Palm Springs is one of the well-known playgrounds of movie stars because of its proximity to Hollywood. But nowadays, it is a fun and a cool destination for anyone who wants to enjoy a classy stay in one of Palm Springs rental homes while having a great desert getaway. Palm Springs is the perfect fusion of nature and intricacy, imbibed with just the right amount of sophistication.
Mid-century modern style
Mid-century modern design flourished in Palm Springs. Special thanks to the accomplishment of Mad Men – a TV series created by the American writer, director, and producer, Matthew Weiner and was produced by Lionsgate Television. But people who visit Palm Springs quite a lot have long been appreciating the sleek style of the place. The city is full of commercial building and mid-century homes – for rent and for retirement – designed by well-known architects. Visitors can book for guided tours or obtain a map of Palm Springs at the Palm Springs Visitor Center and search on their own while shopping for period furniture and home décors around the town. In addition, Mid-century enthusiasts can visit during the Modernism Week, a yearly celebration of the aesthetics of the said era.
The Pool Parties
There’s nothing better than diving into a cool pool when summers temperatures easily hit thirty to forty degree Celsius. Guests can check-in hotels including Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, Ace Hotel & Swim Club, and The Saguaro that offers day passes to use their amenities. Hotel guests can access these for free. DJs and a vibrant atmosphere can accommodate the crowd that is young and young at heart. For a more soothing surrounding, try the Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel, where a day pass is as cheap as $8 on the weekends and includes admission to multiple facilities such as pools, saunas, and showers.
With lots of different options from creative chefs, Palm Springs proves itself to be a great culinary scene. Craving for Find Greek dishes? Try Koutouki. Austrian? Go to Johannes and try their Schnitzel. Or visit Mr. Lyons for a taste of classic American steakhouse. For people with a taste for innovation and upscale modern cuisine, try Workshop Kitchen + Bar or SO.PA at L’Horizon Resort & Spa. However, trying it all can be an expensive trip, have a taste of it all without breaking the bank by visiting the Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week. Dozens of restaurants offer multi-course meal during this week.
The Aerial Tramway
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is one of Palm Springs’ distinctive attractions. Guests will enjoy the mountains when they start to ascend for more than 1700 meters in only 10 minutes or so. Suspended by cables, the car rotates carefully as it climbs, giving guests spectacular mountain views. At the top, guests will easily feel the change in temperature as it gets thirty to forty degrees cooler. Despite the summer weather in Palm Spring, visitors will enjoy the chilly weather. Also, you can check out the hiking trails in the area before heading back down to the bottom. A round trip costs about $25.95 for adults and $16.95 for children ages three to ten.
The Living Desert
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens – formerly named The Living Desert Museum – is a not-for-profit zoo and botanical desert garden with an importance on desert conservation. Here, giraffes and ostriches can freely roam the area in picturesque habitats, while lizards race throughout the surroundings. Creatures such as fennec foxes, snakes, hedgehogs, cheetahs, camels, and other amazing wildlife that thrives in the desert or dry terrains can be observed. Also, a petting zoo, the Living Desert Zoo, and Gardens offer a chance to pet some very cute goats, and various educational opportunities go on throughout the day. Travelers with accompanying children will surely enjoy the experience. Self-guided and shuttle tours are available. Restaurants and a gift shop are also available on the property for some souvenirs and refreshments.
Robolights is an incredible lights display built by Kenny Irwin, Jr. in front of his property that is located at Granvia Valmonte. Strings of Christmas lights covering surreal sculptures will make you appreciate Kenny’s works. Four acres for his property was transformed into this strange and bright wonderland. The best time to come over to Robolights is during Christmas time when Kenny turns the lights on. Irwin generally offers open hours during the holidays where the public can drop by. On lean months, however, prospective guests may book an appointment or check it out from the road. Donations from guests are highly encouraged to help Kenny keep on adding to his works and make Robolights look more awesome.
Mid-century style and Polynesian cocktails seem to go hand in hand for tiki enthusiasts, will feel quickly at home in Palm Springs. If you are in Palm Springs to chill out with friends and acquaintances or to relax in a resort, the good news is that you never have to go far to have a nice cocktail. The oldest of them all is named Tonga Hut, which also serves food. Toucan’s Tiki Lounge – a gay nightclub with a tiki milieu – is also within the area. Bootlegger Tiki sits behind Ernest Coffee Co. and offers an extensive menu of unique tiki concoctions to choose from while enjoying it in an intimate, red-lit space.
For a wider selection of cocktails, Truss & Twine has some of the most composed cocktails to offer in Palm Springs. It might not sound like it, but the Game Changer – a cocktail with the combination of gin, lime, cucumber and other citrus fruits – is readily refreshing and is the perfect answer to a hot summer.