You’ve got 48 hours to decompress from the week. Some desert heat, midcentury design, and ring-a-ding-ding should do the trick. Hit Palm Springs.
Take in mountain views at the nine-studio Orbit In (562 West Arenas Road; 760-323-3585). Want vintage flash for less cash? Try Del Marcos Hotel (225 West Baristo Road; 760-325-6902). Glamour-pusses love the new Old Hollywood-style Viceroy (415 South Belardo Road; 760-320-4117) with three courtyard pools or the Jonathan Adler-designed Parker Palm Springs (4200 East Palm Canyon Drive; 760-770-5000). Even if you don’t spend the night, go play croquet or pamper yourself at PSYC spa.
Before hitting the windmills, pop into Hadley (50130 Main Street, Cabazon; 951-849-4668) for date shakes. At Tyler’s Burgers (149 South Indian Canyon Drive; 760-325-2990) carb-phobes order the bun-free Suzanne Somers, but the sliders rule. El Mirasol (73325 Highway 111, Palm Desert; 760-836-9028) has generous margaritas and a lively crowd; fancy folks go Cal-Austrian at Johannes (196 South Indian Canyon Drive; 760-778-0017). After hours, it’s martinis at Melvyn’s (200 West Ramon Road; 760-325-2323), where seasoned swingers vie for the piano mic.
First stop: the Cabazon Outlets (48980 Seminole Dr, Cabazon; 888-854-5655). Then fuel up on caffeine at Koffi (515 North Palm Canyon Drive; 760-416-2244) before scouring the furniture corridor for Noguchi and Saarinen at Palm Springs Consignment (2100 North Palm Canyon Drive; 760-416-0704), Modern Way (2755 North Palm Canyon Drive; 760-320-5455), and 20 First (1117 North Palm Canyon Drive; 760-327-5400).
Can’t stand the heat? Visit the Palm Springs Art Museum (101 Museum Drive; 760-325-7186), tour the city’s Alexanders with PS Modern Tours (760-318-6118), or ride the Aerial Tramway (1 Tramway Road; 760-325-1391) to the peaks of Mt. San Jacinto, where it’s thirty degrees cooler than the valley.
You’ll be flown to the moon.
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