For a long time, I was convinced Palm Springs was simply a pit stop on the way over to the annual Coachella music festival, the kind of small, sleepy town where people go to retire. But, over the years, the city has experienced a revival that has less to do with its proximity to the festival and more to do with the fact that people simply can’t get enough of this sunshine-drenched desert oasis — and I’m one of them.
Why? While the area, once a haven for Hollywood’s Rat Pack, has held onto its slow-paced lifestyle, it has also attracted a spate of stylish boutique hotels, locavore eateries, and cool bars. Now, design and style aficionados are rediscovering the city’s iconic architectural marvels, and foodies, hipster hikers, and tastemakers are making the trek for breathtaking natural scenery and a flourishing culinary scene. Another reason why I love Palm Springs? It’s a mere two-hour drive from Los Angeles — making it the perfect weekend retreat.
Whether you’re after a low-key getaway, an action-packed itinerary, or a little of both, you’ll find something right up your alley while visiting this stylish, warm-weathered refuge. Click through to check out 25 reasons to go — and yes, chances are you’ll even start dreaming about retiring there one day.