Why wait until winter to visit this desert hot spot? Here are five reasons to make the trek now:

Haute architecture

Known for its Modernist style typified by the impeccably restored 1946 Richard Neutra-designed home, Palm Springs offers retro fans a slew of buildings with the glass, rock and corrugated metal design. Landmarks include Palm Springs City Hall (1957), Tramway Gas Station (1965) and the Washington Mutual building. The Modernist Elvis Honeymoon House is immortalized for its famous tenant.

Cool hotels

Desert hotels come in all styles and sizes but two not to miss include the new Ace Palm Springs, a 1965 Howard Johnson motor lodge renovated into a 1970s Hollywood throwback with faux fur, vintage vinyl and loads of leather; and Hotel Zoso, the stylish and zen-like destination for hanging out in one of the poolside cabanas.

The village


Sunset is an ideal time to browse the village, when sidewalks are purged of shoppers and a breeze cools the air. On Thursday nights, the area morphs into VillageFest, an old-fashioned block party with arts and crafts, music and culinary treats.


Designer Trina Turk takes to the home in her eponymous store offering vintage furnishings and accents upholstered in her signature prints. Handmade pottery, fine towels and Trina Turk candles and pillows are also in stock.

Tee off

Golfers have more than 100 desert courses to choose from, but locals favor the legendary Tahquitz, originally designed by Billy Bell and upgraded to Arnold Palmer's standards with undulating greens and more than 60 bunkers.