How to Plan the Perfect Palm Springs Bachelorette Party

Looking for inspiration for how to plan the perfect Palm Springs bachelorette weekend? Read this guide to help you plan the perfect Palm Springs bachelorette weekend - what to do in Palm Springs, where to stay, what to eat, drink, pack, and more! This guide will give you some awesome bachelorette party ideas to help you plan that perfect Palm Springs girls' trip! #palmsprings #california #bacheloretteparty #bacheloretteideas #bacheloretteweekend

Planning a Palm Springs bachelorette party? You're in the right place!


Once a sleepy town known as the hangout spot for Hollywood's Rat Pack, Palm Springs has reinvented itself as a hip desert oasis, full of stylish hotels, trendy boutiques, and a bustling foodie and cocktail scene. With its plentiful sunshine and laid-back vibe, a Palm Springs bachelorette party was perfect to celebrate my friend Amy, and we a super fun girls' weekend out in the desert!


Palm Springs bachelorette party

A Palm Springs bachelorette offers something for everyone in your group, whether it's sipping cocktails by the pool, relaxing at the spa, checking out the local foodie scene, dancing all night, getting lost in nature, or enjoying the arts and culture.

Here are some ideas to help you plan that perfect Palm Springs bachelorette party, guaranteed to help you and your girls have an amazing time!




BEFORE YOU GO:
Palm Springs bachelorette party desert view

Getting there:
Palm Springs is just over 100 miles away from Los Angeles, making it a Palm Springs bachelorette party an easy weekend trip from Southern California. It is about a two hour drive, although this can also depend on traffic conditions.

If you wish to fly, Palm Springs International Airport is served by 10 major airlines, which offers direct flights to several hubs in the US and Canada, connecting it to 500 cities worldwide. However, it is a smaller airport and flights are sometimes pricey. During the slower summer months, flights are limited. Another option is to fly into LAX, or Ontario International Airport (about an hour and 15 minutes away), and then rent a car (psssst...it is often cheaper to rent a car from Ontario than LAX).

Our party was mostly based in the Los Angeles area, with two of us coming from the San Francisco Bay Area and flying into LAX (including me). We all met up in the LA area and carpooled together.


Palm Springs bachelorette party palm trees

Getting around:
Downtown Palm Springs is pretty small and easily walkable to get from one place to another. There is also a free weekend Palm Springs Buzz trolley that stops around most of the major points of interests and hotels in town. You can see the route and schedule here. Palm Springs is also served by both Uber and Lyft, which is a great way to help you get around town. Many hotels also offer bike rentals, which can also be a fun way to see the city and soak up those desert views.

If you want to go beyond the downtown area, or explore more of the Greater Palm Springs area, or take a day trip, you will need to have a car.


Palm Springs bachelorette party palm tree sunset silhouette

When to go:
Palm Springs is known for its year-round sunshine; however, it can get extremely hot in the summer. Generally, January-April are the most popular times to go. We planned our Palm Springs bachelorette party at the end of January, and the highs were in the mid 70s to mid 80s, with the lows being in the high 50s (which was warmer than the highs back home in San Francisco that weekend). Our server at dinner commented that it was freezing cold (52 degrees) in December.

I have been to Palm Springs in the middle of August, which is the hottest month of the year, with average temperatures rising to 108 degrees. Yes, it is HOT, but here are plenty of ways to stay cool, including hanging  out in the pool (several of the hotels host pool parties during the summer months) or spa, and trekking up the aerial tram - at the top, it is a good 30 degrees cooler. One advantage of going in the middle of summer is that hotel rates tend to be lower. However, keep in mind that some restaurants and businesses take a summer break during this time.


WHERE TO STAY:
Palm Springs bachelorette party Ace Hotel

There are many options for accommodations for your Palm Springs bachelorette party. Depending on your party size, a vacation rental booked through VRBO or Airbnb (you can receive $40 off your first stay by using this link), can be a great option.

