A thriving arts scene in Southern California.

By Travel & Leisure
April 20, 2012
David Glomb

With buzz-worthy resorts and eateries, Palm Desert is quietly gaining on its better-known, more northerly sister.

The Mojave

Designed with the concept of Palm Desert in the late 1940’s, this one-level motor-style inn is a bright beacon of orange and lemon yellow. Twenty-four guest rooms and suites surround a central area equipped with a pool and Jacuzzi, spa, and garden, with plenty of seating to relax in the sunlight. Lemon trees are planted within the grounds, while palm trees along the exterior act like a barrier for a more secluded appearance. Vintage movie posters line the walls of the lobby, and a complimentary breakfast is available daily. It is also a quick walk to El Paseo for dining and shopping.

Desert Art Collection

Take a stroll through the free Desert Art Collection, where the eclectic patio garden features sculptures by internationally acclaimed artists.

Imago Galleries

This two-story, 18,000-square-foot contemporary art gallery in the Cahuilla Park neighborhood hosts the rotating works of artists who specialize in wood, stone, metal, glass, and other media. This earth toned, cube-style building with white lines features a sculpture garden and a corner window that projects outward from the walls; within it is a large glass sculpture by Dale Cihuly. Displays have included artist Arman’s twist on Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Ginny Ruffner's whimsical lampwork-glass sculpture that depicts its title: How Rain Gets in Clouds. Take in the desert view from the upper-level deck.