Palm Springs, California
Take in the Old Hollywood glamor of this vacation destination
The term "laid-back glamor" best describes Palm Springs, Calif. Nestled in Coachella Valley, vacationers young and old appreciate its many upscale offerings.
Stay at Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn
This luxurious Mediterranean-style mansion was built in the 1920s to host the Hollywood rich and famous. The inn now serves as a small bed-and-breakfast for those who want opulent privacy within walking distance of all Palms Springs has to offer. For a romantic getaway, opt for the Library Room with its dark-cherry coffered ceiling and hand-carved fireplace adjacent a king-size bed, as well as its secluded garden patio. All rooms include a three-course gourmet breakfast for two, evening wine and hors d'oeuvres, and evening turndown service. Visit www.thewillowspalmsprings.com for more information.
Eat at Copley's on Palm Canyon
Dine on the innovative cuisine of chef Manion Copley at this restaurant. The menu of American cuisine infused with traces of tropical and European flavors features dishes such as the Herb-Crusted Colorado Rack of Lamb and one of Copley's most popular plates, the Oh My Lobster Pot Pie. Tables are available inside the house and under the stars in the garden. Visit www.copleyspalmsprings.com for more information and reservations.
Play at Indian Canyons Golf Resort North Course
Continue your historical brushes with fame by hitting the links where Frank Sinatra once did. The legendary crooner played the first invitational on this resort's public North Course, which features the famous Disney fountain set into one of its water hazards; Walt Disney once owned several mid-century homes on the course. Schedule your tee time so that you can enjoy Sunday champagne brunch afterward at the elaborate North Course Restaurant. Visit www.indiancanyonsgolf.com for more information and reservations.
Relax at Spa La Quinta
Just a short drive from Palm Springs, the spa at La Quinta Resort & Club proves worth the trip. The peaceful sanctuary nestled next to the Santa Rosa Mountains offers therapeutic treatments for adults and kids alike, and even for the four-legged members of your family. Be sure to book an al fresco water therapy treatment, which allows you to find solitude in a private garden tub. Visit www.laquintaresort.com for more information and reservations.
Shop at Modernway
The Palm Springs area is known for its mid-century architecture and furniture design, and this store offering the best of the high-end '50s furnishings. Whether you need items for your home or simply love to window-shop the era, odds are more than a few Eames chairs will be waiting for you. Visit www.psmodernway.com for more information.
Plan your trip to Palm Springs for before the end of April. After that, temperatures begin to rise, with summer months seeing triple digits.