There are also many stylish, boutique hotels that are perfect home base for your Palm Springs bachelorette. We opted to stay at the Ace Hotel - we loved the fun, hipster chic vibe, and the fact that it has one of the best hotel pools in Palm Springs.


Palm Springs bachelorette party where to stay Ace Hotel

The rooms are stylish but minimalistic. There were six of us, so we got two adjoining rooms. There was also a fireplace area right outside our rooms that was a cozy spot that was perfect for hanging out. There was a group there who were roasting marshmallows and making s'mores and offered us some - so fun!

There is also an on-site spa, if you wanted some quality pampering and R&R during your Palm Springs bachelorette.

Other options for where to stay in Palm Springs:

The Saguaro: You can't help but feel happy at the Saguaro, with its bright, rainbow colors. This is also a fun place to stay for your Palm Springs bachelorette party. The Saguaro also has an awesome pool, with pool parties in the summer, as well as two on-site restaurants.

The Parker: For a taste of luxury in a stylish setting, the Parker makes an excellent home for your Palm Springs bachelorette weekend. The Jonathan Adler decorated property is super chic. It also has great pool facilities, and on-site dining options.

Sparrows Lodge: The Sparrows Lodge started as a 1950s retreat, but has been remodeled into a modern, rustic oasis in the middle of the desert. The rooms have no TV or phones, so you can really focus on spending some quality time with your girls! You can also hang out at the pool here.

Arrive Hotel: The Arrive Hotel is a chic newcomer to Palm Springs. The facilities have a modern, stylish vibe. There is also an awesome pool, bocce ball and ping pong courts, and fun events they put on throughout the week.


WHAT TO DO + SEE:
Palm Springs bachelorette party Ace Hotel pool


Palm Springs bachelorette party Ace Hotel pool

- Hang out poolside
Take advantage of all that sunshine - pool time is a MUST for any Palm Springs bachelorette party! Soak up the sun, sip on a refreshing cocktail, and hang out with your girls poolside. Many of the hotels in Palm Springs have an on-site pool that you can take advantage of as a hotel guest.

Palm Springs bachelorette party Ace Hotel pool

If your accommodations do not have a pool, or you want to check out a different pool, there are a few options. The Ace Hotel offers a day use pass. If you want some pool time but are on a budget, the pool at the Arrive hotel is free even for non-guests (except for special event days).

Palm Springs bachelorette party Ace Hotel pool

During the spring and summer months, several hotels host pool parties, which are perfect for your Palm Springs bachelorette party. Some of the best hotel pools in Palm Springs include the Ace and Saguaro and both of these have pool parties. Check each hotel's website for the most up-to-date schedule and info.


Palm Springs bachelorette party aerial tramway

Palm Springs bachelorette party Aerial Tramway

- Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway travels two miles, and ascends from 2600 to 8500 feet in just 10 minutes. The rotating tram car, which is also the world's largest, offers spectacular views of the valley as it takes you up to Mountain Station, where you will find observation decks, two restaurants, a natural history museum, and the entrance to Mr. Jacinto State Park.


Palm Springs bachelorette party Mt. Jacinto state park

Palm Springs bachelorette party Mt. Jacinto State Park

At Mt. Jacinto State Park, you will find over 50 miles of hiking trails, which makes it the perfect spot to escape into nature for a bit on your Palm Springs bachelorette. Keep in mind that you will now be in the mountains, and not the desert, which is a nice change of scenery. Also remember that temperatures will change accordingly. It can be 30-40 degrees cooler at the top - this is a welcome respite from the heat during the summer months, however, there may also be snow in the winter. For trail maps, current conditions, and more information, see here.


Palm Springs bachelorette party Joshua Tree National Park

- Take a day trip to Joshua Tree
Just an hour drive out of Palm Springs, spending one day at Joshua Tree is a must. Located where the high Mojave desert meets the low Colorado desert, the park features the unique desert flora, including the namesake plant (which is actually a type of yucca), large rock boulders, and more.

