We were on the I-10 heading to Palm Springs bright and early on Saturday morning (after a stop at Coffee Bean of course). By 11am we reached the Ace Hotel and Swim Club, our mirage in the desert for the next two days. We were able to check into our King Lounge room, filled with mid-century modern furnishings and a “commune blanket” (basically a rag that you could use as a blanket at the o and purchase for $59 upon departure, weird guys) and then hit the pool. The hotel was an old Howard Johnson Motel, that was trendfied a few years ago, they did a great job!
We ate lunch poolside (beef brisket burgers and beer) and tanned away the afternoon. The temperature reached around 80 and without a cloud in the sky and the dry desert weather, it’s perfect. Around 5pm we left the pool and walked around town, stopping at various furniture stores and ending at Yogurt on Tap, a self service fro-yo establishment, amazing. I got berry sorbet with cake batter fro yo, Marc got red velvet and cake batter, you pay by the pound, it’s awesome! Later that evening we met the fabulous Michael and Scott for dinner at an Italian place in Rancho Mirage, they have an awesome food and travel blog and were so fun to dine with.
The next day we hit up Cheeky’s for brunch, it might be our fave brunch spot in the world, we went last year when we were in Palm Springs and were so excited to go back, definitely worth the 30 minute wait for eggs benedict, a bloody mary in a boot, french toast, and a cinnamon roll (you see the roll right on the home page if you click, droooollll).
The rest of the morning/early afternoon was spent at the pool, then came the highlight of the trip. Michael and Scott’s Rancho Mirage house was on the 10th Annual Discovery Home Tour, a charity event to benefit the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, and they were kind enough to give us ticket to this wonderful event! On the tour were six spectacular Rancho Mirage houses, ranging from and Italian Villa to a midcentury-modern masterpiece, a pool with a swim up bar and grotto (cost $700k to construct) and Michael and Scott’s amazing Desert Oasis. Sadly no photos were allowed, but you can see a few pics if you click the link (including Scott and Michael’s Morgan Automobile).
After the tour we went to our favorite Mexican Hideaway, Las Cazuelas, for some tacos and margaritas, a lovely way to spend our last night. The next day at checkout Marc had another celebrity sighting, the Miley Cyrus family, minus Miley (she was getting there later) was checking in. Billy Ray and the wife he recently divorced were both there, cue TMZ. We spent our afternoon/evening in LA, hitting up Venice Beach for dinner due to its proximity to LAX before boarding out flight back east.