Trippin' with Thorsun

Palm Springs first drew crowds as a wellness destination in the early 1900s (dry heat), before evolving into a super-mod Hollywood escape in the ’50s. It’s changing again—a little more hipster, a little less swinging ’60s—though the awesome dry heat remains. And did we mention that it’s just two hours from LA, assuming you don’t get stuck in traffic? We’ve rounded up the best accommodations, restaurants, and cultural highlights.
Visitors usually come to Palm Springs to relax by the pool or visit one of the many spas and resorts. But there's more to this city in the desert. There are many memorable restaurants and interesting vintage stores to visit throughout the downtown area. If you’re feeling more adventurous, take a ride up the Aerial Tramway and go for a mountain hike.
WHERE TO EAT

BIRBA

Situated in downtown Palm Springs, the modern restaurant serves a changing menu of global cuisine and speciality cocktails. The tree-filled patio is a great way to take advantage of those warm California nights.

622 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

 ROOSTER AND THE PIG

Tai Spendley's delicious low-key beer bar and Vietnamese eatery is Palm Springs best kept not-so-secret spot. They don't take reservations and crowds build up quickly, but it's perfect for family style sharing.  

56 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

FARM

This cute little gem is tucked away in downtown Palm Springs. The inviting and warm atmosphere is created with rough hewn tables set with a jumbled mix of silverware and colored glass. Reservations recommended.

6 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA 92262

WHAT TO DO

MID-CENTURY ARCHITECTURE

Rent bikes or drive around classic mid-century neighborhoods like Racquet Club, Movie Colony/Ruth Hardy Park, Vista Las Palmas (where the famous Neutra Kaufman house is, which you can see from the street) and Twin Palms. If you geek out on mid-century architecture all you need to do is just drive around.

PALM SPRINGS TRAMWAY

The beautiful and iconic Palm Springs Tramway goes through several ecosystems and takes you to the top of the mountain which is usually freezing, even when it's over 100 degrees in the city. Once you get to the top, you can walk around, take a hike or simply sit and marvel at the views.

1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

MOORTEN'S BOTANICAL GARDEN

This tiny but cute desert garden and nursery has a beautiful garden path and a Cacterium. The 1938 landmark is located right beside the trendy Ace Hotel.

1701 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

KORAKIA PENSIONE

Charming and romantic resort in downtown Palm Springs featuring Moroccan and Mediterranean themes. Complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, pool, loaner bikes, bocce ball and yoga.

257 S Patencio Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262

PARKER PALM SPRINGS

Before you set up camp by one of the resort’s retro-glam pools, be sure to explore the winding pathways and sprawling grounds of this desert oasis: You’ll find outdoor fire pits, hammocks, cricket courts, and the Gene Autry Villa. Much like the rest of the property, each of the 131 guest rooms and 14 suites are decked out in color-happy accessories, geometric throw pillows, and other mid-century elements, courtesy of Jonathan Adler’s interior decor skills.

4200 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

ACE HOTEL & SWIM CLUB

Eco-conscious renovations with recycled materials have transformed the 1960s-era hotel into a bohemian-themed resort. The 176 rooms come with Wi-Fi and mood lighting, while some also have record players and vinyl collections.

701 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

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