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48 Hours: The Ultimate in Swank


A Palm Springs Luxury Getaway

By Kevin Perry

Life is short, but your wish list is long and lavish. Palm Springs is the ideal luxury vacation destination if you only have two days to treat yourself.

From the moment you roll through our sun-dappled downtown, your appetite for excess cries out to be satiated. Listen to that inner gourmand, feed it luxury by the mouthful, and experience the upscale wonders of 48 hours in Palm Springs…

Consider a stay at The Parker, a resort that embraces you with sophistication and style. But fancy doesn’t preclude fun, as you will soon learn from their playful menu listings. From a late afternoon noshing on “Chunks of Lobster Swimming in Cheesy Macaroni” at Norma’s to a decadent dinner of Roasted Duck Breast with Poached Pears at Mister Parker’s, your palate is as pampered as you are. In between, visit the Palm Springs Yacht Club for a little Palm Springs pampering. The full-service spa has 15 private treatment rooms and cucumber vodka to seed your relaxation.

All of that under one roof… perhaps it’s time to venture further into our Palm Springs utopia.

Palm Springs Posh Dining

Just down the road, you’ll find Mr. Lyons, a steakhouse apportioned for Rat Pack royalty. The glimmer of their low lighting creates the illusion that you’re dining across the booth from Frank, Dean, and Sammy in their Hollywood heyday. But the key to living like a celebrity is discretion, so leave the paparazzi in your dust by ducking into a speakeasy tucked quietly inside the same establishment. At Seymour’s, the martinis are as dry as Truman Capote’s wit, so laugh and linger into the wee hours of last call, then get ready for your next day of indulgence.

Swing over to the Tennis Club District of town, where you’ll “love-love” the brunch offerings at Spencer’s. It’s a twist on a Palm Springs luxury dining experience with one of the largest outdoor patios in Palm Springs. Their Braised Beef Wellington Sandwich will fuel your feisty side.

Visit the Agua Caliente Casino, and you’ll always get lucky with its nightly array of entertainment options and the award-winning culinary prowess of The Steakhouse, its signature in-house, must-try restaurant. They cater to the high rollers, so why not you?

If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, get gourmet with a cooking class at Copley’s on Palm Canyon. Executive chef Andrew Copley shares his venerable vision and demonstrates why he has won gastronomical accolades from London to Australia to Maui and our fair city.

Or, if audience participation is what you’re craving, dig into Palm Springs Underground, an interactive dinner theater experience that is spicy in more ways than one! The menu is tailored to the entertainment of the evening, so savor the unexpected and don’t be surprised to get pulled onstage.

As dawn breaks on your final hours in our haute hometown, follow your taste buds to Cheeky’s, but get there early—they don’t accept reservations, and their bacon flights are a first-class ticket to top-notch taste-making.

Now that you’ve enticed your belly, it’s time to excite your brain. Culture and creativity waltz effortlessly at the Palm Springs Art Museum, the perfect way to raise your perspective without ruining your budget. They offer free admission on the second Sunday of every month, proving that upscale doesn’t need to leave you down and out.

Like a Trip To Paris

After feeding your mind, it’s time to cap off this culinary quest with a stop at Le Vallauris, one of the most acclaimed eateries in Palm Springs. Their menu is refreshingly seasonal so that Alaskan Halibut may greet you with a Lemon Grass and Coconut Reduction, or perhaps a Roasted Organic Chicken au Jus will grace your plate. Regardless of your triumphant entrée choice, make sure to leave room for dessert; the Grand Marnier Soufflé with Tahitian Vanilla Sauce is a particular fave rave!

As the flavors of Palm Springs loiter in your memory and intoxicate your palate, take out a napkin and write down all of the locales mentioned above you didn’t get a chance to experience… and now you have a premier itinerary for your next visit.

Le Vallauris

Palm Springs Luxury Hotel

For an even more subdued Saturday afternoon, check into luxury at L’Horizon. It has earned its reputation as one of the most dazzling resorts in the world and is a coveted enclave for happy couples who want to share their wedded bliss surrounded by architectural esteem and comfort. L’Horizon is also home to SO.PA, a transcendent outdoor dining experience founded by Michelin-starred chef Giacomo Pettinari.


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