Fri. 13 April '12

Our Picks for Palm Springs

cheekys Hipsters and music-lovers from around the world will descend upon the Coachella Valley for the 2012 Coachella Music Festival beginning today. If you’re one of the 225,000 fans hoping to catch a glimpse of acts like the Black Keys and Dr. Dre, consider spending some time exploring the attractions in nearby Palm Springs... Where to Stay: In Palm Springs’ Uptown Design District is The Alcazar (from $79 per night), one of the city’s newest boutique hotels. Before its rebirth as a swanky desert hideaway, The Alcazar went by the name of the Pepper Tree Inn when it opened in the 1950s as a Spanish Colonial. Or Orbit In (starting at $109 per night) is a retro-cool mid-century compound where you can spend afternoons playing shuffleboard poolside. Where to Eat: Don’t miss The Alcazar’s two onsite restaurants, Cheeky’s and Birba. For breakfast, stop by Cheeky's and order the huevos rancheros then make plans for pizza and cocktails at Birba that evening. A few doors down, Jake’s Ready to Eat is a quaint California bistro with a breezy, laidback feel that’s open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The eclectic mix of Austrian and Asian cuisine at Johannes Restaurant is another can’t-miss, particularly Wiener schnitzel with red potatoes in a dill sauce (it’s a family recipe). By Style Jaunt founder, Katarina Kovacevic
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