Palm Springs, The Springs of Palm Springs
By Jeremy Zachary
Why You Must Go: Looking to get away from the crowds, yet still enjoy boutique shopping, great restaurants and vibrant nightlife? Then The Springs is your place! Summer months in Palm Springs afford lower rates and the opportunity to cleanse the skin in a dry-sauna like atmosphere (dry heat is much more tolerable than heat with the slightest bit of humidity). The Springs is a quaint boutique jewel on Indian Canyon Drive with 25 nooks nestled on its grounds. Recently refurbished from it’s blighty past this beautiful Spanish Mediterranean hideaway offers spacious rooms with Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, sitting areas, large walk-in showers and curtained patios to employ a little privacy.
The Springs of Palm Springs, 227 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, (760) 327-5701, www.thespringsofps.com. Rates vary, visit the web site or call for specifics.
Where to eat:Palm Springs plays host to a plethora of dining options, all an easy walk from The Springs. For a little afternoon margarita or mojito, there’s no place better than Maracas (formerly Mariposa). Serving up the best fire-roasted salsa you’ve ever tasted (this is no exaggeration) alongside some freshly mashed guacamole this authentic Mexican is truly the real deal. Another noted best in the country happens to reside just down the street; LG’s Steakhouse. Nationally renowned for serving up the some of the juiciest steaks, LG’s is a carnivores dream come true!
What else to check out: Just around the corner from The Springs is the Palm Springs Art Museum, definitely worth the three block jaunt for an afternoon visit (they have air-conditioning) to view some spectacular pieces and works. The famed Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is a great way to view the desert floor below by climbing nearly 6,000 feet in just over two miles traveling nearly straight up. There are only two other rotating trams in the world—Engelberg, Switzerland and Cape Town, South Africa. For a taste of what desert life was like before McMansions and custom homes took over the Palm Desert, head to The Living Desert. Host to much of the regions natural plant species and some animals, The Living Desert has miles of outer lying trails just waiting to be explored.