Over the weekend, we packed up the kids and drove down to Palm Springs. It’s only about ninety minutes from us (unless there’s bad traffic), so it’s a perfect and easy getaway, and it feels like we’re on vacation even though we’re pretty close to home.

We stayed at the gorgeous Ritz Carlton, Rancho Mirage, and it made for the best weekend. The hotel staff was absolutely amazing and paid such special attention to my boys (they brought out a wagon of stuffed animals right as we checked in and let my boys each choose one, and then led them over to the candy bar where they each filled a cup with treats — they were in heaven!)
After a dinner at Matchbox, where I would highly recommend the sopressata and mushroom pizza, we walked around downtown and found a little frozen yogurt shop (my boys fave!) and stopped for a cup.

When we got back to the hotel, it was still early (and of course warm) enough for an evening swim, so we headed down to the family pool. The entire pool is only four feet deep, so the boys felt comfortable enough to swim around (or in F’s case, scoot hand over hand around the entire pool on the ledge). Everyone must have been at dinner still, because we had the whole pool to ourselves, which we loved.

The next morning, after a jumping on the bed session, we headed outside again. We played lawn games for a little bit (corn hole, bocce ball, and ladder ball), and then were off to the pool.
Fos fell asleep at the pool after a few hours, so we headed back up to the room where he promptly decided nap time was over. So we played in the hotel room for a bit, and then went down to the Ritz Kids club where we introduced the boys to foosball, ping pong, and jenga.
You can pay to leave your kids there during the day, but if you go in with them it’s free. So while the weather was scorching outside, we stayed cool inside and played. Fos playing ping pong up on the table was killing me — he was trying so hard to hit the ball without running off the table.
That night, the hotel hosted us at their State Fare signature restaurant. I always like to take waiter’s recommendations, so when he recommended the avocado fries for an appetizer and the short rib for dinner, we chose both. And they were both amazing — especially the short rib. So flavorful and so tender.
We finished with two desserts to share — the funnel cake with berries and nutella, and the brownie with salted caramel ice cream, which I was thrilled to discover when it arrived at our table that it was more of a molten cake (my favorite dessert!) than a brownie. Both were heavenly.
That night, we walked around the property and let the kids run around on the grass for a long time to burn off all their energy before bed. As we headed back to the room, we stopped to look through the hotel telescope and were able to see the planet Saturn. You could even see its rings so clearly! It was definitely one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen, and B was so excited.
For our final morning, we all slept in and lazed around in the room until it was time for brunch. The State Fare restaurant has a beautiful brunch with made-to-order omelets, tons of fresh fruit, breads, cheese, meat, amazing house-made granola, baked goods, and they even brought us special chocolate croissants from the kitchen since they ran out before we got there. Definitely a good way to end the trip.
Also, I’m trying to be better about documenting our travel with video since I love going back and watching old videos of my family. So I threw together a quick video of our weekend and put it up in my new YouTube channel. I’m brand new to the editing part (well, and the filming with my DSLR part), but it was a fun learning process and I’m excited to do more in the future!A huge thanks to the Ritz Carlton for a fun weekend!
OUTFIT DETAILS: my swimsuit available is right here and comes in a few different colors, my coverup is no longer available in yellow, but it’s in stock in black and white right here. My hat is under $25 and is definitely a favorite. And my bag is available right here, and although it’s a diaper bag, it’s perfect for the pool or the beach because it’s waterproof and has tons of pockets.