A Dreamy Desert Getaway in Palm Springs

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Curator’s statement

Palm Springs has a truly special charm for those seeking a memorable weekend getaway. It's instantly captivating with its mid-century-modern architecture and palm-fringed boulevards set against a mountain backdrop. This desert oasis not only offers a mix of pool parties, outdoor activities and vintage and boutique shopping, but a mix of accommodation styles as well. From small boutiques to resort-style properties. With its blend of relaxation and recreation, it's the perfect destination to suit travelers of any taste.

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Things to do in Palm Springs

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Poolside Bliss:

Enjoy vibrant pool parties and cocktails at the stylish Ace Hotel or ARRIVE Palm Springs. It's the perfect way to enjoy Palm Spring's endless sunshine in laid-back luxury.

Hike & Picnic in Indian Canyons:

Hike a variety of trails and take in the scenery at Indian Canyons. Better yet, pack a picnic including sandwiches from my favorite French bistro L'Atelier Cafe Palm Springs.

Scenic Ride on the Aerial Tramway:

Hop on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and experience incredible views of the Coachella Valley as you make your way to San Jacinto State Park at the top.

Shopping on El Paseo Drive:

Hit up El Paseo Drive for a day of boutique shopping and discovering unique vintage finds after browsing modern art galleries.

Palm Springs Art Museum:

Spend the afternoon exploring the famous Palm Springs Art Museum and their stunning collection of modern art and rotating exhibits.

Yoga in the Desert:

Join a group yoga session during sunrise or sunset either through a community event or offered complimentary by your hotel. Pair it with a trip to the spa for ultimate relaxation.

Sunset Cocktails and Live Music at The Purple Room:

Experience the vibrant nightlife of Palm Springs at The Purple Room while sipping cocktails at a fun retro-chic venue that's quintessentially Palm Springs.

Architecture Tour by Bike:

There's no better way to experience Palm Spring's iconic midcentury architecture than by a bike ride through Old Las Palmas and Twin Palms.

VillageFest Night Market:

Every Thursday night Palm Springs comes alive with VillageFest. It's a local street fair with music, food and plenty of fun finds from local artisans.

Hot Air Balloon Adventure:

Catch the sunrise and pop some champagne on a hot air balloon ride through Coachella Valley - it's lovely and cool in the mornings so be sure to bring a layer.

Day Trips:

Places to eat & drink in Palm Springs

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Begin your day at Cheeky's, a go-to spot known for both inventive and classic brunch options like their bacon flight or chilaquiles. They don't take reservations so get there early for a seat at their outdoor terrace.

Norma's at The Parker:

For an elevated brunch experience and chic setting, try Norma's, at The Parker hotel. Favorites include "Norma's Eggs Benedict" or lemon-ricotta pancakes.

Lulu California Bistro:

For a lively lunch atmosphere and colorfully classic Palm Springs Design, head to Lulu California Bistro. A popular restaurant offering a diverse menu with something to suit everyone's taste.


Enjoy the farm-to-table experience at Farm, a cozy restaurant known for its commitment to locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Whether you opt for artisanal pizzas or fresh salads, you'll love doing lunch here.

Workshop Kitchen + Bar:

Workshop Kitchen + Bar is known for modern American cuisine and housed in a stylish and renovated historic building. They have unique offerings and specially curated cocktails if you're looking for a sophisticated dinner experience.

Trio Restaurant:

Enjoy contemporary American fare at Trio Restaurant, a fantastic spot for dinner. The diverse menu features steak, seafood and pasta, with an outdoor patio that is absolutely perfect in the evenings.


Unwind at Azúcar, a vibrant cocktail bar infused with Latin-inspired flair. You'll be surrounded by colorful decor that makes every moment here photo-worthy.

Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge:

Conclude your day at Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge, where diverse dinner options meet an impressive cocktail bar. Sip on creatively crafted drinks in this chic and contemporary setting, making it the perfect ending to your Palm Springs culinary journey.

Truss & Twine:

For mixology enthusiasts, head to Truss & Twine for a curated selection of rotating cocktails. The stylish setting provides the perfect ambiance for enjoying artisanal drinks.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Adrienne Dwulet's guide, Girls Trip to Palm Springs. This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Palm Spring.

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