Top 10 Places To Visit In Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a true desert oasis; waving palm trees, balmy weather, sun that never stops, and some of the best food, drink, and activities in all of SoCal. We’ve spent our fair share of time there (have to learn the lay of the land for you guys), so read on for our favorite Palm Springs activities and things to do.

Moorten Botanical Garden

Jetlag got you down? Feeling a little prickly? Moorten Botanical Garden is the perfect place to walk around and unwind after your voyage to Hollywood’s playground. Founded over 60 years ago and considered the world’s first “Cactarium,” these gardens are home to over 3,000 different cacti species and a plethora of small desert animals. It’s winding pathways and quirky Wild West setting make this sea of green a prime backdrop for your next desert photoshoot, and if you trip, oh well beauty is pain after all.

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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

It’s no secret that Palm Springs is a literal desert. Don’t worry though, we found the perfect way to cool you off, spin you around, and lift you up! The idea for Palm Springs Aerial Tramway was first concocted on a particularly hot day in 1933 when Francis Crocker gazed upon the misty mountaintop above and dreamed of being just as tall and cold. What can we say; the man was vertically challenged and we’re very grateful for his attempt at compensation. The ride lasts about 12 minutes and provides unbelievable views of the desert below.
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Bacon Flight at Cheeky’s

Oversleep this morning? No worries, Cheeky’s serves breakfast all day! One of Palm Spring’s top-rated brunch spots, Cheeky’s offers freshly squeezed juices and breakfast cocktails, unique breakfast entrees (the menu changes weekly), homemade pastries and a bacon bar. Whether you’re recovering from a night out or just love breakfast that much (we do), you’ll have a hard time deciding what to order. We recommend their Bacon Flight Sampler…with five different flavors, you’ll definitely find a favorite. Need some sweet to go along with all that savory? How about one of Cheeky’s famous cinnamon rolls? They’re handcrafted from layered croissant dough and twirled in brown sugar and cinnamon. No, the mimosas are not bottomless, but they are made with a selection of fresh juices (try the Pomegranate).
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Social Cycle

What’s the best way to tour downtown Palm Springs and get a taste of local color? Social Cycle of course! Voted the #1 activity on Palm Springs TripAdvisor, our party bike will take you to some of Palm Springs’ hottest spots for specialty cocktails and local brews! As you pedal through the heart of downtown along Palm Canyon Drive, your Captain will guide you to a selection of Palm Springs’ favorite and famous watering holes. From tiki bars to tapas restaurants, roadhouse pubs to outdoor patios, rooftop lounges to nightclubs–you’ll get to sample it all and quench your thirst! Hop on a public tour or book a private tour for your party.
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Indian Canyons

Need a nature break from Palm Springs city life? Just a few miles south of downtown, Indian Canyons on the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation offers the chance to beat the desert heat while exploring winding canyons shaded by groves of native California Fan Palm trees. Make sure you check out Tahquitz Canyon while you’re there–it’s home to an exquisite 60-foot waterfall, rock art, ancient irrigation systems, native wildlife, and plants, which you’ll learn all about at the Tahquitz Canyon Visitor Center.
palm trees and lake in Indian Canyons

Kimpton Rowan Hotel

After long days of exploring everything Palm Springs has to offer, you’ll want to put your feet up and relax! At Kimpton Rowan Hotel, “urban enchantment meets epic scenery.” You’ll enjoy California’s legendary sunsets from their rooftop bar and pool, sample fresh, local foods at their restaurants, and take it all in at the end of the day in front of the two-story windows in their lobby. Choose from their guest rooms, specialty guest rooms, and suites for your stay, but know that whatever you choose, you will enjoy Palm Springs’ finest luxury restoration.
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Backstreet Art District

In an environment like Palm Springs’ arid desert, artists are sure to find inspiration. Admire their creations in the Backstreet Art District where you’ll find paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photography, and more. Visit Artize if you’re looking for some inventive contemporary pieces, and don’t miss Galleria Marconi’s stunning, one-of-a-kind glass creations.
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Doors of Palm Springs

Doors of Palm Springs is a passion project started by Gré, a lover of world-travel and film photography. As she documents the many colorful and artistic doors in Palm Springs, you’ll want to do some Insta-stalking and see if you can’t go find a couple of the doors for yourself! Afterward, visit Gré’s Coffeehouse and Art Gallery downtown to grab a copy of her gorgeous coffee table book, containing all of the images she’s gathered over the years.
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Tonga Hut

