There are moments in life when things just are. Do you know what I mean? Those moments when all in the world is at peace, where you don’t worry about what is happening tomorrow or next week, where that argument from parking the car melts to insignificance and you are fully present.
On our road trip from Grand Rapids (Michigan) to Los Angles, Drew and I made one last stop in Palm Springs before heading to our new home in Southern California.
It had been quite the week of driving. We stopped in Chicago, Denver, and Las Vegas on our drive out and we were exhausted. Planning a wedding, getting married, and moving in a three month span will nearly kill you, and then driving roughly 36 hours across the country on top of that made for two very tiered travelers. But this was the semi-final stretch, we were golden.
The windmills hummed in a silent chorus, their giant fins waving, sending invisible ripples through the sky over head as we drove down the 10, from desert into paradise. Palm Springs is a bit of an anomaly to me. As you drive in, everything around you feels dry and desolate, but there is this point, where all of a sudden, everything is lush. The air changes and everything is green and welcoming, its a bazar phenomenon I highly recommend you experience. We pulled into the Ace, checked in, argued while parking the car (yeah, that happened, not just a life lesson for your benefit), and then something changed. I would even go so far as to say that the Ace is magic.
We slid the key card into the lock, pushed the door to our room open, and a feeling of ease settled over us both. The design and air of the hotel makes you feel like you are staying at your best friends place (your really cool best friend who has excellent ascetic taste). There are two salt water pools(one is a bit more chill for lounging and relaxing, the other is larger, and more of a party scene) community fire places strategically placed between lodgings and epic spaces like the star gazing deck that make the beautiful grounds transport you to another place, a place of calm and contentment.
As I mentioned before, Drew and I are terrible at relaxing, but I kid you not, we did not leave the Ace for two whole days (that is a big deal for us, normally we check in and then leave the hotel to go explore)! We ate there (the food is fantastic), slept there, played, laid out in the sun, read books, made friends, and relaxed, it was amazing.
We were there over Labor Day which made for a great vibe. There was a DJ playing pool side all day and everyone was in a fantastic mood, eating, drinking and playing in the cool refreshing waters. We sat on the steps to the pool, relaxing in the water, ordering Margs and Singapour Slings for the majority of the day, does it get better than that?
That night the magic continued. Monday nights at the Ace are ment for nothing more than Sissy Bingo. The lovely Linda Gerard hosts and let me tell you, she is one for the books! A former broadway gem, Linda sings to you as you play and hands out treats for guessing the song right. Drew and I sat at the bar, munching on french fries playing two bingo cards each and smiling all the while. A night for the books to say the least.
All good things must come to an end however. And so the next day,we sat on our deck, with a room service breakfast of eggs with hash browns and a pot of french press coffee over looking paradise, taking it all in before heading out to the last stretch of our journey. A perfect end to a perfect stay.
P.S. Confession, we may have worked just a little, and worked out one of the days, but it was very relaxed work… and working out is just good for you, so thats ok right?