This past weekend, my mom and I surprised my dad with a trip to Palm Springs for his 60th birthday! It was a weekend filled with golf, drinks, pool time, and great food. Can you say ideal weekend getaway?!
We surprised him with the destination at the airport, as my boyfriend and I "just so happened" to meet them there. Southwest is my favorite airline to fly from SMF to ONT, which is only just over an hour drive to Palm Springs.
We stayed at the beautiful and luxurious JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa. Rates right now are unreal because it is their off season. First stop was a nice, casual lunch at Oasis by the pool. We were greeted by the resort's "Birdman" who let me take a picture with his falcon! There are birds also in the lobby of the property including a talking parrot named Cowboy who liked telling me "goodbye." I'll definitely be coming back here even when I have kids because the resort is great for families!
For dinner we went to downtown Palm Springs and ate at Las Consuelas Terraza for some yummy Mexican food and margaritas. We lucked out because the Thursday night street fair was happening that night. There were awesome artists, crafters, and jewelers with some great music and food.
Friday morning started at the resort's fitness center which is fully equipped with machines, free weights, a squat rack, and studio. After our morning work out, we enjoyed a delicious and healthy breakfast at the Rockwood Grille. There are selfie spots around the resorts so make sure you find them to take your selfies! 😉
Friday afternoon included the 3rd surprise- another one of my dad's friends strolling up to the driving range at the resort's course!
We enjoyed playing the Palm course despite the wind and chilly temp! The course is pure and tricky, with hilly fairways surrounded by water and homes. My favorite hole is #3 which is a long par-3 with water in front and to the left of the green and bunkers all around. I'm always up for a challenge!
Before dinner we took pictures in front of the Christmas tree in the lobby. It was hard to feel in the spirit of Christmas with the beautiful weather but this beautiful, big Christmas tree sure helped!
We then ate at Fisherman's Grill located at the resort. I ordered the Woo Woo for my drink (peach, vodka, cranberry) mainly because of the funny name, but it was delicious! For dinner, I had the Cajun style Mahi Mahi with grilled mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables. We finished with tiramisu for dinner which finished off a fantastic dinner perfectly.
We made these little goodie bags for everyone filled with tees, sunscreen, mints, and Titleist ProV1 X's that said "Happy 60th Buck!" on them.
My dad received some great gifts, including some gag gifts like these briefs with a ball pocket. And no not golf balls! LOL.
Saturday was golf for the boys at the Plantation (exclusive all men's country club) and spa day for the girls at the resort. Check out my cool whip I drove around the desert and dropped the guys off in. Can you say soccer mom?!
Look! Another selfie spot!
Enjoying a nice glass of rose by the spa pool after my amazing deep tissue massage. Request Claudia if you go!
Saturday night we went to Solano's in Old Town La Quinta which is one of my favorites in the desert! We did a family style meal and had all kinds of fish, meat, and delicious sides. It's definitely the best place for a nice dinner if you want to spend a little moola! We ordered the Mocha Mud Pie for dessert which is coffee ice cream with an Oreo cookie base. One word: WOW.
Sunday morning was sadly our last day! But, we enjoyed one last walk around the resort before we headed out.
Does anyone remember this hotel from Saved By The Bell?! Remember they featured the boat rides?
I can't wait to go back!