Blog created in partnership with the Meet the Mentor Program. Adrianne Hutto visited Greater Palm Springs in October and shared her experiences below.
Greater Palm Springs is a time capsule of elegance and glamor. A paradise where vintage stores, stunning architecture, and Michelin-recognized restaurants seamlessly coexist. A place where houses once graced with Hollywood legends like Leonardo Dicaprio and Elizabeth Taylor, and visited by the likes of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, sit side-by-side. Even hotels in this enchanting oasis have a storied history of a revolving door of celebrities passing through over the decades, reminiscent of the golden era of Sinarata and Gable. For those seeking a bit of glitz and glamour for their next getaway, Greater Palm Springs is the place to be.
With interior decor that features head-to-toe Jonathan Adler, an array of luxe soaps and perfumes, elevated spa treatments, and a pétanque court nestled under a lemon tree, visitors can get the royal treatment, Parker-style. Don’t miss ordering room service, as it comes delivered via bicycle to add a touch of whimsy to your stay, making it feel like an elegant stay in wonderland. Have a colorful breakfast with a customary sweet treat at Norma’s and savor steak dinner at Mister Parker’s.
For a more modern and sleek experience, consider the Kimpton Rowan Hotel. With a location in the heart of downtown Palm Springs for proximity to shopping and dining, a rooftop pool, and a daily 5 p.m. happy hour every day in the lobby, the Rowan promises an unforgettable stay in style.
Dining at a Michelin Guide Restaurant
For a swanky place to dine, Bar Cecil was recently included in the prestigious Michelin guide and is an homage to Cecil Beaton, the fashion icon, photographer, and artist. From the grilled California artichokes to the fan-favorite Beaton burger, which comes carefully dressed in a custom box, every meal here is a journey of taste and luxury.
A MidCentury Oasis
One of the most captivating aspects of Greater Palm Springs is its never-ending collection of midcentury modern homes. These architectural treasures are emblematic of an era of sleek lines, open spaces, and a deep connection to the natural surroundings. The city’s neighborhoods are painted with these timeless structures that feel like stepping into a living museum, preserved to maintain their mid-century glory.
Enjoy Vintage Shopping
For those seeking vintage excellence to dress like the stars, Greater Palm Springs is an epicenter for affordable luxury items. Trust any sign that reads “vintage,” as you’ll uncover treasures like Coco Chanel boots and Prada purses, a testament to the city's timeless charm. Some top spots for shopping include Bazar Palm Springs and The Fine Art of Design.
A Locals Perspective
But the real hidden gems of Greater Palm Springs are the tales you’ll hear from the locals. From local drivers who recount the amusing escapades of old Hollywood celebrity encounters to vintage store owners with anecdotes of their buyers’ most unique purchases. The destination's rich history is filled with laughter, joy, and eccentricity. Whether you’re sipping cocktails by the pool or exploring the beauty of the midcentury modern homes, this SoCal oasis is a testament to its old Hollywood roots and proof that a little bit of extravagance is exactly what the soul needs.