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The Essential Vintage Palm Springs Travel Guide 2019

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The Essential Vintage Palm Springs Travel Guide 2019

By Katie Skinner

https://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/July-2018/The-New-Allure-of-Palm-Springs/

What is so great about Palm Springs, California? So many things, all of the things. One of the best things is the history here. Many celebrities have flocked here since the 20s, because there was a rule. It was the “two-hour rule”, which meant that celebrities had to be within two hours of LA so that they were able to return to the studio if they were needed. Palm Springs just so happened to be about two hours away and was a desert paradise. The first hotel in Palm Springs opened in 1886, but it didn’t gain in popularity until the 20s, due to the “two-hour rule”. Don’t worry though, just because it was popular then doesn’t mean that it isn’t still a desert paradise! Not only is Palm Springs filled with rich history, but it is also constantly updating. So now, it’s a mix of old and new, which is amazing!

Palm Springs is located in Coachella Valley, which is famous for the Coachella Festival. Many people know it, and thousands flock to it to enjoy the music and the desert sun. Coachella isn’t the only thing alluring thing in Coachella Valley though. Palm Springs was here first. Long before the music festival, our rich and famous found this desert oasis a great place to live or vacation. This gives way to one popular activity, celebrity house touring. If you’d like to know more about this, check out our feature on the blog, which enlightens us to some amazing people who lived in Palm Springs and some of the backstories to the interesting vintage houses that they lived in.

https://whdh.com/entertainment/fans-flock-to-californias-coachella-valley-for-annual-festival/

This blog, however, is focusing on the old and new elements that Palm Springs has, and how this blend is perfect for anyone. There are spectacular views, great hotels to stay at, marvelous and succulent foods to feast on, drinks to keep throats from being parched, and endless days of shopping. Who wouldn’t want to go to Palm Springs and enjoy all that it has to offer? Here is a decent-sized list to get you started!

Hotels

This is a brief list of some of the more popular hotels to stay at in Palm Springs, there are many more that offer a wide range of amenities.

Arrive Hotel - 1551 N Palm Canyon Dr.

https://www.cellophaneland.com/reservoir-at-arrive-hotel-palm-springs/

A boutique hotel with a tech element, expect to get your keys from the bartender, and there are Apple TVs in the room. One of the first hotels in decades to build completely brand new.

L’Horizon - 1050 E. Palm Canyon Dr.

https://lhorizonpalmsprings.com/resort-gallery


No children allowed here, at this very private and exclusive place. Once an iconic midcentury stay, it majorly renovated and reopened in 2015, and has gone on to become one of the top hotels in California itself.

Ace Hotel and Swim Club - 701 E Palm Canyon Dr.

https://www.expedia.com/Palm-Springs-Hotels-Ace-Hotel-And-Swim-Club.h22864.Hotel-Information

This place has a mix of ethnic and industrial design elements and has a very chill vibe. This place also has the King’s Highway restaurant.

Alcazar - 622 N Palm Canyon Dr.

http://www.alcazarpalmsprings.com/

This place is very much a food lover’s paradise. There are four places to eat and drink here, two of them listed below and a third mentioned. Cheeky’s, Mr. Lyon’s, Seymours, and Birbs are all located in this hotel. A Spanish Colonial building revamped.

Kimpton the Rowan Palm Springs - 100 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g32847-d12482044-Reviews-Kimpton_Rowan_Palm_Springs_Hotel-Palm_Springs_Greater_Palm_Springs_California.html

Offering 153 rooms, a rooftop pool with a bar, and stunning views of the San Jacinto Mountains and the valley, this hotel gives off mid-century and modernist vibes and fits right in with Palm Springs.

The Rossi Palm Springs - 375 W Arenas Rd, Palm Springs

https://therossihotel.com/fountain/

This hotel has a long history dating back to the 20s. It was called The Wingwam and has changed names and rebranded a few different times. This rustic bohemian place now offers a unique style and décor for each of its rooms.

Food and Drinks

King’s Highway - 701 E Palm Canyon Dr.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/kings-highway-palm-springs-2

Located at the Ace Hotel, this used to be a Denny’s! It’s now a contemporary bohemian diner.

 

Elmer’s Restaurant - 1030 E Palm Canyon Dr.

 

https://www.skyscanner.com/trip/palm-springs/restaurants/elmers-restaurant

This place has been popular since the 60s. A great place to catch brunch.

Reservoir - 1551 N Palm Canyon Dr.

https://www.opentable.com/reservoir-at-arrive-hotel

Located at the Arrive hotel, this place is serving modern Southern Californian food.

Woody’s Burgers - 317 N Indian Canyon Dr

https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g32847-d2109038-i41159988-Woody_s_Palm_House-Palm_Springs_Greater_Palm_Springs_California.html

Exactly as it sounds, this is a place to enjoy live music while you eat your burger.

Workshop Kitchen + Bar - 800 N Palm Canyon Dr

https://www.sunset.com/travel/insider-guides/workshop-kitchen-bar-palm-springs

This was formerly a movie theater, for 90 years! This place was refurbished into an award-winning restaurant.

Cheeky’s - 622 N Palm Canyon Dr

https://vagabond3.com/eat-here-cheekys-palm-springs/

Located at the Alcazar. The best place to go for a proper Palm Springs brunch.

