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The Ace Hotel – Palm Springs, CA

JICThe first time I had an experience at an Ace hotel was in NYC. It was 2013 and The Ace in Flatiron had an art exposition in their gallery. My friend had lured me in on the grounds there was free wine on offer upon entry. After a few, the art became more interesting and so did the people. My second Ace-experience was followed up in Autumn of 2015 by a rather large serving of oysters at the John Dory bar…They spent the next four months repeating on me. Funny that shellfish…Sometimes you just get a bad oyster!

 

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Waking up in Ace Palm Springs felt like waking up to an oasis. It. Was. Peaceful. Yet it felt a bit unreal. The panoramic view from our hotel porch was absolutely stunning.

imageOur mornings started off with some light clouds. They would part ways after we sipped a coffee and applied some sunblock before a short mosey over to the pool to collect a bloody mary.

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While I’m sure ACE P.S. cranks out some crazy times, we were particularly lucky to have a zen experience with juuuuust enough funny business. image

The iconic pool…How I miss thee! We expected an entirely different vibe before arriving. People were normal and not everyone looked like a model which was comforting for my early spring battle of the buldge(s).

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This is what you come here to do in a nutshell. One can’t complain about the perfectly curated track list that is amplified throughout the hotel. It sets the vacation and relaxation tone along with their incredibly attentive pool boys that never miss a beat.

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All the sunshine, swimming and cocktailing (by the pitcher) made it easy to eat all of the delicious things. (Pictured Above): Veggie quesadilla and a side of grilled shrimp. Sometimes you can’t fit your shrimp inside your quesadilla and you have to order them separately. That’s all.

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A day in the desert’s heat can leave you a little squirmish. If you absolutely need to participate in physical activity for sanity’s sake, Jenga is available in the lounge for your enjoyment. This is the entertaining alternative to their gym which tends to get a little smelly…It’s like burnt rubber to be exact. For saying the rest of the hotel is quality, they could step up their gym-game. There were issues with cardio machines as half were actually functioning.

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One of my favorite highlights from my experience was the massage at ACE’s Feel Good Spa. I was advised to arrive 15 minutes before my treatment to receive my robe and then escorted to the locker room where I could safely store all of my things before heading up to my treatment room. The varied treatments offered include body masks, brushing, reflexology, massage and facials all using natural products made by The Body Deli.

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The treatment rooms were pleasant but very basic. No frills! There is a shower conveniently located in the room so you can rinse before and after your session. It’s a straight forward spa experience and completely utilitarian as if they don’t want to take away from the natural beauty that surrounds. It keeps ones energies focused outside.

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ACE made sure to hydrate us with mindful water stations. I made sure to steal a bottle of FRED from my room which could be conveniently refilled for free! We like free things. We like free things in flask-like bottles! “FRED goes in your pocket, not in the trash”. #puregenius

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Workshop Kitchen+Bar – Palm Springs, CA

I started reseaJICrching restaurants well before my trip to Palm Springs. At the time I thought I only had 48 hours to work with before forcing myself to run through the Grand Canyon in less than desirable climates. I wanted to get maximum foodie-fun into the itinerary, but had to be very selective with such limited time. Therefore, I created a P.S. check list to tick. The first restaurant to catch my eye online that exuded a NY standard of style and appeal was The Workshop Kitchen + Bar.

 

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Offering impressive mixology and impeccable plate presentation, Workshop was on their A-game that week.

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Before committing to an entire dinner we wanted to see what the restaurant had to offer IRL. We arrived and b-lined it to the inviting bar in the back. Their bartender greeted us with menus straight away and offered two seasonal cocktails which we decided to partake in.

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Pictured Here: Bee’s Knees (left) and Mai Tai (right) Their Mai Tai’s claim-to-fame is its original ingredients, “The way it was intended to be.” These ingredients include: two types of rum, home made orgeat, creole shrub, and lime served over crushed ice with a mint bouquet and a lime hull. You could put anything in these cocktails really… The bartender had a way with a shaker.

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Pictured Here: Two Happy Cocktail Sippers- It was nice to have a fresh-rendition on a Mai Tai instead of the usual suspects which are often all jammed up with fructose corn syrup and artificial juices.

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What happened at dinner you might ask? When we took the plunge and reserved for two on the patio, we revisited their delightful cocktail list before ordering a glass of wine with our meal. Eyeing up the sophisticated Nouveau-American menu with a tinge of western flare was nothing short of a delight. We decided on the Little Gem Caesar with rustic croutons, shaved manchego and white anchovies. It was nice and savory also a great size to share!

imageWe were all about the sharing that evening as we decided on their fish dish du jour as our main. Truth is that we glanced over and saw our neighboring table eating it and demanded to know what it was. Their red snapper (pictured below) was pleasantly gutted for our enjoyment and mixed with wild rice, artichoke hearts, radicchio, arugula  and served with a roasted lemon wedge alongside a mini skillet of the most perfectly seasoned rosemary potatoes. The presentation was a little bit of a massacre but a delicious one at that!

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When you go, it is imperative that you save room for dessert…You gotta put a slice of that there Drake Farm’s Goat Cheesecake inside you! Maybe even follow it up with some of that Vale D. Maria port. You can say “I told you so.”

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If you’re brave enough to leave your heavenly resort life in P.S. for a classy night on the town, Workshop Kitchen + Bar will not let you down! Get it done.

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King’s Highway @ Ace Hotel – Palm Springs, CA

JICThere’s a diner at Ace and it has a banging menu filled with Mexican flare and some good old fashioned classics. They seem to pride themselves on using local and organic ingredients which they feed the entire hotel with. Originally we wanted to have our first dinner there but the sense of adventure took over and we ended up downtown instead. After plotting some eats for the rest of the week, we returned to ACE for another nibble and a nightcap. By this point King’s Highway was empty and ready to turn in.

