We are really warmed up now after all the fun we had yesterday on our Day 1 Itinerary. Palm Springs, you are the “pineapple of our eye” so let’s get to Day 2!
Step 1: Breakfast at Shields Date Farm
It’s time to fuel up again, so we met some of our longtime friends at one of their favorite breakfast spots in the bustling town of Indio, C.A. The Garden Cafe at Shields Date Farm is a real treat. It also happens to be about 30 minutes away from Downtown Palm Springs, so if you’re staying at the Renaissance Marriott, you’ll probably have to work your way back by taking a swing through all the fantastic thrift shops Lisa recommends. I know, it’s rough, but we had to take one for the team.
After breakfast, use your receipt to get entry in to Shields Date Gardens.
Grab a date shake if you want to try it, and browse their eclectic gift shop.
Step 2: Thrift Shopping “Palm Springs Style”
I’m not sure what thrift store shopping looks like in your area, but in Palm Desert and Palm Springs, it’s a pretty good game. Many of the well-to-do folks living there can’t make it longer than a year with the same sofa, let alone the same scarf. Their designer cast-offs are a gift to everyone else not wearing a Rolex, and we of course did our part to support the local economy. I had kinda hoped to find a Mid Century Modern dress while we were there, but expected it might be difficult. Nope, got it!
Lisa had given us a couple of good places to try. We anticipated going to a lot more stores because there are so many in the area, but we had luck at these two and reigned it in after that. Husbands are you listening? We “reigned it in!”
72171 CA-111 #200
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Shirtley’s is located where Hwy 111 meets Painter’s Path. It is upstairs above Consign Design.
Affordable Designer Consignments
74-455 California Hwy 111
Palm Desert, CA 92260
There are lots more thrift stores to explore, so if you have the stamina and the savings go for it.
Step 3: Refresh at Tommy Bahamas in Palm Desert
The Tommy Bahamas in Palm Desert is a great place to land after shopping (and psst… is surrounded by more great non-thrift shopping in the El Paseo District, just in case for some reason you didn’t find your Mid Century Mod dress and are at risk of getting skunked!) In that situation, we might recommend you pop in to this shoe store J. Stephens Shoes. They carried brands we had never heard of and had some amazing shoes! P.S. Mom is sporting the open-sleeve style blouse that was the “it” shirt to have in Palm Springs, so you might want to be on the lookout for one if you want to raise your spring style game.
The wind started to pick up while we were there, so we snapped our Marilyn Monroe pics. Tori said they needed to be in black and white, which I thought was a fun idea.
We didn’t know it at the time, but the wind storm that was brewing would turn out to be one of the biggest Palm Springs has ever had. Families at the hotel were saying they closed the water park because of the swinging power lines and got stuck for 45 minutes trying to leave. Here is a photo of our ride back to the hotel from Tommy Bahamas!
If you’ve been reading Windlasse for awhile, you know that we aren’t the types to let a little wind slow us down though. We collected ourselves back at the hotel and headed out to enjoy Step 4.
Step 4: Sketching at the Palm Springs Art Museum
Locals know that the Palm Springs Art Museum is free on Thursday nights from 4-8pm. If you time it right, you could go early and then hit the famed VillageFest Street Fair. That was our plan, but the City did end up canceling the street fair events due to the wind.
To be honest, modern art is not our personal favorite style, however, the museum became increasingly fun as we explored. My mom asked me “what’s your favorite piece so far” and I replied “the chubby bird.” Well, as it turns out, the chubby bird was actually a Picasso. He was a fan of owls and included them in his work. Okay, now in Picasso-land, we’re good.
Here’s a unique piece…
Look closer, it’s made of toast!
Next to the “chubby bird” my favorite piece was this sparkling one that would flicker while you watched it. Stunning.
One of the best parts of the night, was that my mom had thought to bring along three small canvases and pencils so we could sketch something. We picked this piece of dripping carpet art, which was pretty extraordinary.
It turned out to be a challenge, but we cherished our few minutes of being lost in mindless sketching together. We agreed this is something we want to do more often when we travel. Probably would use sketch pads instead of canvas though, because we weren’t too impressed with our own work. I’m not sure who the woman in this picture was. This piece of art drew a crowd and I wasn’t able to get a picture without strays in it – sorry.
And… we found the Chihulys!
What a masterful artist. We once took a tour of the Chihuly Garden & Glass center in Seattle, Washington and it was so wonderful it was surreal. Definitively worth the money to experience.
Before leaving the Palm Springs Art Museum we took a stroll through the gift shop and found even more unique items.
Step 5: Live Music by GENNINE Jackson at the Riviera Palm Springs
We were still feeling the high from our museum tour and wanted to finish the evening on a high note. That we definitely found!
Gennine sang her heart out and drew quite a dance crowd. She was also live streaming to her Facebook audience. The intimate venue for this free music event every Thursday from 6pm-9pm is pretty Mid Century Mod fantastic too. Our teen was on the dance floor the whole time, and during the break, Gennine herself came by to personally invite us to her upcoming Las Vegas Show at the Cashman Center, a Tribute to Whitney Houston, and said we can only come if we bring Tori! We ended up purchasing Gennine’s CD, and our favorite is her unique and catchy rendition of I Will Survive.
Time to head back for that slice of Pina Colada cake we brought to the hotel from Tommy Bahamas, so that we could compare it to the one my mom made us recently for our birthdays. I hate to say it, but Mimi trumped you Tommy Bahama! Actually, it’s not a huge surprise because her baking skills are getting a lot of kudos lately. After sharing some leftovers at work recently, a coworker of mine sent me this e-mail:
Heidi: I hate to break this news to you via e-mail but I recently discovered that we were switched at birth. I was such an adorable angelic baby that my mother (or the woman I thought was my mother) grabbed me and put you down in the infant bed in my place. To make it look more convincing several years were added to my birth certificate. Look on the bright side: you now have 4 new siblings (of mixed character) and didn’t have to grow up in Idaho. I am also looking on the bright side and looking forward to lots of cake from my new (real) mother. Denise
Alora, what is this world coming to?!
Step 6: Get a good night’s sleep
I think we had a pretty great Day 2 in Palm Springs judging by these smiles. Follow this link if you missed our recap of Day 1.
See you back here for a Day 3 Palm Springs Itinerary with a middle schooler – coming soon!