The Secret Is Out…. PALM SPRINGS is back in all her colorful, diverse glory.

by | Mar 26, 2018 | Great Escape

Palm Springs is welcoming visitors to its new dynamic downtown with stylish hotels, new fashionable restaurants, new chic shops and boutiques, new fun entertainment venues as well as welcoming public spaces for gathering, celebrating and relaxing. With our warm days and balmy nights, this complements the ambiance that is positively seductive. With 360 days of sun-kissed weather and drop-dead gorgeous scenery, it’s no wonder Palm Springs is like no place else and a comeback as Hollywood’s playground with a growing nightlife, burgeoning art scene and edgy vibe.
It could be the surge of super hip (and becoming super large) events like the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Modernism Week, and Coachella and Stagecoach Music Festivals. Or the openings of incredibly unique museums such as the Architecture and Design Center in downtown Palm Springs.
The Rat Pack lived, loved and played here…it doesn’t get any better than that. Stars such as Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Lucille Ball all built homes here (that you can now rent!), adding a touch of stardust. Wearing a favorite vintage outfit, shopping for mid-century modern treasures in the Uptown Design District, dining alfresco in downtown bistros under the warm sun…now that’s a vacation.
This is a place to relax. The colors are saturated by the warm desert light, and the living is easy. Nestled at the base of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains, the City of Palm Springs is the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The streets, lined with palm trees, are perfect for exploring boutique shops, art galleries and museums while soaking up the warm sunshine.
If this isn’t enough to entice you….soar to the top of Mount San Jacinto on the world famous Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, play a round of golf at Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, or hike the ancient palm groves of the Indian Canyons. In the evening, stroll the year-round Villagefest, then relax with a swim under the evening stars.

412 W Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs •
Where History, Luxury and Romance Linger…
Mere moments from the excitement of downtown Palms Springs yet worlds away from all the hustle and bustle of every day life, may be found one of the desert’s most unique hidden treasures – the Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn. Originally a millionaire’s private luxury hideaway, the Willows is a dream of peace and serenity brought to life by skilled craftsmen who nearly a century ago magically transformed a rugged and barren hillside into a veritable oasis of rare beauty and ineffable charms. For decades this secluded paradise delighted some of the world’s most famous figures who found healing repose within its sheltering embrace; lingering amongst its lush terraced gardens and gazing with wonder at the breathtaking panoramas stretching out before them. Today, the Willows has been reborn as a small luxury hotel and the same enchantments that beguiled the likes of Clark Gable & Carole Lombard, Joseph P. Kennedy, Marion Davies and Dr. Albert Einstein may be yours to enjoy as well. You simply have to call or make a reservation online. Tranquility awaits at the Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn.

The O’Donnell House
at The Willows • 760-320-0771 or 1-800-966-9597
Settled on the sheer mountainside, the expansive terrace of the O’Donnell House seems to float above the desert floor. Meticulously restored by the Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn, the O’Donnell House and grounds feature original and rare tile floors and bathrooms, redwood ceilings, antique furniture, unique gardens, impressive rock work and exquisite views of the desert below. Surround your guests with comfort and luxury throughout their entire stay.
An ideal Palm Springs venue for weddings and wedding receptions, special events such as private parties and fundraising galas, corporate retreats and conferences.
The O’Donnell House (“Ojo Del Desierto,” or Eye of the Desert) is a registered historic site on four acres of land in Palm Springs adjacent to The Willows Historic Inn. The 4,100 square-foot venue features four bedrooms and four baths and the Willows eight individual guest rooms, all restored to their original opulence. Maximum event capacity at the O’Donnell house is 125 guests.

Our Dining Picks …

Spencer’s Restaurant • 701 W Baristo Rd., Palm Springs • (760) 327-3446 •

Spencer’s Ambience is the perfect blend of stylish elegance and comfortable informality.
Serving Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner in their beautifully expanded dining room or their award winning patio. Nestled at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, Spencer’s offers a popular Palm Springs tradition of culinary excellence featuring a fresh approach to classic American cuisine. Locally voted Best Sunday Brunch, Best Outdoor Dining, Best Power Lunch, Best Wine List, Best Chef, Best Caterer and Most Romantic, Spencer’s is Palm Springs’ “it” place for any occasion.

EIGHT4NINE Restaurant & Lounge • 849 N Palm Cyn. Dr, Palm Springs • (760) 325-8490 •

Located in the fashionable Uptown Design District of Palm Springs, EIGHT4NINE Restaurant and Lounge offers a welcoming and friendly atmosphere whether it’s for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Weekend Brunch, or Happy Hour.
Prior to its extravagant grand opening in 2015, EIGHT4NINE Restaurant and Lounge was a large historic building that formerly served as Palm Springs’ first U.S. Post Office.
Today the cavernous 1954 building has been elegantly transported into a minimalist modern space with striking crisp white interior punctuated with strategically-placed hot pink accents.
Their singular goal is to provide you the best dining experience possible, whether looking for an intimate dinner for two or if you want to celebrate life’s special moments with hundreds of friends.

Kaiser Grille Palm Springs • 205 S. Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs 760-323-1003 •

At Kaiser Grille their menu was designed around your health. Their belief is that you are what you eat. With this in mind, they offer all natural and hormone-free USDA PRIME beef, free range organic chicken, sustainable/wild seafood, and with fresh, local produce. Their desserts, dressings and sauces are all made in-house.
Born out of our love of food and hospitality, Kaiser Grille has been synonymous with quality and value for over twenty years in the Coachella Valley. Founded by Kaiser Morcus in 1992, Kaiser Grille quickly became a hotspot for locals and visitors alike.




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