If you hop on a tour with us, we’ll make sure we take you to Palm Springs’ favorite Tiki bar, Tonga Hut, for some handcrafted island cocktails. If you can’t join us, make sure you try their specialty Mai Tai. This refreshing cocktail is based on the original Trader Vic’s recipe, and blends Jamaican and Puerto Rican rums with orgeat & orange curaçao and finishes with citrus notes.
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Vintage Thrifting

Palm Springs has an eclectic population, and their thrift stores reflect it! No matter what your style is, you’ll find pieces to suit your fancy at one of their vintage thrift stores. For clothing, swing by Gypsyland and The Frippery. Our favorite thing about The Frippery is the variety of occasions you’ll find apparel for! Whether you’re poolside or headed out for a night downtown, they’ve got the perfect outfit waiting!
The Frippery Vintage Thrift Shop | Things To Do In Palm Springs

Funk Zone Bars | Your Santa Barbara Nightlife Guide

Ready to check out Santa Barabara’s Funk Zone? The Funk Zone is known as the home of some of Santa Barbara’s best bars and happy hours, so we’ve done the research and given you the best of the best below.

Looking to do a bar crawl a little differently? Hop on the bike with us and take a tour of the Funk Zone!

Test Pilot

A tiki-inspired neighborhood bar, the Test Pilot features a variety of craft tropical cocktails in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone.

Oaxacan Dead
The Oaxacan Dead is our adaptation of Donn the Beachcomber’s most famous creation, the Zombie.  We modified the classic tiki drink to include a softly aged tequila and fiery mezcal, as well as include our own house-made cinnamon cordial, absinthe, fresh local citrus, and bitters.
tropical cocktail in a santa barbara bar

Carr Winery*

Carr Winery is a full-production site located in downtown Santa Barbara and has been producing boutique wines since 1999. They believe the best wines start in the vineyard and they pride themselves on precision farming. Each of their vineyards are meticulously farmed to produce low yields, hand harvested, and farmed using only organic practices. Some of the varietals that they are known for include Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc. We invite you to experience the art of winemaking at Carr Winery.
*Carr Winery is located just outside the Funk Zone, but we love visiting them on our tours!
Carr Winery | Santa Barbara Bars

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. was founded by father and son team, Jim and Jaime Dietenhofer, in 2010.  With a passion for craft beer, they set out to pay homage to the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley with handcrafted beer and hand-drawn artwork depicting the local landscape on their labels.
Named after the mountain seen from their family home in Los Olivos, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company opened in Buellton, California with only a handful of employees.  In a short 7 years, the company has grown to become one of the fastest growing craft breweries in America and now has a staff of over 200 which they affectionately call the #FigFam.
There are currently six taprooms along California’s Central Coast.  Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. beer can be found in their taprooms or at select retailers and restaurants throughout California.
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. | Santa Barbara Bars and Breweries

Brass Bear Brewing

Brass Bear Brewing opened in February 2016 and is located one block from the beach inside the Funk Zone of Santa Barbara, CA. They serve high-quality craft beer (including their own), wine, and cider. Their food consists of charcuterie boards, meat/vegetable plates, and hot toasted sandwiches sourced from Santa Barbara and surrounding counties.

The Brass Bear name came to be during a National Parks cross-country road trip from New York to California. At their favorite park, Glacier, they did backcountry camping (the kind where you sign your life away at The Ranger Station and all they do is arm you with a safety video and bear spray for protection). As ‘luck’ would have it, after 6 hours of hiking and seeing no one, they came face to face with a family of three Black Bears.

The late afternoon sun hit the bears just perfectly and turned them into a beautiful brass color. They glanced our way and with a decisive grunt carried on. They agreed over dinner that night that this would be the perfect name for their own business one day, to remind them to face their fears and keep on trekking!

Brass Bear Brewing | Santa Barbara Bars and Breweries

Topa Topa Brewing Co.

Nestled in the shadows of the Topa Topa mountain range, Topa Topa Brewing Company lives by their motto of ‘Good Vibes, Great Beers.’ Surrounded with everything that inspires them— amazing friends, farms, mountains, and some awesome surf— Topa Topa prides themselves on excellence of quality, remaining independent, and making sure everyone feels welcome.
Chief Peak IPA 
When you stop to sip on a Chief Peak IPA (Topa Topa Brewing Co’s flagship beer) the piney hops are first to arrive. The tropical tones of passion fruit, orange, and gooseberry aren’t far behind. This west coast style IPA is clean-drinking and has been known to please even the biggest of hoppy beer skeptics.
Topa Topa Brewing Co. | Santa Barbara's Best Bars and Breweries

The Perfect San Diego Bachelorette Weekend

Are you planning that “fun in the sun” bachelorette party? Are you stressed about it? Planning the perfect bachelorette weekend is exhausting, overwhelming, and did we mention STRESSFUL. Let us help! Grab your girls and meet us down in sunny San Diego, California!

