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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Off the Mountain: 7 Non-Ski Activities in Breckenridge

 

I love skiing and snowshoeing but there’s something so great about spending a day in town during a ski vacation. Whether it’s bad weather or sore muscles that keep you in town, here are my top 7 non-ski activities in Breckenridge, Colorado:

Stretch and get zen at 9600ft

What a view during class, right? Pinch me. 

After our road trip to Breckenridge from San Diego, my muscles were craving yoga. I tried in incorporate it every other day and went solo, brought girlfriends and even my husband joined.  Meta Yoga had a great selection of classes and teachers and I was lucky to bounce between advanced and more meditative classes.  118 S Ridge St #5, Breckenridge, CO 80424

Caffeinate with a handcrafted latte

Insider Tip: order the dirty chai, my favorite!

Each morning before hopping on the gondola or en route to our next adventure, we stopped by Kavabreck for delicious lattes and breakfast wraps.  The syrups are all made in house and if you want to splurge, their bag of donuts is to die for.

The staff are also complete sweethearts, making it such an inviting stop.  Kavabreck, 209 N. Main St. Breckenridge, CO 80424 

 Go shopping!

Breckenridge’s Main Street by Night

Main Street has a slew of boutiques and souvenir shops.

Narrow down the best of the best by checking out my top 5 list here for our favorite gear store, cute clothing boutiques, a great photography studio and more.

Order off the secret menu… Shhhh!

Thanks to some inside information from the staff at Carvers, we became addicted to the $ Dollar Burger $ at The Canteen Taphouse and Tavern.  This off the menu burger was my husband’s favorite and honestly, who doesn’t love feeling like an insider? They also have great plates to share and bowls for gluten free options if anyone in your party isn’t craving the beef.  The Canteen Taphouse and Tavern, 208 N Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424

Take a Hike (or Walk)  

With the dog in tow, my girlfriends and I loved catching up while trotting down the Blue River Bikeway. Another friend braved the snowy steps of the Carter Park path to catch some beautiful view of the mountain. Both options are accessible from downtown, so no worries about using the car! More info and trail leads can be found on Best of Breck’s These Winter Boots were made for Hiking.

Beat your Friends at Jenga (and  Mancala and Apples to Apples)

We loved the craft cocktails and plentiful games at Après Handcrafted Libations. They have a lengthly list of cocktails, hot toddies and 30+ beers on tap.  Our favorites were the walnut old fashion and the teddy grahams toddy.  Après’ long high top tables let us take over small sections and have marathon games of Apples to Apples and Jenga.  Lastly, they also have fun events, so check their website to see if one of them overlaps with your trip to Breck.  Après Handcrafted Libations, 130 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO, 80424

Indulge in a Spa Day

Long ski days and cramping from high altitude make a spa day a must do in Breckenridge.  There are several options to choose from located downtown, and the Spa at Breckenridge also has a lovely facility with day pass access to their pool and outdoor hot tub.  I loved my deep tissue massage and can’t wait to try more treatments next visit.

Hope these top 7 non-ski activities fill your time with relaxation and everyday adventures.  Comment below with your favorite non-ski activities at Breck.

 

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Top 5 Places to Shop in Breckenridge

Find this and more of Gary Soles’ work in his studio on Main Street.

 

Like all great ski towns, Breckenridge has no shortage of stores specializing in souvenirs, ski gear and leather goods.  Here are my top 5 favorite shops on Main Street in Breckenridge. Full disclosure that I frequented them far too often during our two weeks in Breck. 😉

Carvers Ski Board and Sports

203 N Main St, Breckenridge, CO

Service, service, service. The customer service and prime location close to the gondola make Carvers Ski Board and Sports our prime sports gear pick for Breckenridge. Carvers has been family owned since 1995, so they know this mountain and their gear.  During our stay I tried new skis out (and purchased them!) and treated my husband to some new Burton clothes.

Be sure to check out Carvers’ ski and snowboard rental program which easily spells out everything you need based on your skill level.  You can also rent specific items if you forgot a key piece of gear or one of your bags was delayed — unfortunately this happened to one of our guests!

Ruby Jane

232 S. Main Street, Breckenridge, CO

I brought all the ladies on the trip here for impulse purchases on sweaters and the cutest crystal ornaments that now adorn my tree. They have a sister store, Valley girl, where I picked up two birthday presents!

 Patagonia at Breckenridge

133 S. Main Street, Breckenridge, CO

I loved this boutique which so many fleeces and vests to outfit our group in a rainbow of colors.  I purchased this light purple Patagonia Women’s Re-Tool Snap-T®  Fleece Pullover and the rest of the trip it was hard to get me out of it.

The Breckenridge Photo Shop

300 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO

Take a peak at Breckenridge through the seasons at Gary Soles’ shop on Main Street. This shop is open late so it makes it fun to stop by after a cocktail and maybe you’ll even be able to take home. There’s also a charming selection of historical ski pictures which make me giggle and also feel so nostalgic. (The top picture on this page is one of Gary Soles’ as well!)

 Olive Fusion

318 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO

Stop in this olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting room on Main Street for samples, and I guarantee you’ll walk away with a bottle or two. Our favorite was the black cherry balsamic and it certainly added a little zing to our aprés ski snack plates.   They also have recipe kits which make cabin cooking a breeze.

 

Hope you love these boutiques as much as I did! Let me know if you have any other favorites for winter time shopping!

 

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