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Where to Stay, Play and Invest in Palm Springs

The Worth guide to businesses, hotels, restaurants and experiences in Palm Springs, Calif.

BY WORTH | Cities | Jul 10, 2019
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A classic West Coast escape, Palm Springs offers an innovative business scene, thoughtfully designed hotels, high-end restaurants and no shortage of outdoor activities. Worth has your guide to the most interesting things to see and do on your next visit.

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Business

DESERT ENERGY ENTERPRISE CENTER

This branch of the College of the Desert fosters the development of renewable energy through workshops on wind and solar power as well as workforce training. 43-500 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert, 760.346.8041, collegeofthedesert.edu

PALM SPRINGS IHUB

An incubator from the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, iHub helps develop startups in the area that are focused on renewable energy and clean technology. 3111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, elevate@cvep.com, 760.340.1575, cvep.com/palm-springs-ihub-and-accelerator-campus

PALM SPRINGS PRESERVATION FOUNDATION

A nonprofit dedicated to preserving the architecture and history of the Coachella Valley, the foundation also helps organize the annual Modernism Week festival in February. 1775 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Suite 110-195, info@pspreservationfoundation.org, 760.837.7117, pspreservationfoundation.org

Hotels

AVALON HOTEL PALM SPRINGS

This historic property in downtown Palm Springs was founded in 1933 as the Estrella resort and spa. Revamped by interior designer Kelly Wearstler, it is the latest chic addition to the resurrected center core of the city. 415 S. Belardo Rd., 760.318.3012, avalon-hotel.com/palm-springs

LA QUINTA RESORT & CLUB

A quintessential Hollywood retreat since its opening in 1926, the massive 45-acre villa property—now run by Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resortsremains one of the choice golf resorts in the valley. 49-499 Eisenhower Dr., La Quinta, information@laquintaresort.com, 760.564.4111, laquintaresort.com

SANDS HOTEL & SPA

Created to be the first boutique hotel in the enclave of Indian Wells, Calif., the Sands boasts 46 colorfully accented, Moroccan-inspired rooms imagined by top interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. 44-895 Province Way, Indian Wells, 760.321.3771, sandshotelandspa.com

THE RITZ-CARLTON RANCHO MIRAGE

Opened in 2014, this architecturally stunning property perched on the cliffs overlooking the valley has set a new standard for contemporary luxury in the region. 68900 Frank Sinatra Dr., Rancho Mirage, Kelly Steward, general manager, 760.321.8282, ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/rancho-mirage

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Restaurants

4 SAINTS

Headed by chef Troy Thompson, the Kimpton Rowan Hotel’s restaurant and bar offers breathtaking views of the San Jacinto Mountains, which you can take in while you sample its small-plate menu and craft cocktails. 100 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, 760.392.2020, 4saintspalmsprings.com

SO.PA

This beautiful alfresco space at L’Horizon Resort & Spa takes full aesthetic advantage of the natural environment while bringing the Michelin-starred expertise of chef Chris Anderson to the table. 1050 E. Palm Canyon Dr., 760.323.1858, lhorizonpalmsprings.com/sopa-restaurant

WORKSHOP KITCHEN + BAR

A local favorite, Workshop’s elegant, seasonal food, served in an equally sophisticated environment, almost makes you forget that you’re not in the big city. 800 N. Palm Canyon Dr., info@workshoppalmsprings.com, 760.459.3451, workshoppalmsprings.com

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Experiences

PALM SPRINGS AERIAL TRAMWAY

Take the world’s largest rotating tram up 8,516 feet, where you’ll experience stunning views of Chino Canyon, before arriving at Mountain Station, where there’s a natural history museum, two restaurants and hiking trails spanning more than 50 miles. 1 Tram Way, pstramway@pstramway.com, 888.515.8726, pstramway.com

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

This January 2–13 festival is considered a warm-up to the Oscars. 1700 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 3, 760.322.2930, psfilmfest.org

SUNNYLANDS

The former home of philanthropists Walter and Leonore Annenberg continues to host world leaders, as it did when they lived here. 37977 Bob Hope Dr., Rancho Mirage, 760.202.2222, sunnylands.org

THE VAULT AT BIGHORN GOLF CLUB

A legendary golf resort, Bighorn has opened the Vault, a club-within-a-club for supercar enthusiasts. The 24,000-square-foot space showcases members’ classic and super cars. 255 Palowet Dr., Palm Desert, 760.341.4653, bighorngolf.com/the-vault

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