PALM SPRINGS is similar to stepping onto a movie set from the 1960's where nobody works and everyone is bronzed to perfection. this past september for labor day weekend, i roadtripped with a friend and stayed at the parker and the ace hotel & swim club. below are my recommendations for a holiday in the desert.
fly into LAX and rent a car in los angeles. stop at in-n-out for a burger & fries. then, drive through the desert listening to the velvet underground. it'll take 2.5 hours total.
PS is all about hotel culture. there are many impeccably designed and maintained properties and i'd suggest trying a few. the parker is designed by jonathan adler and reminiscent of a slim aarons' photograph. the ace hotel & swim club is akin to a super minimal desert lodge with great vintage elements. or, opt for a mid-century modern air bnb. i hear (and see) that korakia pensione is incredible, too. next time!
king's highway for around-the-clock comfort food, birba for an italian outdoor eatery with ambience downtown, norma's at the parker for a colorful brunch, and workshop kitchen for an intimate (and delicious) dinner.
tennis and lemonade at the parker, moorten botanical garden, indian canyons, mid-century modern house tour, vintage shopping, lots of lounging.
more photos below!