Chris Baugh’s Guide to Palm Springs, California

The film location manager for <em>Arrested Development</em> soaks up the desert ambiance

“We filmed The Gambler here. I find the earth tones, wide-open spaces, and desert sunsets of the Coachella Valley to be a quick, easy, and reliable place to unplug from L.A.—plus if you time your trip right, you can catch the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Downtown Palm Springs is undergoing a face-lift, and you can always take the Aerial Tramway to the nearly 11,000- foot peak of Mount San Jacinto. For something different from the resort experience, rent a midcentury house with a private pool. You can’t beat the year-round perfect weather, pristine golf courses, sparkling blue pools, and spa culture.”

theessentials_masa_tSTAY IN STYLE: Frank Sinatra would have dug the rentals offered at While you’re on the site, print out the self- guided architectural tour, which includes stops at the tramway and Elvis’s Honeymoon Hideaway.


This story is part of Los Angeles magazine’s March 2015 Great Getaways package