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Best Spring Break Getaways: Ace Hotel Palm Springs

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Get Crafty in California: Ace Hotel Palm Springs

Raising the next Rembrandt? Indulge a blossoming talent with more than just Play-Doh and construction paper. Felting, crocheting, and macramé merely scratch the surface of all there is to do at Crafting Community, an annual weekend retreat at the Ace Hotel Palm Springs, where DIY workshops and multigenerational activities combine family time and fun. “It’s an opportunity to come together under the umbrella of creativity and recreation,” says Los Angeles artist and designer Karen Kimmel, who founded the event, which is now entering its fourth year. Along with sun prints and “stampscape” projects, there’s a mobile sewing cart from sportswear label Splendid; a crash course in underwater photography; and a henna-tattoo workshop with artist Tanya Aguiñiga. Come nightfall, all are welcome to wind down beneath the stars with poolside barbecue, fireside s’mores, and movies alfresco—popcorn and glowsticks provided. Says mom Meredith Alexander, who attended last year’s retreat, “It’s as if someone came into my head and created the perfect weekend for my family.”

701 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, Calif.; 760/325-9900; acehotel.com and craftingcommunity.com; April 27-29; from $925 for a family of four.


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