Palm Springs bachelorette party Joshua Tree National Park

You can choose to spend the whole day here, or only a few hours - either way,  Joshua Tree is definitely a must-see for your Palm Springs bachelorette party. There are 12 self-guided nature trails that start from the main park roads, which are perfect for exploring in one day in Joshua Tree. The wide open space and vast desert landscape makes it almost feel like you have the entire place to yourself.

Palm Springs bachelorette party Joshua Tree National Park

If you wish to spend more time at Joshua Tree, you can opt to hike into the backcountry, take a tour from the Visitor's Center, join a ranger program, or hike into one of five palm oases.

Palm Springs bachelorette party Joshua Tree Key's Point

After strolling though the magical desert landscape, it is worth driving up to Key's Point and taking in the view - on a clear day, you can see as far as Mexico, but otherwise you can admire the view of the So-Cal smog the valley and the surrounding mountains.

For more park information, see here. Other options for day trips for your Palm Springs bachelorette party include Salvation Mountain and the Salton Sea.



Palm Springs bachelorette party architecture

- Check out Palm Springs's modernist architecture
Palm Springs is famous for its mid-century modern architecture - there is even a weeklong festival dedicated to it! You can admire these sleek, modern homes, which were popularized in the 1920s, all over town. You may have heard of that famous pink door - this is a shining example of this style of architecture.

There are several ways to experience the modernist architecture in Palm Springs - one way is to just walk through its streets and admire the beautiful homes in town, that also double as some of the most Instagrammable places in Palm Springs. You can check out this great self-guided door tour here.  Other spots to check out around town include the Old Tramway Gas Station and City Hall.

For a more in-depth look into mid-century modern architecture, there are various guided tours that are offered. Another option is to do a tour of the famous Frey House.  For more information about available tours, see here. There is also a free map and app from PSModCom.



Palm Springs bachelorette party

- Go shopping!
What is a girls' trip without some good 'ol retail therapy? Downtown Palm Springs is lined with trendy and stylish boutiques, including the flagship store of Trina Turk, whose brand exemplifies the Palm Springs resort style. Many stores and boutiques can be found on South Palm Canyon, and you can make a shopping day out of browsing the shops on this street.

If you are looking to score some major deals, another option is to drive out to the Desert Hills Premium Outlets and Cabazon Outlets, located about a 20 minute drive away. Either way, there are plenty of options for getting your shop on at your Palm Springs bachelorette party.


PERFECT PHOTO SPOTS
With an abundance of color, stylish decor, all those palm trees, and desert oasis landscape, there's no doubt that Palm Springs is a super photogenic city. Want to know where to go to snap some Instagram-worthy shots of your squad from your Palm Springs bachelorette? Look no further for the most Instagrammable places in Palm Springs:


Most Instagrammable Places in Palm Springs The Parker

Most Instagrammable Places in Palm Springs The Parker

Most Instagrammable Places in Palm Springs  The Parker

Most Instagrammable Places in Palm Springs  The Parker

- The Parker 
4200 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

This stylish Jonathan Adler designed property looks straight out of the pages of an interior decor magazine - you will want to move in immediately! The lobby and the sitting area are perfect to snap some group shots, as well as the bar, and the iconic orange door outside. Definitely one of the most Instagrammable places in Palm Springs.



Most Instagrammable Places in Palm Springs Ace Hotel

Most Instagrammable Places in Palm Springs Ace Hotel

Most Instagrammable Places in Palm Springs Ace Hotel


- The Ace Hotel + Swim Club
701 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

You can't go wrong with that hipster chic vibe at the Ace Hotel. Some of the best photo spots here:
the Ace sign outside, the Block Shop Textiles wall, and the view from the deck in the pool area.



