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The Parker Palm Springs
The Parker Palm Springs

Palm Springs is known for retro-Hollywood glam, but new restaurants and under-the-radar boutique hotels are offering a fresh update. For what feels like an escape within an escape, check into exotic Korakia Pensione, a part-Mediterranean, part-Moroccan bed and breakfast tucked into a historic neighborhood near downtown Palm Springs. Ask for the artist’s studio—a light-filled room where Winston Churchill once painted. This fall the hotel’s former owners are opening The Sparrows, a 19-room boutique hotel with rustic modern decor and a wood-fired pizza restaurant.

For a big-city dining experience, head to industrial-mod Workshop Kitchen + Bar in the Uptown Arts District. Local ingredient-driven shared plates include farro-calamari salad and a 30-ounce grass-fed ribeye ($77, for sharing) cooked sous vide. Just down the street, the owners of Birba have filled a major void with Asian street food-inspired Jiao. At The Parker Palm Springs, new chef Herve Glin, who has worked at the Meadowood in Napa as well as La Jolla’s La Valencia, is rumored to be bringing a more local approach to the menu.

The Palm Springs Art Museum is expanding to include an entire building devoted to architecture and design. The addition is supposed to be complete sometime next year; in the meantime, check out this summer’s Picasso and Master Impressionists exhibit, which will include works from greats like Van Gogh, Manet, and Matisse.

—Casey Chiotti

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