With winter roaring its way through most of the U.S. like an express train, many travelers are looking for a warm escape that's affordable and has plenty of activities for family members of all ages. Palm Springs in California has been welcoming winter-weary travelers for many years and has quickly risen to the top of winter getaway lists.
Located in the Coachella Valley, best known for the Coachella Music Festival every summer, Palm Springs is the perfect setting for outdoor activities. What better way to see the gorgeous landscape than on two wheels with the Big Wheel Tours? With your choice of road bikes, mountain bikes and cruiser bikes for rent, you and your family can spend all day touring around Palm Springs while getting a nice workout!
For those who prefer walking to riding, head on over to the Whitewater Preserve for some hiking, climbing, swimming, fishing and bird watching. But first, make sure to pack a picnic basket with your favorite food and beverage treats from a local grocery store or farmer's market! As an added bonus, the beauty and activities at Whitewater Preserve are offered free of charge!
For the golf enthusiast in the family, there are more golf courses per capita in Palm Springs than anywhere else in the world, so you have plenty of choices for where to sink a hole in one! With close to 50 courses and driving ranges, take your pick and hit the links for a couple of rounds. If golfing isn't your idea of relaxing, there are plenty of other activities such as museums, hot air balloon trips, breweries and brew pubs to visit while in Palm Springs. A "must" experience that's truly unique is the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway that carries you up over 5,800 feet into Chino Canyon in the world's largest rotating tramcar. An amazing view is guaranteed no matter which way you look!
When you and your family are ready to unwind at the end of the day, Palm Springs offers a wide array of culinary choices. Boasting over 400 restaurants ranging from casual to fine dining, a good meal that suits your tastes is practically guaranteed. And there's nothing better than enjoying a delicious meal outside while your friends back home are struggling to make it through another blizzard.
Just because Old Man Winter is camped outside your door doesn't mean you're doomed to a bout of cabin fever. Take some time off from work, pack your bags, plan some activities you and your family have never done before and escape the cold wind, snow and slush. Once you head out to Palm Springs and spend a couple of days in the warmth of the sun, you'll understand why it has been named a top winter getaway by FlipKey!
Other Top Winter Destinations:
Lakes Region (NH)
Panama City Beach
Nothing says Valentine's Day like hot romance and passion, but finding that heat can be tough in many parts of the U.S. in the middle of February. Snow, ice and the polar vortex can get in the way of plans filled with a bouquet of roses, romantic teddy bears and designer chocolates.
With an average of 300 days of sunshine annually and 70 degree temps in the winter, Palm Springs is a reminder that you don't have to spend the colder months indoors binge watching Netflix or Hulu. And, with the big day falling on a Saturday this year, why not plan a weekend-long celebration that's twice as nice?
Known as an oasis of outdoor activities, Palm Springs offers activities for every type of visitor. For those who want to spend Valentine's Day weekend seeing the sites, there are a number of "Little Hollywood" tours that drive past the vacation homes of stars like Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Estee Lauder and Ol' Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra. If you and your partner aren't inspired by the yesteryear of Hollywood, Palm Springs offers architectural tours, ATV and horse tours of the surrounding area. What better way to end Valentine's Day than riding off into the sunset with your special cowboy or cowgirl by your side?
If you two love birds prefer spending your time in Palm Springs proper, there are plenty of spas where you can pamper yourselves (couples massage, anyone?), or golf courses and tennis courts where you can work up a sweat. Of course, there's nothing more romantic than spending the day shopping for some unique "for your eyes only" souvenir attire to add some additional heat to your Palm Spring's Valentine's Day experience.
Everyone knows that the most important thing about Valentine's Day is the dinner, and does Palm Springs provide options! With restaurants and bistros ranging from American to Mexican, French to Italian and beyond, you are guaranteed to find the perfect place to wine and dine with (and maybe in some cases, propose to) your loved one. Since Valentine's Day is bound to be a popular day for going out, you'll want to make your reservation well in advance of your arrival, giving yourself plenty of time to plan a most memorable experience!
At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what you do or where you go in Palm Springs for Valentine's Day. What does matter is the fond memories that you make with your loved one. When you combine the amazing warm and sunny weather and all of the sights and activities that are available, it's easy to see how Palm Springs is the perfect place to re-kindle the fires of love, making it FlipKey's top Valentine's Day destination!
Palm Springs is the go-to California resort town for golf lovers and those who enjoy perfect weather with unlimited relaxation. This retro-style getaway is famous for its Rat Pack-era style with a classic look and feel to both the architecture and eateries. You'll see plenty of steakhouses with brown liquors filling tumblers, but you'll also see an infusion of newer, more modern establishments that are hauling Palm Springs into the new millenium. Either way, those visiting Palm Springs enjoy a delicious meal no matter where they dine. We've helped you narrow down the choices with our list of the top restaurants.
The atmosphere, the food, the service, and the location put these establishments over the top and onto our list of the best restaurants worth traveling for in Palm Springs. So grab your sunglasses and your appetite and try out each entry on our list:
Alcazar Palm Springs
Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
Copley's Palm Springs
Jake's Palm Springs
LG's Prime Steakhouse
Lulu California Bistro
Matchbox Palm Springs
Palm Greens Restaurant
Rio Azul Palm Springs Mexican Bar & Grille
Ruben and Ozzy's Oyster Bar
The Falls Prime Steakhouse
Workshop Kitchen and Bar
Zin American Bistro
Every year right about this time, people everywhere are beginning to second guess themselves before walking outside. This year is no different and we’re certainly off to quite the start. That’s why FlipKey has been searching for some warmer options to get away from it all and we’ve found the best winter destination --- Palm Springs. Why? Well how does an average temperature of at least 70 degrees every day sound?
