The Betches’ Bachelorette Guide To Palm Springs
Palm Springs, California is the perfect bachelorette location when you’re like, 30 and over the Vegas club scene. It’s a balance of sun, relaxation, and still a steady nightlife and plenty of places to go out. I literally just got back from a bachelorette party that I planned in PS, so I know everything about everywhere to go. Palm Springs is known for being beautiful, having fabulous restaurants, and being a largely gay community. Meaning: all the guys are gorgeous and totally respectful as they just simply aren’t interested. It’s the absolute best.

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Good Morning Palm Springs!

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How To Get There

I live in LA, so we drove out. If you plan around traffic, the drive is only two hours. We left at ~9am and got there a little after 11am, which is perfect for max pool time. Whatever you do, do NOT leave Friday afternoon thinking you’ll make it to PS before sundown. You’ll get stuck in a traffic nightmare that could take you five hours to get there! If you have people flying in from out of town, they can either fly into LAX and drive out, or Palm Springs actually has its own tiny airport! Which is way easier and more chic than the nightmare that is LAX. Keep in mind when planning your trip that PS in the desert, meaning it’s got extreme temperatures. If you go in the winter, it will be cold AF—although cheap for sure—but you won’t get to enjoy any pool time, which is half the point of going. If you go in the summer, expect 120+ degree temps (SERIOUSLY). Spring is prime time to go, but also more expensive, so plan accordingly. The temperature is hot and sunny but a much more bearable ~90 degrees during the day and ~60-70 at night. And for the love of God, do not go over Coachella weekend unless you want sky-high prices, everything crowded, and have a death wish.

Where To Stay

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Much like Vegas, if you’re planning on going out, you definitely should stay on the strip. Renting a house or an AirBnb is great in PS if you want to relax by your own pool, cook every meal at home, and basically not leave. Soo not a bachelorette trip, though. Palm Springs is pretty small, but the houses can be wayyy out in the desert. Especially if you have a ton of people, you don’t want to have to take three Ubers out three times a day for every meal. Big mistake. Huge. Stay at a hotel with a gorgeous pool directly on the strip. I recommend the Palm Springs Hilton. It’s pretty affordable if you share rooms (we did 4 to a room with two queen beds), the pool is huge, and it’s in the middle of everything fun. If you’re bringing 13 girls, you want a hotel with a big pool so that it doesn’t feel like human soup (disgusting) since other guests will be using it too. The location is perfect because as Maid of Honor, I got to not GAF what the other girls wanted to do, since there were so many options for everyone. You don’t want to pay the hotel prices for food by the pool? Cool, there’s a million restaurants, coffee shops, lunch places, etc. all right next to our hotel. Didn’t bring sunscreen? There’s a hotel gift shop and a sun safety shop right outside. The poolside cocktails are also only $10-12, which, as people that live in LA, is super cheap. Normally nice hotels have them at $20+!

What To Wear

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We had such a fun bachelorette weekend for @danibeth87! So proud to be your Maid of Dishonor! #liebermanmafia #thedon #kievstomyheart ???

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Cannot express this enough: if you’re going to Palm Springs in spring, or God forbid, summer, it is going to be hotter than hell. The dress code for all of PS is smart casual, so leave your six-inch stilettos at home. You want to look cute, wear minimal clothing (even at night), and wear shoes you can walk around in. There are so many bars and even clubs around PS, so while you can dress pretty casual, I recommend following the basic going out bar dress code: no flip-flops, no sportswear, no hats. Nowhere we went seemed to care, but you don’t want to be turned away because you took casual too far. And wear SO MUCH SPF, even when you’re going out to dinner if you’re walking there! And definitely bring a sunhat for the pool. You can thank me later.

How To Get Around

If you are paying attention, you should be staying on the strip and therefore walking everywhere. The strip is not as big as Vegas, and all the fun bars and restaurants are within the same few blocks. Our furthest walk was .7 miles (about 15 minutes) from our hotel. If you really don’t want to walk, PS also has a free shuttle (called The Buzz) that you can jump on and get to where you need to go. It runs Thurs-Sun, 12pm-10pm, every 15 minutes!

