Gals Getaway: Palm Springs

I’ll let you in on a secret…. I love celebrating and I love traveling. So when one of my best friends decided to have her birthday celebration be a weekend in Palm Springs, I was all for it.

Gals Getaway // Palm Springs 2017

The timing was a little crazy, but honestly jumping right into a girls weekend after Bali was amazing because I missed them when I was away, and it made the post vacation blues nonexistent.

We took over one of the gals’ vacation home and clocked countless hours by the pool and outdoor fireplace catching up.  Scheduling this downtime sounds a little odd, but it was perfection.

I could get used to this // Palm Springs, California 2017

During the day, our group hiked Garstin Loop Trail and Palm Canyon Trail at Indian Canyon Reserve. These two trails were a great combination since the first provided a steep ascent to grab that view from above and the second had us frolicking through giant palms, reminding us we were in a beautiful dessert oasis.

Garstin Loop Trail, Palm Springs // Hike 4 of the 2017 52 Hike Challenge
Palm Canyon Trail, Indian Canyons Reserve // Hike 5 of the 2017 52 Hike Challenge
Stay flexible // Indian Canyons Reserve

Shopping was also a must for our group. I love mid-century modern decor and design so all the boutiques were a feast for my eyes. In between all the furniture, pillows, books and fancy knick knacks, we caffeinated at two charming places, Earnest Coffee and Koffi.

At night, we started at the Parker for fab cocktails and all the Instagramable moments we could take, followed by tasty meals at Trio and Dish Creative Cuisine. Both restaurants were delicious and accommodated large groups with ease.  Be sure to get the Russian Standard cocktail at Dish — that cocktail is part art and part science experiment!

#thepinkdoor // Palm Springs, California 2017
Small arms, big bite // Cabazon Dinosaurs on the Road Trip Back from Palm Springs, 2017

It was such a great weekend and I can’t wait to get back… and convince my husband we need to buy a house there! Where are your favorite Palm Springs spots? Comment below with all your suggestions and recommendations. Thank you!

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Hoppy Yoga at Green Flash Brewery

My mat is my happy place. Or in this case… my hoppy place? This morning my girlfriends and I joined a class of Hoppy Yoga at Green Flash Brewing and had so much fun practicing and tasting the day away.

Ready for Sunday Funday! // February 2017
Hoppy Yoga at Green Flash  // February 2017

Hoppy Yoga curates weekend yoga classes at local brewery favorites like Green Flash, OB Brewery, Stone and more.  Typically the classes start between 10-11am (before the breweries open) and end in a beer tasting or celebratory pint, all included in the price of the class. You can view the schedule online to check out all the locations and instructors and pre-book your spot.

Today’s class was all levels, and there was a great mix of age, sex and ability amongst the attendees.  The instructor, Erika, provided easy to understand cues and chatted with us all after class, making it a warm environment. As for the beer and Green Flash Brewing, everything was top notch! My favorites were Green Flash’s Cosmic Ristretto Black Lager and the Passion Fruit Kicker.

Savasana before Drink-asana // Hoppy Yoga at Green Flash, February 2017
Post yoga beer flight at Green Flash // February 2017

We had such a great time at Hoppy Yoga, and I know my husband and a couple of our friends will join me there again soon. Here are a few know before you go tips:

HOPPY YOGA: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

  • Hoppy Yoga classes are BYOM (bring your own MAT), so don’t forget yours.
  • The floors at breweries are often concrete, so be kind to your body and fold your mat in half for any postures that you need extra cushioning. This could be anytime you’re on your knees or are playing around with inversions and arm balances.
  • As with all yoga classes, put your phone and watches on mute or airplane mode.
  • Breweries can be chilly places — be sure to bring a long sleeve in case you want to layer up.
  • Classes are all levels, so bring friends and family members who might not take class regularly (beer is a good way to get them there!).
  • Try new beers you can only get at the brewery (drink responsibly, of course) and tip your bartenders!

Have you ever done Hoppy Yoga in San Diego or something similar in other cities? Share your experience and leave all your suggestions below!

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Same palms, different day

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of travel. Right after the new year I snap booked a trip to Bali for a yoga retreat with Escape Haven Retreats.  Based in Australia and Bali, Escape Haven specializes in surf, yoga and luxury spa experiences. The trip was incredible and blew away all my expectations. My full Bali trip report will be posted soon and believe me, you’ll want to soak up every detail of the fun.

Canggu, Bali, Indonesia // January 2017

Following Bali, I quickly napped, showered and hit the road with my girlfriends for a friend’s birthday weekend in Palm Springs. We packed a ton into a few days and filled the weekend with catching up by the pool, shopping, hikes and tasty bites about town.

Palm Springs, California, USA// January 2017

Now, I’m catching up on life back in San Diego (there are even more palm trees there too — are you sensing a theme or what?) and am planning out all my spring trips. Stay tuned, because I can’t wait to share everything with you!

Hope you’ve been taking risks, planning trips and laughing a ton in the new year.

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