Once a hangout for old Hollywood, mobsters, and Frank Sinatra (who is buried there), Palm Springs is an oasis in the middle of the desert. It’s full of gaybors (I’d argue they outnumber the straight ones), mid-century modern furniture and architecture, and all around relaxation. Marc and I decided to spend a weekend here while in CA. We left LA at 9am and were in PS by 10:30, no traffic at all, it’s about 120 miles from the city. To our surprise our room at the Colony Palms Hotel was almost ready, so we hung out by the pool and admired the mountains while we waited.

The hotel was on Conde Nast Traveler’s Hot List for 2009, so we obviously had to stay there, and prices were great for a holiday weekend! The property consisted of a bunch of small buildings housing rooms and villas with a huge pool in the center of it all. Allegedly built by a mobster in the 50’s the hotel re-opened in 2007. Our room was great, and the pool with the mountain views was stunning.

The sun was shining, so we hit the pool immediately and did not leave until the sun started sinking behind the mountains.

In the late afternoon we walked over to the main drag, Palm Canyon Drive, which was steps from the hotel and got our mid-century modern on. The street is filled with stores selling Barcelona Chairs, Eames everything, Saarnien tables and all those other guys that live in Marc’s apartment. It’s also full of restaurants and places selling requisite tourist crap.

During our walk we scouted out a place for dinner, we were in the mood for Mexican (maybe it was the dessert), so we made a reservation at Las Casuelas. The place was hopping when we walked by, so we figured it was good, and we were not disappointed! The margaritas were great, the carnitas were carnita-ey and the enchiladas suizas melted in your mouth, oh and the guacamole rivaled Rosa.

The next day we had brunch at Cheeky’s, it was absolutely amazing and worth the wait. If you’re in Palm Springs, you can’t miss it. They had delicious bloody mary’s and even more delicious blood orange mimosas, along with some uber dank pastries, omlets, bacon… I could go on. We spent most of the day at the pool, and then went for a hike in Tahquitz Canyon at the end of the day. It’s an easy hike to a small waterfall and a 5 minute drive from Palm Canyon Drive. The $16 admission fee is a bit steep, but it supports the local Tahquitz Indians and the Park itself.

That evening we went to Matchbox for dinner. When we were walking the main street we saw the place and wondered if it was the same as the one in DC, and it sure was (after checking the website)! So random, we asked our waiter why they have a location in the Nation’s Capital and Palm Springs, he didn’t know, but the pizza and beer was good.

The next morning we enjoyed a quick breakfast at Koffi, advice, get a seat as soon as you order, it gets busy! Then, on the way back to LA we stopped at the Desert Hills Premium Outlets, you can see them right from the highway. Probably the most high-end mix of stores at outlets I’ve seen, from Tod’s to Gucci and even AG Jeans, Rosie would have loved it, they had all the old styles. I bought a pair, obvs.

So, if you are ever looking for a great weekend get-away, whether you haild from the left-coast or right, to Palm Springs you must go!