72 Hours in Palm Springs
Photos by Taylor Simpson
Our favorite desert escape, Palm Springs, is the ultimate destination for the design lover and sun worshiper.
Know Before You Go
It's best to fly directly in to Palm Springs Airport if possible, but it's not unreasonable to fly into LAX and roadtrip three hours east to the valley.
Palm Springs is a small town best explored on bicycle or on foot, either of which are fair game year round.
Busy season lasts from October to May, with the heat in the summer months being a deterrent for visitors. However, you can score great rates on hotels during these months and plan to have the place to yourself.
The best time for design lovers to visit is during the Modernism Week programs which run in October and February. Allow extra space in your luggage as Palm Springs is a vintage and antique hunters paradise.
With virtually unlimited options for accommodations, it's important to know the vibe you're going for before you book your stay. Couples should stay at Korakia, families at The Parker, those in search of a wellness retreat at Two Bunch Palms.
Most accommodations make it hard to want to leave, but early risers should treat themselves to a hike in the foothills of Mount San Jacinto followed by brunch poolside at the Colony Palms Hotel. Spend the rest of the day soaking up the sun before taking a driving tour of the Vista Las Palmas neighborhood on the way to Workshop Kitchen and Bar for a late dinner.
Korakia Pensione, Palm Springs
Photo by Joshua Coleman
The Parker, Palm Springs
Two Bunch Palms, Desert Hot Springs
Garstin and South Lykken Trails
Homes in the Vista Las Palmas neighborhood
Joshua Tree National Park
Not much needs to be said other than you must make time to go to Joshua Tree National Park. The scenery and silence is reason enough for a trip to the desert in the first place. Pack a picnic lunch for the day and grab coffee at Joshua Tree Coffee Company before heading into the park. There are dozens of trails to choose from, just make sure to wear sturdy footwear and bring plenty of water.
Stop at the antique stores on your way back to Palm Springs. The End and Pioneer Crossing Antiques are favorites.
Moorten Botanical Gardens, Indian Canyons and Vintage Shopping
Locals and visitors alike appreciate Moorten Botanical Gardens and Indian Canyons for their quintessential desert settings. Beat the heat and opt for visiting first thing in the morning. Both have small entrance fees, but the pictures alone are worth the price of admission.
Spend the afternoon at the dozens of vintage and antique stores all over town. The Shops at 1345 are a must as is The Fine Art of Design and Gypsyland. End the day with rooftop cocktails at Azucar and dinner at Birba.
Azucar Restaurant and Bar at La Serena Villas