California Dreamin’

I went to California over Thanksgiving and it was such an amazing time. My friends and I made plans to stay the hills of West Hollywood, visit the windmills of Palm Springs, and make our way to cactus gardens of Joshua Tree in just one week. So here’s how the trip went.

As soon as we landed at LAX, we pulled up to In n Out Burger and got ourselves fed. Then we headed over to my friends place in WeHo and went to bed early so we could get up in time for our road trip to Palm Springs.

LA traffic was awful so rather than taking us two hours to get to Palm Springs from LA, it took… well… six hours. We were about 20 minutes from our hotel, but we HAD to stop by the windmills and get our gram girl pics. I was over this photo shoot after 10 minutes, it was so windy outside and I was hangry!

Palm Springs

We finally got to our hotel, Kimpton’s The Rowan, and I was so happy to throw on a robe and relax! But then we quickly remembered that we had dinner reservations and got up to get ready. We headed to the roof to grab drinks and take sunset pictures at High Bar. We also had the pleasure of enjoying the hotel’s wine happy hour, and grab another round of drinks at 4Saints. After our 3 rounds of drinks, we enjoyed dinner at Bar Cecil. From the BREAD to the cacio e pepe to the warm chocolate chip cookies, the food was just chef’s kiss!

Kimpton Rowan and Bar Cecil

Unfortunately our plan of spending two days and one night in Palm Springs didn’t really work out. Because we got to Palm Springs so late and the following day was Thanksgiving, our only options were to walk around and eat. But at least I have an excuse to return to Palm Springs! I will say that my experience at The Rowan was fantastic! The hotel is relatively new and there were so many in-room amenities upon request. The front desk was available at the send of a text, the gym was new and very clean with state of the art machines, the rooftop pool was even heated for the winter! I will definitely be staying at The Rowan again when I return to Palm Springs!

Joshua Tree

On our drive back to LA, we drove to Joshua Tree National Park and explored the wilderness. JK, we honestly drove to the cactus garden and one of the rocks for pictures. I’m not huge on hiking or being out in nature (I realized that in 2021 lol), but Joshua Tree was very beautiful! I did really enjoy walking around the cactus garden (I had on boots made for walking on the flat desert). The views were just breathtaking!

Los Angeles

When we got back top LA, it was time for Thanksgiving dinner, so the gals and I made dinner, watched Sex Lives of College Girls, ate some MOUTHWATERING-HEAVENLY-DELICOUS Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie from Saints and Sinners, and then knocked tf out.

The next morning, we woke up got some Matcha Lattes from Coffee Dose, Egg Sandwiches from EggSlut, then did a little Black Friday shopping at DollsKill. After wearing ourselves out from shopping, we got some cardio in at Runyon Canyon. It was a GREAT hike upwards, BUT downwards killed me. I had a shin splint and it was the most miserable hike down I had ever experienced in my life. After our hike, my friends and I got ready for a fabulous dinner at Beauty & Essex! We ordered mostly vegetarian items like their yummy mushroom bolognese, beets and burrata, kale apple salad (minus the hog), and to top off our meal we dived into a slice of pound cake with berries n’ cream!

The following day, my friends and I got our little morning workout it, hung out in Venice Beach, grabbed some Salt & Straw and did a little boutique shopping on Abbot Kinney. At night, we went to SoHo Warehouse for dinner and Delilah for drinks after. SoHo Warehouse was definitely a vibe and the food was so fire. Delilah had cool burlesque dancers and some of the best spicy margaritas I had in LA!

After a super lit night of dinner, drinks, and dancing, my friend and I binge watched Selling Sunset and ate some BOMB breakfast burritos from Cofax. After we finally mustered up the energy to get off the couch, my friend and I got ready and hit the streets of Melrose Avenue. First, we stopped by Erewhon and got some coconut and grapefruit juices. SO fresh and yummy! We shopped at the Melrose Trading Post and got some cute knick-knacks. I got the cutest little mean girls themed ornament!

After we finished up our day on Melrose, we came back to my friend’s place and got ready for dinner in the city. We went to Toca Madera for drinks and food. The ambiance was so intimate; the tacos were so flavorful and the cocktails were so smooth and yummy!

The following day was unfortunately my last day. We went to Verve for matcha and then walked around West Hollywood. We passed through The Grove for some holiday lights, grabbed some cheese from Trader Joe’s for one last cheeseboard, and snagged some vegan peppermint chocolate donuts from Sidecar Doughnuts. We had a cozy little night and just reminisced on our trip. I really loved LA and all of the things the city had to offer (good weather, healthy food, positive vibes). Now I can’t wait for summer in LA!

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