This past February, our team took a brief respite from the frigid NYC winter to shoot our new outdoor collection on location in Palm Springs, CA. (It wasn’t too hard to convince them.) They made the most of their downtime, hitting up the area’s must-see spots and exploring the great outdoors—and our social media maven @taswaim snagged a few snapshots along the way. Read on to see our favorites and start planning your own desert getaway.
King’s Highway, a diner-style spot at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club, has that retro-Cali vibe down pat. Order the avocado toast with sprouts on seedy bread and you’ll feel just like a local.
Our team fueled up at King’s Highway before a full day of shooting…
…And then wound down with frosty cocktails by the Ace pool.
Palm Springs is a true desert oasis: Lush flora fills every view with color.
There’s also major curb appeal to be seen around every corner, thanks to the area’s abundant celebrity hideouts and stunning modernist gems.
Those in the know check into Holiday House, a newly opened boutique hotel from designer Mark D. Sikes. (We couldn’t resist these blue-and-white stripes.)
Take one of the hotel’s polka-dot bikes for a spin around town—they’re free for guests to use.
Archways laced with bougainvilleas line the downtown streets.
There’s no shortage of chic shopping in Palm Springs, from quaint boutiques to vintage emporiums brimming with treasures.
The date shake has been a Palm Springs specialty since the 1920s, when date farmers began putting down roots in the Coachella Valley. We highly recommend a pit stop at one of several orchards in the area.
For an entirely new perspective on the landscape, hop aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Climbing nearly to the top of San Jacinto Peak (more than 8,000 feet above sea level), the tram whisks you out of the Sonoran Desert and into an alpine wilderness.
We hit the road to explore the beauty of the surrounding area (and spied this perfectly color-coordinated ride).
From Indian Canyons to Joshua Tree National Park, the area offers plenty to please outdoorsy types. After your hike, cool off by the pool back in town.
A glimpse of the stark vistas at Joshua Tree is well worth the two-hour drive from downtown Palm Springs.