Lawrence Karol

Lawrence Karol

Lawrence Karol is a writer and editor who lives in Palm Springs, California. He’s been privileged to work with publishing legends such as Paige Rense at Architectural Digest  and food critic and writer Ruth Reichl at Gourmet. A passionate lover of shelter magazines, he enjoys writing about design, food, and lots of other stuff.

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New Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs Soars to New Heights of PS Cool

New Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs Soars to New Heights of PS Cool

With endless floor-to-ceiling views of Palm Springs’ sun-kissed San Jacinto Mountains and Palm Canyon Drive’s trendy street life – framed by a modern take on Palm Springs’ oh so famous mid-century modern architecture – the new Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs hotel (www.rowanpalmsprings.com) is a perfect match for Downtown’s new level of cool.    Rising seven stylish stories – and topped with Palm Springs’ only rooftop pool -- this avant-guard…

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A Palm Springs New Year’s Eve

A Palm Springs New Year’s Eve

Ring in 2018 at an blockbuster celebration. What better way to welcome the New Year than with an evening of fun for the whole family, plenty of food and drink, and a live performance with Plain White T’s at the premier outdoor concert theater at Spa Resort Casino. Plain White T’s, the celebrated band that kicked off their career in the Chicago, played a mix of pop, punk, and melody-driven rock and roll in basements and clubs across the metro…

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Frank Sinatra's Twin Palm Estate

Frank Sinatra's Twin Palm Estate

Frank Sinatra bought his very first home at 1148 East Alejo Road (between Caballeros and Sunrise in Palm Springs), and it was his primary residence from 1948 to 1957. Sinatra had been quoted as saying that in his life he always felt the need “to get away from it all, but not too far away,” and the desert estate he built in 1947 seemed to fit the bill. He chose the Palm Springs Movie Colony neighborhood, where names like Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Al…

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What To Drink At The Landing At The Riviera Palm Springs

What To Drink At The Landing At The Riviera Palm Springs

First impressions are everything and when you enter The Riviera Palm Springs that initial glance will leave a lasting impression. The appropriately named Landing Bar + Lounge greets guests with retro-glam decor that includes cheerful colors and patterns, mod light fixtures and cocktail tables, palm print pillows, and tweed chairs and sofas.   The Landing serves a large array of handcrafted and classic cocktails along with many beer and wine…

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5 Palm Springs experiences for Fitness

5 Palm Springs experiences for Fitness

Here are 5 indoor activities that you need to try in Palm Springs: Palm Springs Jiu-Jitsu    Check out the ultimate martial art in no other place than inside Palm Springs’ Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park! Authorized as a Joe Moreira Affiliate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, the masters at Palm Springs Jiu-Jitsu teach sparring and live drilling during their training. Not only does Jiu-Jitsu serve as an excellent way to stay active, but it also shows…

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Don't miss these Happy Hours in Palm Springs

Don't miss these Happy Hours in Palm Springs

  If you’re looking to shake up your summer routine, it’s time to check out some of the fabulous and fun Happy Hours in Palm Springs. Gather a group of friends and explore some newer spots or try an old favorite.   Happy Hour pick: Draughtsman 1501 N Palm Canyon This open concept bar-restaurant connected to the Arrive Hotel has just launched a fun Happy Hour concept that pairs food and drink specials and lets you also take advantage of the…

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Get Cool in a Fabulous Blue Pool

Get Cool in a Fabulous Blue Pool

*/ Palm Springs is celebrating the Summer of Color.   From the desert wildflowers that bloom to signal the start of the heat, to the shady green parks and cool blue pools, there’s lots to see in vibrant hues in Palm Springs this season.   There are plenty of places to get your toes wet and cool yourself off this season, so today the color we’re focused on is the blue of several of the city’s best pools!   Why not work on your bronze at…

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Experience Palm Springs like a Reality TV Star

Experience Palm Springs like a Reality TV Star

Whether it was Marilyn Monroe escaping Hollywood in the 50s or the Kardashians recently bringing the cameras here, Palm Springs has been a celebrity haven for nearly a century and now, it’s becoming a hot spot for today’s latest reality TV shows. It’s easy to feel star-struck in Palm Springs: you like their Instagram photos of extravagant desert pool parties, you re-watch the episodes where they stay in luxurious resorts, and sometimes, you wish…

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Unforgettable wedding venues in Palm Springs

