A Guide to the Perfect Girls Getaway – Palm Springs, California
March 12, 2017
Tucked between a desolate mountain range and arid national parks lies a little city, desperately clinging to its youth.
Since the early 1930s, Palm Springs California has been known as a winter playground for Hollywood’s stars. Icons like Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra put this town on the map, propelling it into an enviable escape from the hectic pace of life in Los Angels. Designers flocked south to put their mark on the new buildings, each attempting to outdo the other with bright pops of color and pizzazz. Mid century style still marks the town, making it a coveted vacation destination for sun-seekers and design-lovers alike. If you’re planning a visit, expect to be transported back in time to the 1960s, when the architecture was innovative and exciting and the Hollywood starlets shown brighter than the neon street signs.
Where to Stay in Palm Springs
If you need a weekend getaway to refresh and be inspired, Palm Springs California is the perfect destination. Boutique hotels dot the street that leads from the airport to the city center, so you have no shortage of trendy places to stay. Here are a few of our favorite hotels near Palm Springs, CA:
// Ace Hotel and Swim Club – One of Palm Spring’s most iconic hotels, the Ace embraces mid century design and provides visitors with plenty of outdoor living space. Enjoy the warm weather poolside while sipping on a cocktail and embrace the cool desert breeze by the fire at night.
// Arrive – The guest rooms feature stunning views of the San Jacinto mountain range and the décor is so good, you’ll never want to leave. Luckily, the hotel is home to a coffee shop, two of the city’s hippest restaurants, and an ice cream parlor that’s to-die-for cute, so you may never have to.
// The Saguaro – Bright colors, mountain views, and a massive pool filled with beautiful people. This vivacious hotel is a Palm Spring’s staple.
What to Do in Palm Springs
This sun-soaked desert oasis offers entertainment options for everyone. Slip into the sleepy pace of the city during the day, or dance the night away – that’s what we love about it! If you and the girls are taking a weekend away, grab your Design Love Planner and schedule a few of these Palm Springs attractions into your trip (leaving of plenty of time for lounging poolside, of course!)
// Book an intimate architecture tour: Author Michael Stern offers private tours of the city’s most notable modern homes, including celebrity residences. If you love art, style, and interiors, this tour is a must!
// Borrow bikes from your hotel and cruise downtown: Palm Springs California is a city best seen by bike. Grab a vintage cruiser at your hotel and make your way through the main strip for a little Palm Springs shopping. You’ll enjoy popping in and out of the vintage boutiques, modern home stores, and art galleries.
// Snap a shot for Instagram at the Moorten Botanical Garden: This tranquil botanical garden is home to thousands of cacti and other desert blooms, offering the perfect backdrop for a few photos.
Where to Dine – The Best Restaurants in Palm Springs
The city’s artistic bent doesn’t stop at the architecture! There are countless dining options offering innovative dishes that please the palate and the eye.
// Breakfast – Norma’s is a stylish diner located inside The Parker hotel. Order off the section of the menu titled “Mom Can’t Make This” for photo-worthy dishes like mango-papaya brown butter cinnamon crepes.
// Lunch – El Jefe specializes in authentic, Mexico City inspired street food. Chef Jose Garces is award-winning and after a taco or two, you’ll see why.
// Dinner – Workshop Kitchen + Bar is a foodie’s paradise. Sample small plates or share one of their infamous large-format dishes, such as a 22-ounch rib-eye with the table.
Palm Springs California is a vibrant destination, offering visitors both retro and modern inspiration. Use your Design Love Planner to dream up the perfect itinerary and your time away will refresh and rejuvenate.