The rich and famous have been coming to Palm Springs for decades. In the 1950s, actors started vacationing in the desert as it was a quick escape from Hollywood, and an easy drive back on short notice if needed in the studio. This California desert resort city is located 110 miles east of Los Angeles, and 140 miles northeast of San Diego, and 102 miles from Laguna Beach and Newport Beach. It is protected by the Little San Jacinto Mountains to the north, the Santa Rosa Mountains to the south, and the San Jacinto Mountians to the west. Palm Springs is known as the "Playground of the Stars," and is best known for its warm weather and dry climate. With an average of 354 days of sunshine, and less than 6 inches of rain annually, and winter temperatures that average in the 70s (with nights in the low to mid 40s), is it any wonder why people flock to Palm Springs from all over the world?
For me, Palm Springs is best known for its amazing mid-century architecture. Since the 1920's, visionary modernist architects, such as, Richard Neutra, John Lautner, Donald Wexler, Albert Frey, And William F. Cody, to name some, have embraced the desert environment with the use of straight lines, glass, and incorporating indoor and outdoor space. These famous architects created these "masterpieces" of today and include hundreds of residential buildings (homes, condos, apartments), commercial, civic, religious, hotels, schools, and cultural buildings. For more information, click on MODERNISM WEEK for tickets, tours, exhibits, etc.
After more than a decade of Desert Fashion Plaza - once a vibrant mall in downtown Palm Springs - sitting vacate, Palm Springs embarked on a REVITALIZATION PROJECT in 2013. Today, an upscale hotel, called The Rowan Hotel, a Kimpton Property, has opened and is the tallest high-rise building in Palm Springs standing at 6 stories tall. On the rooftop of The Rowan, you will find a rooftop bar, restaurant, and pool with cabanas, and of course, stunning views. In addition, Starbucks Reserve...an upscale Starabucks featuring different ways to brew coffee including nitro brew has opened. You will also find H & M, MAC Cosmetics, Kiehls, Tommy Bahama, Free People, and restaurants. Moreover, there is a downtown park featuring a water feature, shade, outdoor gallery, and events area, and there will be a parking garage for 1,500 cars! To learn more about Palm Springs, visit CITY OF PALM SPRINGS and CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. For a glimpse at California's Presitige Magazine, visit PALM SPRINGS LIFE for arts & entertainment, fashion, what's new, where to eat, things to do, etc.