Where To Eat

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Come join us for Brunch, Happy Hour or Dinner this weekend on our enchanting patio!! #outdoorspaces#patio#outdoordining#magical#palmsprings#brunch#happyhour#enchanted

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Palm Springs has so many fun restaurants, I honestly don’t think you could go wrong. Also, basically everywhere in PS is dog-friendly, so although I don’t suggest bringing puppies to someone’s bachelorette, you’ll get free sightings of them all over the place. A favorite restaurant of mine is Lulu’s—for any meal, whether it’s brunch/dinner/happy hour—because it is so cute and has amazing cocktails. If you’re looking for a fun Mexican food place, check out Blue Coyote Grill for lunch and dinner. They have a totally gorg patio and great margarita happy hour deals. For a nice dinner spot, check out Tropicale. They have a huge menu. They also own the nightclub next door, Copa, so if you have dinner there, you can ask the host to waive your entry fee to check it out later that night.
Having brunch at Spencer’s is a must, you have to sit on the patio, and they charge $15 a mimosa (lame) but only $30 for a bottle of champagne, so order bottles only for your group and OJ on the side (or just drink the champagne straight like a goddamn adult). If you want a really cool dining experience, you can take the Palm Springs tramway up the mountains and have dinner at Peaks. They even offer group rates. And if you want to check out a drag show, Rio Azul does drag brunch on Sundays.

Where To Party

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^This guy apparently has the hardest ass our bride has ever spanked, in case you were wondering.
There are soooo many fun bars and clubs in Palm Springs, all with a variety of excitement. Keep in mind that literally every bar is a gay bar. It’s a bachelorette dream, but also good luck to your friends that want to meet straight men. If your group is into karaoke, PS has one of the Top 10 karaoke spots in the country called RetroRoom. It’s a little hole in the wall spot that is so much fun and run by fabulous drag queen Jaella. Make sure you reserve a table ahead of time, as this place fills up. If you want to do karaoke all night, be sure to book on a Thursday or Friday, because on Saturdays they stop karaoke for two hours to have a drag show! If you wanted to do both, perfect way to knock them out at the same time. The drag show costs an extra $20 a person.
A necessity to hit up on your bachelorette weekend is Chill Bar, which is decidedly NOT chill. It’s a super fun gay bar with the most beautiful male go-go dancers. Their asses will remind you why it’s important to do your squats. They have fun cocktails, alcoholic snow cones, and a huge room in the back with more of a club vibe. If you tip the dancers well, you can get them to give the bride a lap dance, which is well worth it, particularly for the embarrassing photos. Other bars/clubs to hit up include Quadz, Streetbar, Hunter’s, and Copa!

Friday, Day 1:

Pro Tip: Arrive early for max sun at the pool.
  1. Check into the hotel, unpack, and claim your bed
  2. Have lunch at Lulu’s and order an Aperol spritz (so. good.) to toast the bride and get your weekend started.
  3. Throw on your bikini, blow up your Instagrammable pool floaty, and get a cactus margarita at the pool bar!
  4. Get pool drunk and take all the cute pics you can before you get horribly sunburnt (seriously though, wear SPF!)
  5. Shower, chill, and get ready.
  6. Happy hour at Blue Coyote Grill. Sit on the patio and drink $5 margs to your heart’s content.
  7. Check out Chill Bar’s v not chill Stripper Circus that is only on Friday’s!
  8. Make sure to embarrass the bride by buying her lap dance from a beautiful gay man post-show.

Saturday, Day 2:

Pro Tip: Drink a ton of water, as desert heat+alcohol means you’re going to be REALLY hungover.
  1. Sleep in and grab brunch at the poolside cafe.
  2. Fall back asleep on your pool floaty to recover from your crazy night out.
  3. Start pounding those cactus margs again (why are they so good though?) and throw in a Piña Colada for max vacation vibes.
  4. Take a shower, relax, get ready.
  5. Have dinner at Tropicale, and make sure to mention to the host that you want to check out Copa nightclub later. They’ll put your name on the list to waive the entry fee.
  6. Head to RetroRoom where you reserved the front table to sing Spice Girls with the bride and get drunk on cheap cocktails.
  7. See the fabulous drag queen show and make sure they embarrass the bride here too. (That’s the point of a bachelorette, yes?)
  8. Head back to Copa, which by now will be crazy busy, and dance your asses off (you’ve gotta burn off those Piña Coladas).