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That the afternoon we did a little shopping on N. Palm Canyon Drive. We spotted all the fun storefronts when we entered Palm Springs the day before. I must note the Trina Turk boutique was a personal fave! No one ever made Finding Nemo on a dress pattern so cool.

imageSince it was a little overcast it was a perfect excuse to see some local galleries and the odd hot car or two parked on display.

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I made my very own purchase at Michael Weems‘s store. Along with creative sculptures and jewelry, his pieces incorporate photography (his and others) on to assorted flatware and wall art for the home. He captures the romantic essence one goes to Palm Springs seeking and misses because it happened over half a century ago. I purchased a serving tray with a photo of a Palm Springs rooftop highlighted by a hot-pink filter. Love it.

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The vintage shopping in P.S. was on point. Dazzle’s was on the top of my list specializing in this arena. They had everything from color coded accessories to vintage fashion pieces and furniture! I would have purchased my entire fantasy tiki bar there if I could.

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Dazzle’s sets the tone outside with a grass filled pool complete with flamingos and a vintage doggie home. If I had a dog…Who am I kidding? If a had a grass filled pool!

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After all that shopping it was back to King’s Highway to celebrate a day of new discoveries in P.S..

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What better way to do that than with a healthy kale salad, grilled salmon, avocado and a glass of delightful white wine?

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We started to love Palm Springs that day.

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B – Palm Springs, CA

Brown as berrieJICs and sweet as nuts, we finally left the pool at dusk. It was time to set out on our very first night in Palm Springs. The first objective was to suss out the joint and see what we could get ourselves into for the week. We uber(ed) “downtown” for a couple of cocktails. Afterwards we decided we wanted to find the delicious pizza. Suddenly there it was, off in the distance and partially covered by a very big man wearing all white with no socks and teeth to match… There was a giant B.

 

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Behind the B (which stands for Bar) was a lot of shrubbery. If you looked a lot closer you could see a bunch of outdoor seating and an open facade restaurant with a very long bar. It was sleek and clean and the lounge area was lined with bed-like couches you could sprawl out on. Since the menu was available there we opted to “lounge” and avoid the wait for an actual table.

imageNot only did we end up filling our bellies, but we also fulfilled philanthropic pursuits by ordering their pizza-special. They were advertising a promotion where every special pizza ordered donated money to the Boys and Girls club of Palm Springs. Yes, there is actually a Boys and Girls club in P.S.! Luckily, this pizza really appealed to our veggie cravings with slices of zucchini, heirloom tomatoes and green olives. We thought the underprivileged children of P.S. deserved bottles of Perrier instead of Poland Springs and felt really good about this decision.
imageAfter we ate our pizza we ordered a cocktail and sat back and relaxed on our over sized outdoor bed- couch and watched the palm trees sway. What else are you supposed to do in the most chill place ever?

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Welcome to The ACE Hotel and Swim Club! – Palm Springs, CA

I was JICexcited to be in the desert for an entire week. Contrary to most people, it’s rare that I actually go on vacation to relax as there’s always some obligatory sightseeing involved. The drive from L.A. to Palm Springs was nothing short of gorgeous. It’s interesting for an East-coaster like me to see the landscape change so drastically from beach to jutting mountains with cacti and tumbleweed. I made sure to take loads of photos all the way until the famous check-in point at the windmills of P.S..

Hells to the yeeeeeeeeawwwhs!

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They are sort of majestic… Can’t deny there is also something slightly eerie about them. They look like they’ve been placed there by aliens.

As we entered the city of Palm Springs, all of the little terracotta roofed buildings greeted us with their Mexican-influenced charm! It was hard to believe that a hot desert city like this was infiltrated mainly by “cotton tops” and retirees.

imageThe ACE hotel & Swim Club would be our home for the next four days. Guests instantly notice this big sign they like to post ironic quotes on. Much like the windmills, this too is plastered all over social media.

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We quickly toured the campus after a map was given to us by concierge upon check-in. Spa treatments were booked at the Feel Good Spa and we were finally off to our room!
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This is what you get (pictured above). It’s a basic room but it has all you could ever want or need including a giant stick. We finally realized its purpose after a few items got lost under the California-King mattress. ***Go-go gadget arm!***
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It was finally time to assume our position.
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 This would be our view for the days ahead. Just try and get sick of that!
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Life at ACE consists of waking up to an amazing breakfast menu at the diner, or grabbing a delicious coffee to-go from the Stumptown Coffee Roasters . On the daily, one moseys out to the pool to pick a spot and lathers up with freshly purchased $30.00 Sun Bum-sunblock . By noon you’re peckish (which is when you flag down one of their very attractive staff members to show you their cocktail list with drinks available by the pitcher). You order the pitcher, because those $8.00 beverages add up quickly. After the first pitcher is finished, it’s time for snacks. You keep it simple on day one with some chips and salsa and roasted shishito peppers sprinkled with sea salt. You might even feel the sudden urge to seek shelter in the shade for a bit, so you go try on bathing suits conveniently sold at the Feel Good Spa’s kiosk. You purchase one because… For some odd reason they just make you feel a little cooler.
imageThe thing is, you haven’t really had breakfast…Who really wants to sit pool-side after a tall stack of pancakes or chicken waffles?
imageFunny things start to happen since you’re hydrating on cocktails and only eating tortilla chips and peppers.
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All good. ACE’s AMIGO ROOM has plenty of beverages to keep you hydrated all night long too.

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