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A desert oasis.
A night under the stars. However you see the outcasted escape town of Palm Springs, California, the hot and spa-centered fantasyland will have you reeling for more vacation days. The town is designed for catching a quiet weekend, so for Los Angelenos in need of a moment’s rest, we casually find ourselves calling up our weekend away in the desert.
Now it’s your turn.
Tee up for a weekend away at one of America’s most talked-about festival towns, and give yourself 48 hours of space and sanity. Here’s how to get the full experience of Palm Springs, all in under 2 days’ time:
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The Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel
Listen: when you take Palm Springs, you’re taking a live-in experience. Three things you most definitely require when it comes to lodging? A fully-serviced room, a life changing pool and bar scene, and a hotel in the center of fine dining. Plus, one on the CN Traveler’s Hot List for 2018? Bonus. We’ve nabbed your best bet: The Rowan.
New to the hotel scene in Palm Springs, the stunning, seven-story Kimpton Rowan is notorious for being the tallest building in town, fit with 153 rooms and suites, as well as its massive anchor to several up-and-coming eateries and dining experiences that will have you doubling your meal count. The sleek rooftop bar and pool is a social mecca, and if romance is on the brain, the hotel hosts two cinematic overlooks: the romantic rooftop deck, or the lobby’s two-story window, fixed with vista views and anxious to make your sunsets matter. You can even join up with the hotel’s Tesloop program, a sustainable city-to-city ride sharing service solely utilized by Teslas. Let the desert come to life both inside and outside of the Kimpton walls.
Chi Chi at the Avalon
It’s official: the newly curated brunch menu (offered Saturdays and Sundays at the beloved Avalon Hotel) is officially a go. Head Chef, Jason Moffitt, a Palm Springs local, has developed a tasteful a timeless brunch menu that pulls the grandeur of the desert into its inspired creations. You’ll likely buzz over the Greek yogurt, organically made with puffed brown rice and local honey. Or, if you’re feeling a heavier hand, delve in the Latin-inspired Chi Chi Quiles, with radish, cotija, crema, and pan-friend potatoes. The delectables of Moffitt’s menu will have you booking a second reservation before you sneak home.
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Atop the beloved Kimpton Rowan, and one of the products of the glossy new redevelopment project that Palm Springs has recently undergone, is 4 Saints. With a close-up view of the San Jacintos, and a night vibe matched with wood floors and leather accents, 4 Saints hosts a lively bar scene and invigorating global menu brimming with truffles, sunchokes, miso, foie gras, kampachi, and wild juniper, which head chef and mastermind, Stephan Wambach, forages himself in the bramble of Joshua Tree. The gritty, fantastic menu is a tribute to California’s suave diversity, and the excellence of the food and service will have you tipping large. Don’t leave the hotel without a quick stop.
The Trails + Joshua Tree
Whether you’re running through the nearby trails of Palm Springs or skirting off to the U2-inspired badlands of Joshua Tree, tune in with the sun and earth as you experience the desert isles of California. Joshua Tree is a landmark, and its phenomenal structures will give you an ethereal big world feeling, while putting you in step with Mother Nature. If you’re looking to stay more local, consult your concierge on one of Palm Springs 170 long, winding hiking trails–the famous city is brimming with adventure. Tune out of business and into earth.
Bliss Chakra Spa
Travel requires healing. Nabbing a two-hour Heaven & Earth Signature Treatment at the renowned Bliss Chakra Spa in Palm Springs is the epitome of saving grace, giving you the opportunity to fully bloom, realign your chakras. Where Chakra energy flow techniques meet TIbetan bowl sound baths, come meditation and empowerment. To renew and reheal from your adventures (because, yes, traveling comes with all sorts of stresses), divulge in the expert relaxation techniques of Bliss.
48 hours later, and you’ll be trying to finagle a longer stay. Count on it.