Turtle Time in Palm Springs: Guest Blogger

- Sunny Shum,

There is nothing I love more than a short flight to a sunny destination for some relaxation and peace. If you live a hectic lifestyle like myself and are looking to slow your pace down to turtle time, Palm Springs is the perfect destination for you.Known as the golf capital of the world it was also Hollywood’s desert playground. Since the 1920’s, celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Dean Martin and Ava Gardner called Palm Springs their second home away from home. If it were a possibility one day, I wouldn’t mind purchasing an art-deco inspired summer home here and making it my weekend hideaway.


If you are a fan of interior designer, Jonathan Adler’s quirky modernist style, you must stay at the Parker Hotel. From the metal armored statues, exotic animals, irregular sequin pillows and hot pink and red details in between…the deconstructed 1960’s interior seems to blend well together. You have three types of rooms to choose from at the Parker Hotel: suites, patio or estate – All rooms of course adorned with Jonathan Adler decor and steps away from being poolside.

The Parker Hotel – 4200 East Palm Canon Drive, Palm Springs 760.770.5000


Take a ride and fly up high in a two passenger side-by-side 1940 bi-plane going by the name, Lucy Belle. You get the most exhilarating views of Palm Springs as “Pilot Glenn” does lazy 8‘s in and out of the Santa Rosa mountains, flying over La Quinta, Ironwood and also getting a great peek at the “Haagen-Dazs” mansion estate in the hills. I suggest bringing a light scarf to wear so you can cover your mouth or your head as you are flying in an open cock pit.

Palm Springs Airport, 145 S. Gene Autry Trail, 760.216.3700

lucy belle bi plane


Every morning I would start my day the same way, a vanilla soy latte with honey from “Koffi”.  They have 2 locations, one on North Palm Canyon Drive and the other on South Camino Real. It is the place to grab your coffee so it’s bustling all day. Besides, how can you resist a place with such a cute name?


Once you’ve had your coffee, hop over the Ace Hotel and have lunch at the King’s Highway restaurant. Take your good old American style roadside diner and add a mid-century modern twist to the decor. They try to use local and seasonal organic ingredients whenever they can as they re-create American comfort dishes. I suggest sticking to the old faithful, “Amigo Brisket Burger with Fries”.

Ace Hotel, Palm Springs – 701 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 760.325.9900

Ace Hotel Burger


If you’d like to dine in a tucked away atmosphere overlooking a breathtaking view of the garden pool, I suggest the Purple Palm at the Colony Palms Hotel.  This property was once owned by reputed mobster, Al Wertheimer. Once inside, you really feel like you have been transported elsewhere with the bold contrast of purple and olive leather tufted booths and chairs and palm tree paper coverings on the wall. Make sure you contact them ahead of time and ask about the dining hours as they change from winter to summer.

Colony Palms hotel – 572 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 800.557.2187

the purple palm

Sunny Shum is a professional Footwear Buyer for a major National Canadian Footwear retailer. She is also the Founder and author of the blog, Partly Sunny, an on-line lifestyle & fashion blog based out of Vancouver, BC for the fashion conscious and sophisticated woman. You can read more of her work at PartlySunny.ca All photos by Sunny Shum.

  1. Manor Hotel says:

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  2. amyfabulous says:

    I LOVE these photos. This is awesome. What a fun experience. I want to do this exact itinerary!

  3. Deb Viccars says:

    I was just in Palm Springs last month and wish I’d read this! I need to go back now!!!

  4. Elaine says:

    These are such great tips! Very helpful for my next Palm Springs getaway.

  5. jesse says:

    The plane photo is unreal. Great article.

  6. MIMmodels says:

    I need a vacation like this! :)

  7. Arpen Thandi says:

    great post Sunny- Love your suggestions :)

  8. Amanda says:

    Great article! Love it!

  9. AmandaB says:

    Awesome article and pics. I am going to Palm Springs for the first time and this article has gotten me even more excited. Extra bonus is that I now have my trip completely mapped out. Thanks so much.

  10. AmandaB says:

    I love this article and the timing is perfect. I am heading to Palm Springs for the first time in a couple of weeks and now I know exactly where to go. Thanks so much.

  11. Angela says:

    I love the airplane ride! I’m definitely going there with my hubby! A great relaxing getaway for couples!

