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Keeping up with modern times while preserving its cool mid-century vibe, Palm Springs is constantly reinventing the landscape and guest amenities with new places to stay and play and food to try. Hip hotels with incredible wow-factor renovations open their doors this season. There’s also a delicious crop of eclectic eateries sprouting up to dine alfresco. With plans to break ground on the much anticipated ice hockey arena and entertainment venue, the adjacent Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza is sure to attract large crowds to the beautiful downtown campus opening later this year.
"Whether you’re a returning snowbird, or visiting our desert oasis for the first time, there are plenty of exciting new places setting nuance trends for 2020 with much more in store in the decade to follow," said Mary Jo Ginther, Director of the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism.
The 10,000-seat arena opening in 2021 will be a year-round facility for sports, music and other cultural events. The venue will host the semi-pro Seattle American Hockey League team with construction to start this year. "Palm Springs has all the makings of an outstanding hockey market and will further strengthen the growing base of our sport in California," said AHL President and CEO David Andrews.
Next door to the proposed ice hockey area sitting on nearly six acres is the new Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza that will feature a museum, outdoor garden plaza, and bathhouse spa when it opens later this year. Honoring the Native American history and healing waters that shaped Palm Springs into the community it is today, the center will provide "an incredible opportunity to share and celebrate our culture and traditions with this community and visitors from around the world," Tribal Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe said.
Combining the best of practices of holistic health and well-being with nature’s elements of trees and wood emerges the Welwood Hotel, one of the latest luxury places to swim and play. Formerly the Ivy Palm Resort, the revamped 100-room hotel reopens this season and promises to be a hip addition to the resort lifestyle with rich, historical ties to the past. The Welwood is also a nod to one of Palm Springs’ first early settlers and philanthropist Dr. Welwood Murray, a Scotsman who built the city’s first hotel in 1886 called the Palm Springs Hotel. Spread across three acres, the property boasts two pools, an open-air cabana, and a restaurant-bar.
Other new and updated resorts include Amin Casa, Hotel El Cid, Infusion Beach Hotel, The Weekend, Dive Palm Springs, The Movie Colony and Villa Royale. Check out the new décor inside and out with chic and sleek styles that play up desert designs from mid-century modern to boho luxury.
Checking out all the new attractions can work up an appetite and many restaurants including Antigua Kitchen & Bar, Sandfish Sushi & Whiskey, Tac/Quila, and Il Corso are joining the culinary scene. Want a cool treat? Gelato Granucci has a delicious desert good any time of the day or night.