One of the best parts of living in a vacation destination? Friends and family actually take you up on your invitation to come visit (having a pool might be a sizable influence — next to my sparkling personality, naturally). While living in Detroit on the other hand? Only family comes to visit — and not even all of them. But I digress.


Riviera Resort & Spa Palm Springs


So, this weekend was a real treat having two separate friends visit  at the same time. We all had a smashing time at The Riviera Resort & Spa here in Palm Springs. Originally built in 1959 as a Vegas-style resort, The Riviera was once the playground of Rat Packers Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, and also saw the likes of  The King himself, Elvis Presley (which might explain why I saw an Elvis crossing the road nearly a week earlier).


The Riviera Resort & Spa Palm Springs


The Riviera was renovated and reopened in 2008 and is a study in over-the-top Hollywood Regency glamour verging on kitsch, but in the most delightful way possible. On this Father’s Day Sunday, the pool scene alone made us all feel like we were in an episode of the TV show Las Vegas, minus Josh Duhamel but complete with bikini clad silicone. Not usually my cup of tatas, but with a fish taco in one hand and a frozen peachy drink in the other, you found no complaints coming from me — or my amigos. Highlights? The floating Fatboys in the grand pool (I need to get my hands on one of those), the poolside cabanas and the decor, including the dramatic chairs and Ann Carrington-esque art (see the faces fashioned as coins above).


Rock Reach House, Yucca Valley, California & Pappy & Harriet's


And no visit to Palm Springs for first time visitors would be complete without a visit to what has become our weekend destination Pappy & Harriet’s and the Rock Reach House by Blue Sky Homes. Hope your weekend was a lovely adventure xx!

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