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A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Ah, Palm Springs. It has the ability to transform vacation into a full-time job centered around relaxation. The pace of life is slower. Rush hour is nearly nonexistent. The locals are incredibly friendly. If your goal is to chill out, zone out (and get a killer tan), this is the place for you.

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

The initial draw to Palm Springs is usually an event or a trendy hotel but there’s so much more to this desert city beyond the glam and kitsch. Today, I want to show you a different view — the Palm Springs that exists beyond the main thoroughfare. This side of Palm Springs is quieter and full of exotic foliage. The midcentury modern homes are so perfectly preserved it can feel as if you’ve walked onto a movie set. This is the Palm Springs I know and love.

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

10 Palm Springs Travel Tips

Finally, I wanted to share a few travel tips to make the most of your time and budget in Palm Springs.

1. Flights into Palm Springs are very expensive since it’s such a specific destination. It’s much cheaper to fly into Los Angeles, take a shuttle from LAX to a rental car place and drive into Palm Springs. It’s about a 2 hour drive in light traffic and your ticket and car combined will still probably cost less.

2. If you drive to Palm Springs, you can stop at the awesome Cabazon Dinosaurs on the way. Who doesn’t want their photo taken in front of a gigantic T-Rex?!

3. Hotels like the Ace are the go-to hotspots but also very overpriced. My trick is to stay at The Curve Palm Springs which is 1/4 of the price and then walk the 3 doors down to the Ace for drinks and dinner.

4. If you do need a cab, I highly recommend Yellow Cab Of the Desert. If Steve is available, request him! He’s a Palm Springs native and knows where all the best stuff is — he once drove me past Frank Sinatra’s legendary house!

5. While the trendy restaurants and shops are lined up along Palm Canyon Drive, the real exploration happens outside of this very long strip. My method is to drive to a new neighborhood each morning and walk Rocky. You get to see how the residents actually live and honestly, anything is possible. Last time we were in town, Joey and I were walking through a neighborhood at 7 am and the next thing we knew, we were getting a tour of a resident’s condo and checking out his art collection!

6. There are some great under the radar tourist attractions like Moorten Botanical Garden. Established in 1938, it’s full of more than 3,000 exotic desert plants.

7. If you’re on the hunt for the best possible hotel deals (and you’d like to book in advance), I’ve found them on Easy Click Travel. If you’re a little more adventurous and willing to roll the dice, download Hotel Tonight!

8. If you prefer to prepare your own food, there’s a great Trader Joe’s a few minutes from Palm Springs in Cathedral City. We always stop by to stock up on bottled water and snacks when we get into town.

9. If you’re searching for a great restaurant, LuLu California Bistro is the place. I’ve been there with groups of 50 and I’ve also been there with my vegan husband and dog and no matter what, there’s something on the menu for everyone. The service has always been spot-on and if you bring your pet, they can seat you along the outside patio.

10. If you want to get different perspective of town (and some great exercise), there are many bike rental places. I rented mine from Bike Palm Springs Rentals and quickly made my way through the city. Need some ideas on where to go? Check out Bicycle Palm Springs.

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Palm Springs has so much to offer and I hope this post gives you some new ideas for your stay!

The Week In Pictures: 12.6.14 | Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

This week: Sydney > Melbourne > Auckland.

It’s been so good exploring this part of the world again after a year away. The best part of my trip by far has been meeting many folks I’ve known online for years during The Blogcademy workshops.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

After traveling so much this year, I’ve realized that it’s the little things that make my day — discovering a great coffee shop, a line of well-branded alcohol(above), and friendly Uber drivers.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

Last week was my first time visiting Bondi Beach — we stayed in a little rental right next to the water and though there were some unexpected antics (flighting off cockroaches in the bathroom, realizing my bed was on wheels after I woke up with it sideways one morning), it was a great adventure. The ups and downs are what end up making the best travel stories.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

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The Week In Pictures: 10.10.14 | Hello from Palm Springs, Washington, D.C. and New York!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

