We understand we are asking a lot of our guests to travel a long way to our wedding. (Thank you!) Our hope is that by celebrating in a resort that is reasonably easy to get to, our guests can make a vacation of their stay in Palm Springs. Below is a list of some of the ways to get there - certainly not the be-all and end-all, but a good beginner's guide for those who need it!
Palm Springs International Airport connects to many US cities.
If traveling from the UK, you have two main options:
If traveling from DC, there are no direct flights, but many options for changing across the US. Driving from LA is a good option, too.
If traveling from NYC, JetBlue flies direct - but flights are seasonal. Keep checking with the airline. Regardless, driving from LA is a good option!
Driving Directions from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): (approx. 2hrs) - it's a fun drive!
From the airport, take 105-E to Exit 18 on the I-605-N. At Exit 19, merge onto CA-60-E and follow it all the way to Exit 111, Palm Springs.
As you’re driving into town, be sure to stop for date milkshakes at Hadley Fruit Orchards in Cabazon and take in the sight of the iconic wind turbines welcoming you to the high desert.
Rental cars are available from the airport. We recommend getting a car if you're interested in day trips from Palm Springs. We can team people up for any group excursions.
We've also recently had a good experience with Turo - like AirBnb for cars. You rent directly from owners, so can be a cheaper and more flexible option.
Uber and other cab companies are available in Palm Springs.
The wedding venue is a hotel - The Avalon Hotel and Bungalows. Staying at The Avalon is a fantastic and easy option and we encourage all our wedding guests to stay here, at least for the night of (and before) the wedding.
Beyond that, there are so many fantastic accommodation options, the world (well, the Mojave desert) is your oyster. The following is a tiny guide for those who need it, but please don't hesitate to contact us for any intel on anywhere else - we want you to love Palm Springs much as we do (and invite us with you when you come back).
FYI - we will be staying in a rented house in Palm Springs in the week leading up to the celebrations.
There's a reason we picked The Avalon for our wedding. It's a beautiful historic boutique hotel hidden between downtown PS and the base of the San Jacinto mountains. Oh, and there are 3 pools and a great restaurant. Our weekend hotel block has filled up, but please buzz us if you are interested in staying there and we can keep you posted if rooms open up. Weekend wellness and fitness centers are complimentary for guests of our wedding.
The Ace Hotel and Swim Club: This converted motel is one of our favorite spots. Those of you from London and NYC will be familiar with The Ace, but the Palm Springs outpost has a life of its own that mixes party-fun with relaxation in a unique and awesome way.
The Parker: The upscale Parker is another of our favorites. Expect beautiful gardens, two great pools and two great restaurants, all with a classy personality. We recommend stopping by for a cocktail at the very least.
Colony Palms: A Mediterranean-themed villa that is a (hot 20 min) walk from The Avalon. Once owned by a reputed mobster, its history is immediately evident as is the peacefulness conjured from its gardens and patios.
The Riviera: Well-priced and well appointed rooms a short drive from the Avalon. Good mid-century vibes going here!
Sparrows Lodge: A boutique hotel that was one of the original resort getaways for The Hollywood Elite. Completely restored with a campground vibe, this peaceful lodge is a great option for those looking to chill out. Heads up - there's a no-children policy.
Korakia Pensione: Straddling a very quiet road, this Moroccan-meets-Mediterranean style Pensione is as beautiful as it is relaxing.
One of the most cost-efficient options, renting a house is also a great option for those who want to have a more intimate vacation with groups small to large. Palm Springs has more than its fair share of beautiful properties - whether its nestled up in the hills, or an ultra-modern bachelor pad, there will be a spot for you. Just look out for some shade and a pool, you'll want it in May in the desert!