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Palm Springs Birthday

943 Comments »   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Photos, Travel

We had a long weekend in California, and I was lucky enough to spend my birthday in one of my favorite cities, Palm Springs! We stayed at the Ace again, with our friends Frank and Mabel. The whole trip went by so quickly, and I had a great time, but I’m already thinking about going back because there are more things I want to see and do in PS.

When we visited last December, the weather was much colder, and the sky was a little gray, so I was really happy to see Palm Springs in the sunshine.

The food and drinks at Las Casuelas were perfect for a birthday dinner.

The pool was bumpin’ because there was a shoot going on for American Eagle at the hotel, and all of the folks involved were staying there, AND there was some sort of hipster bowling alley reality show previewing that night.

My new camera made documenting the trip really fun, although “paparazzi” was thrown my way a few times. I have loads more photos to share from the trip, so check in later.

All photos by Gretchen Lilly.


Running Away From Winter

1,300 Comments »   Posted by gretchen |  Category:Inspiration, Photos, Travel

I’ve been wanting to stay at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs since Laure blogged about staying there back in August of 2009. Oh boy, did I want to go there. Well, I devised little scheme that involved driving down to Palm Springs in our 1980 Mercedes station wagon, sleeping in said wagon, driving without the assistance of cruise control, and making do with air vents that like to blow cold air when it is cold outside and warm air when it is warm outside. I pitched my little scheme, and Brian was in (it didn’t hurt that both of our places of employment were closed between Christmas and New Years).

The motto for the trip was: “Don’t stop driving until it’s sunny” and we didn’t see sun until our second day on the road. It just got nicer and sunnier until we arrived in Palm Springs.

Except, our first full day in Palm Springs was basically rainy and windy.

However, bad weather in Palm Springs is the type of weather people in Seattle will wear shorts and flip flops in (I’m not kidding) so we had fun driving around looking at all of the mid-century modern architecture.

We stopped in Santa Rosa for New Year’s Eve, and stayed at the Fountaingrove Inn, a place I stayed as a flight attendant.

I ate what was probably the fanciest meal of my life, the highlight being the lavender creme brule for dessert, at the hotel restaurant.

We’ve been back home for a week now, but I’m already scheming on how to go back to Palm Springs and Santa Rosa for some more vacation time.