Brian and I have our 10-year anniversary coming up (11/11) and we decided to take an early trip to celebrate. Boy, did we need it. We needed it for reasons like no sleep in the past 3 years (ahem, looking at you George), like changing more dirty diapers than I care to discuss, like finding rotting fruit most days (in the car, in the kids' closet, in the couch--is this just us??), but I digress. It was pretty surreal getting to hang out, just us, for 5 days (5 days!). We of course went through the emotions of, I miss the kids...to I love vacation...to I could get used to this...to okay...I'm ready for home…to, hey, look at these adorable kids!
We had never been to Palm Springs before, so I enlisted the help of my sister-in-law, Ashley, for some help--finding all the good spots to go and eat in the desert.
We stayed at The Parker which was heaven on earth. So fancy and luxurious--you really could spend all day by the pool, or just enjoy the amazingly manicured grounds. And the lemonade stand, c'mon…just the cutest. The thing I loved best about this hotel is that it didn't feel like a hotel, everything was so styled, that it made you feel like you were in someone's home. One of our favorite things to do was sit with a drink by the fire in the lobby.
We headed out to Joshua Tree one day and hiked the peak overlooking the Coachella Valley. What a beautiful park! I have always loved Joshua Trees (b/c of U2, obviously), so it was so great getting to experience the park first hand. The hike was about 3 hours (ish) and I was sore for the next 3 days. Working out has been on the back burner these days because of said lack-of-sleep, dirty diapers, and fruit problems. I do want to go back to the National Park next time we are out that way for a night of camping with the kids, because the star-gazing is supposed to be incredible.
As for dining we loved Melvyn's (old-school Hollywood), Birba (the best outdoor evening vibe), The Ace (California/hipster brunch), and Gjelina (L.A. spot). We missed eating at Norma's which was probably the only big mistake of the trip.
We are back and the Cubs are in the World Series…life is good! (also, we are back to no sleep)
What about you, where are your travel destinations this year? I'd love to hear!