With perfect temperatures during the winter, Greater Palm Springs becomes an escape for sun-seekers around the world. For Winter 2020, this desert oasis welcomes new hotels, exciting new foodie experiences, and thought-provoking art exhibitions - all with a gorgeous mountain backdrop and historical city vibes!
HOTELS + RESORTS
Several luxury hotel openings and refreshed properties are on the horizon—at present, 20 from 2018 through 2022—including Andaz Palm Springs, located near the city’s Uptown Design District; Montage and Pendry properties in La Quinta; and the Delano Hotel in Indian Wells.
The 560-room Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa recently debuted refreshed spaces and amenities, including a redesigned lobby and bar, stunning modernized guest rooms, and new pool loungers and spacious cabanas. Enjoy a rejuvenating, high-energy workout in the revamped fitness center complete with Peloton bikes and state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment.
The city of Coachella’s first resort—Hotel Indigo—is expected to open in 2020. The IHG Hotel brand property is already accepting reservations (so book now!) and will feature 300 casita-style accommodations, a restaurant, a 10,000-square-foot party pool, a spa, and conference center, as well as an 11-acre outdoor concert and exhibition venue.
SPORTS + RECREATION
The sports scene in Greater Palm Springs is also heating up. We are excited to announce that American Express has been named the new Title Sponsor of the PGA TOUR’s Desert Classic tournament, which returns to the city of La Quinta January 13–19, 2020, at the PGA West Stadium Course, the Nicklaus Tournament Resort Course, and La Quinta Country Club. The tournament’s history here dates back to the 1960s, and we are thrilled to welcome players, fans and the new Title Sponsor to this year’s event.
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has announced plans to build a 300,000-square-foot entertainment and sports arena on tribal land in downtown Palm Springs. The 10,000-seat state-of-the-art facility will host premier concerts and live events and potentially a new American Hockey League franchise team in Greater Palm Springs. Ground-breaking is planned for February 2020 with the opening slated for fall 2021—just in time for hockey season.
ARTS + CULTURE
Construction is already underway for the Agua Caliente tribe’s new Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza, which makes its debut in Palm Springs next year. The beautifully designed complex will celebrate the tribe’s history and culture with a museum, spa, and bathhouse, gathering plaza and walking trail.
In the meantime, locals and visitors can explore various cultures and perspectives at the Palm Springs Art Museum, which hosts a series of rotating exhibitions, as well as an outstanding permanent collection with works ranging from California, Western and Native American art to European modern art and American photography. Don’t miss two riveting new exhibitions this season: Contrasts: Promised Gifts from the Kaplan-Ostergaard Glass Collection (now through December 1, 2019) and the sculpturally immersive Brave New Worlds: Explorations of Space (now through December 15, 2019).
EAT + DRINK
Skip’s Little Bar lives up to its name with a maximum occupancy of 31 people. The small bar packs a dynamic décor that includes a wallpaper of musical events the owner (Rick Paige, former COO of Golden Voice) either helped produce or rocked out at himself, as well as hotel keys from his stays in venues across the world. The drink menu features beer, wine, and custom cocktails, plus well-priced lunch/dinner bar food and a breakfast menu on weekends.
Roly China Fusion, the latest eatery by the owners of 533 Viet Fusion restaurant, offers fresh and locally-sourced Chinese fusion and traditional dishes in the city of Palm Springs. The vibrant dining room (including a Chef’s Table for an intimate dining experience) and a pet-friendly outdoor patio are the backdrops where guests will enjoy Dim Sum, light bites and signature cocktails.
The newest Peruvian restaurant in the Coachella Valley (joining Pollo Doky’s in Cathedral City) is bringing South American flavor to the city of Palm Springs. Inka Peruvian Cuisine serves traditional Peruvian food, inventive cocktails and live music acts.
Foodies can savor new suds at the Desert Beer Company in Palm Desert, the latest addition to Greater Palm Springs’ brewery scene. With his vast wine and beer-making experience, local Devon Sanchez’s just-opened brewery and taproom promises to be another Greater Palm Springs hotspot for craft beer enthusiasts. The brewery also has craft sodas and cold-brew coffee on tap, open mic nights and televised sporting events.
Though already a long-time Greater Palm Springs favorite, Hair of the Dog has officially reopened in a new 5,500-square-foot venue in South Palm Springs. You’ll find plenty of seating at the 36-foot wood bar, accompanied by three pool tables, competition darts, a touch-screen jukebox, a performance stage, multiple TVs for sports viewing and a small patio with mountain views. 555 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite A111
About Greater Palm Springs
Greater Palm Springs is Southern California’s most storied resort oasis, with nine cities—Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio, and Coachella—each offering its own blend of experiences. And with natural hot mineral springs, lush palm groves, over 100 golf courses, year-round signature events and more than 300 days of sunshine annually, Greater Palm Springs offers a unique combination of escape, adventure, inspiration, recreation, and relaxation.