Palm Springs

The Lands in Palm Springs: The Korakia

Our final stop on our Palm Springs honeymoon was the Korakia Pensione. I loved this spot. The Korakia Pensione is a Mediterranean-style, small boutique hotel tucked away in the quiet neighborhood of downtown Palm Springs (you wouldn’t know that it was so close to the bustling downtown area—it’s incredibly quiet and serene!)

The Lands in Palm Springs: The Korakia Pensione | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Palm Springs: The Korakia Pensione | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Palm Springs: The Korakia Pensione | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Palm Springs: The Korakia Pensione | The Northwest Woman

Each morning we started with a home-cooked, complimentary breakfast in the Korakia’s Moroccan courtyard, followed by a dip in the pool.

The Lands in Palm Springs: The Korakia Pensione | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Palm Springs: The Korakia Pensione | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Palm Springs: The Korakia Pensione | The Northwest Woman

After exploring out in Joshua Tree for about half our trip, it was nice to pamper ourselves a little back in town. When we weren’t at the pool, Matt and I walked a couple blocks from the Korakia to downtown Palm Springs to explore local coffee, eats, and all the awesome mid-century vintage shops. It’s a wonder we didn’t come home with crates of vintage purchases!

The Lands in Palm Springs: The Korakia Pensione | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Palm Springs: The Korakia Pensione | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Palm Springs: The Korakia Pensione | The Northwest Woman

On our last full evening in Palm Springs, we went out to dinner at The Purple Palm at the Colony Palms Hotel and shared plates of scallop risotto, grilled octopus, brioche brulee, and more. After dinner, we walked in the cool of the evening to get date shakes at Great Shakes for (second) dessert—no Palm Springs experience is complete without a date shake, if you ask me!

The Lands in Palm Springs: The Korakia Pensione | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Palm Springs: The Korakia Pensione | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Palm Springs: The Korakia Pensione | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Palm Springs: The Korakia Pensione | The Northwest Woman

On our trip, we brought along an Instax camera to take some fun, instant photos. We aren’t really “souvenir people,” but snapping photos during our trip with the Instax was a great way to take home more personal mementos from the trip.

The Lands in Palm Springs: The Korakia Pensione | The Northwest Woman

The Details

Location: The Korakia in Palm Springs, CA.

Eating: Breakfast at The Korakia, dinner at The Purple Palm at The Colony Palms Hotel, date shakes at Great Shakes in downtown Palm Springs, coffee at Koffi and Ernest Coffee in downtown Palm Springs.

Favorites:

  • Bumping into our Seattle friends, Cody & Emily, downtown at lunch!
  • Walking around downtown Palm Springs drinking date shakes.
  • Pool time at The Korakia—so relaxing!

Photos by Matt and Erin Land.

We’re in Martha Stewart Weddings!

The Lands in Palm Springs

We had so much fun on our honeymoon in Palm Springs and Joshua Tree, and it’s so special and exciting to see our trip featured in the Spring 2016 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings!

The Lands in Joshua Tree

Our second stop on our honeymoon trip, after Palm Springs, was in Joshua Tree, California. The drive out from Palm Springs was really incredible, traveling through changing desert landscapes and giant fields of tall windmills.

We picked a side trip to Joshua Tree for the national park, hikes, and peace and quiet. This area is definitely not resort-y like Palm Springs—you’re either camping in the national park or staying nearby in a rental home. We found some really great places to stay via Airbnb, and it was a nice break to have a place all to ourselves and cook our favorite meals together for the first time as a married couple.

If you plan to stay in a vacation rental like we did, I’d recommend stopping to get groceries and other essentials before entering Joshua Tree—Joshua Tree doesn’t have much to it but a gas station, two or three small cafes, the park center, and some art shops. If you like to try new types of coffee, Joshua Tree Coffee Company is an awesome roaster to check out—we really liked the Mellow Ethiopian, a light roast coffee.

We pulled into our Airbnb rental in Joshua Tree around dinner time, and got right to whipping up some homemade guacamole for a desert happy hour.

The Lands in Joshua Tree | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Joshua Tree | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Joshua Tree | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Joshua Tree | The Northwest Woman

We ended up staying in two different vacation homes in Joshua Tree. Neither had internet, which was super refreshing to unplug and spend time, just the two of us, hiking and soaking in the sun.

