Palm Springs is a wonderland of mid-century architecture and style. And you can cover a lot of territory with just a long weekend. Whether you rent a mid-century gem, or stay at one of the beautiful hotels, you’re sure to fall in love with this inspiring, colorful desert city. I visited on an inspiration trip for work, but it makes a great destination for groups of friends or family if you rent a house, especially with a pool. Get together, grab a drink and re-create a Slim Aarons photo or live out those Mad-Men fantasies!
- Colony Palms– I like the Colony because it’s very chic and very quiet and has a lovely little pool. Its not a scene like the Parker or Ace but is a lovely property, formerly owned by the mob in the 1950s.
- The Parker– Fabulously designed hotel by Jonathan Adler (so colorful and eclectic!). You’ll feel like you stepped into a Gray Malin photograph!
- The Ace– great for a younger crowd- it’s lively and fun, with a large pool and lots of activities
- The Saguaro Palm Springs Hotel– this colorful property is an instagram dream, and while it’s not quite as luxe as the other hotels mentioned here, it’s also a good deal less expensive, if you’re on a budget
- Nighttime desert walk & stargazing- there are a number of companies that offer excursions into the desert at sunset/night-time. The visibility is just amazing for stargazing- the sky is just blanketed with stars.
- The Ace has a Full-Moon drum circle and dance- check and see if it’s full moon time. It was a real trip and so much fun! I had my aura read, and kicked off my shoes to dance like no one’s watching. They also have lots of other events, so check their calendar.
- The PS Aerial Tram- takes you way up into the foothills- it’s a beautiful view and good hiking.
- Spas- The Ace and The Parker both have great spa offerings, The Ace is a bit more boho and The Parker is quite posh.
- The Saguaro Palm Springs Hotel- even if you don’t stay there, it’s worth a visit if you love color. You’ve likely see pics of it- it’s that rainbow hotel that’s all over Pinterest.
- The Uptown Design District- lots of mod, retro-style and vintage shops catering to an upscale design clientele
- Dazzles- an amazing little vintage jewelry and tabletop/glassware store. So colorful, and packed to the gills with treasures!
- Trina Turk- Her retro style prints really set the Palm Springs mood. Grab a caftan or psychedelic print bikini for the pool.
- They have a vintage flea market once a month- google and see if it’s happening while you’re there! There are tons of amazing furniture pieces and vintage housewares.
- Lush Life Antiques- great selection of vintage jewelry.
- Desert Hills Outlets (outside of town)- if you like outlets, this is a really good one- worth a stop on your way out of town.
- Cheeky’s for brunch (gets crowded but sooo good)
- Jake’s- This was by far my favorite place to eat in Palm Springs. I think I ate here 3 times in 3 days. Everything was delicious, especially the amazing jalapeno margaritas and the tri-color citrus cake (pictured above).
- King’s Highway at The Ace- good for a casual lunch- it’s in an old Denny’s space that’s been given a retro makeover.
- Norma’s at The Parker- the outdoor “diner” is a really stylish place to have lunch or brunch poolside.
Wear your sunblock and have a groovy time in Palm Springs!