Holiday in Palm Springs


Just a few photos from our most recent trip to Palm Springs. I decided Aron had to stay at the Ace hotel, too. At first I was worried that the hotel wouldn’t be too child-friendly, but like it or not, the hotel was overrun with families! (And I felt like it was a specific sort of family–those parents who are still in a bit of denial that they’re old enough to be parents? Know any of those? Wink-wink.)

Of course Hudson loved it: after all, there were sandboxes all around. And telephones in every room!

We reserved a Simple Suite so that Hudson could sleep in the living room, and we could stay up and have wild parties (i.e. watch cable television) in the bedroom. It actually worked out really well, despite the lack of interior doors between the two sections: there were exterior doors on either side so that we could each come and go (to the jacuzzi or restaurant or the drum circle by the pool) while Hudson slept.

I bought the Mid-century architectural self-tour guide and the Celebrity guide from the Visitor’s Center when we came into town and we spent one morning cross-referencing them. The architectural tour was the more interesting of the two, but if you decide to try and take the tour yourself, I’d recommend checking it against a Google map and pre-planning a more directed route.

They keep the pool at the Ace wonderfully warm–which was especially appreciated since the thermostat took a rare dip during the days we were in Palm Springs.

Delicious sushi at Kiyosaku on South Palm Canyon Drive. Usually we try to stop at El Gallito for Mexican food, but missed it on this visit–I’d definitely recommend it.

We visited Joshua Tree National Park one day.

And our friends from NY, Joanna and Alex, were in California for a visit and we met up one night for dinner (while Hudson and Toby shared a babysitter!). We all checked out Mister Parker’s at The Parker Meridien–which I was so excited to finally see.

Hudson was stumped by the dates that clogged up his straw in a banana date shake from Hadley’s. (Don’t worry–he didn’t drink that whole big thing: we just didn’t want to share ours.)

We were greeted by snowflakes on the Grapevine as we headed north, and suddenly we remembered that it was nearly New Year’s Eve.

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Let’s Discuss

  1. this trip, and these photos, look absolutely amazing. makes me want to book a little winter get-away someplace warm. since my husband and i have dated we have always found ourselves dreaming of california during january.

  2. Your Hudson is such a cutie!

    Love the Ace for little people. We stayed there last year for a family Crafting Exchange and had a great time. Love that both parents and kids can really enjoy the property.

    Great pictures. The last image is especially beautiful.

  3. Love the desert landscape and the wonderful light of Palm Springs! Great shots!
    And the picture of Hudson with the clogged straw made me laugh – sooo cute!!
    Kristina x

  4. I dream of staying at the ACE someday. This post makes me want to so much more.

    I saw a photo of the two boys on Joanna’s blog awhile ago and knew right away that it was Hudson. They’re so cute!

  5. Margoulette

    Love, love your blog, your pictures are always so inspiring, not to mention our sons look so much alike !!

  6. Shar

    We just got back from the Ace at Palm with our two year old and I’m so gutted I didn’t read your blog first!!

  7. Sara

    We’re leaving the snowy tundra and heading to the Ace in PS in a few weeks with our 15 month old boy. Thanks for the tips and the boost of confidence – you always make traveling with your little fella look so enjoyable and carefree : )

    • Ashley

      Thank you! You’ll have such a good time. The carefree bit is an illusion, I’m afraid, but the Ace was a great spot. Kid friendly breakfast and pool, rooms that (if you are comfortable doing so) are close enough to the pool (with fire access) that you could conceive of using a monitor and sitting outside in the sun (and ordering pool service!) during naps. We even saw some parents doing this and having dinner in the restaurant! Have fun!

      • Sara

        Quick update to let you know we had a fantastic time. The Ace lived up to expectations and we took full advantage of monitoring the boy (who stayed on central time, read: 6pm bedtime) from the fire below our room. The hike in Joshua Tree was a highlight and the weather was perfect. Thank you again for the tips!