If you follow me on Instagram (which obviously you do, because it's great), you may have noticed that I recently had a little romantic getaway with the bae (I feel like I just became 5 years younger by using that word). As Californians, we're extremely lucky to have so many amazing places to escape to (and all within the one state, because who would risk going somewhere that doesn't have an In N' Out?), including wine country, SB, SD, SF, the mountains, and the desert. The Bae and I chose the latter most locale, opting to take a little desert getaway at Sparrow's Lodge in Palm Springs. A fairly new lodge in the heart of Palm Springs, Sparrow's Lodge is a little hipster haven that's as beautiful as it is trendy. With only 20 guest rooms, a pool, a bar/barn area, a garden, and small lobby area, Sparrow's Lodge provides an intimate escape with minimalistic amenities to make your vacation all about relaxation.
The decor has a rustic modernity to it, marked with wood, brick, and stone details. There's one pool and jacuzzi, with guest rooms flanked on either side. The barn has been converted into a bar (which is conveniently both the check-in area and sangria-provider), with a center island surrounded by bar stools and a cozy couch area. The bar stays open until 2am, serving laid-back folks who make use of the small collection of board games and decks of cards.
Guest rooms also have that rustic modern aesthetic, with an open floor plan that converges with the sink, tub, and shower (thankfully, there's a door to the toilet). The shower is large and open, providing guests with argan-oil bath products that are much nicer than the typical hotel provisions. Wooden benches and leather chairs provide plenty of sitting and lounging space, while some rooms come with their own terraces. However, I feel I must mention that our room didn't have a closet, but only a small rack with a few hangers and a "shoe" cubby. As someone who always overpacks and prefers to not live out of a suitcase, this was slightly distressing to me, but not a deal-breaker.
The staff was warm and friendly, if not very cool and casual. The whole place seems built for romantic getaways, with only guests over 21 years old allowed, and most rooms only having one Queen-sized bed. Suited for those trying to escape hectic city life, the rooms don't have TVs, radios, clocks, or any other electronic devices, but a few outlets for charging phones and laptops. Overall, the experience was a really wonderful escape. Spending the day by the pool, reading, or playing cards while sipping on delicious sangria felt like lost vacations past-times. I would love to go back, spend a few more nights there, and really commit to this minimalistic getaway thing. Maybe I'll even leave my phone at home next time.