Most Instagrammable Places in Palm Springs pink door

- That Pink Door
1100 E Sierra Way, Palm Springs, CA 92264

This door became so popular as one of the most Instagrammable places in Palm Springs that the owners of the house created an Instagram page for it! This cute pink door makes a perfect backdrop for some photos to document your Palm Springs bachelorette party.

EDITED TO ADD JULY 2018: It seems that there is now a sign in front of the house requesting that visitors not take photos of it anymore - supposedly, the owners found it too overwhelming. 


Most Instagrammable Places in Palm Springs The Saguaro

Most Instagrammable Places in Palm Springs The Saguaro

Most Instagrammable Places in Palm Springs The Saguaro

- The Saguaro
1800 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

The rainbow-colored Saguaro was *made* for Instagram - all that bright, happy color makes the perfect setting for some photos from your Palm Springs bachelorette. The poolside area makes the best backdrop for photos, as well as the lobby and the exterior of the property. Definitely one of the most Instagrammable places in Palm Springs!



WHERE TO EAT + DRINK:
Palm Springs Bachelorette Norma's Brunch

Palm Springs Bachelorette Norma's Brunch

- Norma's
4200 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264 (inside the Parker hotel)

Get ready for one of the best brunches of your life at Norma's! It is on the pricier side, but well worth it. If you are a fan of sweet breakfast items, Norma's has an extensive menu of decadent French toasts, waffles, pancakes and more - it is almost like eating cake for breakfast, but how can you go wrong with that?! Their Eggs Benedicts are also divine - and made with pancakes instead of English muffins. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu here. It is a must-eat for your Palm Springs bachelorette party!


Palm Springs Bachelorette Cheeky's Brunch

- Cheeky's
622 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Two words: bacon flight! Seriously though, how can you go wrong with 5 pieces of bacon, all cooked and flavored in different ways? Cheeky's is known for their creative brunch dishes, with a seasonal menu that changes weekly. One of the most popular brunch spots in Palm Springs. Keep in mind that Cheeky's does not take reservations, so plan accordingly.


Palm Springs Bachelorette El Jefe
Palm Springs Bachelorette El jefe margaritas


- El Jefe
1800 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264 (inside the Saguaro Hotel)

Known as one of the best tequila bars in the county, you are guaranteed to have a great time at El Jefe. They have the BEST margaritas - careful though, they are STIFF! El Jefe also serves a full menu of modern Mexican fare. The fun, laid-back vibe makes it perfect for dinner or a night out, some drinks + snacks at happy hour, or some Sunday brunch.


Palm Springs Bachelorette King's Highway

- King's Highway + Amigo Room
701 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264 (inside the Ace Hotel)

Both located in the Ace Hotel, King's Highway is a converted Denny's exudes a hip, laid-back, Californian vibe. You can eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner here, but it is perfect for breakfast or lunch.  The cuisine is best described as "elevated diner" - diner classics with a modern spin. They also have a poolside menu. The cocktails here are also creative and tasty. The Amigo room is the attached lounge/bar. A fun spot that is perfect for after-dinner drinks and people watching, or a nightcap on the way back to your room at the Ace. They also have fun events throughout the week.


Palm Springs Bachelorette Birba

- Birba
622 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

With all that sunshine and (mostly) warm weather in Palm Springs, you must have an al fresco dinner. Birba is the perfect spot to dine outdoors at your Palm Springs bachelorette party. The greenery and white string lights hung in the patio make it a beautiful setting for a dinner with your girls. The rotating menu features a selection of eclectic Italian dishes, and creative cocktails.

- Koffi
515 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

For those coffee drinkers who MUST have their caffeine to function, Koffi is the perfect spot to grab your morning Joe. Located across the street from the Ace Hotel, Koffi has an on-site roasting room and also has pastries and quick breakfast bites.


