If you need a break from 2021, hop in your car and head out to Palm Springs for the weekend. You’ll feel like you’ve time-traveled back to the swinging ’50s and ’60s. Relax by the pool, sip a classic cocktail, and admire your mid-century modern surroundings. Here’s a Palm Springs itinerary that’ll help you make the most of your trip. Prepare to go mad for mod!
Where to Stay
With so many beautiful boutique hotels in the area, your biggest challenge could be deciding where to spend your nights. Here are a few options that blend luxury and style: The private villas at La Serena Villas, a historic hotel in the heart of downtown, each have a private patio. At The Monkey Tree Hotel, the airy, welcoming rooms feature whimsical mid-century design elements. At the Orbit In Hotel, each room is decorated with iconic mid-century furniture and art.
Fuel Up for a Fun Day
First stop: El Mirasol at Los Arboles! This locally owned Mexican restaurant is a great brunch spot with patio dining, and on the weekends they’re open all day. Enjoy authentic Mexican dishes made with handmade tortillas, and a drinks list that includes mouthwatering margaritas, an assortment of Mexican beers, and even Coca-Cola Mexicana.
Find Interior Design Inspiration
Want to bring some of that famous Palm Springs’ style home with you? Explore the 11,000-square-foot showroom at Haus of Re[x] for an unbeatable selection of eclectic mid-century modern furniture, décor, and home accessories. Then, visit Destination PSP for retro-inspired merchandise that doubles as a Palm Springs souvenir. Think barware, beach towels, wall art, and more, designed to capture the local vibe.
Check Out the Public Art
If you’ve ever visited a museum and wished you could touch the art, you’ll appreciate the new art benches located throughout downtown Palm Springs. Each bench brightens the scenery with a splash of color while inviting you to sit down and rest awhile.
Love them or hate them, you’ve never seen anything quite like David Černý’s “Babies.” On loan from the artist until 2022, this memorable installation behind The Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs features ten 11-foot-tall sculptures of babies with bar-code faces crawling around in a future construction site that doubles as a sandbox.
Don’t miss “Love Letters,” a set of giant letters installed in a nearby plaza that put you at the center of Palm Springs’ favorite hashtag: #PSILOVEYOU. There’s a blank space where the ‘I’ should be, so you can fill it with your body as a friend takes a photo. Then, swing by Colette Miller’s rainbow wings and strike a few angelic poses.
Try a Door Tour
Take a drive on Alhambra Road near Indian Canyons Golf Resort for a self-guided neighborhood tour. You’ll see stunning examples of the mid-century architecture that makes Palm Springs so special. Many of these impressive structures share a common design element: a bright-colored front door that adds a pop of color.
Raise a Glass to Relaxation
If you’ve ever been to V Wine Room in West Hollywood, you’ll want to visit their Palm Springs outpost, V Wine Lounge. They serve small batch California wines, cocktails, and craft beers in a delightful Palm Springs setting that includes an outdoor patio. Hungry for a snack? The menu offers small bites ranging from empanadas to flatbreads to a giant soft pretzel served with cheddar cheese sauce and spicy mustard.
Dine Al Fresco
The Tropicale is a popular dinner spot, inspired by the supper clubs of the 1960s, with great ambiance and plenty of room for outdoor dining. Chef Toni Di Lembo’s tantalizing menu uses high-quality ingredients, including organically raised, hormone-free meat and poultry—and the desserts are positively drool-worthy.
Kings Highway, a diner located at the Ace Hotel, is also now offering patio dining. Head there for delicious new-American style food and a tempting drinks menu with plenty of beers on tap.
EIGHT4NINE Restaurant and Lounge has the largest patio in the area, with 9,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor dining areas. This bright, contemporary space serves a bold and creative menu. They’re open for lunch and dinner, with brunch available on the weekends.
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