Tee off on top-notch greens.
Channel old-school Hollywood and Vegas as you discover one of America’s classic playgrounds in California. With countless opportunities for golfing, swimming, and tennis, the area draws its share of seniors, but it also has a retro-romantic side. Check out one of the new design-minded hotels, take a dip in a kidney-shaped pool, or sip a classic cocktail at one of the kitschy-chic bars.
Parker Palm Springs
Norma's, Palm Springs
Breakfast at Norma’s in the Parker Palm Springs is now as much or more an institution as it is in Le Parker Meridien in New York. Go healthy (egg-white shrimp frittata) or over-the-top (foie gras brioche French toast).
Viceroy Palm Springs
Designed as an ode to Palm Springs in its Golden Age, when celebrities like Humphrey Bogart visited, this Hollywood-Regency style hotel occupies four acres. Opened as a bungalow retreat in 1933, the property underwent a full renovation in 2003. The 67 guest rooms, made up of standard rooms, suites, and villas, are decorated in a color palette of black, white, and lemon-yellow, with Italian designer linens and bath products by Aromatherapy Associates. There are varied services available at Estrella Spa, and three outdoor heated pools. Citron restaurant serves New American cuisine and is open throughout the day.
Indian Canyons Golf Resort North Course
Indian Canyons is ingrained in Palm Springs history. Frank Sinatra played the first invitational on the public North Course, which William P. Bell designed and debuted in 1962. Date palm and oak trees line the greens, which are set against a rocky, mountain backdrop. In the summer, temperatures on the North Course climb above 100 degrees, so hitting the tees as early as 6 a.m. is not uncommon. The North Course Restaurant is the most elaborate of the resort's dining options, with three meals daily, a Sunday champagne brunch, and a weekday happy hour.
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 Springs serves fall-off-the-bone pulled pork, baby back ribs, tri-tip, and chicken with crunchy Kansas City coleslaw, too. All sandwiches come with a choice of cornbread, potato salad, ranch beans, slaw, or macaroni salad. The dining room is home to both a small bar and well-spaced tables with fake cow fur tablecloths, and the restaurant boasts its own giant smoker—which Placencia insists is s the key to preparing great BBQ and uses only red oak and hickory wood.