With our new spring arrivals bursting with vibrant hues, heading to colorful Palm Springs to shoot the collection seemed like a bright idea. A long-time inspiration for designers and photographers alike, this quintessential California playground is a destination every fashion and music lover needs to have on their bucket list. Read on for some of the best places to eat, stay and play on your next trip to the desert oasis.
For The: Luxury Lover
“The Ritz-Carlton Rancho-Mirage is one of my favorite places to call home base when I’m in town,” says Michael. “It has the luxury and service everyone knows and loves from the Ritz, one of the best views of the Coachella Valley and you’re still close to all that Palm Springs has to offer—what could be better than that?”
For The: Sporty-Chic Enthusiast
At the Jonathan Adler-designed Parker Palm Springs, retro furnishings and decor set the tone for a weekend of lounging in the sun. Want more action? Challenge someone to a game of croquet, tennis or pétanque, then head to Norma’s or Mister Parker’s for a memorable meal.
For The: Relaxation Reveler
Personal touches (think engraved gold plaques with each guest’s name) and outdoor showers make the 25 bungalows at L’Horizon Resort and Spa feel more like a home away from home than a hotel. An open-air spa, a pool that overlooks the mountains and an alfresco restaurant round out the offerings at this chic pick.
For The: Old World Charmer
“Gourmet dining, old world elegance (some meals are prepared tableside!), Rat Pack charm, a fabulous piano bar—Melvyn’s has it all,” says Michael. “Even when I don’t have time to sit and enjoy a full meal, I love spending a few hours at the piano bar for the great drinks and great music.”
For The: Early Riser
If you’re looking for a delicious breakfast or brunch, and a chic crowd, Cheeky’s is your place. Beloved by locals and visitors alike, the wait can be long during peak weekend hours (they don’t take reservations) but it’s well worth it, and there’s a coffee cart in front to satisfy morning caffeine cravings.
For The: Trend Setter
Workshop Kitchen + Bar is a stunningly sleek restaurant located in the El Paseo Building. Featuring concrete tables and booths inside, and a more rustic patio area outside, the space and décor are reason enough to come. But trust us, you’re going to want to eat, too—a seasonal farm-to-table menu has something for everyone, from wood-fired pizza to grilled duck.
For The: Modernist Maven
Explains Michael: “Slim Aaron’s work has long inspired me, so a stop at the iconic Kaufman House is always a must-do when I’m in Palm Springs. But if it’s your first time, you have to see it all! Book a tour from PalmSpringsModernTours.com to hit this and many more of the area’s architecturally amazing houses.”
For The: Natural Beauty
For unbelievable views of Palm Springs, the Coachella valley and the mountains, the Aerial Tramway is the only way to go. And the fun continues once you arrive at the Mountain Station, with two restaurants, a natural history museum, two theaters and miles upon miles of hiking trials. Insider tip: Take the last tram back at night to watch the city lights twinkle from above.
For The: Interior Designer
A must-shop spot for anyone who loves the thrill of discovery, Modern Way is one of Palm Springs’ most-loved furniture and home decor stores. Focusing on pieces from the 1950s through the 1970s, the shop has been known to stock items from Arthur Elrod, Warren Platner and Herman Miller as well as European designers from that era.
For The: Aspiring Architect
Round out your trip to Palm Springs with one more of its famous houses, Sunnylands. The former Walter and Leonore Annenberg home has hosted everyone from Queen Elizabeth to Frank Sinatra and Ginger Rogers. Book a date in advance so that you can get the full tour of the estate and gardens—there’s so much to love.