CITY GUIDE: PALM SPRINGS, I LOVE YOU

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SHOP

MODERNISM WEEK & PALM SPRINGS FINE ART FAIR

277 N. Avenida Caballeros
Palm Springs, CA 92664

Technically, these two exhibits sharing the convention center during V-Day aren’t united, but they might as well be. With (mostly) post-war and modern art & furniture, these fairs are essentially pop-up shops of tightly curated goods from smaller galleries and furniture showrooms. Forego the overpriced antique and vintage shops and peruse these show floors for something truly unique. Bonus: sign-up for the Palm Springs Modernism Committee while out there; private home tours book up as soon as the modernismweek.com site goes live, but becoming a member broadens your wiggle room for openings, and you get free access to the self-guided architectural tour app.

EAT

WORKSHOP KITCHEN + BAR

800 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92664

The interior is modern enough to be considered a departure from the retiree vibe that’s present in many PS establishments, but it’s also just kitsch enough to remind you that you’re not in L.A. anymore. How so? Hidden in the back of a courtyard, concrete and leather are the only two textures readily apparent in the design of this eatery, yet it shares much of its amenities with the neighboring businesses.

Although not marketed as a small plate space, it’s smart to order a bunch of items to share. Our favorites include the truffle risotto, anything sea bass, and a muddled ginger beer (we requested extra lime and mint on the side). Be sure to book reservations far in advance: we booked three weeks out, and thus we were able to score a booth.

TAKE A NAP (OR PLAY SOME MORE)

THE PARKER PALM SPRINGS

4200 E. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92664

We love The Parker, but not because its interiors are designed by Jonathan Adler; nor because the inviting sitting room has a fire pit with velour cushions and French-press coffee. It’s not even that the lush landscaping remind us of being at the Hearst Castle. In short, we love The Parker for the hammocks. An unexpected design element, I napped for a bit before the pre-brunch rush, and quite peacefully: this hotel has been described as “strangely quiet,” and “a place where I was afraid to talk,” by fellow writer Ariana Espiritu. It depends which weekend you happen to be staying. Nonetheless, if the Ace is summer camp, The Parker is Disneyland for adults—think fresh muddled cocktails by the pool; a daily ritual of spa, steam soak, repeat; and healthy competition encouraged throughout the lush grounds with life size chess, Pétanque, and Croquet—all with requisite bars close by. Even if you\’re not staying at The Parker, it\’s worth a visit for a drink, or two.

Tell us, where are your favorite spots in Palm Springs to relax (or your ultimate girlfriend’s weekend retreat)? Let us know in the comments below!

Stefanie Phan
Stefanie Phan
Stefanie Phan is founding editor of LadyHoliday.net, a curated guide to the art of living well. Prior to Lady Holiday's debut, Stef's inherent fascination with the value of quality guided her professional experience with Chanel, W and Riviera Orange County magazines. Her stories have been published in Riviera Orange County, Riviera San Diego, Manhattan, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and Montage Resort magazines. In 2014 Stef debuted a collection of limited edition artisan accessories available at stefaniephan.com. She lives in Laguna Beach, California with her husband, whom she also serves as Chief Operations Officer for renowned American designer, architect and artist, Aaron R. Thomas.
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