A desert oasis where sun worshipers reign and the dry heat is a perfect setting for a relaxing getaway. Where the sophistication of Old Hollywood is mixed with a laid back modern vibe throughout the town.
Why We Love Palm Springs:
Sunshine! Pools to lounge by, tons of fantastic people watching, and mid-century modern architecture around every corner.
When To Visit:
Anytime your current city of residence seems too cold or too gray. Fall and spring are fantastic for warm days and pleasant evenings. It gets HOT in the summer so be prepared to frequent establishments that have AC or those fans spritzing water...or just jump into the nearest pool. This is a place you’ll probably want to spring for a rental car, if you want to go to the nearby outlet mall or drive around and enjoy the mid-century goodness. If you’re planning on doing nothing but drinking poolside, you can totally get by with taxi service.
You’re headed to a vacation destination, so be prepared to loosen up the wallet strings. But as long as you limit the number of poolside cocktails and meals in hotel restaurants, you won’t break the bank. If you go the route of renting a vacation home, you can get a larger group to split the cost of accommodation and save by BBQing in your backyard and mixing your own drinks to sip by the pool.
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- Workshop Kitchen + Bar: Go for brunch, stay for dinner in this amazing minimalist architectural space serving seasonal foods from local farms.
- El Mirasol Cocina Mexicana: Sure the spinach enchiladas are fantastic, and the people are super friendly, but you know why you’re going here: the GIANT margaritas. Kick off your vacay with one of these. Or order four and hear the cute waiter say “Quatros margaritas grandes?” It’s music.
- Purple Palm Restaurant: Nothing quite like a beautiful internally lit aqua pool at night, soft light and a glass of amazing red wine to set the mood for a fantastic meal. We ordered a few small plates to share including the Parmesan Truffle Fries and Hummus. The space is cozy and romantic, so dress up and feel fabulous. Did we mention they have a cheese plate? Oh yeah.
- Cheeky’s: Watermelon agua fresca! Smoothie with acai berry and pomegranate! Ginger Kale Margarita! And those are just the drinks! The menu rotates weekly, and you’ll find a selection of breakfast delights served until 2 pm such as Brioche French Toast, Chilaquiles and Huevos Rancheros. Save room for a doughnut...or cinnamon roll...or a cookie.
- King’s Highway: An updated mod diner located at The Ace Hotel. A great place to grab breakfast and people watch. Go early, before the hungover hipsters roll out of bed. You may even find yourself eating around the same time as a disco diva’s performance by the outdoor pool. Sure, why not?
- Native Foods: Tofu, tempeh, and seitan are the main stars here. A vegan restaurant serving healthy and delicious “earth bowls” as well as giving competition to all the other burgers out there with options such as the house Portobello and Sausage burger and even a herbivore’s Reuben sandwich! Yummy, yummy.
- Citron: The hotel bar/restaurant of the Viceroy Hotel. This place is delightful. A perfect evening spot to go with your ladies for a quiet drink by the pool. Their interior design is worth the visit alone. And you can't beat the lemon drop martinis, especially in the evening when the grounds are illuminated by twinkle lights. Dreammmmy! Although we didn’t experience it first hand, we heard a rumor they serve delicious beignets in the morning. Danger! Danger!
- A cozy space with minimal seating, appropriated name Minibar, is the first of two bars at The Parker. Located off hotel’s lobby and includes a couple of those chairs that hang from the ceiling!! (We really like those). The darker, more seductive Mister Parker’s is a perfect setting if you crave something swanky. The food menu looks impressive but will put a strain on your wallet, so have a cocktail and a dessert and move along.
- Amigo Room: Brick walls painted a slick black and pesos inlaid tables. Dark, intimate, and retro cool. DJs and live music often accompany the good strong cocktails (or heck, PBR in a can).
- Koffi: One iced coffee in the morning and one in the afternoon. Repeat daily. With two locations, at least one is convenient. On the north end of town, make sure to wander around out back and stay for awhile in the garden!
- Stumptown coffee roasters are representin’ at the ACE Hotel. Order a french press at the onsite restaurant King’s Highway, or poolside. What’s better than a caffeine pick-me-up and a casual hang out for a hipster sighting or two (or twenty).
- ACE Hotel: It’s like glamour camping for hipsters. A mellow retreat that offers TWO pools (!), hammock swaying and communal fireplaces throughout the grounds. You’ll never want to leave. Seriously.
- Rent a Mid-Century Modern house through Airbnb. Then start scheming ways how you and your friends can jointly own one someday. Most rental houses here have a private pool, and you can cook (and drink) at home to save cash for fancy cocktails and outlet mall splurges!
- The vibrant colors of the Saguaro instantly bring a smile to your face. Or is that the sunny weather? Or the pool? Ok, let’s call it a combo. There are two restaurants on site, so you have a great excuse not to wander too far from the pool. El Jefe is inspired by the cuisine of Mexico city and Tinto flaunts food from the Basque region of Northern Spain.
- The retro shops along Palm Canyon Drive are great for browsing. Tons of furniture, art and antique stores where you’ll be sure to find something you never knew you needed. Be careful - you might want to ship some stuff home!
- A La Mod: The good news is that you probably can’t fit anything in your suitcase for the trip home, so you’re safe to browse around this modern furniture haven.
- Modernway: Everything, we want everything here.
- Just Modern: Getting tired of looking at all that amazing design furniture yet? We didn't think so. Don't miss this spot.
- Ok, one more home decor place worth visiting: NotNeutral. Tons of cool products to adorn your casa.
- Thursday night street fair: Villagefest.
- If you’ve got a car (and you probably do), it’s worth your while to go to the outlet malls about half an hour west of Palm Springs. These outlets are killer - they have super high end stuff in addition to the normal lineup you’d expect.
- The Tram: Get your bearings and enjoy the beauty of the desert from above.
- Have a photoshoot in front of the windfarm located on North Indian Canyon Drive, just south of I-10.
- POOLS. Anywhere. Just pools.
- The architecture, oh the architecture! Palm Springs boasts tons of mid-century modern homes, many of which used to be owned by movie stars. You can get information about noteworthy neighborhoods at the Palm Springs Visitor Center. Fun fact: The last time we went, we rented a house that used to be owned by Tippi Hedren. She used to keep a cougar on the grounds. Weird! Fun! Weird AND fun! Lots of Hollywood history in Palm Springs. Can we own a vacation home there yet?
- The night sky. Go stargazing. Do you SEE how many stars are up there!?
- Check out the giant cactus in Joshua Tree National Park.
- The Indian Canyons. Pick one of several trails to experience the beauty of the desert.