Love the color pink? Greater Palm Springs is the place to be for all your Barbie-core dreams. It’s possible to find your own "pink" oasis throughout the destination, from pink hotels, restaurants and midcentury accents to sweet treats, shopping, and more! Here’s how to spend a perfectly pink time in Greater Palm Springs.
Day 1: Arrive & Lounge At Your Pink Oasis
There’s no better place to base your pink-filled itinerary than at one of the many incredible hotels available in Greater Palm Springs that have all levels of PINK! From being entirely pink like the Trixie Motel by RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 3 winner Trixie Mattel or gorgeous pink accents at the Sands Hotel & Spa with Moroccan-inspired and pink features like their subtly rosy pink details in their Moroccan spa.
For a more subtle pink stay you have options like The Paloma Resort with pink cacti painted on the Spanish-style midcentury bungalows or the gorgeous floral murals that cover the casitas at Fleur Noire Hotel along with the hidden rosé speakeasy, La Boisson.
Or, if you are in love with all the colors of the rainbow, you won’t want to miss The Saguaro Hotel & Pool.
And one thing you will find at every single one of these properties are an amazing pool to lounge by. Spend the afternoon settling into your SoCal oasis by sipping on cocktails poolside, preferably with a rosy-hue to stay on theme!
After a refreshing start to your pink-cation and itinerary, you’ll want to head to The Pink Cabana at The Sands Hotel & Spa for a delicious Mediterranean meal paired perfectly with their selection of cocktails (a few of which are pink!). The alluring space has a pink ceiling and details inspired by midcentury tennis and racquet clubs of Palm Springs, designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, who also designed the hotel.
Day 2: Pink Stores, Doors, and Treats — Oh My!
Your perfectly pink Greater Palm Springs itinerary is now in full swing, and there are so many pink opportunities to enjoy!
If you’re an early riser, you may want to catch the sunrise facing Mount San Jacinto. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot mother nature giving you a pink kiss of hues that paint the mountain just before sunrise. While this is not a guaranteed sighting, it is a great surprise if you are able to witness this.
The rest of your pink day can be done in any order to give you time to explore and discover Greater Palm Springs' beauty and offerings on your own.
But for more perfectly pink locations, be sure to visit JW Marriott Desert Springs to see the 30 Chilean flamingos pictured above who call the pond in front of the main entrance to the resort home. If you visit in the afternoon, you’ll want to go inside and try one of their famous Pink Flamingo Shakes (see above for reference)! This over-the-top milkshake is perfect for those with a sweet tooth that’s almost too pretty to drink/eat! The Pink Flamingo Shake consists of a pink chocolate dipped rim with rainbow sprinkles, strawberry ice cream, whipped cream, cotton candy, lollipop, pink French macaron, pink chocolate dipped strawberry, and edible glitter. Topped off with a pink flamingo straw. And if you want it boozy, they can add strawberry vodka to it!
If you’re in need of more pink in your life, then look no further than El Paseo Shopping District in Palm Desert, where you can find all kinds of luxury retailers, independent boutiques, art galleries, and art sculptures all along El Paseo. For all your pink needs, though, you won’t want to miss Lily Pulitzer, The Pink Club, and Trina Turk. When you’ve worked up an appetite, head to Porta Via for lunch. While this location isn’t as pink as their other locations in Southern California, they still have great pink cocktails and even a few sushi rolls available at lunch if you want to stay on the theme of pink-hued food and drink!
One of the best ways to admire all the midcentury architecture in Greater Palm Springs is to drive around the neighborhoods and ooh and ahh at all the homes and the many colorful doors, along with the color pink, in the residential neighborhoods.
On your way to peep at some of the incredible homes found near the Indian Canyons in Palm Springs, you’ll first want to admire the vintage pink Elephant Car Wash sign in Rancho Mirage and maybe even stop for a photo, as there are only two of these in the world, the other being in Seattle.
Once you find your way to the Indian Canyons neighborhood, you can find the most Instagram-famous door in all of Greater Palm Springs known as “That Pink Door,” at 1100 E Sierra Way. You can do a drive-by or even stay here, as it’s a vacation rental!
Use this as your launching off point to driving up and down the streets admiring the array and assorted colors of the rainbow across the doors of the neighborhood. But if you want more pink, one that really stands out is at 2622 S Calle Palo Fierro. Just keep in mind these are private residences, so please be a respectful onlooker and enjoy the view from the car or by bicycle.
If you need an afternoon sweet treat, head to Downtown Palm Springs and look for the pink smiley face that will lead you to Jus Chillin', a frozen yogurt, gelato, and ice cream shop where you can design your own pink treat! Or, if you prefer, save this for an after-dinner dessert spot.
For a perfectly pink dinner spot, enjoy dinner at Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge, where their swanky dining room has pink accents.
Day 3: Pink, Pink, & More Pink!
Greater Palm Springs is a treasure trove of more midcentury homes and architecture to admire, great shopping, restaurants, and more pink things to check out before ending your pink-cation here!
Start your morning at Cafe La Jefa at the Flannery Exchange for a delicious breakfast and a really great cup of coffee served in a pink cup! There’s also a pink pick up window outside and a fun pink neon sign inside if you’re looking for that picture-perfect spot with a splash of pink! The Flannery Exchange also has a few cool shops worth browsing that had some pink goodies inside.
When it’s time for lunch head to Lulu California Bistro for California cuisine on Palm Canyon Drive. But you’ll want to save room for dessert here and order the giant pink cloud of cotton candy!
While you’re in the heart of Downtown Palm Springs it’s worth checking out more shops that have plenty of pink goodies to take home with you to remember your pink-cation by! Make a stop in Peepa’s for fun vintage-inspired clothing, home décor, and gifts where there’s no shortage of pink here! The Best Bookstore has an inviting pink entrance and neon sign plus a great curated collection of books. And speaking of inviting pink storefronts, check out PS Homeboys for all your midcentury modern home furnishings!
And before leaving, be sure to swing by Mojave Flea Trading Post. The pink neon sign will welcome you to a world of local makers and merchants from Greater Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, and the state of California! There are pink finds in here along with so many incredible independent artists and creators to shop from.
There you have it! The perfectly pink itinerary for Greater Palm Springs! Be sure to share your favorite pink Palm Springs spots on social tagging @visitgreaterps.