Here’s our guide to the best places to stay, eat, and the most memorable things to do that are sure to make yours the perfect bachelorette weekend!

San Diego Places to Stay for Bachelorette Weekend

Where to Stay

Kimpton Hotel Solamar

Looking for an up-and-coming part of the city with its own heartbeat? Look no farther. This hotel is the perfect location for everything you need for your perfect weekend! Walk to brunch, relax with in-room spa treatments, and get your tan on by the pool. After that, it’s an easy walk to some of the best restaurants in town. After dinner head out for San Diego’s sizzling nightlife. Not to mention, this hotel is on our downtown route which means easy access to your friends at Social Cycle!

We don’t know about you, but we’ve never been the ones to turn down a stay at beautiful hotel, especially if “boutique” is in its official title. Kimpton Hotels were actually the first boutique restaurant and hotel company to grace the U.S. with its heavenly hospitality. It’s no surprise really, when every room feels like home; a home with a regularly scheduled, nightly wine hour that is. Now we’re not encouraging you to become a hotel hermit while you’re staying here, but we also aren’t saying it’s very hard. Enjoy in-room spa treatments, work on that pre-wedding glow by the pool, and enjoy the wonderful views of San Diego’s sizzling nightlife all from your very own home away from home. And hey, if you’re up to it you can even walk down the street and sample some of the city’s best cuisine, or just order in. It’s okay we don’t judge, absolute bliss is exhausting!

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Hard Rock Hotel

Embark on the life of luxury with your girls! What’s a visit to the trendy Gaslamp Quarter without doing it in one of the Hard Rock’s Rock Star Suites complete with everything necessary to turn you into an actual rockstar. P.S. the sleek and modern decor is perfect for those “bachelorette weekend” pics – do it for the Gram. Keep channeling your inner rock star with a complementary Fender guitar for all of your in-room jam needs – you are the life of the party. The party doesn’t stop here, take your girls out for some of San Diego’s signature music!

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Andaz Hotel

If you like drinks, pools, and views as much as we do, you’ll love this hotel! With a rooftop bar and pool in the historic Gaslamp Quarter, you may never want to leave this hotel! When you finally drag yourself out, it’s a quick walk to all that downtown San Diego has to offer (architecture, history, trendy eateries, upscale shopping, and most importantly: city vibes). If rooftops are your thing, there is a new one around every corner (each with views better than the last). And, if you want to combine all the best parts of the trip into one, this hotel is on our downtown route! All you have to do is hop on with us to see the best of downtown San Diego.

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Tower 23 Hotel

Ready for some beach time with your beaches? Tower 23 combines the vibrant beach life of San Diego with its unique and charming rooms. It is the perfect combination of luxury and relaxation… on the beach! After an exhausting day of relaxing, you don’t have to go far for the Tower 23 summer wine series. When it’s finally time to leave the hotel, walk along the beach to find endless food, drinks, and fun! Oh, an don’t forget to check out the killer views. Oh yeah sure, we meant the ocean too.

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Lafayette Hotel

Bungalow. This hotel has bungalows! Experience history redefined in this hotel (or bungalows, we recommend bungalows). Escape with your girls with everything the North Park scene has to offer. Brush up on your history at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, hang out with your furry friends at the San Diego Zoo, and enjoy the nightlife downtown. Leaving your bungalow (ugh it’s just so fun to say) and swim-up bar may be tough, but once you’re out in the city make sure you come visit us at Social Cycle to see the city from our North Park route.

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San Diego places to eat for bachelorette weekend

Where to Eat

Rustic Root

Dinner under the stars, California style. The food here is traditional with a modern flair, the drinks are timeless and iconic, the views are exquisite (simply put, the food is good, the drinks are great, the views are even better)! This is the perfect place to see where the night takes you!

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Kettner Exchange

We’re not sure what “Progressive American Cuisine” means, but they have everything to make a perfect evening. Experience the forward-thinking and creative cocktail approach of their highly qualified bar manager Steven Tuttle and enjoy food from Iron Chef contestant Brian Redzikowski. Kettner Exchange is mostly definitely the hottest rooftop destination with it’s private cabanas and sun sprinkled dining room. So sit back, relax in your cabana, and sip one of their iconic “Tequila for Christmas” cocktails.