Palm Springs Bachelorette Ice Cream and Shop(pe)

- Ice Cream & Shop(pe)
1551 N Palm Canyon Dr a, Palm Springs, CA 92262

This cute spot, located inside the Arrive hotel, doubles as an ice cream parlor, gift shop, AND Instagram spot - you totally have to get a shot with the "Palm Springs is Better" neon sign. Ice Cream & Shop(pe) features a list of rotating flavors, including Rosewater, Champagne, Salted Caramel, and more. The Rosewater is to die for!

- Great Shakes
160 S Palm Canyon Dr A, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Because how can you go wrong with a milkshake on a warm day? Great Shakes is located on South Palm Canyon Drive, right in the heart of downtown, which makes is great for an after-dinner treat, or a pick-me-up while shopping at one of the boutiques in the area.

WHAT TO BRING :
Here are some essentials to help make your Palm Springs bachelorette the best and most stylish yet!

Palm Springs Bachelorette Weekend Packing Guide

Left to right from top:
Pom Pom Swim Coverup // Blue Chiffon Maxi Skirt // Straw Hat // Black Slide Sandals  //
Flamingo Floatie // Bachelorette Essentials Kit (with sash, tiara, veil, banner, and tattoos) //
Flamingo Bikini // Pineapple Sippy Cup

NOTE: This post contains affiliate links. This means that I may receive a small commission when you purchase something from one of these links. 

Also please excuse the stamps on some of the photos. We brought some *eh-hem* sausage whistle necklaces.


Have you been to Palm Springs?
Looking for inspiration for how to plan the perfect Palm Springs bachelorette weekend? Read this guide to help you plan the perfect Palm Springs bachelorette weekend - what to do in Palm Springs, where to stay, what to eat, drink, pack, and more! This guide will give you some awesome bachelorette party ideas to help you plan that perfect Palm Springs girls' trip! #palmsprings #california #bacheloretteparty #bacheloretteideas #bacheloretteweekend





Comments

Can I just get you to plan my Bachelorette party (if I ever have one) please? This looks like everything I'd want to do! Especially the hiking and lazing poolside. I'll have to get to Palm Springs one day.
Claire said…
Palm Springs looks so cool! I have never really seen it before but I've love to go whether or not for my hen party! Amazing :)
Sami said…
This is an epic trip! I was in the area in November and I never went into the actual city of Palm Springs because I was traveling all over the place trying to pack in as much as I could! I am regretting it now. Your photos are gorgeous!
Odette said…
Oh I never knew there was so much to do in Palm Springs! I would give anything for that pool side right now, will definitely have to consider this as an option should I ever have a Bachelorette Party!
Erika said…
This post goes beyond the bachelorette party to serve as a everything-you-need-to-know about Palm Springs. My friends in LA talk about Palm Springs and the Ace Hotel but I had no idea how cool it is, from the architecture to the food and drinks! The ladies look amazing and I love all of photos! Great post.
Cassie said…
Love the colours in the photos. And that aerial tramway looks so cool. I now feel like I know what to do in Palm Springs! Thanks.
Kristine Li said…
I had to scroll up and look closer at the 'stamps', lol! Pretty photos for you girls' party!
Rosie Kerrigan said…
Oh this is SO LOVELY! And you are an amazing photographer, love these shots <3 Palm Springs are absolutely amazing, wish I could teleport there right now, really!!!
What a great idea! It looks like a lot of fun :)

