit this place….
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    • Meihoukai
      May 3 2016

      I love it and I’m sure I’ll be back again and again!

  • Eva Casey
    May 3 2016

    So cute!!! I just drove through Palm Springs literally the other day, but unfortunately didn’t have time to stop. I did, however, take photos right where you and Tucker are posing in the mountains! You’re right, such a gorgeous drive! I’m obsessed with those pool floats and your Airbnb in general.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 7 2016

      I loved that view! Great place to stop and stretch legs (either two or four!) on a long drive šŸ™‚

  • Mel
    May 4 2016

    You should include Tucker in as many posts as possible. He’s just so photogenic! Love seeing that face when I read a post.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 7 2016

      Aw, thanks Mel! I miss this little guy something fierce right now. Can’t wait to see him in June!

  • Dominique
    May 5 2016

    Frozen grapes on a stick? Say what now?? As soon as it’s summer in Europe I’ll give that a go!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 7 2016

      It is THE BEST! Definitely go for the seedless grapes for this one, though šŸ™‚

  • Daisy
    May 5 2016

    I loved Lulu Bistro! Great selection and so cute!!!!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 7 2016

      We loved the people watching, too. Fun to sit out on the main drag!

  • becky hutner
    May 10 2016

    Ahhhh, the Springs. One of my most beloved nooks of planet earth. As this post illustrates, one of the best things to do here is absolutely nothing. But the following activities are also great if you haven’t been already — dining/drinking/lounging at the Parker Hotel. Vintage shopping (clothes and mid century home decor) on Palm Canyon. A modern architecture tour. A trip to Pioneertown for old 1950s sets from John Wayne films and honky tonk at Pappy and Harriet’s. And on and on…
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    • Meihoukai
      May 18 2016

      I definitely will look into the architecture tour next time I’m there. I think my dad would have loved it too! But not as much as we loved doing nothing šŸ™‚

  • Natalie
    May 12 2016

    So glad you ate at Lulu. It’s one of our favorites. Have you been to Manhattan yet? Best. Desserts. Ever.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 18 2016

      On the list for next time, Natalie! Thanks!

  • Rebecca
    May 15 2016

    Bookmarking this page to stay here one day! The house is gorgeous. And love how pet friendly so many places in the US are.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 20 2016

      Indeed! I think it depends on the part of the US you’re in but California definitely seems super progressive.

  • Marni
    May 16 2016

    I want every single one of those pool floats! This looks like it was a super relaxing day for you all. Palm Springs is definitely a place I’d check out.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 20 2016

      It was the greatest weekend! Can’t wait to return!

  • Rachel Elyse
    May 20 2016

    So jealous of your Palm Springs trip! I haven’t made it there yet after 3 years in San Diego, but my friend is going up this weekend and she loves staying at The Ace Hotel. I would definitely use Airbnb too so I could bring my little guy Rocky with us! Thanks for the tips!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 24 2016

      I loved The Ace when I was there for a wedding too — it’s an AMAZING hotel! You can’t go wrong with either!