If You’re a Scenester  .  .  .

Join the Pool Party

In summer, rooms at the Riviera are just $99, but the cabañas start at $400 and accommodate eight comfortably. You’re paying for coveted shade, misters, bottled water, and a 32-inch LCD TV, and you need to book at least a week in advance. Or just soak in the pool and sip a "Donna," the Riviera’s addictive Arnold Palmer with alcohol. But be warned: The poolside DJ cranks up the decibels on weekends. psriviera.com.

Get Cultured

Coachella is so two months ago. June is all about art. Two big openings happen at the Palm Springs Art Museum June 17: "Ransom: An Art Installation" and "Comic Art Indigène." And every Thursday beginning June 2, the museum’s Annenberg Theater hosts the Global Lens Summer Film Series. psmuseum.org.

Hang at the Viceroy

With the Breathe Easy package at the Viceroy, which includes 25 percent off spa serv­ices and meals, rooms start at $95. The hotel offers sessions of Pilates and yoga, as well as salon services (you can even get a full weave). Pets are welcome as in-room guests (for a $100 fee) — take advantage of dog-walking services and a Pooch Menu. viceroypalmsprings.com.

If You’re a Sightseer  .  .  .

Ride the Aerial Tramway

Ascend the mountains in the world’s largest rotating tramcar — at 8,516 feet, the temp is about 30 degrees cooler. Bring a picnic and explore 54 miles of trails, or take in the views from Peaks Restaurant. You can spend an hour or all day, and it’s just

a 10-minute ride back down to civilization. (P.S. Check pstramway.com for up-to-the-minute weather — they sell a lot of sweatshirts up there.)

Hike Indian Canyons

Go before 9 a.m. and drink at least a quart of water every hour. Begin by taking photos of the formation that inspired Disney illustrators for Pride Rock in The Lion King, then look for the camouflaged houses of the Canyon Club in an off-reservation hillside. Next, drive to the Palm Canyon Trading Post, and cool off at Westfork Falls. Or take a guided tour. Ask for William — he can make a Vicks VapoRub substitute from a plant and he speaks passionately about his "office," the canyon. He’s also not afraid of snakes.  ­indiancanyons.com.

If You’re a Shopper  .  .  .

Visit Veri Peri

At the beautiful Parker hotel, this eclectic boutique carries men’s and women’s clothing, handbags, and accessories from smaller European labels, as well as items from known brands like Jonathan Adler. ­theparkerpalmsprings.com.

Hit the Outlets

If you can’t fit in a drive to the upscale boutiques in Palm Desert, pull over at the outlets on your way home. On I-10, Desert Hills Premium Outlets features high-end designers not well represented in San Diego (Dior, Marni, YSL). Tory Burch just arrived in April, and there’s also a Barneys. At the Cabazon Outlets, visit Le Creuset and, coming June 11, Under Armour. ­premiumoutlets.com, cabazonoutlets.com.

Browse Trina Turk

There’s no Trina Turk boutique in San Diego, so the full line of contemporary, resorty merch will be new to you, as well as the entire Leifsdottir collection, which dropped mid-May. Housed in a 1960s Albert Frey building, the store sells chic furniture and pillows in addition to clothes and accessories. trinaturk.com.


Restaurant Week, June 3-12  .  .  .

More than 100 restaurants from Palm Springs to Indio are participating. Of particular note are Copley’s, built on Cary Grant’s former estate, and Johannes, which boasts a modern Austrian-style menu that received a nod in The New York Times last year. Get a three-course meal for $24 or $36. Bon appétit! ­palmspringsrestaurantweek.com.

.  .  .  and Hotel Week?

A few dozen hotels and attractions  are joining the official 2011 Restaurant Week, including the Riviera and Hotel Zoso. Attractions like Knott’s Soak City and Escena Golf Club are also in the mix. palmspringsrestaurantweek.com.


Sleep at Frank Sinatra’s House

The Twin Palms Estate was Sinatra’s wild bachelor pad — even while married to Ava Gardner. The pool is shaped like a grand piano, and the mid-century-modern house, which sleeps eight, is equipped with a restored kitchen (Viking appliances!) as well as near-antiques like Sinatra’s original sound and recording system. Starting June 1, the summer rate is $1,950 per night, with a three-night minimum — but that includes your own concierge to arrange mani-pedis by the pool or a personal chef. Private tours and special-events rentals also available. sinatrahouse.com.

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