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Eats, Stays, Things to Do - Palm Springs, CA

 

Palm Springs: Where Old Hollywood Glamour Meets Modern Oasis

Nestled in the California desert, Palm Springs boasts a unique history and vibrant energy. In the golden age of Hollywood, celebrities flocked here to escape the spotlight. Located just beyond the expense limit for gossip columnists of the time, Palm Springs offered a haven of privacy. Beyond its star appeal, the city's dry desert air attracted health-seekers, solidifying its reputation as a wellness destination.

Today, Palm Springs retains its Hollywood glamor with a modern twist. This city is more than just the location of the famed Coachella music festival. Charming boutiques and restaurants line the sunny streets, while mid-century modern architecture adds a touch of retro chic. Active travelers will find plenty to do, with hiking and biking trails, golf courses, and tennis courts.

Whether you're seeking relaxation or adventure, Palm Springs offers something for everyone. Below, I'll share some of my favorite things to do, eat, and stay. Remember, this is just a glimpse of what Palm Springs has to offer! Let's connect to create your perfect desert getaway itinerary tailored to your interests. In the meantime, get ready for a dose of travel inspiration!

Palm Springs Essentials:

  • Airport: Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)
  • Getting Around: Renting a car or using Uber is recommended, especially for exploring nearby areas like Joshua Tree and Palm Desert. However, downtown Palm Springs is pedestrian-friendly.
  • Weather: Palm Springs is a desert, so summers are scorching. Opt for mild temperatures during January-April (expect crowds) or visit in the fall.
  • Stay Duration: 3-4 days allow you to experience the highlights. If relaxation is your priority, consider 5-7 days.
  • What to Pack: Embrace your inner star with glamorous outfits, a bright swimsuit, and essential sun protection (hat, sunglasses, SPF).

Where to stay in Palm Springs

Colony Palms Hotel: A historic, glamorous Art Deco gem. Book with me to snag $25 food / beverage credit, a welcome amenity, an upgrade and late check-out.

ARRIVE Palm Springs: Hip, boutique playfulness in the heart of the desert. Fora’s exclusive Palisociety partner perks include a welcome amenity, an upgrade and extended check-in/out.

Parker Palm Springs: Expect soothing vibes, bright, eclectic decor and pops of color at this luxury hotel. Fora’s partner perks include $100 hotel credit, $45 daily breakfast credit, an upgrade and extended check-in/out.

Ingleside Estate: An adults-only stay with a Spanish-inspired flair. Fora’s VIP partner perks include $50 daily food / beverage credit, a welcome amenity and an upgrade.

Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs: A fun downtown getaway with a rooftop pool and bar. Fora’s IHG Luxury & Lifestyle perks include $50 hotel credit, welcome amenities, an upgrade and late check-out.

Holiday House Palm Springs: A 28-room boutique hotel with prominent splashes of blue throughout its tasteful design scheme. Fora’s exclusive partner perks include $25 hotel credit, a welcome amenity, an upgrade and late check-out.

Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Palm Springs: Youthful and vibey, always with something fun going on. 

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Palm Springs

What to do in Palm Springs

Palm Springs caters to a variety of interests, offering something for everyone. Immerse yourself in art, history, or the great outdoors:

  • Art & Culture:

    • Sunnylands: Explore a sprawling mid-century modern estate with desert gardens and art exhibitions.
    • Palm Springs Art Museum: Discover contemporary art, sculpture, and architecture. Enjoy performances at the Annenberg Theater.
    • Janssen Artspace: Immerse yourself in a chic art gallery experience.
    • Palm Springs Air Museum: Delve into aviation history with warbird exhibits and flight experiences.
    • Mid-Century Modern Architecture Tours: Explore Palm Springs' architectural gems with a guided or self-guided tour.
  • Outdoor Activities:

    • Hiking & Biking: Numerous trails await, with Tahquitz Canyon offering a waterfall reward.
    • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views with a rotating tram ride.
    • Golf & Tennis: Tee off at popular courses like Escena Golf Club, PGA West, or Indian Wells Golf Resort.
  • Shopping & Entertainment:

    • Downtown Palm Springs: Discover charming boutiques, cafes, and restaurants.
    • El Paseo Shopping District: Explore a luxurious shopping haven outside Palm Springs in Palm Desert.
    • Palm Springs VillageFest: Immerse yourself in a vibrant street fair every Thursday.
  • Day Trips:

    • Joshua Tree National Park: Hike, drive, or enjoy unique wellness experiences like sound baths or Ayurvedic treatments.
  • Unmissable Festivals: (Consider these when planning your trip)

    • Palm Springs International Film Festival (January): Star-studded film screenings and events.
    • Modernism Week (February & October): Celebrate mid-century modern architecture with exhibitions, tours, and more.
    • Desert X (every other March): Free, site-specific outdoor art installations.
    • Coachella (April): Boho music festival featuring legendary artists.
    • Stagecoach (April): Country music festival with a mix of established and rising stars.
    • Splash House (August): Massive pool party with top DJs and electronic music artists.
    • Pride (November): Colorful celebration with parades, parties, and an outdoor market.

Palm Springs offers a vibrant blend of activities, from cultural exploration to outdoor adventures. Let's create your perfect desert escape itinerary!

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Palm Springs Art Museum

Where to eat in Palm Springs

 

Palm Springs offers a diverse culinary scene, from classic comfort food to innovative dishes. Here are some must-try spots:

Breakfast:

  • Cheeky's: Indulge in legendary comfort classics like fried chicken & waffles and chilaquiles. Don't miss their dedicated bacon menu!

Coffee:

  • Koffi Coffee: Grab your morning cuppa at a local favorite with multiple locations.

Lunch & Dinner:

  • Birba: Savor pizza, pasta, and creative cocktails from the team behind Cheeky's.
  • Workshop Kitchen & Bar: Experience James Beard Award-nominated cuisine featuring seasonal plates like wood-fired cauliflower and spiced beets.

Mexican:

  • Tac/Quila: Enjoy a hip and trendy spot adored by locals and Michelin reviewers alike.
  • Maleza: Embrace a relaxed and casual atmosphere with elevated Mexican fare, craft cocktails, and an impressive mezcal selection.

Sweets & Treats:

  • Ice Cream & Shop (pe): Explore unique ice cream flavors like vegan date, Mexican chocolate, or lavender at this combined scoop shop and gift shop.

Fine Dining:

  • Bar Cecil: Step into a playful brasserie experience.
  • Colony Club (Colony Palms Hotel): Savor a locally sourced meal in a chic and handsome setting.

This is just a taste of the culinary delights Palm Springs has to offer. Let me curate a personalized dining itinerary based on your preferences!

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Maleza Restaurant