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Palm Springs Weekend

I had a wonderful time in beautiful Palm Springs California recently with a group of women I went to high school with. We try to get together every year to celebrate our long friendship and our continued comradery. This year’s reunion was a Palm Springs Weekend.

Palm Springs

Palm Springs Weekend

Our annual reunions have been everywhere from Las Vegas to Nashville, Scottsdale to Seattle and once we did a cruise. We look for places with a variety of activities to fit everyone’s interest. Palm Springs fit the bill. Three days is not a lot of time but we squeezed a lot in and had a really fun time. Here are some of my recommendations for a Palm Springs Weekend with a date or with girlfriends.

Where to Stay

The Renaissance Marriott Palm Springs – I’m so glad we chose this hotel. It’s very close to the airport and an Uber is only $16. For our Palm Springs Weekend we did not rent a car, because the Marriott is so strategically placed. We joked that it was a half mile walk to everywhere. Very easy to get around. The Marriott rooms are spacious and comfortable and the pool side rooms have an amazing view. We also enjoyed the coffee shop and the bar. The staff was very helpful. Rooms start around $250 and up.

Where to Eat

We enjoyed dinner out at several great restaurants. Several of the girls also went out for breakfast or walked to coffee places nearby each morning. I recommend the following for dinner;

Boozehounds – a fun place with indoor and outdoor seating. You can bring your dog to the outdoor seating and they even have a special menu for the pooch.


Lulu’s Palm Springs – one of the most popular and most diverse restaurants in downtown Palm Springs. I had my favorite meal here. We all enjoyed this restaurant and our server was one of the best I’ve ever had.


Las Casuelas Terraza – one of Palm Springs oldest restaurants, family owned and run and authentically delicious. We all enjoyed a variety of Mexican specialties from Tacos to salads and Ceviche. And of course Margaritas.

Things To Do

Spend time at the Pool – the pool at the Renaissance is wonderful.

pool time

Go to the Thursday night Village Fest – back after two years on hiatus during the pandamit, the Village Fest is all about food, music, crafts, art and people watching.

Check out the Drag Show at the Copa Nightclub. I had never been to a drag show, but if you want to give it a try, Copa is great for Drag Show newbies. It was loud, colorful and pretty fun. C

Copa Nightclub

Gamble or eat or both at the Agua Caliente Casino – a couple of my friends walked away with some serious winnings…but not me. But I did enjoy the drinks and appetizers which are much less expensive here than most bars or restaurants. The casino is also smoke free. Bonus.

Agua Caliente

Much More To Do

Check out my blog posts from when I spent two months in the desert. I wrote about lots of things including;

My Favorite Dining Discoveries in Palm Springs

Idyl Away in Idylwild

Flora of the Desert

There is also golf, hiking, music and so much more. I highly recommend Palm Springs Weekend or much longer. Learn more at Visit Palm Springs.

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  • Reply Alma

    A great guide of Palm Springs and it must have been a lovely reunion with your friends.

    November 12, 2022 at 12:25 am
  • Reply sue

    Love this! Last year I went on a similar trip with my old school friends to celebrate turning 50 (I’m now 53, so no prizes for guessing what delayed us!). We chose Lisbon & had such a great time that we have already started saving for the next one. I love that you do it every year & Palm Springs sounds like the perfect location.

    November 12, 2022 at 3:53 am
  • Reply Heather

    What a fun guide. That Marriott sounds like a great place to use some of my points! I went to Palm Springs years ago and apparently missed most of the fun!!

    November 12, 2022 at 7:34 am
  • Reply Linda (LD Holland)

    What a fun spot for a girls weekend away. We always used to pick spa resorts and indulge ourselves with some pampering and chat. We only had two days in Palm Desert and enjoyed spending some time in the desert and heading high on the Palm Spring Tram. But we need to get back and enjoy more of what Palm Springs offers. Glad you had a great break.

    November 12, 2022 at 8:07 am
  • Reply Renee

    What a fun weekend getaway! Palm Springs is the perfect spot for great food and drink with a little sunshine thrown in. Will have to remember that for a girls getaway.

    November 14, 2022 at 2:39 pm
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