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Palm Springs Cheat Sheet

The Parker

While our Spring 2013 collection sartorially whisks us away to Palm Springs, sometimes we need a West Coast voyage of the more literal kind. We’ll make sure you enjoy the perfect brunch and cool down with the right cocktail with our guide to Palm Springs’s best.

Favorite of the local brunch set, the Cheeky’s menu consists of all home-made and mostly locally-grown, seasonal, and organic fare. Rebecca’s personal go-to is the Banana’s Foster French Toast.

Cozy up next to a fire pit, enjoy the mountain views, and soak in the live music while eating amazing Italian food and drinking inventive cocktails – you have to try the Peruvian Weekend. The casual, yet elevated menu at Birba is most known for its pizzas, which can come vegan and gluten-free.

If you like your martinis dry with a touch of nostalgia, this old-school bar brimming with charm and a familial atmosphere is perfect for you. A tuxedo-clad Melvyn still greets you at the door and the pianist (the same one for decades) is happy to take requests.

The Parker Hotel
Even if you don’t plan on staying the night, walking the lush green grounds, previously owned by Gene Autry, is well worth the excursion to The Parker. Make a day of it: Brunch at Norma’s (famous for its banana-macadamia nut flapjacks), treat yourself to an afternoon at the hotel spa, then enjoy dinner at Mister Parker’s. End the evening with s’mores by the firepit.

Resale Therapy
Find yourself some California gold at this designer thrift shop, just across the street from The Parker. The boutique-like feel and smart color-categorization make consignment shopping more luxe than ever. Located on 441 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

This cute lunch spot, located inside the Viceroy Hotel, is as bright and sunny as the name implies—in both their menu and decor. Sit poolside on the patio and enjoy the mint quinoa salad and truffle fries.

Amigo Room
This always-fun Ace Hotel bar serves a young crowd, who can’t seem to get enough of the retro-cool bar pulsating with the sounds of their live DJ. If you have a penchant for karaoke, this is also the place for you.

Copley’s on Palm Canyon
Formerly Cary Grant’s guest house, Copley’s on Palm Canyon has been transformed from a piece of Old Hollywood real estate into an award-winning restaurant, perfect for special occasions.

Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace
Get the complete wild, wild west experience at this old pioneer town, thirty minutes outside of Palm Springs. First built as a movie set back in the ‘40s, Pappy’s and Harriet’s is now known for its live music and great BBQ.

Joshua Tree National Park
Feeling more adventurous? Take a scenic hike through Joshua Tree National Park. Or save your legs and hop on a jeep ride through the mountains to an over 4000 feet elevation in the Mojave Desert.

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