And I really loved the photos you took.
Ellie said…
Palm Springs is one of those places I've only known about from American tv (lol) so it's interesting to learn a bit more about it - especially through such a comprehensive post!
MG said…
Palm springs looks like the perfect place to have a barchelorette! I loved your photos - it looks so dreamy. Will have to visit one of these days!
Scarlett said…
It looks like you guys had a blast! Congrats to the bride to be! Love all the Instafamous spots too!
Erin said…
I just went to Palm Springs for New Years! This post makes me miss it so much! It would be a great destination for a bachelorette getaway. I loved the boutique hotels, the architecture, the tram (how awesome that it drops you off in a gorgeous state park!), and Joshua Tree National Park next door. Your photos captured Palm Springs beautifully!
Jacky said…
That looks like you ladies had so much fun! I never had a bachelorette party before I got married, but if I had to choose, I'd like one like that, please :D
GirlInBlueCoat said…
Palm Springs sounds like a fun place to spend some time with girlfriends :)
Laura Gois said…
Beautiful photos! x
Kat said…
I love the colours of the Saguaro! What a perfect place for taking photos! :)
Pip said…
Oh wow, what an incredibly detailed post! I have already had my hen party (we call them hen parties in the UK) but I have sent this to my friend that lived in Tampa, as she is getting married next year. I'm sure this post will inspire her. xx who is getting
Ruth Rieckehoff said…
There are so many ideas in here! I am going back to Palm Spring in Feb or Mar. I need to stop by some of the places you mention in here. Last time I was in Palm Spring, we went to have brunch at a restaurant and the waiter told us the restaurant was completely booked at night for bachelorette parties. To take photos at the hotels, how do you go about that without staying there?
I've been to Palm Springs a couple of years ago and fell in love with the place! It's a great weekend getaway and you know what? My little sister also had her bachelorette party in Palm Springs and she had a blast!
Nafisa Habib said…
I'm jealous girls, wish to join you all :) Loving all shots. Well, let me imagine I'm walking through the road with the beauty of all palm trees, hehe. Thanks for sharing. Wish to visit Palm Springs one day!
Lily said…
This looks so fun!! Love all the bright, colorful photos!!
Carmelatte said…
Ahh can't wait for my bachelorette <3

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Kay said…
Sounds like a good idea for a bachelorette party! The girls at mine had me order pizza in Hungarian (a language I speak very badly) :D
chasing krista said…
love this post! and it is such perfect timing, so many wonderful ideas! and I LOVE the packing list, how smart! thanks for sharing!
stevenjared0853 said…
Wow, this guide about hosting successful Palm Springs bachelorette party is outstanding. I have just noted a lot of tips and inspirations from this post for my own bachelorette bash that I am going to host at one of the finest party venues in Los Angeles. Hoping that everyone would enjoy the day.
Laureen Lund said…
Not planning any bachelorette parties but this blog has awesome ideas for anyone visiting PS. THANKS!
Linnea said…
Love Palm Springs! Frankinbun is also a really cute hot dog place!
Angelica said…
Palm Springs looks so gorgeous! I'm still thinking about bachelorette options, but this is definitely now on the list!
Erin said…
Hanging out by the poolside in Palm Springs is such a classic road trip experience! I've got to try it at least once in my life! I love all the iconic shots you captured! Joshue Tree has always been on my list of places I want to plan a photo shoot. :)
Mo said…
OMG I have never been to Palm Springs but those bacon @ Cheeky's alone looks worthy of a trip (drool)! You should become a bachelorette party coordinator! Looks like you girls had an amazing time ;-)
It looks like you had so much fun! And what a place for a bachelorette ☺️
Anisa said…
I think Palm Springs is a great choice for a girls weekend. I think it could be fun as a couple too. I just love places that are warm in January! And a day trip to Joshua Tree sounds perfect.
Ana Ro said…
We stopped in Palm Springs during our road trip from Las Vegas to San Francisco and loved it so much. We have only planned to spend the night there and then continue further, but realised that there is so much more to do there. I now really want to come back for longer period.
Unknown said…
I think we need to do a girls trip here!
Definitely the perfect place for a bachelorette! Love all the color in your pics girl!
Katie Dickinson said…
This sounds so fun! And I'm super impressed that you were able to do so much. I'm actually a HUGE tequila fan so El Jefe has been on my list for a while (though I would be afraid that I would only go there the whole time and not experience all the other great spots lol)
Emma said…
You went to the pink door!! I really love how you've edited all your pics - such pretty pastels for such a beautiful place.

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