Frank Sinatra had it figured out—Palm Springs is where we should all have a second home. Just saying Palm Springs brings forth images of old Hollywood glam, stunning mid-century architecture, and relaxed Southern California vacation style.
True, SoCal is the land of the road trip because we've got everything from mountains to ocean to Mexico within a day's drive. Even so, sometimes the travel bug gets the best of us and we want to go farther and more exotic, which means we forget what is right under our noses, like, say, spa days, date shakes, desert hikes, prime brunching, and all the other gems Palm Springs provides.
Why Downtown Palm Springs?
To be honest, the whole of the Coachella valley has a lot to offer (casinos, hiking, spas, outlet shopping), but we will always love downtown Palm Springs for being ground zero. If we had all the means in the world, we'd own an modern house in the Las Palmas neighborhood
Before You Go
Where To Stay
Haute Hipster: Ace Hotel
When you want to be at an all-day pool party but still out of the center of downtown.
Ground Zero: The Colony Palms
Stay here if you want to be feet from downtown and in the mix.
Escape It All:Kokaria Pensione
Where to stay when you want to make sure no one can find you.
Glam Lodge: Sparrows Lodge
STAY in a glam lodge.
Home Away From Home: The Horizon Hotel
STAY at your own (very chic) home.
Laidback Luxe: The Parker
STAY in old Hollywood glam style.
What To Cook
Cinnamon Walnut Date Shake - The date shake as is classic Southern California as In 'N Out burgers so you have to try at least one when you're there. This version is a healthier, smoothie version that we make on the regular.
Once You're There
Where to Breakfast
Where to Lunch and Dinner
Where to Date Shake
EAT a desert classic: date shake at Palm Springs Fudge & Chocolates
What to Explore
- Spa at the Yacht Club in the desert: Palm Springs Yacht Club
- Hike at Indian Canyon Hikes
- Learn about the city's history on a walking tour
At Least Once You Need To...
- Channel PeeWee Herman and visit the Cabazon Dinosaurs
- Play tours and take the Palm Spring Tram for some amazing views
We're of the opinion you should stay put in Palm Springs so you get some quality relaxation time. However, you could also take a quick day trip to:
- Go hiking in Idyllwild
- Check out the National Park and/or the quirky town of Joshua Tree
- Visit the alien-like Salton Sea
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Published July 2016