Palm Springs

Where hip meets Mid-cen­tury Mod­ern

Travel Guide to California - - CONTENTS - BY CHRISTO­PHER P. BAKER

SINCE THE 1930s, PALM SPRINGS has been a play­ground for A-list celebri­ties who fell un­der the spell of the area’s tran­quil beauty, and in the 1950s and ’60s, it was the re­treat of Frank Si­na­tra and other Hol­ly­wood stars who par­tied pool­side in their Mid-cen­tury Mod­ern bun­ga­lows. To­day, with a grow­ing nightlife, bur­geon­ing art scene and ca­sual, re­lax­ing vibe, Palm Springs is again Hol­ly­wood’s play­ground. Newly fresh and com­pelling, this epi­cen­ter for desert va­ca­tions again ex­udes laid-back con­tem­po­rary cool.

A spec­tac­u­lar re­de­vel­op­ment plan has put a new lus­ter on down­town Palm Springs, high­lighted by the open­ing in Novem­ber 2017 of the light-drenched Kimp­ton Rowan Palm Springs ho­tel, and a pedes­trian walk­way aim­ing a vis­ual spot­light on the world-class Palm Springs Art Mu­seum. Vis­i­tors can also ex­pe­ri­ence glam­orous style at many of the city’s su­per-trendy ho­tels as well as many his­toric bou­tique prop­er­ties. Add Up­town art gal­leries and fash­ion stores, ex­cit­ing new restau­rants and an edgy night scene and it’s no won­der a whole new gen­er­a­tion of va­ca­tion­ers, trendsetters and celebri­ties—from Leonardo Dicaprio to Mi­ley Cyrus—is flock­ing to where it’s the swing­ing 1960s all over again.

Haute De­sign/ar­chi­tec­tural Cool/ Year-round/lgbt Friendly

Known through­out the world as the mecca of Mid-cen­tury Mod­ernism, Palm Springs em­braces and cel­e­brates this de­sign aes­thetic. With the world’s largest con­cen­tra­tion of such ar­chi­tec­ture (more than two thou­sand homes), it shows a dis­tinc­tive style that can be ex­pe­ri­enced not only in ar­chi­tec­ture, but also in­te­rior de­sign, fash­ion and unique shop­ping. In fact, retro and Mid-cen­tury have found a home in Mod­ernism Week—at­tract­ing more than 100,000 vis­i­tors from around the world each Fe­bru­ary and Oc­to­ber.

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