Unforgettable wedding venues in Palm Springs

There are innumerable places you can choose for your wedding. While some want the amenities of a large chain hotel, or the outdoor ambience of a golf course there are also smaller, lesser known venues that can be just as spectacular. Why not make your wedding day even more memorable by choosing a unique and beautiful place to get married in the Palm Springs area? O’DONNELL HOUSE 412 W Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs Weddings аt thе O’…

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If it's Monday -- It Must be Bingo & Trivia at the Ace Hotel

If it's Monday -- It Must be Bingo & Trivia at the Ace Hotel

“Bingo! I have bingo!” I yelled. I couldn’t believe it. But yes, every number on my card was covered. Emcee Shirley Claire strolled over -- placed one of her long legs on my table, waved a feather boa in the air, and sang, “Congratu-laaaaations!” If it’s Monday night in Palm Springs – the Ace Hotel & Swim Club (www.acehotel.com/palmsprings) is the place to be. First for “Fabulous Bingo” in the King’s Highway diner -- a mix of singing,…

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What To Drink At The Landing At The Riviera Palm Springs

First impressions are everything and when you enter The Riviera Palm Springs that initial glance will leave a lasting impression. The appropriately named Landing Bar + Lounge greets guests with retro-glam decor that includes cheerful colors and patterns, mod light fixtures and cocktail tables, palm print pillows, and tweed chairs and sofas. &nbs

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Find vintage treasures in Palm Springs

With such a rich history, it's no surprise Palm Springs is a vintage shoppers paradise. From furniture, to clothing, estate jewelry, and more — if you're looking for something with a bit of a pedigree, there are plenty of places to shop where you can find unique treasures. Palm Springs Vintage Market One of the best places to begin a vint

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Colorful Cocktails Are A Palm Springs Tradition

Cool summer drinks are a must-have during the desert's hot summer days and nights and many of the local restaurants have devised some delicious and colorful alternatives.    Mionetto Prosecco float muddled with a strawberry and a lemon wedge. Or if you're in At dish Creative Cuisine, the restaurant's contemporary, modern Americ

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Inside and Out, The Saguaro Hotel Is A Riot of Color

Located at the intersection of East Palm Canyon Drive and Sunrise Way, the Saguaro immediately catches your eye. It's brightly hued exterior is painted in 14 different desert wildflower colors that are native to California's Colorado Desert. William Kopelk, a local architect, designed the gardens and when everything blooms the colors match those of

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What To Drink At The Welcoming Peabody's Café

Although Debbie Alexander, the owner of Peabody's Café, didn't dream up the name of her restaurant, she still feels an affinity with the monikier. "The name came from the Peabody Hotel in Memphis and was the name of the restaurant when I bought it back in 1994," she says. "Peabody is also a big name where I’m from in Massachusetts. The town of P

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What To Drink At The Sleek, Modern Truss & Twine

If you've visited Palm Springs before—or checked online for great places to eat—you're no doubt familiar with Workshop Kitchen + Bar, which is located in the historic El Paseo Building on North Palm Canyon Drive. In 2015, the restaurant became Palm Springs’ first James Beard award winner for Outstanding Restaurant Design (in the category

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What To Drink At The Hip "dish After Dark: a Speakeasy"

While wandering around the Uptown Design District, you'll come across a number of great shops and restaurants that are housed in historic midcentury buildings. One stop that you'll definitely want to make along the way is at dish Creative Cuisine—located in the classic Twist Building—which serves contemporary/modern American cuisine using many

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What To Drink At Counter Reformation At The Parker Hotel

The Parker Palm Springs hotel is set on 13 acres that feature lush plantings, meandering pathways, two pools, a spa, and multiple restaurants.   A recent addition to the property's offerings is Counter Reformation, a wine bar with 17 wines from around the world, and small productions that are hard to find. "[The name comes from our belie

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Outdoorsy things to do in the beautiful Palm Springs weather

Spring is the perfect time to visit Palm Springs; the heat of the summer is still a ways off, but the cooler temperatures of the winter are starting to wane. Take advantage of all the outdoor beauty and see some of these great sights.   Visit the gardens - Moorten Botanical Gardens   This historic landmark has been around sinc

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Meet Andy Wysocki and Bill Sanderson of Townie Bagels

You might not think it would be hard to find a great bagel in Palm Springs—but you'd be wrong. Unless, of course, you head to Townie Bagels in the south end of town.   Andy Wysocki, who owns the café with his husband Bill Sanderson, grew up in New England and he's put together a bagel menu based on the flavors of a New York bagel

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Checking In To The Rossi Hotel

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Meet Tristan Gittens, Owner Of The Gourmet Sausage Restaurant Frankinbun

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