California, Gratitude and Joy

Day 349 – A Year of Gratitude and Joy – Favorite Haunts

If my birthday week wasn’t already brilliant, the surprise trip to Palm Springs that Judy sprung on me mid-week was the icing on the proverbial birthday cake. Just a four-hour drive from home, we have found Palms Springs — like Key West — to be one of those places we can go back to again and again. We like the vibe and the weather, and like any “go to” place, we have our favorite haunts.

Arriving Thursday, our first stop was the pedicures you read about yesterday. A take-out pizza dinner inside our hotel room with a bottle of wine we brought from home satisfied our food cravings.

There was enough pizza left over for lunch, too.

Waking blissfully late, we let the outside temperatures warm up a bit from the high 40s before setting out to our favorite breakfast place, Pinocchio’s. Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, this place is an institution, known for its bottomless champagne deals and great breakfast fare. I skipped the champagne for some much-needed coffee; Judy had a mimosa. I opted for Huevos Rancheros while Judy had her usual eggs and bacon. Enzo devoured a side-order of scrambled eggs. Did we mention that Palm Springs is incredibly dog-friendly? Nearly every restaurant has outdoor seating where dogs are welcome and all the stores we went into had dog treats at the ready.

Enzo got scrambled eggs and a little of “mom’s” bacon.

A day of strolling the many shops and galleries along Palm Canyon Drive was in order, which included required stops at some of our favorites. At Just Fabulous, we found some ornaments to augment our Naughty/Boozy tree and other Christmas Trees, along with some gifts for friends.

They had a fabulous dachshund ornament for Enzo’s first Christmas.

Just down the street is the gallery for our favorite artist, Shag, who specializes in brightly colored pop-art depicting mid-century themes. This is where we made our first big art purchase for our Arizona home, which anchors our eclectic cocktail bar/lounge. We couldn’t help but pick up a few items featuring the artist’s one-of-a-kind works.

We may have taken their “Please overindulge” slogan a little too seriously.

We next visited the Michael Weems Collection. As an artist, Michael’s work has been described as “original art with an attitude.” The gallery sells an eclectic mix of arts and items inspired by Michael’s penchant for the inappropriate … just what we like. We picked up a few more “must have” items here.

There are treasures inside this store for the not-too-faint-of-heart.

Finally, we ended up at the Destination PSP store, where we’ve bought some wonderful mid-century modern inspired plastic-ware for the pool. This time, we added some additional poolside-friendly wine glasses and ice bucket, and some matching bathing suits (for those times when suits are required). Our haul filled our arms with bags, making us even more grateful we have an SUV big enough to take it all home! 

We shopped until Enzo dropped.

There’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored. Visiting your favorite haunts and stores is part of the fun of traveling!

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