City Style: Palm Springs | The Times
The Times | December 2009
City Style: Palm Springs
There's more to this desert city than 354 days of sunshine, but that's a good start. By Laura Ivill
1. The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn
The Willows, built in 1924, where Clark Gable and Carole Lombard honeymooned, was one of Palm Springs’ first big homes, and is now a charming eight-room B&B. It has been a labour of love to restore it to its former glory.
412 West Tahquitz Canyon Way (00 1 760 320 0771;thewillowspalmsprings.com).
2. Parker Palm Springs Yacht Club
Not a real yacht club, given that it’s in the middle of the desert, but you’ll find this playful aesthetic wherever you go at the Parker. Hang out all day in the Psyc spa. where cocktails with your pedicure are the way to go. Or push the boat out with the Lost at Sea package – three-and-a-half hours of pure pampering.
4200 East Palm Canyon Drive (00 1 760 770 5000;theparkerpalmsprings.com).
3. Palm Springs Village Pub
Village Pub is where the locals go to dress down, drink and dance. There’s a live band and DJ every night of the year and, on Sundays, a jam session. The weekend happy hour starts at 6pm and food is served till 1.30am. The rib-eye steak is especially recommended.
266 South Palm Canyon Drive (00 1 760 323 3265;palmspringsvillagepub.com).
4. Palm Springs Art Museum
The museum’s recent renovation is spectacular, opening up the Seventies interior to show off its 7,000 objects, which include works by artists such as Donald Judd and Gavin Turk. The popular basement caf? houses the evocative William Anderson Collection of black-and-white photographs of Fifties movie stars at play in the city.
101 Museum Drive (00 1 760 322 4895; psmuseum.org).
5. Ace Hotel & Swim Club
Ace, indeed – with a roadside restaurant that has been revamped as a modern take on the classic American diner, drawing on local, seasonal, organic ingredients. Make the most of Palm Springs’ sunshine and enjoy drinks by the pool.
701 East Palm Canyon Drive (00 1 760 325 9900; acehotel.com).
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