and become your own student of Mid-Century Modern design.
Historic Inns and Boutique Hotels
Be taken back to the 30's 40's and 50's and experience how Palm Springs began...feel where the stars lived, loved and played. The small, charming boutique hotels in and around the village contain classic examples of old-world Spanish hacienda styles, surrounded by amazing examples of modern architecture contained within funky and hip retro hotels and inns. Soak in the flavor and ambience of these gems during December's Walk of the Inns...experience the intimacy of a fireplace, the private spa, and the bougainvillea draped walls of private pools...snuggle under a blanket while a horse drawn carriage takes you on a tour of these gems under a the star-kissed night that is Palm Springs.
After an al fresco breakfast by the pool, begin your day at the Village Green, home of the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, to experience how the Cahuilla Indian tribe had laid claim to this desert paradise, then establishing the tradition of co-existence in the 1800s. Map out a tour of the public art throughout the village...retrace the Hollywood legend along the Walk of Stars or with a celebrity bus tour to take a peek past their homes and into their lives. Explore the neighborhoods on a bike along streets that highlight historical and Mid-Century Modern classics. Stroll through the meditative Moorten Botanical Gardens...or take the morning and explore the absolute wonders of Palm, Andreas, Murray, or Tahquitz Canyons. On Thursdays, stroll the vibrant pedestrian street fair known as Villagefest...or plan a night tour under the full moon at the top of the Tram...
Lifestyle, Fun, and Arts
Palm Canyon Drive and its surrounding streets are tucked-full of boutiques that are yours for discovery...book signings and readings, upscale thrift shops, Mid-Century Modern furnishings, distinctive designer clothing, handmade dolls, music boxes and clocks, crystal fantasies, children's unique games and toys. Find that classic Eames chair or that original retro piece in the dozens of retro boutiques and thrift shops. The art galleries are a destination in themselves, as there are almost thirty along Palm Canyon Drive, and a dozen more throughout Palm Springs, along with a monthly Art in the Park. Stop and dine al fresco between boutiques, or tuck into a mountainside cafe table to celebrate your eclectic finds.
Nestled against the mountain is the Palm Springs Art Museum, showcasing contemporary Californian, Western American, and Native American art, as well as glass studio art, Mid-Century Modern architecture, and American photography. Then it's a step back in time at the Palm Springs Air Museum, an inspiring and expansive collection of World War II aircraft, photographs, and memorabilia.
The painted sky above the mountains is an invitation to explore another face of Palm Springs...the stage and musical performances at the Annenberg Theater...the season of productions at Palm Canyon Theater...the senior long-legged lovelies of the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies. Soak in the magical starry nights and the full moons on the mountains with movies in the park, Jazz Under the Stars, or dinner and a romantic trek at the top of the tram...or spend the evening in the village, having dinner under the olive trees in a beautiful outdoor courtyard. Cap the night off at the elegant Spa Resort Casino...with time left for one more midnight swim.