After a few years without any time off, we decided to take a long needed Summer vacation to Palm Desert. We chose Palm Desert for the close proximity to Los Angeles and the amazing value. Three days of swimming in the sunshine and napping in the shade was exactly what this family needed to recharge.
After researching vacation spots within driving distance we settled on Palm Desert. With it being only 120 miles outside of the city, it was the perfect distance for a road trip.
Road trips with a toddler can seem scary but, it just takes a bit of preparation.
Toddler Road Trip 5 Tips and Must Haves:
- Schedule Trip Around Nap Time: Plan on leaving at about the time your toddler takes their regular nap. JR loves this mirror. The snooze feature plays the most relaxing lullabies and puts him to sleep in no time.
- Snacks: Stock up on pretzel sticks and goldfish. Plus, be sure to keep those spill-proof sippy cups filled.
- Favorite Toys: Pack a bag of your little one’s favorite toys and place it within arm’s reach in the back seat. Allow them to pull their toys from the bag when they feel like rotating through their selection.
- Plan a Pit Stop: We stopped at the Desert Premium Outlets for a little retail therapy. It was a great place to grab a snack and walk around before reaching our final destination.
- Emergency Plan: If your little one becomes inconsolable, make a contingency plan. Pull over and stretch your legs, have dad sit in the back seat to make silly faces or pop in your baby’s favorite CD to sing along.
Family Friendly Resort
After a being on the road for 2 hours we were so excited to pull into the long palm tree lined driveway of the Westin Mission Hills. The resort had wonderful service from the valet to the registration desk. We arrived a bit early on a Wednesday afternoon but, were provided the room keys right away.
The resort was quite large so, we were given a map and advised to drive near to a parking lot closer to our room where we could park during our stay.
The room was on the second floor of a 2-story walk up and was quite roomy, very clean and frigid – perfect way to beat the desert heat.
We put on our swim suits and ran over to the pool. A lively game of volleyball was in action, there were plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas, plus, a fun water slide perfect for pre-teens.
Relax & Recharge
Before arriving to palm desert, we had planned on visiting The Living Desert park and riding the Aerial Tramway but, once we were settled in at the resort, we couldn’t pull our selves out of the pool.
We did venture out for dinner both nights we were in Palm Desert. The first night we stumbled into a tiny Mexican restaurant, located in a strip mall, with live music and a packed dining room.
The next night we were craving pizza and looked on Yelp for a suggestion, Billy Q’s did not disappoint. We brought it back to our room to eat on the bed and watch movies. Daddy and JR fell asleep on me before 7:30pm. I was able to read magazines, watch whatever I wanted on TV and sip on a refreshing coconut water until I fell asleep at 9:00 pm. It was a wild and crazy night, thats for sure! hah
The next morning, we packed up our belongings and headed to the pool for one last swim. After getting a few hours in the sun, it was time for JR’s nap, so we hit the road.
The trip was a relaxing success and Johnny said he can’t wait for our Summer vacation next year. Palm Desert is apparently now “his thang”.
Where did you travel for your Summer vacation this year? Any road trips in Southern California? Share your fun trips in the comments below!