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 Starbucks Reserve Palm Springs

New Starbucks Reserve Palm Springs

Tanzania Mount Meru. Nicaragua Maracaturra. Aged Sumatra Crop 2013. Where would you like your next cup of coffee to come from?  Would you like a coffee flight?  How would you like it brewed? The Clover method, siphon, pour-over, cold brew or maybe nitro cold brew? These are just a taste of your exotic choices at the hip new Starbucks Reserve (www.visitpalmsprings.com/starbucks-reserve) in the heart of Revitalized Downtown Palm Springs. As one…

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What's New in Palm Springs

What's New in Palm Springs

Read about What's New and coming to Palm Springs.  

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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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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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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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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 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

The option to stay in your own private oasis within a private oasis may sound like an unlikely possibility, but at The Rossi, it will be a dream come true.         This boutique property has only eight suites and each one has a private patio and a private jacuzzi. "It's all about spending time with your signif

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Meet Tristan Gittens, Owner Of The Gourmet Sausage Restaurant Frankinbun

At quite a bit more than first glance, there's nothing about Tristan Gittens' curriculum vitae that would suggest he'd someday open a gourmet sausage restaurant. Gittens grew up in Palm Springs but moved away to attend UC Berkeley where he studied pre-med and worked on various HIV/AIDS studies after graduation. He then attended Stanford University,

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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.    At dish Creative Cuisine, the restaurant's contemporary, modern American cuisine is complemented by summer cocktails such as their Grapefruit Chipotle Marg

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Gallery 500 Attracts Visitors and Supports Local Artists

There's no shortage of great art galleries in Palm Springs, but if you want to check out one that's a bit off the beaten path, and that also has an altruistic purpose, head to Gallery 500. Located in The Five Hundred building on South Palm Canyon, the gallery is part of a mini-complex of charming stores that includes Ristretto coffee sh

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What To Eat And Drink At Draughtsman

Less than a year after helping to jump start the revitalization of North Palm Springs, ARRIVE Hotels & Restaurants has opened Draughtsman, a restaurant offering a menu of modern comfort food and pub classics that's located adjacent to their 32-room boutique hotel. The name Draughtsman (or draftsman) is a play on the double meaning o

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What To Drink At Chi Chi At The Avalon Hotel

Only one block off Palm Canyon Drive in the center of downtown is the charming and historic Avalon Hotel with Hollywood Regency interiors by the well-known designer Kelly Wearstler. Just past the hotel's entrance is their bar and restaurant, Chi Chi. "We named the restaurant Chi Chi to pay homage to the former Palm Springs Chi Chi

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What to Drink At The Purple Room Supper Club

If you're looking to recreate the spirit of the Rat Pack during your visit to Palm Springs then The Purple Room needs to be on your "To Do" list. In the early 1960s, the club was the in-spot for the Rat Pack when they were playing in town. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford, and all t

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Meet Jordan Fife

One of the most talked about hotels in town is L'Horizon Resort & Spa. And it's no wonder considering the dozens of accolades and awards it's received including Condé Nast Traveler #1 Resort in California 2016, Travel + Leisure Best New Hotels on the Planet 2016, and Hospitality Design Awards - Top 5 Luxury Hotel Desig

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Meet Executive Chef Carmen Rodriguez of Reservoir at the Arrive hotel

The ARRIVE hotel has been credited with jump-starting the renaissance of North Palm Springs and its restaurant, Reservoir, has become a destination for locals as well as visitors.   The restaurant's executive chef, Carmen Rodriguez, moved to the desert in September 2015 and joined Reservoir in June 2016 after a stint at th

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Meet Chuck Courtney, Executive Chef At The Lively Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge

Eight4Nine in the Uptown Design District is always bustling with crowds enjoying the venue's eclectic menu. This month marks the one year anniversary of the restaurant's grand opening so it seemed like the perfect time to chat with their Executive Chef, Chuck Courtney. Courtney actually started work several months before opening day to

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Meet Gary And Kathy Friedle, Owners Of The Charming Monkey Tree Hotel

The term "boutique hotel" gets thrown around quite a bit, but you won't be disappointed when you book a room at The Monkey Tree Hotel, a very private, 16-room oasis set on one acre. The hotel was designed and built in 1960 by the renowned midcentury architect Albert Frey and was meticulously renovated in 2015 by its current owners, Gary and Ka

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What To Drink At Reservoir In The Arrive Hotel

