Palm Springs, California, better known as the “Desert Oasis,” is a haven for warm weather with 350 days of sunshine. It is a lively and chic desert resort town perfect for escaping the harshest of winters. The Southern California desert city welcomes more than 3.5 million visitors annually seeking golf, outdoor activities, or lazy days lounging around the pool. Forget the East Coast winters…grab your speedo or bikini and sunblock and get ready for a fabulous vacation.
Palm Springs: Hollywood’s Paradise
Palm Springs has long been internationally known as the playground for Hollywood’s elite. The “two-hour rule” of Hollywood film studios made Palm Springs an idyllic location for celebrities to escape from it all. It was a place where Marilyn Monroe lounged around in la crème de la crème resorts. Hollywood stars such as Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Marlene Dietrich, Bob Hope, Dakota Fanning, Halley Berry, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Gwen Stefani have all called this lovely desert oasis their home, away from the prying eyes and limelight of Tinseltown. You can even spend a night in Leo’s digs, 432 Hermosa, an iconic Mid-Century home designed by renowned architect Donald Wexler in 1964. Book it and feel like an A-List moviestar!
Book it and feel like an A-List moviestar!
Fabulous Places to Stay
Let’s dive into the world-renowned hotels and resorts of Palm Springs. If you’re escaping below-freezing temperatures and want to warm your frostbitten tush, then Santiago Resort is the perfect place. It is the premier gay boutique hotel in Palm Springs, which caters to singles and couples, those who want to mingle or look for a romantic winter getaway. Santiago Resort is sophisticated yet playful and intimate. Winter gloves and cozy socks are not needed when you step foot into Barefoot Inn. It’s the only gay resort in the historic Movie Colony neighborhood. Its Mid-Century architecture evokes Old Hollywood, and it has been renovated for the 21st Century. Dozens of small resorts, many clothing-optional, give gay men and women plenty of options for a memorable desert getaway.
Satisfy that Fierce Hunger
For a quick coffee-and-bagel breakfast, head over to Koffi on Palm Canyon Drive. They serve up the best morning lattes and much more with a vibrant display of artwork hanging on their walls. They cater to the LGBT community—as do many in the area—but what stands out is that they are pet-friendly, so bring your fur-babies to the fun. Now for lunch: the most talked-about eatery is Brickworks Bistro Palm Springs, divine and tantalizing. Wood-fired brick-oven pizzas, grilled burgers and craft beers draw a happy crowd here. For an ultra-luxe dining experience and maybe that dîner magique pour deux, don’t miss Le Vallauris. The iconic eatery is celebrating its 40th year, and is the perfect place to celebrate with that special someone in your life. When you sink your teeth into their roast rack of lamb, nirvana will set in.
Party Your Heart Out: Vivá la Dance
Palm Springs hosts a variety of huge and important LGBT events, like Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend, among the most popular lesbian parties in the world. For the boys, the White Party is among the largest gay dance music festivals on the planet. The highly acclaimed Palm Springs Film Festival brings flashing cameras, celebrities and excitement to the desert. And Palm Springs Modernism Week brings fans of Mid-Century Modern design from around the world. With so many events to choose from, you’ll love Palm Springs so much you might want to move right in.
Start Packing: The Adventure Awaits
Instead of shopping for a winter coat, look for a great summer outfit because Palm Springs is bright and sunny year-round. Escape from the snowstorms and blizzards, and instead rest and relax in the nation’s premier resort getaway. Shop downtown and in the Uptown Design District or party to your heart’s content. Palm Springs will leave you breathless for its beauty, celebrity du jour, fantastic resorts and mind-blowing parties.