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Palm Springs, CA

Photograph by Tim Street-Porter

The East Coast has Camp David; California has Sunnylands Estate, a 25,000-square-foot, one-bedroom home that has hosted a raft of dignitaries, including presidents, since it and its three guest houses were built in 1964. Designed by A. Quincy Jones for media magnate-philanthropist Walter Annenberg and his wife, Leonore, the property underwent a $60 million overhaul before debuting in March as a retreat for leading thinkers to work toward world peace. After admiring the period furniture and walking the grounds, settle into one of the simple, colorful rooms at the new Saguaro Hotel, a hippified former Holiday Inn in Palm Springs. Rehydrate at the poolside bar before walking to the hotel’s casual cantina, El Jefe, for short rib tacos from James Beard winner José Garces. Tinto, the more upscale spot here, is where Garces pays tribute to northern Spain with small plates like Ibérico pork loin with green onion and Dungeness crab brioche. Checkout is at noon tomorrow—plenty of time for a morning dip.

 
 

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