Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Sissies Desert Style
Before Heather gets married, it was quite apparent that the two of us needed to have a special sisters weekend away. Since our last trip to Palm Springs was sprinkled heavily with magic, we thought we'd have the same luck this time. Obviously, we did. Now that I've been more than once, I've started to recognize this feeling I get upon leaving the city and heading out to the desert. The temperature rises, our worries disappear and our skin begins to warm. Immediately put at ease, we are nourished by the mountains, against the crystal clear blue sky.
Since we stayed at the ACE last time, we decided to try something new and booked a room at the Colony Palms. This hotel had an Old Hollywood feel, with Mediterranean architecture and a Moroccan-inspired design. I'd say that any hotel that makes you feel that you've traveled to another place and another era is good one.
The homey yet sophisticated lobby.
Our room. Isn't that head board gorgeous? Once we checked in, it was sun-kissed relaxation from then on.
Sometimes on vacations, I like to make the most of my day - seeing sights, walking the city, taking it all in. When it comes to Palm Springs, we'll have none of that. This place is for turning down the volume and switching one's pace from go go go to something of the snail variety.
Most of the day is spent lounging by the pool. Intertwined with the lush landscape (literally at one point there was a flower between my toes), we enjoyed our icy cold cocktails (strawberry lemonade above) and read our respective reading materials (Vogue magazine below).
Penelope Cruz - very Hollywood. New, but she's so classic she could be something out of the past.
The perfect sunset tells us it's time for dinner, because nothing else will. We're in Palm Springs where our job is to do nothing. Gladly, we do our job very well.
The photo booth at the ACE is my favorite - a new sister tradition!