When the winter months get a little cold and dreary in Los Angeles, I love that I can hop in the car for a short ride to sunshine, bright colors, delicious food, and high style. A Palm Springs Weekend is one of my favorite escapes from L.A. — just far enough to feel like a vacation, but close enough that I’m not driving for days.
— Andrea Ament
On your way into Palm Springs, visit Mr. Rex, one of the Cabazon Dinosaurs. A $12 ticket ($10 for kids) lets you climb all the way up to his teeth. While you’re there, try a date shake at Hadley Fruit Orchard and explore the outlet stores.
Pack your favorite floaty and spend Saturday morning lounging on a chaise in the sun. There’s no shortage of pools in Palm Springs, but this one is the most colorful.
The Shops at Thirteen Forty-Five,
Lighten your wallet at the Shops at Thirteen Forty-Five. A collection of 14 boutiques, housed in an E. Stewart Williams–designed building, showcases modern décor, clothing, artisan jewelry, and new and vintage art.
Parker Palm Springs
Dine at one of the Parker’s three restaurants and feast on the eccentric stylings of interior designer Jonathan Adler. His over-the-top work includes a 900-pound bronze banana on the hotel lawn and Overlook Hotel–inspired carpet on the lobby stairs.
King’s Highway, Palm Springs
Grab Sunday brunch at King’s Highway, a modern roadside diner located within the Ace Hotel & Swim Club offering an eclectic Cal-Mexican menu. Opt for the avocado toast and a frozen watermelon margarita with chili rim because, well, you’re still technically on vacation.
Moorten Botanical Garden,
Before you hit the road, tour the Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium — a local treasure hidden behind an unassuming wall, brimming with thousands of cactuses and succulents.