Palm Springs: Cool Spots to Stay, Eat, and Shop

If you're headed to Palm Springs for Modernism Week (February 14 to 24), why not immerse yourself in all things mod? These places to shop, eat, and stay allow you to revel in midcentury modern style 24/7. 
Elvis Presley House in Palm Springs, California

Do

Tour Elvis and Priscilla Presley's Honeymoon Hideaway (pictured above). "The House of the Future" was originally built in 1960 for architect George Alexander's son, Robert, and his wife, Helena. After Elvis and Priscilla Presley honeymooned there in 1967, the house became a tourist destination. Located in the Las Palmas neighborhood, the impressive space-age house is available for daily tours and special events. (A number of  mid-mod homes are open to the public for tours. Find tour information at visitpalmsprings.com.) 

The Saguaro isn't a midcentury modern hotel, but it has a fun modern workshop from 2-4 p.m. February 16. Long Beach-based contemporary furniture designer Eric Trine will teach a pool noodle workshop. Participants will recreate a modern piece of furniture with noodles. No reservations required. 760-323-1711; thesaguaro.com/palm-springs.

Shop

Spruce up your home with midcentury modern pieces.

H3K Home, known for its bold designs that blend customization with classic mid-mod style, is laid out to make you feel as if you're touring a home. Browse Sputnik chandeliers, Tulip chairs, and a pillow boutique. 760-325-5400; h3kdesign.com. 

Dazzles, a treasure trove on the main street of Palm Canyon Drive, sells vintage jewelry, decor, furniture, and more. The knowledgeable and passionate owners will help shoppers browsing their collection or looking for a statement piece. 760-327-1446.

Destination PSP partners with local companies to create beautifully designed clothing, bar ware, home furnishings, and midcentury modern souvenirs, such as mid-mod house shaped tissue box covers. This is your go-to place for artsy coffee table books about Palm Springs, Midcentury Modern, and California lifestyle. 760-354-9154; destinationpsp.com.

Small but well-curated Echo showcases neon artwork, Lucite furniture, and fur-trimmed ottomans. 760-898-8207.

At the Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, more than 40 vendors, each with their own room, sell a mix of modern and vintage goods in a two-story building. 760-322-8740; antiquegalleriesofpalmsprings.com.

Illustration of Palm Springs by Josh Agle (Shag)

At The Shag Store, you'll find brightly colored and whimsical prints of the mid-mod scene in Palm Springs by Josh Agle, a.k.a. Shag. (See his work pictured above, on the cover of the January/February 2019 issue of Westways, and at The Shag Store, located on Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs and in West Hollywood). 760-322-3400; shag.com.

Eat

Though not mid-mod in decor, these restaurants offer eclectic meals.

A local favorite, Rooster and the Pig offers diners complimentary starters of cháo, a surprisingly satisfying rice porridge. Among the best dishes is a bowl of egg noodles with tangy, delicately crispy shards of beef. Vibrant, eclectic art enhances a space that is trendy but casual and inviting. Beware: There is often a wait for tables at this 48-seat restaurant, and it doesn't accept reservations. 356 S. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-832-6691; roosterandthepig.com. 

With a globally inspired menu, Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge captures the spirit of Palm Springs' revitalized uptown design district in a funky, upbeat setting. A sophisticated riff on a comfortable American staple, the fried chicken is lightly breaded and served over white corn-mashed potatoes. The four-course dinners are a great value at $46. 849 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-325-8490; eight4nine.com. 

Lulu California Bistro is a flashy restaurant with flamboyant crystal chandeliers wrapped in pastel acrylic shades, a prominent underlit bar, and a quieter mezzanine level atop a winding staircase. The menu features a couple of hundred breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. Pass on the lobster rolls in favor of another comfort food icon, chicken potpie (Sundays only), or pork chops. 200 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-327-5858; lulupalmsprings.com.

The Arrive Hotel in Palm Springs, California

Stay

These mid-mod hotels might be booked during Modernism Week, but you can still swing by to check out the architecture and enjoy the ambience.

Ace Hotel and Swim Club, a hipster haven, is a favorite among locals and tourists. Snap a picture in the vintage photo booth or shop for seriously cool souvenirs from local artists in the lobby's gift shop. Want to beat the heat? Mellow out with an organic facial or massage at Ace's on-site spa. You can listen to live entertainment most nights, but check the website's calendar before you go. Rates from $169. 760-325-9900; acehotel.com/palmsprings. 

Grab a cocktail from the bar at Arrive (pictured above) and roam the property, which boasts clerestory windows, butterfly roofs, and other sleek midcentury modern elements. Bring your appetite, too: Arrive offers two spots to grab a bite. The newest-and more unusual addition, Wexler's @ Arrive, serves spruced up pastrami sandwiches, latkes, and matzo ball soup. Rates from $169. 760-507-1650; arrivehotels.com.  

Kick back on the lobby couch with an oversized coffee table book in Holiday House, a blue-and-white paradise. The on-site Pantry, known for their Fried Chicken Fridays, serves some of the best brunch in Palm Springs. Nosh on chilaquiles, avocado chicken salad, and eggs Benedict. Rates from $279. 760-320-8866; holidayhouseps.com. 

Photos from top to bottom: a 1957 butterfly house by Marcy Black Simpson; Elvis and Priscilla Presley's Honeymoon Hideaway by Eric Van Eyke; illustration by Josh Agle (Shag); and Arrive by Marcy Black Simpson.