Mental Spring Break in Palm Springs

by Ashley on April 14, 2014

Hi friends! Happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! As I mentioned last week, I took a mental spring break of my own and enjoyed some time with my girls out in Palm Springs, California. Tonight’s post is simply a recap of some of my favorite moments and is extremely photo heavy so don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Let’s dive right in!

We were welcomed by the heat the minute we stepped off the airplane with this incredible view…

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…and then enjoyed a toast at The Parker Hotel to kick things off!

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Food

We had some pretty incredible meals but I did a pretty poor job of photographing a lot of the good stuff. Here are a few meals that I did get, however!

Breakfast

On our way in, we picked up some groceries to ensure that breakfast wasn’t overlooked. Breakfast on the patio with this view was a pretty incredible way to start the day…

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Most mornings started with oats, yogurt and coffee, per usual…

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Hot oats with bananas, berries and pepitas.

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A green smoothie made to use up the last of the groceries which included mixed greens, apple, banana, carrots, and avocado, along with raw oats mixed with banana, apples, nuts and Greek yogurt.

Lunch

Lunch was different everyday.

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Kale soup and a fruit cup for lunch while laying over in San Francisco.

Cheeky’s, apparently a Palm Springs must visit, was definitely my favorite…

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French Toast with an apricot glaze and fresh raspberries to share for an app along with a veggie packed Bloody Mary.

More drinks than we knew what to do with!

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Fresh pressed juice featuring kale, apple, carrot, beets and more; Bloody Mary’s to go around; Blue Bottle Coffee which is flown in fresh daily from Oakland.

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Kale and Quinoa salad featuring pepitas, chopped dates and a lemon vinaigrette – definitely going to be recreating this one at home!

Other lunches included a Mediterranean salad with hummus at the spa and another mixed green salad with garbanzo and black beans pool side. Typing this made me realize just how many salads were consumed this trip, however, no complaints here!

Dinner

Don’t you worry, along with all of the salads we enjoyed several lovely dinners, which definitely included a few French fries one night.

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I’m pretty bummed that is the only dinner picture I took but other nights included fish tacos at Adobe Grille at The Waldorf Astoria La Quinta Resort and Club (cool atmosphere and great food as pictured below), homemade salad night and tapas at Tinto inside the Saguaro Hotel.

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Active

I was happy to mix up the lounging time (see below) and the delicious food with a little bit of activity too.

I started the first day with morning sprints (5 minute jog warm up, 30 seconds sprint, 30 seconds walk x 20 minutes, 10 minute walk cool down) with this view…

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Along with a few handstands…

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We also took a long hike through Indian Canyons which was a nice little mix up to my usual fitness regimen, especially with this view…

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No activity is complete without a little yoga!

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 Breath taking views the entire hike.

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Not pictured: We also enjoyed a little bit of time in the hotel gym for a upper body circuit and a short Swirkit cardio session Saturday morning.

Relax/Fun

As I mentioned last week, my main goal for this trip was to relax, clear my mind, enjoy long, deep convos with friends, have fun and simply rest. I really feel like this trip was the perfect combo of all of those things!

The first day was a spa day spent lounging by the pool and hot tub, sweating in the sauna and letting the stress go with a deep tissue massage.

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Most nights included long dinner chats with the kind of laughter that makes you cry/gives you abs, which were definitely a highlight of the trip…

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Dinner at Adobe

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Terrible photo quality but fun none the less… after dinner at Rockwood Grill.

More pool lounging time at the Ace Hotel (another Palm Springs must visit) was also pretty incredible…

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We wrapped up the incredible week at Tinto for lots of yummy Spanish wine, tapas to share and great conversation.

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A successful trip to say the least!

What’s your favorite kind of vacation? Go, go, go? Relax? Or a combo of both? As you can see, I enjoy a combo of both!

Have a great Monday my friends!

Good health!

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