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1, 2, 3: Palm Springs Destination Guide

Just like how New Yorkers escape to the Hamptons during the summer, Southern Californians seek pool-lounging weather in Palm Springs during the winter. With streets lined corner-to-corner with mid-century-modern-style architecture, soaring palm trees, a downtown that hosts swaths of art galleries, retro-inspired shops, restaurants, and bars with expansive patios, as well as adventure-welcoming hiking, Palm Springs is an alluring destination. It’s also Founder of Hotels Above Par @BrandonBerksonx’s favorite spot, so it only seemed natural that he would write a 1, 2, 3 Destination Guide — our signature format featuring one hotel, two restaurants, and three places to visit within a certain locale — for Palm Springs (of course, when we can travel again)👇

To Stay:

Avalon Hotel & Bungalows (@avalonhotels): A haunt for old Hollywood, including Marilyn Monroe, expect old Spanish-kissed suites, studios, and bungalows blueprinted to surround ever-flowing gardens, courtyards, pools, and California cuisine-style restaurant, Chi Chi (picture #3 & #4).

To Eat:

Birba Palm Springs (@birbapalmsprings): One of the best ambiances in Palm Springs, this outdoor patio is shrouded by desert-style trees and hanging lamps, where it offers craft cocktails and delicious pizza (picture #5).

Eight4Nine (@eight4nine): A swanky Downtown Palm Springs haunt which has an interior that perfectly pairs ivory white with pops of color — the outdoor area is equally as fun.

To Visit:

Downtown Palm Springs: A long strip of stores and restaurants; many of which, pay homage to the city’s forefront standing as a mecca for retro design. Make sure to shop the Trina Turk (@trinaturk) flagship store for upbeat knickknacks and chromatic clothes that are inspired by the fashionista’s love of California confidence and American design. Also, make sure to shop art and the funniest coasters you’ve ever seen in your life (of course, if you love incredibly intelligent humor that pushes the limits) at Michael Weems Collection (@michaelweemscollection). Also, for retro furnishings and epochal lamps, check out Pelago (@pelagopalmsprings).

Indian Canyons (@tahquitzandindiancanyons): A desert hike replete with meandering trails, pre-historic rocks and palm trees.

Architectural Hallmarks: See the area’s famed mid-century modern homes with The Modern Tour.

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