Sunday, Day 3:

Pro Tip: Make sure you reserve on the patio at Spencer’s and only order bottles of champagne for $7 mimosas instead of $15!
  1. Sleep in and pack up
  2. Leave your bags at the hotel concierge so you can enjoy your last day without late fees.
  3. Brunch at Spencer’s and order either the lobster benedict or crab cake benedict, which is what they’re famous for!
  4. If you’re not completely exhausted from the sun/drinking, have one last pool day.
  5. Drive home, take a hot bath, do a face mask, lie on your couch and force yourself to drink 60 oz of water in one sitting.
The 7 Most Cliché Spring Break Destinations

After the literal shit show that has been 2017, the countdown to spring break is pretty much the only thing keeping me somewhat sane this winter. I mean, after following the summer’s Rob and Chyna drama, keeping up with Miley’s non-stoner revival, and dealing with the news that every man on TV is a sexual predator, it’s been a hard year, and no amount of tequila shots or Kylie Lip Kits can get me through this time quite like spring break can. Picking a destination is so much more complicated than a JetBlue flight and a cheap Airbnb, so we thought we’d help you out. Here’s where all your sorority sisters will probs be headed this year, so we came up with a few important points to consider before you book.

1. Cancun

Let’s start with Cancun because it’s basically the OG spring break destination. Betches have been flocking to Cancun for spring break since the concept first existed, and it’s not because of our soft spot for guac (although it low-key makes for a good chaser). Cancun is the best place to go because it was literally built as a spring break city. Every hotel is on the beach, and they all have all-inclusive packages. The beach can get pretty ratchet during the day, but if you drink enough, you definitely won’t care. Going downtown at night is the best part, because the clubs are huge and you can definitely get a great Instagram of you looking hot on an elevated surface.

2. Miami

Going to Miami for spring break is a little less ratchet than Mexico, but it’s also amazing if you don’t mind the fact that every girl looks like Sofia Vergara and every guy is an entitled douche who knows too much about house music. Keep in mind that Miami is a legit city where shit like Art Basel takes place so the night scene is a little more exclusive, but then again the slimy LIV bouncers don’t seem to have a problem letting a hot group of college-aged girls in. You’ll probably get a sick tan, see Jonathan Cheban in the Fountainebleau lobby, and avoid PV’s food poisoning, which is always a plus.

Miami

3. Vegas

We’ve always loved Vegas, but then again we’ve been completely blackout every time we’ve gone, so we can’t really remember deets. Anyway, if you’re looking for a Hangover-esque trip minus Ed Helms and his missing teeth, Vegas is one of the only places to find it. It’s basically Disney World for reckless adults and reckless pseudo-adults like you. Vegas is seriously a free-for-all, which means no one gives a shit if you’re on molly in the hotel lobby or flirting with guys at the casino to get them to buy you a table at the club later on. Works every time.

4. Punta Cana & Puerto Vallarta

I know these are two different places, but let’s group them together because they’re basically the same vibe when it comes to spring break. PC and PV are both places betches go if you’re looking to black out in the cheapest way on the prettiest beach. They always have group rates and all-expenses-paid hotel deals, so it’s an ideal place if you’re going with a huge group and can’t separate from your 34 closest Tri Delt sisters. You’ll probably be hungover on the beach at 8am, but then again you’ll be surrounded by hundreds of other 21-year-olds in the same boat, so it’s cool.

Nap

5. Bahamas Cruise

A cruise is a solid spring break option because of the open bar and the included meals, and even better if there’s a casino or clubs on board too. Keep in mind that not all cruises are created equal, though, so don’t just book a ticket to any cheap deal you find online that promises an “unforgettable week” with “no passport required.” Like, are you trying to get killed? Also remember you’ll prob end up vomiting over the side of the ship after one too many mojitos at the deck party, but then again I guess you’d be doing that anywhere. Just make sure that if you’re going to puke, it’s from alcohol and not Norovirus.

6. Myrtle Beach & Palm Springs

Depending on if you’re an East Coast or West Coast betch, Myrtle Beach and Palm Springs are two classic spring break destinations, and they’re both resort towns, which means you’ll be blacking out with people who have been raging since Fourth of July. You’ll probably end up drinking on the beach during the day and pregaming at Señor Frogs before you go out at night.  I mean, the nightlife scene is kinda trashy, but then again you’re in college, the flights are cheaper than the ones to Cabo, and you probably won’t die from bootleg liquor.

Palm Springs

7. Daytona Beach

If you’ve never heard of Daytona Beach, it’s because it’s basically Miami’s younger cousin who shops at Forever21 and rages like she’s on Jersey Shore season 3. Daytona Beach is only an option if you’re literally broke and don’t care about appearances, but you’ll definitely feel the difference unless you’re literally on too many drugs to care that you’re partying on a dirty beach with 45-year olds. I mean, the city is known for their NASCAR race track and their Motorsports Hall of Fame, so don’t expect a luxury spring break. But then again if you’re 22 and all you care about is taking shots of Smirnoff near a body of water, go for it. Just avoid the geotags. They’re not doing anything for you.