Hotel at a Glance: Ivy Palm Resort & Spa
As you’d expect, tall palm trees surround Ivy Palm Resort & Spa. Flowers and distant views of the mountains add to this setting, which is ideal for lounging poolside. From this base, you can head out to nearby attractions such as casinos and the Palm Springs Art Museum.
- Continental breakfast: Start the day with hot waffles, english muffins, and juice.
- Treat yourself by making an appointment with the onsite massage therapist.
- Pack swimsuits: The hotel has two outdoor pools and two outdoor hot tubs.
- Go golfing: The hotel has a partnership with the 18-hole course at Mesquite Golf & Country Club, located less than 5 miles away.
- Hike the Pacific Crest Trail: This scenic route surrounded by towering peaks can be found at Mount San Jacinto State Park.
Palm Springs, California: SoCal Resort Town with Midcentury Charm
Palm Springs is an oasis of outdoor recreation and old Hollywood glamour located about 100 miles from Los Angeles. Once the stomping grounds of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and the Rat Pack, the town still attracts A-list vacationers today. A stroll through the Movie Colony—which had its heyday between the 1930s and 1960s—will take you past the former homes of Dean Martin, Bob Hope, and Marilyn Monroe.
Palm Springs is also the birthplace of desert modernism, a Bauhaus-influenced architecture movement. You can explore the area’s famed midcentury-modern landmarks on a self-guided tour; grab a map at the Palm Springs Official Visitors Center, itself housed in an iconic building—a retro-futuristic Tramway Gas Station designed by Albert Frey. Furniture and clothing boutiques along Palm Canyon Drive embrace Palm Springs’ trademark aesthetic—what you might call Mad Men West. Nearby, the small but impressively curated Palm Springs Art Museum features works by Pablo Picasso and Robert Rauschenberg along with significant contemporary and Native American collections.
The sun shines more than 300 days a year in Palm Springs, which means you can play a round of golf or hike in the nearby Agua Caliente Indian Canyons no matter the season. It’s worth taking a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, whose cars rotate 360 degrees as they carry passengers to Mount San Jacinto’s Mountain Station, located 8,516 feet above sea level. About 40 miles northeast is the nearly 800,000-acre Joshua Tree National Park, which spans parts of the Colorado and Mojave Deserts. Hit one of the 12 nature trails for a chance to see desert bighorn sheep, snakes, and black-tailed jackrabbits.