we stayed at the riviera resort. let me tell you something about the hotel. it was gorgeous! from the moment we walked in my camera and i were in love.
loved the colors
not really kid friendly but there we were.
bobby had to get on a conference call right away and we were hungry. the kids and i took a little tour of the hotel.
then we went into town to get a bite to eat. a friend of mine suggested a couple of places and we found tyler's. that was that. a little hamburger stand was perfect. unfortunately, i don't eat meat so a hamburger, although appetizing, was out of the question. i ended up getting a boring turkey sandwich. it was a good sandwich, but not very exciting.
the kids wanted to get back to the hotel and jump in the pool. perfect timing that bobby was done as soon as we got into our swimsuits.
at lunch the kids spotted a pizza place right across the street that they wanted to try. now i do
so when the boys insisted on this place i was a bit apprehensive. would i have time to do some research on my iphone? was this place any good? we drove into town and the streets were blocked off for a street fair. it was tough getting a parking spot. a few times around the block, on one way streets mind you, and i was ready to hit the ihop we had seen by the hotel. (side note: ok i know ihop isn't exactly good food, or unique to palm springs. but at least i am familiar with their menu and they had parking!) but right when i was about to give up, i found a spot...on a very rainbow filled street, with lots of boys and bars. no one but me noticed as we walked on by.
the restaurant had this sign up front.
the next day the kids, and i, got a treat. we ordered room service. the kids menu was not unreasonable and i just ordered some fruit. for what it would have taken to get everyone dressed, in the car and seated at a restaurant, it was well worth the price.
then we said goodbye to bobby and went back to the pool. since it was friday and people were checking in for the weekend, the pool got a little more crowded by lunch time. we grabbed some food at the hut and went back to the room, where bobby joined us.
in the afternoon we took the kids to the aerial tram. i figured it was gong to be colder at the higher elevation, so i made everyone change into jeans and bring along sweatshirts, even though it was 98 degrees outside.
dinner was at circa 59 right at the hotel. we sat outside by the pool and it was so beautiful. so many cool little details. dinner was good. the kids were not fans of the truffle french fries. can't say i was either.
it sounds like bobby is going to be a regular lecturer for this program. that means more visits to palm springs. i think next time we'll do it on our own and take advantage of the spa and other hotel amenities.
what a great start to our summer.