"Palm Springs has an iconic style all its own. Whether you are exploring the celebrity studded neighborhoods, admiring Midcentury architecture, or staying at a historic boutique hotel, you never know who will be sunbathing on the chaise lounge next to you. Palm Springs became famous for being a weekend escape for Hollywood's elite and it still is to this day." - Roxann Papapetru
Travel and Location Tips
Our Local Expert, Roxann Papapetru, has live in Palm Springs for about 7 years. Up until recently she worked as a concierge in some of Palm Springs' most elite boutique hotels. Her favorite part about living in the desert is the landscape. The cool turquoise pools under the many palm trees set against the mountainous backdrop never seems to get old to her. She loves living in a place where she can lay at the poolside in the middle of winter.
According to Roxann there are two main types of people that come to Palm Springs: Snow Birds and Heat Seekers. Snow Birds come in the winter to escape harsh cold weather of home and Heat Seekers crave the hot dry weather and come during summer. The town's peak season is the winter, when the weather is more temperate. Late October to May is ideal for hiking, film, and architecture festivals. This good weather brings a colorful, energetic, and spontaneous energy to the normally retirement-friendly town. If you don't mind the heat and brave their 120 degree summer days, plan to stay poolside, indoors, and enjoy late dinners. There are less activities and restaurants open during the the off seasons but there are some perks to the off season like lower hotel rates, smaller crowds, and no need to pack a sweater.
- Arrive Hotels, Avalon, and Colony Palm are but a few. If you aren't planning to stay the night but want to spend some time by the pool you have a couple options. You can purchase a pool day pass, or you could get a spa treatment that comes with pool access. Most hotels have treatments that are about the same price as just a pool pass.
- Palm Springs Museum of Art is a great place to start. The 150,000 square feet contains major collections of moderns and contemporary art, glass, photography, architecture and design, Native American works, and Western art. Another great gallery is the Shag Gallery featuring art of Josh Agle.