Day Tripping to Palm Springs - Sammy Makes Six

Day Tripping to Palm Springs

This post is sponsored by Palm Springs but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

We've been living in the Inland Empire for over 8 years and had never visited Palm Springs before, even though we are only about 40 minutes away. But when recently we got to pay a visit as part of a collaboration with Visit Palm Springs, we had to jump at the chance. And even though we could have taken the entire family on this day trip - we decided to make a shopping day of it and leave all of the kids behind. 


It's not often that we get to spend a kid-free day and Palm Springs is actually a perfect destination for a really relaxing and fun adults-only day. We will be returning soon with the whole brood but we're super stoked to have gone on our lonesome this first time around, it really gave us the opportunity to cover a lot more ground and find some places we definitely want to revisit. Here is just a quick look at a few of our favorites spots so far, with tons of photos!


The Corridor: a specialty shopping center full of great little shops and an open courtyard. You can grab a coffee at koffi and sit in the courtyard, taking a breather and just enjoying the beautiful open space. There's tons of seating available and I love that it's a pooch-friendly space!


We definitely recommend checking out koffi for a delicious coffee experience. 


And then what had to be one of our favorite finds, Just Fabulous. This is a gift boutique that you will want to get lost in for hours, they just have so many things to look at and discover, I wanted some of everything. 


Books, art, greeting cards, Palm Springs mementos, you name it they have it. This is one of those shops that you can turn to when looking for a gift for that hard to shop for person in your life. It's also a great place to find that perfect coffee table book that's missing in your living room. 


And you must stop by if nothing else to check out all of the beautiful Christmas trees which are on display. There were so many fun colors, my favorite I think was the red which I couldn't get a photo of because the store was jam-packed. Plus, the ornaments are so fun!


The Corridor is going to be a must-have stop next time we're in Palm Springs, I highly suggest you mark it down for a visit on your next Palm Springs visit too. 


Now for what had to be our favorite store: Palm Springs Vinyl Records & Collectables. 


As fans of music and movies, we were so excited by this shop and by the selection. You can find everything from DVD's, tapes, records, movie prints and of course so many gift ideas.  


With a few birthdays and the holidays right around the corner, we were able to find some more unique gifts that we would not have found had we not stopped in here. This is definitely another store that we highly suggest marking down for your next Palm Springs visit.


Being aficionados of anything sweet, we did manage to hit many of the candy stores in the area. We stopped in at Lolli and Pops for some gelato and then checked out the massive selection of goods. This is another must-have stop we have to make when we bring the children, they will love it. 


We'd read about The Galleria on the drive up and could not wait to check it out. This cluster of small shops is located on North Palm Canyon Drive and includes ten of the most charming small shops, perfect for finding all kinds of treasures: art, furnishings, etc.


The shop windows at The Galleria are just a treat for the senses. 


This was my favorite piece, which can be found right in the middle of the central atrium at The Galleria. Unfortunately, she is way over my price range.


Rocket Fizz was another one of the amazing candy and goods stores that we had to check out. Here we found all of our favorites, including the largest assortment of cream sodas I have ever seen and Mexican candies. In fact, they had a selection of candy from around the world so there is something for everyone. Can you tell we love sweets?


Did I mention there was free salt water taffy samples? Yes!


Of course, we also wanted to bring a small candy gift to my mom that was a little more her style so we stopped at Palm Springs Fudge and Chocolates, for a few goodies for her. 


Mr. G's for kids was the perfect way to end our trip to Palm Springs. If we'd bought the kids with us they would have been in pure heaven because this shop is filled with toys and gifts, and just about everything you could think of that would make kids happy. 


We popped in for a handful of stocking stuffers and will definitely be back to bring the kiddos. 


Palm Springs has a lot more that we need to discover, on this one day trip I feel like we have barely scratched the surface. For us, this day was more about shopping for the holidays, and enjoying some time off from the kids, but there are so many more experiences that we need to come back and do as a family. 


I've already started noting down museums and attractions we have to check out plus a lot more locally owned stores that we want to stop at on our next trip. If you take a trip down soon I highlight suggest making a note of some of the places we've shared in this post, plus the Palm Springs Walk of Stars and maybe a few restaurants. Plan your next Palm Springs trip by using this handy guide to help you hit all the right spots!