Perfection at The Parker Palm Springs
Having been born in Palm Springs and raised in the Coachella Valley, I have witnessed explosive growth from a kind-of sleepy golf town to a trendy yet classy vacation destination. I mean, Palm Springs had a secret society going on since the Rat Pack days, but I was around when Coachella was just a town and rival high school, not a sweaty music festival.
The Parker, on the other hand, is an incredible property that started off as California's first Holiday Inn in 1959.
A few years later, Gene Autry would purchase the property to house his baseball team during spring training and it would remain Melody Ranch/The Autry Hotel for over 30 years.
In 1994, it was transformed into a French resort, the Givenchy, while Gene Autry and his wife remained on property in their own private home. Not too long after, Merv Griffin purchased the property and renamed it Merv Griffin Resort Hotel and Givenchy Spa. It was during this ownership that I first actually heard of this place in my own backyard…and that was only because Robert Downey Jr. was arrested on the property for cocaine possession in 2000.
In 2003, Jack Parker purchased the resort and put $27 million into a complete hotel remodel. A couple years later, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie shot their famous W photoshoot before they were officially a couple. It has been a continual place of celebrity sitings yet I didn't understand the appeal…but then I actually went. And I didn't want to leave.
Since moving up to Northern California, I visit my parents on a regular basis in the desert, so this Christmas trip, my husband and I booked a night at The Parker for a parents getaway while Sawyer stayed with Grandma and Grandpa.
Then, um…we went back a few nights later…and again for breakfast with the entire family.
And those two just above are the WaZa Waffle with Caramelized Bananas and Jumbo French Toast crusted with Rice Crispies! So I went a little off my diet protocol, but it was worth it.
Have you ever taken so many photos thinking you would be discarding the majority of them anyway? Turns out, not many got discarded because everything is photo worthy. Hopefully they convey just a little bit of our magical time.
What else would a breakfast outing be without her own decaf almond milk latte?
The property has maintained much of the historic land and agriculture; outside is a paradise of spacious nooks surrounded my high hedges and hundred year old trees bearing much of the fruit used in the restaurants recipes and, of course, the lemonade stand.
Every door lead to a new adventure, like croquet, bocce ball, putting, giant chess, hammock swings or maybe we were just trespassing.
Take note, Sawyer has been ruined by Disney's Inside Out: Anything round is now a "memory" to be cuddled, not a ball or piece of fruit.
I don't know if there is any other hotel that can pull off the interior design they have. It's odd, brilliant and it just works.
Oh and the cocktails are pretty snazzy.
That's my high school buddy George back there behind the bar!
But back to the grounds….this is why people come to Palm Springs in December!
Random mean muggin...
Sawyer-sized "Santa" Chair!
Until we meet again...
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From November 28th-December 25th, get the following room/rates:
- Estate: $139 (Sun-Thurs)/ $195 (Fri & Sat)
- Deluxe:$219 (Sun-Thurs)/ $315 (Fri & Sat)
- Villa: $399 (Sun-Thurs)/ $585 (Fri & Sat)
* $199 rate on Sunday, December 25th *
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