Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Weekend in Palm Springs at the Parker.

This past weekend Jordan and I went on a quick weekend getaway to Palm Springs. Since we were only there for about 48 hours, we pretty much just stuck around our hotel, wandering its gorgeous grounds and frolicking in the pool to escape the heat. We stayed at a resort I've been dying to visit for a little while, The Parker, which is quite the oasis in the otherwise barren desert outside LA. The grounds were perfectly lush and overgrown, with sweet paths and pockets hidden everywhere.

^ On this trip we discovered that we both love croquet! A thrilling discovery for a couple that shares, like, two interests.

The interior was designed by Jonathan Adler, so you know I died the moment I walked into the quirky space:

^ This ledge is my spirit animal.

One of my must-eats in NYC is Norma's, at the Parker on 56th, so I was delighted to learn that this parker *also* has a Norma's. Needless to say, we brunched there both mornings, which is basically my version of heaven.

^ Much-needed cool mist in the 100 degree desert heat.

Since we're staying with my family for the summer, it's been a while since it's been just the two of us. We loved this spot so much, and it was the perfect little escape--in fact, we {I} have decided this will be our go-to weekend getaway spot once we're settled back down in LA for good.

A Happy Fourth!

For the Fourth of July week, my family headed on a little road trip to Moab, Utah, with an overnight pit stop at the Grand Canyon. Jordan had to stay behind in LA for work, so it was just the original six for this trip. 

For the rest of the week we stayed at Sorrel River Ranch Resort, a family favorite just outside Moab on the Colorado River. Unsurprisingly, I'm not really an outdoorsy type, but a resort nestled against the red rock is just picturesque enough for me to overlook the buggies and dirt.

^ The creepy/charming garden shed on the property is one of my favorite spots at the resort.

A few adventures around Moab:

And finally, a Fourth of July evening spent in a neighborhood park in downtown Moab watching the fireworks. They were...fine. I realized I'm a little spoiled after having spent the last four Independence Days watching the capitol fireworks in Washington, DC. Color me homesick, I guess.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cox Country Road Trip: Little Rock & Albuquerque

Our overnight pit stop in Little Rock was really only noteworthy because Jordan allowed me to play Little Rock by Collin Raye on repeat the entire time we were there. "I think I'm on a rollll here in Littlllle Rock..." We also had the best breakfast at Mugs, a quirky little coffee shop slash art gallery, before we left town.

After Little Rock began the punishing, dull stretch between Arkansas and New Mexico, which suffered from an excess of beige scenery, and my stomach suffered from an excess of Doritos.

We started our stay in New Mexico with a tram ride into the mountains overlooking Albuquerque, which was terrifying and exhilarating and beautiful all at once. (I'm not scared of heights, but when it's just a few cables between me and 1,000 feet of air, I guess I get a little anxious...) The windy view from the top was truly spectacular, and well worth the trip.

Our final stop in Albuquerque was a charming restaurant, Farm and Table, owned by a friend of a friend. Located on an actual working farm, the restaurant is a little twinkly light oasis in the middle of {seemingly} nowhere.

After another day and a half of driving and a night in Vegas with family and friends, we made it safe and sound in LA! There are no glorious photos of our triumphant arrival in LA, as I was under strict instructions from my 18 year old sister that our arrival was NOT to interrupt prom day activities in the slightest, so this old fave by Gold Motel (below) will have to suffice. 

I so enjoyed driving across the country with my love, and I was more than a little sad when our Cox Country Road Trip came to an end...but luckily, what goes West must go East, and I can't wait to cross back on the northern route in January!

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