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The Perfect Getaway Guide to Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley

June 2, 2017 by Christina Champlin

Can you picture yourself basking in the sun chilling poolside? Checking out funky vintage stores? Enjoying an award winning spa treatment? Or maybe getting in-touch with nature? How about all of the above? I can, and thats why I love Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.

Although the area is known for its chill and relaxing vibes, the Coachella Valley is really a destination for all types of vacationers. Since many Angelenos see Palm Springs as a perfect getaway spot, we’ve put together a handy compilation to help you get the most out of your visit.


First, in this post, we guide you on the best times to visit and where to stay. Second, we fill you in on the many fun things to do. Third, we show you where the best places to eat are in the Coachella Valley. Sound like your kind of adventure? Lets get to it!

Best Times To Go

Catch ideal weather between January and May, when daytime temperatures average in the 70s and 80s. Fall temperatures are just as pleasant. During the summer season, highs can reach triple digits but there are plenty of indoor attractions and scenic morning hikes to keep you occupied. Plus you might be able to score some sweet discounts on hotels.

palm springs sign

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In June, the vibrant food scene of the Coachella Valley is highlighted for ten days during the Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week. Dine at new restaurants, old classics of the desert and more. -> More information

Every February, flocks of design aficionados head to the desert for Palm Springs Modernism Week, a celebration of mid-century architecture, as well as design, fashion, art and culture. The festival will host over 250 events that week, including home and garden tours, film screenings, talks, nightly parties and more. -> More information 

At the start of spring, the desert’s biggest food and wine event, The Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival returns with some of the best and brightest chefs and culinary personalities from the desert and beyond for three days of food and wine tastings. -> More information

Where to stay

1. JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

Head into this luxury resort and you’ll be greeted by flamingos! But the surprises don’t stop there: on this 450-acre property you’ll find 884 guest rooms, lakes, boats, flocks of swans, multiple resturants, a nightclub and swimming pools. You can spend an entire day at the AAA Four-Diamond resort with Ted Robinson championship golf courses, an 18-hole putting course, 20 tennis courts, basketball courts, lawn croquet and an impressive award-winning 38,000-square-foot-spa. If you want everything at your fingertips, the JW Marriott is the resort for you. -> More information

2. Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa

Coming off of a multi-million dollar face lift, the 11-acre property at Miramonte Indian Wells transports guests to a Mediterranean village in the desert, with lush gardens, serene courtyards and a stunning view of the Santa Rosa Mountains. Much more laid-back than most Palm Springs hotels, Miramonte is ideal for people looking for a chill desert retreat. What stands out about this property are the custom experience packages, suitable for every type of vacationer. From a guided tour of the San Andreas Fault, to a day full of culture and even an itinerary just for families, Miramonte does the planning for you — all you need to do is show up. Now that’s what I call a vacation! -> More information

3. Arrive

Arrive has 32 guest rooms furnished with every essential needed by a modern vacationer. Steps away from the rooms are two resturants, a coffee shop and an ice creamery! Take a dip in the courtyard pool and spend your sunny day playing bocce ball, ping-pong and taking Instagram photos, because it’s just too cool not to. -> More information


Saturday. Pool time. #findyouroasis

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4. Sparrows Lodge

Unwind at Sparrows Lodge, a desert retreat located in South Palm Springs. The rustic lodge hosts 20 rooms, all without phones or televisions, allowing guests to truly unplug. The onsite restaurant, The Barn Kitchen, serves breakfast and family-style meals. Borrow a bike from the lodge and explore the city. Don’t forget to check out their collection of fine art, including works by Ed Ruscha and John Baldessari. -> More information 

sparrows lodge poolside

Photo Credit: Sparrows Lodge

5. The Ace Hotel & Swim Club

This is the place where the cool kids get sun-dazed. A hotspot where the party never seems to end, The Ace hosts poolside and lounge musical performances regularly. They have a robust events calendar with plenty of fun events happening monthly. For those who want to bring Fido along, they are extremely pet-friendly and have their very own on-site dog park!  -> More Information

What a great day to be lounging at the Ace Hotel. #findyouroasis #discoverpalmsprings #poolside #sunny @acehotel

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6. The Parker Hotel

The grounds of The Parker are pretty impressive and some might say the pool is legendary. This quirky hotel’s interior was designed by Johnathan Adler and it is filled with mid-century charm and extremely Instagram-able moments.  -> More Information

Happy Labor Day Sweeties! I know how I'll be spending my Labor Day. xx – Mrs. P

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