Purple Room

https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g32847-d4877452-i161529211-Purple_Room_Supper_Club-Palm_Springs_Greater_Palm_Springs_California.html

A supper club that was a popular hangout for the Rat Pack, built in the 60s, it’s maintained its swanky vibe but updated the sound system and the décor.

Mr. Lyon’s - 622 N Palm Canyon Dr

https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g32847-d7986645-i132001926-Mr_Lyons-Palm_Springs_Greater_Palm_Springs_California.html

Located at the Alcazar. This place opened in 2015, but its predecessor, Lyon's Englsh Grille, was open from 1945-2014. It still retains the classic style, and even has a speakeasy, Seymour’s, that opened in 2016, hidden in the back of the restaurant.

Melvyn’s

https://www.visitpalmsprings.com/melvyns-restaurant-ingleside-inn

This restaurant is located at Inglenook Inn. This hotel was built in the 20s and is famous for the visits from Frank Sinatra. They serve Steak Diane, his favorite meal, and they will prepare it for you tableside.

Shopping

This is a list of various places to find awesome vintage finds. There are different types of stores, malls, thrift shops and more to cater to each individual that is interested in finding cool vintage items. Also, each of these places have links to their websites, so you can look into each different store and see what works for you!

Clothes

These places are highly curated, so you know that you are definitely getting the best quality vintage pieces at these stores.

https://lacation.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/day-22-vintage-and-thrift-shopping-in-palm-springs/

Gypsyland (two locations)

66169 Pierson Blvd., Desert Hot Springs

2775 N. Palm Canyon Drive. Palm Springs

Iconic Atomic - 1103 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

The Frippery - 664 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Mitchells - 106 S. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Spring

Casa Moderno - 464 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Jewelry

You can’t get a vintage outfit without some amazing vintage jewelry! These places hand-pick a great selection so that you always look your best wearing vintage.

https://www.visitgreaterpalmsprings.com/blog/post/the-ultimate-greater-palm-springs-vintage-shopping-guide/

Dazzles - 1035 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Bon Vivant - 766 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Gallery 24 Jewelry - 457 N. Palm Canyon Drive, No. 9, Palm Springs

Flow Modern - 768 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Furniture, Decor, Housewares & Art

https://www.visitpalmsprings.com/blog/palm-springs-vintage-shopping-simply-best

Charity and thrift stores

You can always find something unique and cool at thrift stores, modern or vintage, and these places are no different. Also, the funds go back into charity, so you’re helping out a good cause. No shame in binge shopping if it helps those in need, right?

 

Revivals (benefiting Desert AIDS Project)

611 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

68401 Highway 111, Cathedral City

72885 Highway 111, Palm Desert

Jackie Lee’s Thrift Shop, benefiting the Neuro Vitality Center (formerly called the Stroke Recovery Center)

2800 E. Alejo Road, Palm Springs

Curated Boutiques

Many of these are concentrated, so these are stores that you can find groups of. Makes shopping for a particular type of clothing or item a lot easier, especially since most have a specific type, era, or

Palm Canyon Galleria - 457 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Sunny Dunes Vintage Row

The Shops at Thirteen Forty-Five - 1345 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Palm Springs Uptown Design District

https://www.visitpalmsprings.com/blog/mod-shop-til-you-drop-uptown-design-district

Flow Modern - 768 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Dazzles - 1035 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

a La Mod - 866 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Boulevard - 830 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Christopher Anthony - 803 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Gypsyland – Palm Springs Location - 2675 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Bon Vivant - 766 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Modernway - 2500 N. Palm Canyon Way, Palm Springs

Retro Etcetera - 1059 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Palm Springs Art + Design Gallery - 383 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Antique Malls

https://www.yelp.com/biz/sunny-dunes-antique-mall-palm-springs-2

Victoria’s Attic Antique Mall (Two locations)

798 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

69930 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage

Antique Galleries of Palm Springs - 505 E. Industrial Place, Palm Springs

Sunny Dunes Antique Mall - 507 E. Sunny Dunes Road, Palm Springs

Individual Stores

Stewart Galleries - 191 S. Indian Canyon Drive, #A, Palm Springs

Casa Moderno - 464 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Ventura - 463 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

The Estate Sale Company - 4185 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

Palm Springs Vinyl Records and Collectibles - 220 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

The Palm Springs Vintage Market

https://coachellavalley.com/palm-springs-vintage-market/

2300 E. Baristo Road (Camelot Theatres lot), Palm Springs

This is held from October through May, on the first Sunday of each month.

Now that you have the ultimate guide to having fun in Palm Springs, what are you waiting for? Head over and enjoy this desert oasis!


Happy Palm Springs hanging, Vintage Babes.


References:

https://www.7x7.com/a-modern-guide-to-palm-springs-1816128615.html?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1

https://www.lamag.com/sponsored/palm-springs-old-new/

https://www.visitgreaterpalmsprings.com/blog/post/the-ultimate-greater-palm-springs-vintage-shopping-guide/

https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-palm-springs-became-hipster-central?ref=scroll

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/exploring-old-hollywood-i_n_10312076

https://www.rowanpalmsprings.com/

https://therossihotel.com/




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