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You can’t really go out to eat if you don’t post a picture of your food on Instagram, right? Voted to have the best food design in all of San Diego, Madison will make sure your plate looks as enviable as it tastes… mmm delicious.

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Enjoy dinner with those that you trust at this urban eatery. No trip to Trust is the same due to the continually changing locally sourced food options. Try one of their wood-fired specialties while sipping on a glass of wine!

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Ready to get comfortable? Get back to basics with this ever changing menu creating great food from fresh ingredients. After dinner, save time to wander around the La Jolla area of San Diego. Enjoy the breathtaking ocean views and posh shoreline shops.

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Queenstown Public House

Afraid of that wine hangover? Take a quick trip to New Zealand with this whimsical pub. Check out their enormous selection of draft beers that won’t disappoint. Grab a table on the patio to enjoy the views of Little Italy while you dine!

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Grass Skirt

It’s tiki time! Gather the girls and relish in the lighthearted, escapist nature of the tiki culture. Enjoy Polynesian style cocktails and food while practicing your hula! Oh, and did we mention  that they have a rum club?! What goes better with bao buns than rum? The answer is nothing.

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What to Do

Hop across the border and take Turista Libre tours (don’t forget your passport!)

Ready for a field trip, but for grown-ups? Experience Mexico like a local with Turista Libre tours. Make the bachelorette weekend extra special with a private tour. You will get to see authentic Mexico, and visit the best cultural hotspots (did we mention concerts, wineries, and breweries)! And the best part, you will get to eat like a local at some of the most authentic restaurants Mexico has to offer.

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Rent a poolside cabana at the Lafayette Hotel’s Pool Club

Take a break from the sun like Beyoncé said with a cabana pool day. This is NOT your parents’ pool club! We already mentioned the Lafayette Hotel (see above), but did we mention cabanas?! Relax with your girls while basking in the sun and enjoy the poolside entertainment in a cabana. Keep the mojitos flowing and indulge! There are no bad days here.

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Catch a drag show for brunch at Lips

Bring your sequins and be a diva for the day! Enjoy the over-the-top nature of the decor and entertainment at Lips. Plus, who doesn’t love brunch?! Don’t be afraid to jump up on stage and turn from the spectator into the entertainment! Lips is guaranteed to be an unforgettable part of your bachelorette weekend!

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Hit the Spa for some R&R

San Diego has no shortage of spas to help you and your girls achieve total relaxation. Balance your skin and mind with a facial at The Spa at Torrey Pines (P.S. this spa is designed with optimal feng shui so you have to be relaxed, right?). Go back in time and enjoy bay views at the Marilyn Monroe Spa. Who doesn’t love classic Marilyn decor and complete bliss! Take a mini trip to France with the Cal-A-Vie health spa in Vista resembling a beautiful French village. It’s impossible to be stressed in France.

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Wine Tour in Temecula

Do you and your girls like to wine? We sure do! Book a private tour and taste the best wines in all of Southern California! Temecula Rockin’ Wine Tours specializes in making your bachelorette weekend perfect, complete with a themed party bus to pick you up! The best part? You don’t have to pretend to know how to properly taste wine (I’m getting hints of… grapes?). This wine tour is sure to be a highlight of the weekend!

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Party on wheels with Social Cycle

Finish your bachelorette weekend with a pedal around beautiful San Diego. Grab your girls, some brews, and hop on! Check out all the best bars in San Diego while pedaling away – so it’s healthy right?  You might even make some t-shirts so everyone around town knows that you’re the best bridal group… ever! Keep it intimate with a private bike, or just enjoy the party on a public ride. You can’t go wrong either way! Experience San Diego in the best way with Social Cycle!

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3 Quick Reasons To Ride A Party Bike With Your Team

A party bike tour might not be your first thought when you want to plan a team-building activity, but we know it’s a great option.

  1. Teamwork Makes The Bike Move

Party bikes require everyone to put in some effort! It’s a great way to promote equality within your team and show them that in order to reach a goal (or in this case, the next destination), they all have to work together and pitch in.

2. Happy Hour Or No Happy Hour, It’s Still Less Stuffy Than Most Other Team Building

Most team building activity announcements are met with disgruntled sighs and murmured comments and people planning to call in sick. Want to avoid this? Pick an activity (like a party bike) that will put your employees and coworkers in a relaxed, enjoyable environment where they can be themselves.

3. Work Hard, Play Hard. Together.

Teams tend to be happier when they have great relationships inside and outside of the office, as friends and as coworkers. Not only does this result in more mutual respect among different departments and internal teams, it’ll give you a happier, more productive office.