  12. Gemstar says:

    I want to go just to fly in the bi-plane!!

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  14. sharona says:

    Amazing! Looks beautiful. Love the Lucy Belle!

  15. Well after your wonderfully insightful view of Palm Springs and the beautiful photographs included, who wouldn’t want to visit this great destination!

  16. Laurent says:

    Great article. I love the personal photographs to go along with the article.

    I never thought I’d want to go to Palm Springs.

  17. Maria says:

    I’m going to Palm Springs next month, thanks for the tips – especially the Parker Hotel review. I need to book a place for 5 nights (an eternity in hotel life) and this is right up my alley. Great job!

  18. Elisa says:

    Parker Hotel looks like it is right up my alley!! Now to find a winning lotto ticket to plan this extended stay!

  19. Olivia says:

    I have never been to Palm Springs before. After reading this article and seeing the great photography, it definitely is at the top of my list. Thanks for the fantastic tips!

  20. Desiree says:

    Wow – wicked article – I never knew Palm Springs had so many cool things to offer. I will definitely refer back to this next time I make a trip down there – thanks!!

  21. Marie says:

    What an insightful article! The pictures are gorgeous, would love to visit Palm Springs one day and get flown in a plane.

  22. Sheelu says:

    What a great resort! It will be my next dream place to visit.

    Thanks, Sunny.


  23. Steve Chalkley says:

    Palm Springs was never a place I had planned to visit but after reading this article, I am intrigued! This looks like a great place to take my wife for our 20th!!

  24. A friend says:

    I have been there once and you made me wanting to go there again.

  25. Brian says:

    Love the ace in seattle. I have heard PS is amazing!

  26. Cynda says:

    I had the chance to go to Palm Springs a few years ago and really enjoyed it. After reading this article I feel there is so much more I need to see. I will definitely put Palm Springs as a top place for a fun weekend getaway
    Thanks for all the great tips! I loved the beautiful pictures.

  27. skout says:

    looks great… i want to go now!

  28. Teresina says:

    I must admit I never really had any interest to go to Palm Springs, but after reading this article and seeing the fabulous pictures, I can’t wait! Seriously! I am sold!! thanks for sharing.

  29. Myry says:

    WOW ! Great article ! I want to go now…

  30. Meredith says:

    Wow, this just takes desert to a whole new level!
    I used to go for years however haven’t been in a while. You have definately inspired me to get back there soon!

  31. Tyler says:

    I am going to Palm Springs next month and have added the bi-plane tour to my list of things to do! Thanks for the heads up Sunny!

  32. Kristina B says:

    The trip looks amazing but I want the burger!!!
    Thanx for the info!!!

  33. amyfabulous says:

    I’ve revisited this blog so many times, I just love the photos and am planning my next quick getaway. I just LOVE this article!

  34. Paul says:

    Great article!

    Mr. Parker at the Parker hotel is a great restaurant. We ordered everything with Foie Gras in it. Rent a convertible and hit the high-end outlets just outside of Palm Springs… Gucci, YSL, Elie Tahari, Salvatore Ferragamo, etc., etc..

  35. Micah says:

    Never thought of going to Palm Springs. Looks like a cool place and wow.. flying in an open cockpit like that is nuts. Thank You.

  36. WendyO says:

    Wow! I’m really impressed with the full scope of your review. i live in LA and hadn’t really considered going to Palm Springs but you really put a hip slant on it. Book it, Dann-o!

  37. Ava says:

    Great Article. As a lover of travel and great food, it makes me want to go there now for a relaxing getaway.

  38. Kim says:

    I cannot wait to go! Lunch at the King’s Highway restaurant looks amazing…my mouth is watering.

  39. Lovely photos Sunny! The Parker Hotel looks amazing. Great itinerary; if I ever make my way down to Palm Springs, I’m definitely going to have to try everything you’ve mentioned!

  40. adela says:

    well… i guess i should just book time off work now!

  41. Anita says:

    Great pix Suns! Makes me want to go back!

  42. Joshua says:

    What a cool sounding place. Thanx for the tips and cool ideas.

  43. Nicole says:

    Never thought about heading to Palm Springs for a vacation but after reading this post I may have to convince the hubby to go. And I am LOVING the plane idea, so cool!