Palm Springs Getaway
Gluten Free dining, craft cocktails, hip pool spots, organic and ayurvedic day spas, places to avoid, and more!
If you were following along over the weekend you know I spent the holiday weekend in Palm Springs. My dear friend who lives there was kind enough to give us a huge list of places to check out while we were there. Being the food lovers that we are, my partner and I dug in and looked at every single menu and ate at as many places as we could in the four days we were there. Below are my recommendations for those looking to enjoy dining out with Gluten, Dairy, and other food allergies or sensitivities.
Considered one of the best restaurants in America right now, this place is quirky and has phenomenal food. Recommended for Dinner, my partner and I both had the 4 course meal. I had a cold blended gazpacho, a garden salad with rose petals, honey glazed Duck for the main course, and Blackberry sorbet for dessert. It was heaven! My partner had a european cheeses and olives, Beef Tenderloin, and Peach Cardamom Creme Brûlée. It's a one of a kind dining experience- highly recommended! View the menu here: Eight4Nine MENU
If you're looking for a beautiful ambience, look no further. Vibey and hip, complete with an evening dinner under string lights. Lovely menu and an even lovelier place. They have build your own pizzas with gluten free crust OR Cauliflower Crust!!! Sold. View their Menu here: BIRBA MENU
This is a foodie's heaven tbh. But make a reservation! Their craft cocktails and their actual food menu are a total treat. If you're looking for a hip modern food experience, check out this menu: WORKSHOP MENU
PALM GREENS CAFE
Guys, this is an all organic breakfast and lunch spot + juice and smoothie place! Just a few minutes from downtown with the absolute best organic juice and smoothie menu i've ever seen. I was able to keep up with my lifestyle between gluten free beers with their superfood probiotic green smoothie and I felt really good about that ;) It's casual, affordable, not the cutest, but they have gf blueberry pancakes so who cares am I right? Lots of Paleo, Vegan, and Vegetarian options here. Menu: PALM GREENS MENU
A few more restaurants to check out for dinner are DISH, SPENCERS (Fine Dining), Al Dente (wasn't amazing, but they do have gluten free italian pastas and such). Bars to checkout would be BAR (it's called BAR) they have a beer garden and ping pong, cornhole and other outside games. Truss and Twine is right across from Eight4Nine so perfect to checkout pre or post dinner. Its a brand new beautiful bar.
Places to Avoid:
According to my sweet friend who lives there, avoid: Hair of the Dog (locals spot), Zeldaz, Copa, Toucans, and LuLu's.
Day Time FUN
The summer is hot as hell in Palm Springs as I'm sure you can imagine so most places have a pool and our private mid century home that we rented did, however we did spend Sunday at ACE hotel and swim club where they also have an Organic Spa where we enjoyed 90 minute massages in between our swim in their sea salt pool. ACE hotel is a Retro hotel nestled in the hills just outside of downtown.
You can pay $20 for a day pass to use the salt pool and dine at the Kings Highway which has delicious food with GF/Veg options or, if you get a massage at their Feel Good Organic Spa, you get to use the pool free as well! This is also a really rad place to stay if you don't already have somewhere booked.
Moorten's Botanical Garden is a cool place to check out if it isn't too hot outside. The main strip downtown has really cool spanish and art deco architecture which happens to be something my boyfriend and I both love, so we spent some time each day either walking around or driving our neighborhood to see all of the mid century modern homes.
When we had enough of the heat we had a blast in the air conditioning playing Black Jack at the Casino downtown.
The JW Marriott just outside of town, has a delicious spa menu that includes several Ayurvedic treatments. If you've never had an Ayurvedic spa treatment then you don't know the divinity that you are missing! Seriously!
Overall I found Palm Springs a really lovely place to visit that was conducive to my lifestyle food wise. I hope you have a blast if you visit!
And for everyone who responded to my post asking about the house I stayed at during my trip, the owner is a friend of ours and they are currently only renting the space for a minimum of a month at a time. If anything changes, I'll update this blog with the info!