It’s good to be back home with Joey, Rocky and Chubs….but a lot happened in the last week. The most exciting part was getting to visit Washington, D.C. for the first time but it wasn’t quite so easy getting there. When you have multiple places on opposite sides of the country to be in a very short period of time and planes, rental cars and trains are involved, things are bound to go wrong!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I left Palm Springs early Friday morning, bound for LA. As I was sitting at LAX, I noticed that my flight to Washington, D.C. was delayed by an hour…which was the exact layover I was supposed to have in the next city. There was no way I’d make it. In a panic, I booked a one-way ticket with a different airline right as my flight was boarding and raced over to that terminal. By the time I finally got to D.C. it was the middle of the night….and I had to teach at The Blogcademy the next day.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Lacking sleep, I was a little worried about how things would go but our class was so warm and welcoming. It couldn’t have gone any better — we had our youngest student ever (12 years old!) and a black pug named Harpo in attendance. The best!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Before class, our intern, Erica was extra gracious and showed us around Union Market and I couldn’t believe all the cool food booths and shops inside.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

We liked it so much that we went back another three times. A few personal favorites were Goshen for fresh juice, Peregrine Espresso for coffee and Salt & Sundry for a tightly curated selection of gifts.

I was bummed out that I didn’t have more time to explore D.C. but the small bits I did get to see left me wanting more. As soon as class ended, I boarded a train back to New York with Gala — another snag in my travel plans meant that I couldn’t fly straight home but I wasn’t going to argue with spending an extra day in my favorite city!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Ah. New York. I had just been in town the week before Palm Springs so it felt weird waking up there again. Unsure of what to do with the time, Gala and I just decided to go for it and spent the day without a real plan. I love that sense of spontaneity when traveling.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

We spent the morning walking around Soho and I really liked this facade for the new Stories store.

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Then, we walked along The Highline until we got to The Standard.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I’d been to The Standard a bunch of times for On Top at Le Bain (a club night complete with a hot tub and disco ball on the dance floor) but never for lunch. Gala and I had tasty hibiscus-infused drinks and relaxed in the back patio area.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

After that, we headed over to the West Village and stopped into CuRious Candy, a mysterious and magnificent little sweets shop by designer Cynthia Rowley. I couldn’t get any clear photos so please do yourself a favor and click through to their website now. SO GOOD.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

No visit to New York is complete without a stop at Dean & DeLuca — I loved their fall-inspired displays.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

It’s always fun to discover new treats like this chocolate and also, raspberry lemonade.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

We also walked through the flower markets in Chelsea and I kind of fell hard for these faux lemons. After some time in Palm Springs, I was definitely tempted to buy a bundle!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This last week was intense, exciting, nerve-wracking and full of new discoveries. I wouldn’t change a thing! But now it’s time to get back to reality and catch up on work. Have a great weekend, everyone!

The Week In Pictures: 10.4.14 | Palm Springs Fun and Sun!

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Hello from Washington, D.C.! After a very full week of fun in Palm Springs, I arrived here in the middle of the night, getting a quickie tour of our national monuments from the freeway thanks to a very sweet cab driver.

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

I was in Palm Springs for Designer Vaca, an annual retreat for female creatives. Palm Springs is my happy place and the retreat is the ideal environment to unwind and make new friends — it’s the only workshop / conference I go to and I truly look forward to it every year.

I roomed with Star at the Ace and when I wasn’t in breakout sessions, I lounged by the pool till the wee hours, used and abused the photo booth, visited a rad tiki bar and made multiple stops at The Parker. Here’s my photo diary of the week with a dedicated post of more Palm Springs scenery coming soon!

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Have an amazing weekend, everyone!

A Mini Palm Springs Getaway

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs Getaway

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs Getaway

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs Getaway

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs Getaway

Hello from Palm Springs!