One of my favorite parts about our first vacation rental was the hot tub looking out into the hills that make up the backside of the national park. One afternoon, I was taking a nap and woke up to see Matt sipping some bourbon, and wearing my sunglasses, in the tub. I had to snap some photos, it was too good!

The Lands in Joshua Tree | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Joshua Tree | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Joshua Tree | The Northwest Woman

Our second stay was in a home called The Boulder House. Once we arrived, we found out that it’s actually a pretty prominent piece of architecture! The house is constructed on the outside to resemble the natural, desert landscape of Joshua Tree—from far away it doesn’t even look like a house, just a small patch of trees and large boulders. But once you get closer, the house is a modernist oasis.

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One of my favorite memories was an all-day excursion we took into Joshua Tree National Park. Our good friends, Ben and Beth, drove out from Los Angeles to come join us at the park to drive around and climb some giant rocks!

The Lands in Joshua Tree | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Joshua Tree | The Northwest Woman

Thank you to Ben and Beth for snapping photos of me and Matt and making the trek to come hang out with us—you two are awesome!

The Lands in Joshua Tree | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Joshua Tree | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Joshua Tree | The Northwest Woman

The Northwest Woman - The Lands in Joshua Tree

The Lands in Joshua Tree | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Joshua Tree | The Northwest Woman

I love this shot of Ben, Beth, and I walking through the park—#ThatHairFlip, Beth.

The Lands in Joshua Tree | The Northwest Woman

The Details

Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, rental homes via Airbnb

Eating: Joshua Tree Coffee Roasters coffee beans, Matt’s homemade guacamole & tacos

Favorites:

  • Hiking & climbing around Joshua Tree National Park.
  • Soaking in the hot tub outside our Airbnb rental.
  • Eating lots of fresh, homemade guacamole!

Photos by Erin, Matt, and Ben & Beth.

Don’t miss part one of our honeymoon trip at The Saguaro Palm Springs!

We’re in Martha Stewart Weddings!

The Lands in Palm Springs

We had so much fun on our honeymoon in Palm Springs and Joshua Tree, and it’s so special and exciting to see our trip featured in the Spring 2016 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings!

The Lands in Palm Springs: The Saguaro

About one year ago, Matt and I went on our honeymoon to Palm Springs, which was the perfect break from Seattle’s cold and rainy March. One of my favorite wedding publications wanted to share our photos (click here for a peek!) so I’ve been holding off on posting snaps from our trip until now! I’ll be breaking the photos up into three posts, by location, and sharing some of our favorite memories and highlights from the trip.

During our three-month engagement, I have to say that our honeymoon vacation was one of my favorite things to dream about and plan with Matt. Time constraints eliminated a lot of far-away, international trips, so we started to think of places neither of us had been to that would entail little planning and maximum relaxation.

Palm Springs met our criteria perfectly! We love everything mid-century modern, and a two-states-away location with a long list of spots to lounge poolside sounded like heaven while we were planning in the middle of Washington State’s dreary, late winter.

The Lands in Palm Springs | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Palm Springs | The Northwest Woman

We ultimately decided to sandwich a trip to Joshua Tree National Park between two stays in Palm Springs. Our first stop was at The Saguaro Palm Springs, a hip and colorful spot in the heart of Palm Springs.

The Lands in Palm Springs | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Palm Springs | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Palm Springs | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Palm Springs | The Northwest Woman

The pool was our favorite thing about staying at The Saguaro—it’s a fun and colorful spot surrounded by beautiful gardens, complete with a poolside bar and bocce ball courts. This was our first taste of the sun in about five months, so laying poolside all day felt great!

The Lands in Palm Springs | The Northwest Woman

The colorful setting, palm trees, and almost-too-perfect lawns were giving me serious Barbie Dream House vibes.

The Lands in Palm Springs | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Palm Springs | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Palm Springs | The Northwest Woman

The Lands in Palm Springs | The Northwest Woman

Palm Springs: The Details

Location: The Saguaro, Palm Springs, CA.

Eats: El Jefe at The Saguaro Palm Springs (we loved the guacamole, margaritas, and tacos)

Favorites: The Saguaro pool & gardens

Photos by Matt and Erin.

We’re in Martha Stewart Weddings!

The Lands in Palm Springs

We had so much fun on our honeymoon in Palm Springs and Joshua Tree, and it’s so special and exciting to see our trip featured in the Spring 2016 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings!

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