Okay, sure, there was some shopping, too. And eating. And celeb-sighting, as it turns out. (Octomom of all people! And man, does she look cra-zy in person!) But to truly appreciate Palm Springs you have to get out into the desert backcountry and get a handle on where exactly you are, which is pretty much the middle of nowhere. I discovered the desert brings with it a host of lure and atmosphere, even a smell, and an interesting peacefulness. Here are some highlights of my trip, which I wrote about in my latest piece for New York magazine Get Lost in the Desert in Palm Springs.My Palm Springs Top 10…
- The blood-orange mimosa and bacon flight during brunch at Cheeky’s. I mean jalapeno bacon?! Brilliant.
- Incredible meatballs, Burrata with Eggplant Caponata, and a great take on a gin & tonic using house-infused sage-juniper syrup at Birba (Cheeky’s sister restaurant next door. These people are doing it right.)
- Riding and hiking through a desert oasis and slot canyons, then learning about the crafty Tahquitz Indians on a Desert Adventures jeep tour
- Touring some amazing mid-century modern homes – including the Horizon Hotel and a house that rotated! – with the fantastic Michael Stern on his The Modern Tour
- Finding an incredible vintage-inspired bathing suit at Elizabeth & Prince in Palm Desert
- Getting a private tour via electric cart of Sunnylands, the Annenberg estate which had just opened to the public the day before
- Drinks by the pool under olive trees strung with lights at The Viceroy Palm Springs
- The truffled chestnut soup with duck and mushroom hash, fried quail egg and pistachio at Tinto. at the new Saguaro hotel. It was so delicious, I had it two nights in a row!
- Enjoying a perfectly made latte in the garden with insane mountain views behind Koffi, the local’s coffee shop
- Starting the night with a strong margarita at El Mirasol, the restaurant in my sweet hotel, Los Arboles
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