I just flew in from New York yesterday morning and have been getting a few days of relaxation in with Joey and Rocky before Designer VACA begins. My birthday, Joey’s birthday and our anniversary all happened within 10 days of each other so this is our belated all-in-one getaway. We’ve been driving all over the place documenting exotic plants, dreamy midcentury modern homes and much of the landscape which I’ll share with you soon. I hope you’re having an awesome week!

The Week In Pictures: 9.26.14 | Hello From New York!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures NYC

On Monday, I flew overnight to New York and landed bright and early Tuesday morning. Since then, my days have been full of extreme contrasts. I’ve had tea and desserts, visited a metal bar, made it to a goth night (complete with smoke machines), stopped by a fashion exhibition, had breakfast at an old school diner, hung out at a tiki bar one night and a trailer park-themed one the next, had a book design meeting…and that’s just scratching the surface.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures NYC

Waking up to this view is like pure magic. I’ve visited New York probably 20 times since 2001 and I still have that feeling that anything is possible here.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures NYC

On Wednesday, I spent that afternoon having tea and desserts at Ladurée in Soho with Gala and Kat. Their back garden area is so beautiful and photogenic.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures NYC

That night, Bianca and I stopped into a bar near Wall Street with drinks categorically divided by Old Money and New Money.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures NYC

Since I last saw Gala, she’s decorated her apartment and while I dare not give everything away, these shelves looked so great that I had to share.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures NYC

One of my favorite haunts is Home Sweet Home. I love the spooky basement vibe and the collection of vintage taxidermy that’s clearly seen better days.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures NYC

I finally got to visit the Pearl Diner with Bianca. Classic old school greasy spoon breakfasts after a late night out are awesome.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures NYC

I always stop into Dean & DeLuca to take in all of their beautifully arranged food. It’s a good thing we don’t have one in Portland or else I’d be camped out there all the time.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures NYC

Last night, I went to the F.I.T. Dance and Fashion and A History of Lingerie exhibitions and it was awesome to see clothing made by designers I admire up close.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures NYC

Afterwards, things got weirdly entertaining as we stepped into Trailer Park which was themed like an old school trailer park from 50 years ago. Taxidermy, beer and soda signs, velvet paintings, Elvis memorabilia and random tchokes completely covered the walls. The menu was basically tater tots, tacos and crazy frozen concoctions with names like Kiss My Frigid Woo-Woo. Kind of amazing.

I’m signing off to join Kat and Gala for lunch, fit in a little last minute shopping at Century 21 and then I’m going out to a Bavarian restaurant for pretzels with Bianca. Like I said, the more stuff I can cram into this trip, the better!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam: The Ultimate WTF Moment in The Netherlands!

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

When I visited Amsterdam, my first day was spent doing the usual touristy stuff — walking along canals, eating cheese and snapping photos of the gaggles of bikes. That day of sightseeing, while beautiful, also felt a bit cliché. I wanted more.

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

That night, I went home and keyed Amsterdam into Pinterest (my favorite method for figuring out what’s cool in a city — for those of us that are more visual, it’s a goldmine of must-see sights). I knew there had to be something out there that was slightly wacky and not too far outside of the city. I only had to scroll for five seconds before the answer was in front of me: The Inntel Hotel in Zaandam.

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

This wasn’t just any hotel, though. Located in Zaandam, a town just twelve minutes from the center of Amsterdam, the façade was made up of 70 stacked traditional Dutch houses. Completely mind-boggling. The hotel was right next door to the train station (convenient!) and featured a restaurant that overlooked the canal. Though we didn’t stay there, the rooms are gorgeous, featuring scenes of Dutch history across the walls.

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

Yes, it was absolutely worth the tram ride to visit this architectural marvel. If you’re making a quick trip like I did, there are tons of restaurants and shops surrounding the train station so it’s ideal to tie it in with lunch or dinner. And when you run out of ideas for posing in front of this crazy place… just dance.


I wore: ASOS striped scuba dress, Crown and Glory Rachel floral ears and Marc by Marc Jacobs sneakers.
Photos: Kerry Murray.

Location: The Inntel Hotel in Zaandam.