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My husband and I are celebrating our first wedding anniversary this month and we wanted to do something different and local to celebrate. We didn’t want to travel too far since it’s a busy time of year, but we also wanted to get out and have a little fun! We decided to visit Palm Springs because it’s not too far from us and it’s like a whole different world with lots to do! We didn’t have a set itinerary, just wanted to meander around the downtown area and window shop mostly.
We ventured out early and luckily it only took us about an hour to get there from where we live. It was a perfect California day too, with no clouds in sight. It was probably around 70 degrees tops, which was absolutely perfect for walking around and exploring Palm Springs.
Our first stop was Townies Bagels, a local owned bagel shop. It wasn’t too crowded when we got there so we checked out the menu and decided on a whole wheat bagel with Nutella for myself, a jalapeño bagel with egg, ham and cheddar for my husband and two coffees. They had plenty of seating, even a nice couch set up you could lounge around on. I noticed the artwork on the walls instantly and one of the cheerful employees told me they change artists every now and then. I love that they help the local artists!
We met one of the owners, Andy, who was extremely nice and welcoming! He allowed me to take his picture back by their ovens…which by the way are the cleanest ovens I’ve ever seen. They make all their own bagels and breads, and you can tell! My husband loved his jalapeño bagel and commented on how good it was, which isn’t something he does very often. They serve locally roasted coffee from Joshua Tree too, which gave the whole place more of a local feel.
After breakfast at Townies Bagels we hoped in the car and decided to just wander around since we were in no hurry. We stumbled on Bones-n-Scones just down the street and since we can’t leave our German Shepherds empty pawed, we stopped in.
Bones-n-Scones is a pet nutritional store that is locally owned and well-loved by the community. I was told they were moving to a larger location just down the street to accommodate their growing inventory and make the people of Palm Springs happier shoppers! We were told that they carry freshly baked treats made with human quality ingredients so naturally my husband had to pick some out to bring home to our dogs. The store was really welcoming, well laid out and they carried a good selection of inventory. We were even told they make bone shaped cakes for dogs!
We found our way to the Antique Mall on Sunny Dunes and figured we’d take a peak around. Palm Springs is filled with old history and I was excited to check out what luxe antiques and treasures were hidden in there! We were informed that this particular antique mall was over 6,000 sq. ft. and housed 30 different local venders. They’ve been in business for about seven years and each of the venders are required to work the shop a few days a month as part of their agreement. They had literally everything inside, but the Christmas decor was my favorite! It was really fun to see the old comics and vinyl records as well as all the decor I remember from when I was little. My husband and I had fun browsing through their huge collection of collectables from the past.
We ended up parking on Palm Canyon Drive and walking around. It’s amazing what Palm Springs has to offer. From local boutiques and restaurants, clubs, bed and breakfasts and even the famous stars on the side walk lining Palm Canyon Drive. There really is something for everyone in Palm Springs, and it’s not hard to find something to do!
For a Sunday morning, Palm Springs was surprisingly busy, but not too busy to make it intimidating! It seemed like there was a good mix of locals and tourists and everyone was smiling! The weather was perfect, so it would make anyone smile!
We found ourselves at the Palm Springs Historical Society in The Village Green Heritage Center. We learned that the museum is housed in the McCallum adobe, which is the oldest house still standing in the Palm Springs area. It dates back to 1884! There was no photography allowed in the museum but I can say that it was a treat! They had quite a few pieces from Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as well as pictures of Frank Sinatra. It was interesting to walk through and learn about the history of Palm Springs. It wasn’t too large or too overwhelming which was nice! The best part is, is that it’s free! They welcome donations but you’re not obligated at all. There are tons of other museums and tours to enjoy while you’re in the area, and next time we will definitely make sure we check them out.
Our last stop for the day was to a little bath and body boutique called Lavish. I love pamper products, so the husband figured we’d stop in so I can take a peak around. The girls working were extremely helpful and really knowledgable! They make their own products and you are able to customize your scents, which is something I’ve never seen before. They offer a free hand treatment, and let me tell you, it’s worth it! It only takes a few minutes, but you’ll leave with the softest hands! I caved and bought a custom body oil that smells absolutely divine!
When we got in the car to head back home, we both agreed that we needed to come back soon. I’ve already been looking at some of the local hotels to stay at when we go back. There is so much to do in Palm Springs and there is so much to learn about its history! I can’t wait to go back and check off some of the museums and tours, restaurants and shops that I already have on my list!
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