Places to stay: The Parker, Palm Springs

It's been a while since my last post…but the amazing spurt of warm weather has had me outdoors and taking advantage of every possible minute! In this city, you have to make the most of it because you never know when it's going to be back to rain, rain, rain. I have also been away on vacation, and spent the past long weekend in Palm Springs with some girlfriends. It was my first time visiting Palm Springs, and I was so excited to see one of my favourite eras of design (mid-century) in full swing! We went for pre-dinner cocktails one evening at The Parker, and it did not disappoint.  I had high expectations since the designer, Jonathan Adler is the king of all things retro and 60's, but I was honestly blown away.

I loved how walking into the lobby truly felt like entering a time warp, with every detail feeling both authentic and extremely glamorous at the same time.  Of course, a touch of the Jonathan Adler quirk spattered around the spaces (for example suits of armour in the lobby) helped create the feeling of a fun and playful space instead of a formal or pretentious lobby that many hotels suffer from.  My favourite part though had to have been the gardens occupying the vast property.  The maze-like landscaping requires a small map to navigate through the twists and turns, where around every corner you will find private seating areas, and thoughtful little nooks and crannies.  I have to stay this would be a fabulous place to host a wedding or a party (I would know, since during my exploring I may have walked into a private function by mistake - oopsies!).  On our trip we were fortunate enough to be staying at a private residence, but next time I'm back in Palm Springs and looking for a place to stay, clearly I know where I will be booking!

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