STAY: The Korakia Pensione (www.korakia.com) – one of the ‘sexiest hotels in America‘ – was built as a private home in 1924. Children aged under 13 aren’t allowed and all the casitas, bungalows, rooms and suites are free from the distractions of TV and telephone so it’s perfect for a romantic break – when they were a couple, Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal often stayed there. The ACE Hotel & Swim Club (www.acehotel.com/palmsprings) is a 180-room hotel, spa and resort on the grounds of a renovated mid-century modern motel, within walking distance of downtown and filled with vintage furniture. For more 1950s-style fabulousness, try The Rendezvous (pictured below) (www.palmspringsrendezvous.com), with its gorgeous courtyard, pool and fab room names such as Pretty in Pink and Route 66. Or stay at the retro-style Orbit In boutique hotel (www.orbitin.com) with its mountain views, poolside breakfasts and yummy cocktails.
SHOP: It’s vintage heaven along Palm Canyon Drive, from A La Mod with its mid-century furniture, artwork and accessory to Vintage Oasis and its retro-reissues from the 1940s to ’60s. Pick up souvenirs at Villagefest, the Thursday outdoor street festival in downtown palm Springs, which boasts more than 200 craft and food stalls (www.villagefest.org).
SEE: Check out the playground of the stars, including the former homes of Elizabeth Taylor and Dean Martin, on a Rich & Famous Tour with Best of the Best Tours (www.thebestofthebesttours.com). Start by seeing palm trees and end up seeing pine trees on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the world’s largest rotating tramcar which takes visitors on a 10-minute ride up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon (www.pstramway.com). Take in an evening at the Fabulous Follies, an all-singing, all-dancing revue show featuring a cast aged from 58 to 82 years old – and boy, can they still high-kick!
EAT: Breakfast at King’s Highway, the hip, happening café/restaurant adjoining ACE Hotel. Lunch at El Mirasol restaurant at Los Arboles Hotel (www.losarboleshotel.com) for amazing Mexican food. Dine at Matchbox in the heart of the downtown area and grab an outdoor table for maximum people-watching opportunities.
DRINK: The Rat Pack, headed by Sinatra, hung out at Melvin’s bar, it’s an ‘old Hollywood’ hangout and great for cocktails and live crooners.
DO: Hike Indian Canyons (www.indian-canyons.com), where the ancient Native Americans settled centuries ago. Enjoy the Taking of the Waters mineral water spa experience at Spa Resort Casino (www.SpaResortCasino.com). Take a Jeep Safari through the San Andreas Fault – it’s not all desert, you can pan for gold at an Old Mining Camp and explore a Cahuilla Indian Village (www.red-jeep.com). See the fabulous collections at the chic Palm Springs Art Museum (www.psmuseum.org).
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