My friends and I visited the Lavender Festival at Highland Springs Ranch over the weekend! Highland Springs Ranch is a large expanse of land in Beaumont, CA (not too far from Palm Springs) that functions as an event venue and hosts a variety of different festivals!
When I saw the photos of the lavender fields on Instagram, I knew I had to go. I’ve been really into essential oils, diffusers and soothing scents recently and lavender is one of my favorites!
The parking wasn’t too bad early in the morning (I arrived there around 10). Despite the ranch advising to park in the local high school lot and take the shuttle to the fields, I would not recommend this route — there were maybe a hundred people in line by 11:00am, and the queue was barely moving. Instead, go early, get street parking near the fields, and walk!
The festival was so charming. They had an array of food options and I loved my lavender Arnold Palmer. My friend got herself a blueberry lavender glazed doughnut, and my other friend enjoyed a lavender crepe. They hang string lights in the trees, maintain a small farmers’ market, organize horse-drawn carriage rides, and play music that makes you feel like you’re living in a Disney short. They even have live musicians covering classics by Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.
The experience made me want to venture out into the countryside more often and do apple picking in the fall or visit some strawberry fields in the future. As someone who’s only lived in Los Angeles and London, it’s very easy for me to get stuck in the busy city life mentality. This festival was a lovely day trip and temporary escape to a simpler time.
Lots of love,