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-school Hollywood, modern architecture, and relaxed vacation style.
True, SoCal is the land of the road trip – we've got everything from mountains to ocean to Mexico within our view. 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.
This next weekend was supposed to include a weekend but life got in the way so ducking off to the desert is just a daydream for now. But you can bet I'm counting the days until my next trip and, true to my form, I've already got lined up where to stay and what to eat.
WHERE TO EAT
EAT crusty wood-burning oven pizzas: Birba
EAT bacon flight breakfasts: Cheeky's
EAT tacos and tequila: El Jefe
EAT French Press and croissants in an old-school diner setting: Kings Highway Diner
EAT fancy, fancy lobster omelets and bellinis: Norma's
EAT Top Chef-quality tapas: Tinto
EAT avant garde dining in a desert setting: Workshop Palm Springs
EAT a desert classic: date shake at Palm Springs Fudge & Chocolates
WHERE TO STAY:
When you want to be at an all-day pool party: Ace Hotel
STAY in the center of the action: The Colony Palms
STAY where no one to find you: Kokaria Pensione
STAY in a glam lodge: Sparrows Lodge
STAY at your own (very chic) home: The Horizon Hotel
STAY in old Hollywood glam stayl: The Parker
STAY when you want to feel like you're housesitting for Clark Gable: The Willows Inn
WHERE TO EXPLORE
SPA at the Yacht Club in the desert: Palm Springs Yacht Club
HIKE at Indian Canyon Hikes