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The Museum of Ice Cream

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Yes, the Museum of Ice Cream is a real place.  And, let me tell you, it is what all of your ice cream dreams are made of.  Your visit is full of all things ice cream, giant popsicles, swings and the best part, a pool full of sprinkles.  I know I hate to burst your bubble, but the sprinkles are not real and you cannot and should not eat them.  There’s just so many things about this amazing museum, but here are the 5 things I decided are the best parts about it.  

If you have the chance to visit, I highly recommend it.  I hear that a second round of tickets went on sale and it is already sold out again, but fingers crossed they will issue a third round of tickets! Check the Museum of Ice Cream out, here.

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THEY FEED YOU

Yes, you do get ice cream and candy during your time at the Museum of Ice Cream.  Sweet samplings include McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream, mint mochi, a handful of gummy bears, cookie dough and a pancake ice cream sandwich.  You heard me - a pancake ice cream sandwich!  Also, there is an entire room dedicated to gummy bears.  They have an ice cream cart or three that are jam packed full of gummy bears.  They then use an ice cream scoop to give you a giant handful of gummies!

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IT’S A MILLENNIAL PINK HEAVEN

I think we’re all familiar with millennial pink.  It is everywhere.  I mean its my favorite color.  Who doesn’t love that soft, blush pink?  Well, if you love it too, the Museum of Ice Cream is basically painted from floor to ceiling in that popular color.  The museum staff even wears head to toe blush pink.

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IT’S A MUSEUM

While you may visit for the Ice Cream, it still is in fact a museum full of art.  Each room is thoroughly thought out and designing with artwork dedicated to all things ice cream.  Time time to appreciate it!

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IT’S INSTAGRAM HEAVEN

Other than for the ice cream, the Museum is a prime spot for pictures.  Let’s face it everyone nowadays does things for the ‘gram.  Right?  Well, here’s your next photo op.  Come here for some cute and colorful pictures that you can cover your feed in.

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THE SPRINKLES POOL

My favorite room, well, probably everyone’s favorite room in the museum because really what’s better than a pool full of rainbow sprinkles?  When you get to the room with ice cream cones stuck to the walls and there’s a bit of a wait, don’t fret.  That’s to get into the sprinkles room.  Each group gets a couple mins in the pool - thus the slight wait!

The Super Bloom

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I think by now we've all heard about the crazy lush super blooms that are happening in Southern California.  These super blooms are occurring because of the intense rain we’ve been getting.  Well, intense by Southern California standards.  April showers bring May flowers - oh wait, I mean February showers bring March flowers.  My Facebook newsfeed has been jam packed with pictures and videos of vibrantly colored landscapes of flowers.  Even the hillsides have been lined with lime green grass and weeds - a much welcomed change to the dusty brown color they usually are.

I've been talking to friends about visiting any of the many areas that are experiencing a super bloom.  The problem is, from LA, most of them are quite a drive. Factor in traffic, then it starts to turn into a trip rather than an outing. Luckily, I was in San Diego last week. I somehow convinced my brother to drive the "back way" home from there taking the 15 freeway instead of the 405 to pass through where there was a supposed super bloom.

Walker Canyon in Lake Elsinore, just off of the 15 freeway is in full bloom.  It is a great alternative to visiting the Anza-Borrego State Park or Antelope Valley, since it is much closer in distance.  Although, being able to visit one of those two places would be awesome!  You can see all of the vibrant colors from the freeway.  Exit the 15 at Lake Street.  When you see the crowds of people and hoards of cars lining the street, you know you’re in the right place.  The plethora of orange cones is also a dead giveaway.

Once you find parking, there is a trail path that you can take.  It’s not a hard hike, but I would definitely come prepared with proper walking shoes.  I saw a girl in heeled booties - probably not the best choice.  It can get pretty dusty and you do have to hike.  If you’re like me and want to avoid the crowds, you can avoid trying to park right near the trail path and drive down a little bit on Walker Canyon Road. You can park on the side of the road there.  Trust me, it is much easier, and much less crowded.  I’d say the density of poppies there is less, but really not by much.  The colors are still so vibrant.  Hike up the side of the hills to get the pictures we all know you drove there for.

Now looking back at these pictures, it definitely is reminiscent of Julie Andrews in Sound of Music, just minus the singing and being in Europe thing.  If you ask me, these flowers are well worth the drive.   My brother, who I thought would not be interested at all, even was in awe.
 

Summary:

Super Bloom in Walker Canyon, Lake Elsinore.  
Take the 15 Freeway to Lake Street.  
Wear walking shoes.  
Take lots of pretty pictures.

 

Yours Truly // Shannon

5 Most Instagrammable Spots in Palm Springs

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This one’s pretty simple.  I’ve rounded up the spots that I think are the 5 most Instagrammable locations in all of Palm Springs.  Words aren’t really needed, so I’ll just leave you with some Instagram-worthy pictures.

 

one

SAGUARO - If you’ve never heard of the Saguaro, you’re hearing it here first then.  This is quite possibly the most colorful place you can go.  It has a wall or door every color of the rainbow.  Is your favorite color green or how about purple, yes they have a door for you.

 

two

THAT PINK DOOR - Yes, that pink door.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, this is the place to go if you want a basic Palm Springs picture.  And by basic, I mean awesome.  It’s actually someone’s front door, so just be courteous when you visit.  Find it here: 1100 E Sierra Way.

 

THREE

SALVATION MOUNTAIN - I went into detail about why you should visit Salvation Mountain (here), but if you’re still not convinced, just go!  It is such a beautiful piece of artwork that will leave you in awe. Not to mention, every angle and view here is completely Instagram worthy.

 

four

TREE-LINED STREETS - I mean it is called Palm Springs, right?  You can find these Palm Tree lined streets virtually anywhere.  We found some great streets in the neighborhood area by the Pink Door.

 

five

CABAZON DINOSAURS - If you stop by Cabazon for shopping or a Hadley’s Date Shake, which let’s face it you should,  make another stop at the Cabazon Dinosaurs.  They’re just that fun, random photo op you love.

 

Hope you've been able to find some Instagram inspiration for your next trip to Palm Springs!

Yours Truly // Shannon