Hotel at a Glance: Marquis Villas Resort
When naturalist John Muir climbed San Jacinto Peak, he called the view “the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth.” Nowadays, it’s much easier to see what Muir saw—every day, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway takes tourists up the steep escarpment to the mountain’s summit. You can also reach the peak via a series of scenic trails. Located about 15 minutes from the tramway, Marquis Villas Resort has dramatic mountain views of its own and is within easy reach of the area’s natural attractions.
- Mountain surroundings: Native palm trees encircle the outdoor pool and hot tub, and the San Jac peak makes a breathtaking backdrop.
- One-bedroom condos feature full kitchens, dining rooms, and fireplaces.
- Wood-fired pizza: One of this deal’s options includes a $25 dining credit to Matchbox Palm Springs.
- Explore Palm Springs: The resort is a short drive from the city’s celebrity homes, family-friendly museums, and international restaurants.
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’s 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.