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Weekend Road Trip to Palm Springs

Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Palm Springs.

Photo: Jessica Schwartzberg

A nouveau–Rat Pack oasis on the desert floor of California’s Coachella Valley, Palm Springs draws both the country-club set and the design-obsessed. But this resort town famed for its superlative vintage shops and classic architecture is also pleasantly rough around the edges: rocky landscapes, cactus forests, and alpine villages are all there to explore—if you can tear yourself away from that poolside chaise.

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Themes: Road Trip · Shopping

Inspired by: 3 West Coast Weekend Getaways — by Irene Edwards, Published Sep. 2009

Hotels (4)

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    Riviera Resort & Spa

    Stars like Elvis Presley, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra lounged around the Riviera Resort and Spa in the 1960's. In 2008, renovations from a $70 milli

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    Ace Hotel & Swim Club

    Ace Hotel and Swim Club is located close to the mountains in Palm Springs. Earth-friendly renovations with recycled materials transformed the 1960'

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    Colony Palms Hotel

    Originally established by Detroit mobster Al Wertheimer in 1936, this Spanish-Moroccan hotel has a former guest list that includes Frank Sinatra, R

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    Horizon Hotel

    The Palm Springs Modern architectural style owes its beginning to William F. Cody, and this low-profile hotel, built in 1952 for a Hollywood produc

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Restaurants (5)

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    Jake’s Ready to Eat

    Christopher Malm and Bruce Bloch named their American bistro Jake’s after their West Highland Terrier. Located in the Uptown Design District, this

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    Dink’s Restaurant & Ultra Lounge

    Drinking alfresco will have you seeing stars in the cabanas. The ambitious cocktail menu includes nine fruit-infused mojitos and a martini with mud

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    Cowboy Way BBQ

    Rancher-turned-restaurateur Daniel Placencia dishes up trophy winning chili with chunks of pork and a fiery, thick sauce. Cowboy Way in Palm Spring

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    Cheeky’s

    Locals arrive early to avoid waiting in line for the famous brunch at popular Cheeky's in Palms Springs. The 20-seat restaurant, with an outdoor pa

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    Bin189

    The name of this rustic restaurant and bar in the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa refers to its location along U.S. Highway 189. The bar has a sliced

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Activities (12)

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    Asylum, Palm Springs

    Mod is god at this quirky establishment.

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    Stewart Galleries

    Fans of antiques and American Impressionist art should include Stewart Galleries on their list of stops in Palm Springs. Located in the La Plaza Di

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    Modernway

    The plate-glass windows beneath the blue-edged roof give a preview of the high-end 1950s furnishings for which Modernway (and Palm Springs) is know

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    Palm Canyon Galleria

    Along the flagstone hall of this mall-style layout are several shops that carry numerous mid-century and vintage items. The Palm Canyon Galleria on

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    Modern Home Design Showroom

    Modern Home Commercial & Residential Design Showroom on North Palm Canyon Drive sells building and furnishing materials that have the mid-20th-cent

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    House 849

    High-end furnishings, home accessories, and art befitting a variety of styles from vintage to contemporary are stocked inside House 849 on North Pa

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    Palm Springs Yacht Club

    Located inside the Parker hotel, the Palm Springs Yacht Club is far from the ocean but cultivates a country-club atmosphere with old-fashioned cour

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    Palm Springs Historical Society

    John McCallum, the first permanent white settle of Palm Springs, had an adobe house built for him in 1884, and along with Miss Cornelia White’s “Li

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    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    Bring a jacket—even in summer—to ride aboard the world’s largest rotating gondolas. The 2 1/2-mile, 10-minute trip up the sheer cliffs of Chino Can

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    American Museum of Ceramic Art

    This overlooked gem of a museum showcases clay as an art form, from ancient vessels to contemporary works.

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    Desert Hills Premium Outlets

    If your idea of shopping is bagging designer goods for less, then Cabazon, just off I-10, is sheer heaven. The highway-hugging outlets feature 130

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    Trina Turk Residential

    California-born designer Trina Turk opened this home furnishings store in 2008, next to the first location of her women’s and men’s fashion boutiqu

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