Whether you want to relax poolside or visit one of the many area spas, have a boys trip, girl’s weekend, or a quick getaway with that special someone, Palm Springs has something to offer. You may have heard this underrated location be called the “Golf Capitol of the World” and although there are plenty of golf courses and tournaments to make this true, there are also plenty of other things that appeal to more than just the golf enthusiast.
Take a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to experience the breathtaking trip up the cliffs of Chino Canyon or maybe spend a morning paring the course at Indian Canyons Golf Resort. Not your speed? How about treating your self to a massage at a spa resort or experiment with some mineral therapies to rejuvenate. Follow it all up with some alfresco dinner or cocktails.
Marvel and enjoy this unique combination of snow capped mountains and palm tree desert landscape.
Elvis honeymooned here. Sinatra drank here.
With 350 days of sunshine, it’s time to grab a pair of sunglasses, step your game up and think about visiting Palm Springs.
Other Top Winter Destinations:
Lakes Region (NH)
Panama City Beach
Ralph Haverkate specializes in modern and contemporary Real Estate throughout the Palm Springs resorts area. His extensive knowledge of architectural history and interior design assists clients in buying and selling within the exclusive niche of important modernist real estate properties. His Modernhomesblog.com is an up-to-date and informative source of news, events and modernism trends.
The seventh annual Modernism Week, February 16-26, brings thousands of Mid Century Modern enthusiasts to Palm Springs for 11 days of double-decker bus tours, lectures, films, exhibits and parties that celebrate the architecture and culture of the 1950-60s era. Several new highlights will be featured this year, including the first public tours of the renowned Sunnylands Estate which incorporates the historic Annenberg residence and grounds and the new Sunnylands Center and Gardens.
The 1966 Mid-Century Modern residence, designed by A. Quincy Jones with interiors by William Haines and Ted Graber, has been restored over the past two years. The 25,000 square foot home is located in the middle of landscaped grounds, including a private golf course designed by the legendary Dick Wilson. The late Lenore and Ambassador Walter Annenberg lived at Sunnylands approximately five months a year, during which they entertained United States Presidents, British and other royalty, international political figures, cultural and entertainment icons. The Modernism Week guided tours will provide the first peek into the 200-acre pink walled estate that has fascinated passersby for decades. The tour will also feature the newly constructed Sunnylands Center and Gardens, which will officially open to the public March 1.
Palm Springs Modernism Week kicks off with a chic soiree at the iconic John Lautner's Elrod House perched high up on the Southridge hills overlooking Palm Springs, and just steps from Bob Hope's famed dome-shaped hilltop manse. The Elrod House, made famous by the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever, offers striking architecture with expansive interiors that incorporate an interior/exterior swimming pool in the living room. The home was built for interior designer Arthur Elrod, and a portion of the tour proceeds benefit the LA-based John Lautner Foundation. This is a rare opportunity to see this privately owned masterpiece home.
Also new this year will be a Modernism Prefab Showcase Village featuring cutting-edge prefab structures with the latest alternative energy ideas incorporated into the 21st Century lifestyle. Each room, designed by a different notable interior designer, maintains sophisticated design aesthetics with advanced technological innovations.
A number of cocktail receptions will be held during the week at intimate settings and at some of the area's most notable boutique inns, a perfect way to wind down an exciting day of Modernism.
Modernism Week offers more than 75 events including the architecture bus tours, interior design homes tour, modernism film festival, architecture and design lecture series, a vintage fashion show and much more.
Palm Springs Modernism Week, the non-profit organization that produces this annual 11-day festival, was the only such event in the country when it launched in 2006. The event helped fuel a revival of appreciation for and preservation of modernism, a design aesthetic developed during in the 1950s and 60s typified by clean, simple lines and elegant informality. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit online at www.modernismweek.com.
Another way to experience the impact California had on America's post-war lifestyle is to visit the current Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-1982 in the Palm Springs Desert Museum's Annenberg Wing. The museum, located at 101 Museum Way in downtown Palm Springs, is itself a modernism landmark designed by E. Stewart Williams in 1978. Beyond some of the glamour shots of Marilyn Monroe, Ann Miller, Rock Hudson, Liberace, and other stars, the exhibit explores more deeply how photography emerged as an important medium of fine art, according to Palm Springs Life Editor Steven Biller in his feature this month, Breaking the Surface. One pivotal moment came in 1982 when fine art photographer David Hockney's composite Polaroid shots of a nude bather "challenged paintings as the dominant mode in all fine art," said Daniell Cornell, the museum's deputy director of art who curated the exhibition. Hockney's composite of many Polaroids as one artwork, first exhibited at the L.A. Louvre gallery, will be one of 140 works in the show. For more on this and other Modernism events, check out www.modernhomesblog.com.
Today, desert modernism is a much sought-after architectural genre and Palm Springs is a virtual treasure trove of custom and tract home neighborhoods and important public buildings. At Team Haverkate, we specialize in Mid Century Modern homes and estates for sale. After absorbing the sights and lifestyle of Palm Springs Modernism Week, contact Team Haverkate for a personal tour of desert modern classics currently for sale in the Palm Springs area. Email email@example.com. or visit online at www.HaverkateRealEstate.com.
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