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A Short Drive, A New Vibe
There is a newfound swagger in Palm Springs that invites you to linger. Palm Springs, a short drive from San Diego, is known for its endless sunshine, old Hollywood history, desert vistas and serenity. But that’s not all, anymore. Its downtown area recently underwent a$400 million revitalization which added to its already playful appeal as a visitor’s paradise. Amidst this contemporary development, its architectural heritage and unique village vibe continue to shine.
From Boutiques to Brands
The seven-story pet-friendly The Rowan Palm Springs, the tallest building in Palm Springs, features the cities’ only roof top pool with cabanas, fire pits and unparalleled panorama mountain views in their backyard. This Kimpton brand resort is centrally located right in the middle of downtown.
The chic and restful Parker Palm Springs has an array of pools and is (surprise!) accommodating to families. Bring the four legged friend with the "Fido-Friendly" package at the intimate Triada Palm Springs, a Spanish hacienda with two pools.
Restored to its glory days with Frank and the Pack, Ingleside Inn and its’ super-suave restaurant, Melvyn’s, oozes charm Hollywood secrets. With names like the Santorini Room and the Mykonos Suite, the Korakia Pensione truly has a getaway-to-Greece feel, but with saltwater pools and boho bungalows dotting the grounds.
The chic La Serena Villas blooms with bougainvillea and featurs claw-foot tubs and fire pits on private patios. The adult-only L’Horizon Resort & Spa, straight out of 1952 and designed by William Cody, contains low-slung bunglows, with the addition of an all-outdoor spa and restaurant. The 16-room Albert Frey Monkey Tree Hotel, holds a Scandinavian spa and a living room straight out of The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Breakfast, Brunch and Brews
The new Starbucks Reserve in the heart of downtown is as much about the interior and exterior as is it about the cold nitro brew. Peabody’s is known for karaoke at night, but the Benedict with avocado and mango salsa is worth getting up for. A life size Marilyn Monroe statue greets you at Pinocchio’s in the Desert, where bottomless champagne all day can be had for $4.95. A local spot with one of the original Palm Springs "murals" is Bit O’ Country, with local prices. The former Denny’s, now King’s Highway at the Ace, has gone boho and now offers fresh Cal-Tex-Mex type breakfasts… and you can eat at the pool patio tables, if you prefer.
Taking Home Memories
It’s a unique getaway that feels like you’ve gone on a long trip to a faraway place. The magical Indian Canyons, the tiny gem Moortens Botanical Gardens, the patriotic Palm Springs Air Museum, and the unique Palm Springs Art and Architectural Design Museums are places that you won’t find any closer to home. Lest you think it may be too warm to venture out, take the family up 8,500 on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway or to the water slides and wave pools of Wet N Wild Palm Springs.
If all of this gets you closer to the car, the City’s parking garage just behind the Hyatt Palm Springs offers complimentary 4-hour parking.
For more great getaway ideas to Palm Springs, go to www.visitpalmsprings.com.