Truth be told, we're very good at honeymooning. Sleeping in late, talking long morning walks, eating our weight in bacon and eggs... We never wanted our week in paradise to end!
We debated a lot of options about where we might spend our honeymoon and, for a real, really wanted to travel out of the country. Tim grew up in Japan and I hadn't left the US since 2013, so the idea of travelling somewhere far away definitely sounded appealing. But, to be honest, the stress of planning a wedding can really feel overwhelming after eight months of plotting, organizing, fretting and dreaming. And the idea of jetting off to a foreign country with a different language, currency and time zone right after the craziest weekend of our lives felt a little daunting. So we compromised and settled on a city in the US neither of us had visited before but had always sounded interesting: Palm Springs!
We stayed at the punchy and colorful Saguaro Palm Springs, which honestly was a technicolor dream. It was walking distance from a couple great restaurants and a grocery store, so we made picnic breakfasts on our porch every morning and often went for long evening walks when the sun went down and the temperature cooled down. They even offered bike rentals, which we were never able to take advantage of, but we saw lots of guests coming and going on cute little beach cruisers each morning!
We hit up so many fabulous spots that I couldn't list them all here, but I thought I'd throw out a few honorable mentions! Eight4Nine was one of the poshest restaurants I've ever stepped foot in, with cute pink decor and a fantastic truffle grilled cheese that made us visit twice! We also received recommendations from nearly every Uber driver to try out LULU California Bistro and found it to be a really sunshiny and charming brunch spot on one of our last full days.
As far as shopping goes, it really doesn't get better than The Fine Art of Design. We had to do some hunting to find it (it's a little off the beaten path), but it was so so worth it! Talk about swimming in a sea of rainbow vintage. I also couldn't get enough of the Trina Turk boutique and tried to talk Tim into a swanky patterned shirt. It turns out some things are only really appropriate in the desert though. Palm trees and Chicago don't always work together.
One of our favorite activities of the week was a day-trip excursion into the desert to visit Salvation Mountain and Joshua Tree National Park. It was hot, it was gorgeous, I got minor food poisoning... It was worth it.
Palm Springs, you will always have our heart! Thanks for winning us over with your vintage charm and vibrant color! Love, two utterly happy newlyweds.