Palm Springs has often been depicted as the glamorous, desert gem of the American West Coast. Movie stars past and present have considered the area their own personal playground, an escape from the congestion of Los Angeles and other metropolitan cities. With a backdrop set among the beautiful San Jacinto Mountain range and sunny skies shining down for the majority of the year, it’s no wonder that a trip to Palm Springs can feel a little bit like a hidden paradise.
Besides the beautiful climate and outdoor appeal, what is it about Palm Springs that makes it so alluring to travelers? Perhaps the laid-back vibe, emphasis placed on the art and architectural culture, award-winning golf courses, extensive culinary options, and resort spas have something to do with it. The bottom line is: Palm Spring is where people go to unwind, whatever version of that sounds best for you.
As the ultimate destination for leisure travel, visitors continue to flock to the desert for long weekends away, annual festivals, and other special events hosted within the Coachella Valley. Whether it’s sipping cocktails in sundresses or playing a round of golf in polo shirts and khaki shorts, the Palm Springs atmosphere still embodies classy just not as buttoned-up. Travelers can choose if they prefer the rowdy, party side of Palm Springs or if the vacation calls for something a little quieter. It’s a go-with-the-flow type of feeling unique to this part of the U.S.
Art and Architectural Culture
There are countless art galleries, museums, tours, and events in Palm Springs to choose from. The area prides itself on its rich history of offering culture opportunities and experiences for its residents and those visiting. There’s no way to narrow down such an extensive list but here are a few favorites that provide an inside look at the diversity and allure this city has to offer.
The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum houses a collection of exhibits and educational program designed to teach visitors about the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and other Native cultures. Immerse yourself in the history and beauty of the area and find out more about its historical roots.
Modernism Week is an annual event celebrating the mid-century design and architecture the area is known for. A drive through Palm Springs’ neighborhoods will reveal the type of structure and aesthetics that have been popular here for decades. During the fall preview scheduled from October 19 – 22, 2017 and the official event February 15-25, 2018, visitors will have an opportunity to take home tours, enjoy a cocktail party in Elvis’ Honeymoon Hideaway, learn more about the architects and designers responsible for some of the area’s most well-known homes, buildings, and more.
Desert Art Festival takes place multiple times a year and is free for attendees. These two-day events feature over 100 artists presenting their original work in multiple mediums, including watercolors, photography, clay sculpture, and glass, to name a few. Artists are on hand to talk about their work and interact with guests interested in learning more about their inspiration and skill.
Award-Winning Golf Courses
If there is one main attraction that draws visitors far and wide, it’s the number of quality golf courses sprinkled throughout the Coachella Valley. With many designed by world champion golfers, it’s hard to pass up a tee time when in Palm Springs.
Even if you’re not much of a competitor, hitting the greens can still be fun since there are beginner courses available, as well as putting greens for those who don’t have much experience on the links. Plus, you can always sign up for golf lessons, especially if you’re in Palm Springs for an extended stay. But for those who take their golf game seriously, take your pick and challenge yourself with courses filled with bunkers, dunes, lakes, trees, and sand traps.
Extensive Culinary Options
There’s a flavor for everyone in Palm Springs as illustrated by the number of dining experiences available. One of the area’s quintessential desert restaurants is Copley’s on Palm Canyon, which is part of the former Cary Grant estate. After a brief summer closure for its annual break, the restaurant will be buzzing again come September 1, 2017 when it reopens. Known for its classic American menu filled with fine dining options like Poached Maine Lobster and Prime New York Steak, the views and ambiance are what brings guests back to Copley’s time and time again.
But when in Palm Springs, you’re not limited to fancy steakhouses or fine dining. Brunch is a big deal on the weekend complete with bottomless mimosas and sinful sweets. Small plates, eclectic menus, and traditional hot spots are all available as you explore the area and feed your appetite.
For a city that thrives on relaxation, it’s no surprise that everywhere you turn is another resort and spa for you to immerse yourself in the luxurious offerings found here. Drawing from options like natural mineral springs and customized music-themed spa services, there’s no shortage of rejuvenating experiences found in Palm Springs. It all comes down to how you choose to be pampered.
Palm Springs exudes old Hollywood glamour and celebrates leisure lifestyles. Find out why so many consider it to be their ultimate desert oasis destination and why you should add it to your must travel list. Book a room at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs and experience the true beauty of the desert!