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Palm Springs Travel Guide with Terra Newell

Palm Springs Getaway Tips

One of the best vacation getaways in Southern California is Palm Springs. When you live in Orange County or Los Angeles you can get caught up with your busy “city” life. Even the ocean can get a little mundane and monotonous at times. Every now and then you need to step away and find somewhere a little bit calmer. With COVID times, life obviously changed drastically, so I wasn’t able to travel like I normally do. Luckily, a trip to Palm Springs recently presented itself, specifically at La Serena Villas and I jumped at the opportunity to hit the road. Today on the blog, I’m sharing about my experience and giving you some tips and tricks if you decide to venture to the city known for warm weather, beautiful palm trees, and unforgettable sunsets.

When to Travel to Palm Springs

In my opinion, September is the perfect time to travel to Palm Springs. And trust me, I’ve been many, many times and by far – this is the best month. It’s still hot enough to hang by the pool however it’s not as scorching hot as May, June, July, and August. So you’ll still enjoy the warmth of the sun’s rays in such a pleasant way. During this particular trip, my friend Dan joined me. We’ve been the best of friends since the 3rd grade. Since Palm springs is only an hour and a half without traffic from where I live, we stayed for just one night. 

La Serena Villas Recap

Photo credit: laserenavillas.com

When we arrived at La Serena Villas, we found parking easily and walked to check in. The check in process was a breeze, and someone offered to give a tour and showed us to our room. The safety protocols were all explained thoroughly, and we felt very safe. They have about 16 or less rooms so there weren’t many people there, which contributed to a cozy, safe feeling.

Photo credit: laserenavillas.com

After making it to our room, I was ready to lounge by the pool. So I threw on my Lspace swimsuit and cute little cover up.

The pool was quiet, but had a nice vibe with some great tunes playing. As we sat down, someone came and took our order for drinks and gave us the code for the menu. The food at the poolside restaurant was impeccable. I of course ordered a burger (hello, it’s vacation!) We really enjoyed our time relaxing. Dan and I sat at the poolside for a few hours and then decided it was time to get ready to see what was open in Palm Springs. 

I slipped on my Lani The Lani Lennon Dress, did my make up with a red lip, and threw my hair in a high pony. In Palm Springs there is a row of restaurants and shops so we went down there. It was about a 5 minute walk from the hotel. We found this little Mexican restaurant downtown called Las Casuelas Terraza. The food wasn’t mind blowing, but definitely a good experience. I ordered nachos and guacamole and chips. 

We finished up our meals and then took a walk to check out the local bar scene to see what was open. As we arrived at that block, we discovered that many were closed, and the ones that were open, you were required to order food at. I understand the reasoning behind this, but it was just an interesting reminder how different the world is these days. Being that we just chowed down on Mexican food, our minds were made up for us. We succumbed to our fate and headed back to the hotel to relax. We got in our comfy clothes and watched some shows on Bravo. To be honest, it was quite an enjoyable great night.

The next day we did a little photo shoot. I decided to wear my Lani The Label Felicity Dress and then got dressed up in my Place swimsuit and cover to head to the pool. We relaxed there for an hour or so, soaking up the last bit of time we had there. When it was time to leave, check out was just as easy as it was to check in. This Palm Springs mini vacation was so needed and restful. If you’re headed to Palm Springs, be sure to check out La Serena Villas for a nice (and safe) stay! 

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