Earlier this year, the Uptown Design District in North Palm Springs welcomed a hip new neighbor with the opening of Arrive, the city's first hotel built from the ground up in about a decade. In addition to Customs Coffee shop and an ice cream shop, the hotel has a restaurant and bar—Reservoir—that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Meet Chef Chris Anderson of SO•PA in the L’Horizon Resort and Spa

One of the great joys of visiting Palm Springs is how much time you can spend outdoors. And if you're looking for a fantastic alfresco dining experience then you'll definitely want to book a table at SO•PAin the L’Horizon Resort and Spa. Chef Chris Anderson joined SO•PA in April 2016 and has put together menus based off of the fla

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What To Drink At Mini Bar In The Parker Palm Springs Hotel

Just four miles from downtown, The Parker Palm Springs hotel is set amid a 13-acre paradise that's hidden from East Palm Canyon Drive by a discrete row of tall hedges. The interior of the hotel was decorated by Jonathan Adler and just past the check-in desk is the very cool Mini Bar. The hotel's Manager, Yagmur Gursoy, describes Mi

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Branding Specialist John-Patrick Flynn And Acme House Company Help Visitors Find The Ideal Vacation Rental

Acme House Company has been offering vacation rentals since 2008 and their business model is based on providing five-star guest experiences in well-maintained, well-managed homes. John-Patrick Flynn has been Acme’s Branding Specialist since 2013. Prior to moving to Palm Springs he was living in New York City and has been working since

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What To Drink At The Amigo Room At The Ace Hotel & Swim Club

The Ace Hotel group has made its own unique mark in major cities throughout the world—from London to Los Angeles and beyond. They note on their website that, “We like the stories that come with things and think that wherever you are, you should feel like you're there.” Their 176-room Palm Springs location definitely fulfills

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Rent a Piece Of History For Your Next Palm Springs Party

Many visitors come to town to revel in the city’s midcentury past. With the opening of TheBank Palm Springs, a new event space, you can take things a step further and host your own private party in a 1955 building designed by renowned architect E. Stewart Williams. Originally built to house Coachella Valley Savings & Loan, the ele

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What To Drink At The Festive Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge

If you’re looking to have a cocktail somewhere relaxing and fun, as well as a place that’s filled with friendly locals, you’ll love the perennially popular Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge. It’s the kind of hangout where the charming bartenders will immediately make you feel like you’re a regular. Indoors, there’

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Exuberantly-Colored, Retro-Inspired Scenes Populate The Work Of Artist And Gallery Owner Nat Reed

If you have any doubts that Palm Springs is a transformative environment, your uncertainty will disappear once you meet artist and gallery owner Nat Reed. While still living in Los Angeles, Reed began coming to the city on weekends and purchased a 1959 Alexander home. “It was really that house and it's restoration that put me on the path t

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What To Drink At The New Poolside Elixir Bar & Grill at the V Palm Springs Hotel

One of the newest additions to our hotel scene is the V Palm Springs. The 1960s multi-building complex was once a Travelodge and then known as the Curve, a nod to its location in the southern end of town where South Palm Canyon Drive curves and merges with East Palm Canyon Drive. Los Angeles-based lawyers Mark Geragos and 

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What To Drink At The Stylish Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge

The Uptown Design District continues to evolve into a fun, innovative part of town and one of the most glamorous additions to the neighborhood is the Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge. (The name reflects its location, 849 North Palm Canyon.) Ever since its debut in September 2015, the place has been packed with diners enjoying the diverse men

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The Ted Casablanca Gallery Represents a Wide Array of Artists With an Emphasis on Transformative Vision

Locals have started to become very familiar with the name Bruce Bibby. But most visitors might still only recognize him as his alter-ego, Ted Casablana, who had a hugely successful run as a gossip columnist for E! Online with his column, “The Awful Truth.” Now a full-time resident of Palm Springs, Bibby opened the Ted Casablancagall

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At Trousdale’s Timeless Modern, Bruce Rise Features the Best of Several Eras in Furniture and Accessories

Like many people who become full-time residents of Palm Springs, Bruce Rise started out as a weekender who spent many years traveling between Los Angeles and the desert. “Sunday evenings became more and more depressing having to leave and head back to LA,” he says. He knew that wanted to begin spending the majority of his time in Palm Springs a

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What to Drink at Seymour’s, a Cozy New Cocktail Lounge in South Palm Springs

In May of 2015, restaurateur and hotelier Tara Lazar and her firm F10 Creative—owners of Cheeky’s, Birba, and the Alcazar hotel—took over the storied Lyons English Grille which had been a Palm Springs fixture since 1945. Now known as Mr. Lyons Steakhouse, the restaurant recently opened a comfortable back room bar, Seymour’s, that serve

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