Sadly enough, the ushering in of fall very slightly makes me start to already dread winter! By January or February, we East Coasters are just over the winter weather and itching for a sunny escape. I've always loved heading to sunny Florida or sunny California that time of year, and Palm Springs, CA is definitely one of my destinations of choice. In the summer months, however, I typically opt for a northeast destination to escape the heat. Surprisingly, I was VERY pleased to get to learn just how much I also loved Palm Springs in the "off season"- smack dab in the middle of summer! I joined a few other awesome influencers that ACME House Company hosted to help show our favorite things about the city. The temps were near 100 degrees, but daily dips in the pool & breezy evenings made for the most enjoyable experience nonetheless. You really can't go wrong visiting this happy city any time of year, but here are a few reasons to consider going in the "off season":
1. Affordable Rates
Lots of hotels & vacation rentals will drop their rates, so find your favorite and get on their email list so you don't miss it. If you're wanting to travel with your family or a group, ACME House Company is one of my favorite vacation rental companies (see some of their houses here and here). I most recently got to stay at their "Beverly Modern" house with my adorable pal Krystine Edwards (see some photos of the adorable pad below). Keep an eye on ACME via their Instagram, because they often runs specials in the off season. I just saw they extended their summer rates through September 30th, so there is plenty of time to take advantage of the best deals of the year.
2. Access to Top Rated Restaurants
An off season visit means you'll have your pick of plenty of great restaurants to get into, likely without needing reservations like you would at other times of the year. I enjoyed getting right in everywhere we tried- which is very different from the experience I've had at other times of the year (such as during Modernism Week). Some of my favorites lately are Azucar, Norma's at The Parker, & Evzin Mediterranean Cuisine (pictured below, what an over the top awesome meal!).
3. Take Advantage of Great Sales at Shops/Showrooms
Palm Springs has everything from cute wine & cheese shops like On The Mark, to elevated souvenir shops like Destination PSP, and of course plenty of retail stores (both new and vintage). Visiting a city in the off season just means a higher likelihood you can find some major deals while you're there! As a store owner, I'm here to tell you that it is TOUGH to be in the retail industry during slow seasons like after Christmas and over the summer, so this is when you're more likely to find things at the best prices and not have to deal with crowded boutiques.
Christopher Kennedy is another store/showroom combo that you'll love- it's always a must visit whenever I'm in town. Christopher is the designer behind the main show house at Modernism Week, so this is the perfect place to go for trend-spotting any time of year!
Sure, it's going to be hot if you visit Palm Springs in the summer (it IS the desert, after all)... but I promise it's nothing compared to the East Coast humidity we get. Even in July, I had some really lovely morning walks and worked poolside (without even schvitzing)! I can't really say the same about Charleston in July & August- even in the early morning hours you kind of feel like you're stepping straight into a sauna.
You heard it here first, people: Dry heat just can't be beat. Plus, unlike Charleston, pools are EVERYWHERE in Palm Springs!
all images c/o Nathan Cox Studios for ACME House Company