Our wedding will be held at The Avalon Hotel on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

See the schedule page for a full list of events throughout the weekend.

Even though a few days of lounging poolside is typically enough of an agenda for us, there are many amazing things to see and do to in the greater Palm Springs area. Some highlights below (and check out this Thrillist list for more options).




Joshua Tree National Park

Filled with spiky cacti-like trees and massive boulders, Joshua Tree is one of the most unique and breathtaking landscapes you can lay your eyes on. It’s an easy half day trip for a hike, but we recommend an overnight camping excursion for those spending extended time in the area.
(1 hr by car)



A quirky little slice of the Wild West, Pioneertown was established as a motion picture set for Hollywood stars like Roy Rogers and Gene Autry in the 1940s. Have a little wander down the main strip and head to Pappy & Harriet's, a classic roadhouse and music venue, for a cold beer or a top-notch Bloody Mary (more on that in the next section). 
(40 min by car)


Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain is a folk art sculpture in the form of a painted mountain created, maintained and once inhabited by a single man. One of the weirdest and coolest things ever! Near the Salton Sea, which is another desert oddity to check out.
(1.5 hrs by car)


Los Angeles

For those of you flying into the celebrations from far afield, LA is a convenient stop on the way into Palm Springs. The second largest city in the US, the City of Angels is a sprawling metropolis with way too many sights to sum up here. However, Dana has extensive knowledge of her old hometown so give us a buzz with any questions and we will excitedly guide you accordingly.
(2 hrs by car)



No trip to Palm Springs is complete without a Koffi coffee. Perfect for your morning fuel and a light breakfast. We recommend the iced cappuccinos, ordered extra-dry.


Workshop Kitchen & Bar

Creative American cuisine and great cocktails in a beautiful modern setting. Everything on the menu is legitimately delicious.


A rat pack hangout/white-tablecloth joint situated next to the Avalon, serving classic American fare (including Frank Sinatra's favorite, Steak Diane) and nightly entertainment.

El Mirasol

It's easy to feel like you're on vacation at our favorite Mexican spot. We recommend the chicken mole and margaritas (go ahead and order the large).


Delicious pizzas and small plates plus an excellent patio make Birba a great choice for a warm night.


Kings Highway

It's a great breakfast spot, but the diner attached to the Ace Hotel serves up great food all day long.


Mr Parker's

A great place to splurge on a truly excellent meal in a very dramatic setting (within the Parker Hotel).


Rooster and the Pig

Insanely good Vietnamese food (noodles!) and an excellent drinks list. Despite its humble surroundings (it's basically in a strip mall), this place gets very busy. Arrive early to avoid the wait.




Dead or Alive

Owned by one of Dana's friends, Dead or Alive is an exciting new addition to Palm Springs nightlife with a top notch beer and wine selection.


Pappy & Harriet's

Amazing barbecue, live music and people-watching in this legendary Pioneertown roadhouse. It's a bit far, so make sure to bring along your designated driver!


Bootlegger Tiki

Dim lighting and an extensive tiki menu makes this a new fave. It's small, so arrive early for a table.