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If you need a break from 2021, get in your car and head to Palm Springs for the weekend. You’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time to the 50s and 60s. Relax by the pool, sip a classic cocktail and admire your mid-century modern surroundings. Here’s a Palm Springs Itinerary that will help you get the most out of your trip. Prepare to go crazy for the mod!
Where to stay
With so many beautiful boutique hotels in the area, your biggest challenge might be deciding where to spend your nights. Here are some options that combine luxury and style: The private villas of Villas La Serena, a historic hotel in the heart of downtown, each have a private patio. AT The Monkey Tree HotelThe spacious and inviting rooms feature whimsical mid-century design cues. At Orbit at the hotel, each room is decorated with iconic mid-century furniture and artwork.
Refuel for a fun day
First stop: El Mirasol in Los Arboles! This local Mexican restaurant is a great place for brunch with patio dining and on weekends it’s open all day. Feast on authentic Mexican fare made with handmade tortillas and a drink list that includes mouthwatering margaritas, an assortment of Mexican beers, and even Coca-Cola Mexicana.
Find interior design inspiration
Want to take some of that famous Palm Springs style with you? Explore the 11,000 square foot showroom at Haus of Re[x] for an unbeatable selection of eclectic mid-century modern furniture, decorations and home accessories. Then visit PSP Destination for retro-inspired merchandise that doubles as a Palm Springs keepsake. Think bar items, beach towels, wall art, and more, designed to capture the local vibe.
Discover public art
If you’ve ever visited a museum and wished you could touch art, you’ll appreciate the new art benches located throughout downtown Palm Springs. Each bench illuminates the landscape with a splash of color while inviting you to sit and rest for a while.
Love them or hate them, you’ve never seen anything like David Černý’s “Babies”. On loan from the artist until 2022, this memorable installation behind The Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs features ten 11-foot-tall sculptures of babies with barcode faces crawling through a future construction site that also doubles as a sandbox .
Don’t miss “Love Letters,” a set of giant letters set up in a nearby plaza that puts you in the center of Palm Springs’ favorite hashtag: #PSILOVEYOU. There is a blank space where the “I” should be, so you can fill it with your body while a friend takes a photo. Then swing by Colette Miller’s rainbow wings and strike some angelic poses.
Try a door tour
Take a drive on Alhambra Road near Indian Canyons Golf Resort for a self-guided tour of the neighborhood. You will see stunning examples of the mid-century architecture that makes Palm Springs so special. Many of these impressive structures share a common design element: a brightly colored front door that adds a splash of color.
Raise a drink to relax
If you’ve been to the V Wine Room in West Hollywood before, you’ll want to visit their Palm Springs outpost, V Wine Lounge. They serve small batches of California wines, cocktails, and craft beers in a lovely Palm Springs setting that includes an outdoor patio. Fancy a snack? The menu offers small bites ranging from empanadas and flatbreads to a giant tender pretzel served with cheddar cheese sauce and spicy mustard.
The Tropical is a popular dining venue, inspired by 1960s dinner clubs, with a great atmosphere and plenty of room for al fresco dining. Chef Toni Di Lembo’s mouth-watering menu uses high-quality ingredients, including organic, hormone-free meat and poultry, and the desserts are truly drool-worthy.
Kings route, a restaurant located at the Ace Hotel, now also offers dining on the patio. Head there for delicious New American style food and a mouthwatering drink menu with plenty of beers on tap.
EIGHT4NINE Restaurant and Lounge has the largest patio in the area, with 9,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor dining. This bright and contemporary space offers a bold and creative menu. They’re open for lunch and dinner, with brunch available on weekends.
Do you want to personalize this itinerary before your trip? Find more recommendations on VisitPalmSprings.com.