A Palm Springs Getaway

A Palm Springs Getaway

Palm Springs, the desert playground of Angelenos since the 1920s, has traditionally been the go-to spot for spring break: fun, sun, and a pool around every corner. But fall is also a great time to visit after the sweltering triple digit temps of summer have passed and autumn sunshine bathes everything in a golden light. Weekdays are particularly great for finding deals at what Palm Springs is really known for: its myriad of period boutique hotels. I recently spent a couple restful days at the chic Avalon Hotel.

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The Avalon is one of many Palm Springs hotels that has been showered with designer attention, which is why so many design afficionados are drawn to this town. The main entrance, lobby, and rooms have been upgraded and are a cheery flashback to midcentury style: a mix of Martini chic and Regency Revival. Love the sunny yellow as you enter the lobby!

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But wait! Are you a fan like me of Spanish-style architecture, another charming look that's a big part of the original Palm Springs? I am! Whether seen in some of the original buildings that can be found along the main drag--Palm Canyon Drive--or in the historic Movie Colony neighborhood (where Cary Grant's old vacation home still stands), there are plenty of examples. And a large part of the Avalon Hotel features historic bungalows in this iconic style, jazzed up with fun details like orange doors (below) and black and white interior decor.

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  Image via Avalon Hotel

Image via Avalon Hotel

Although there's tons to do in Palm Springs (an amazing art museum, shopping, hikes, and its famed design expo, Modernism Week), most people flock to this desert oasis for the pools and swaying palms. What stay here would be complete without a few hours soaking up that perpetual sunshine? The Avalon has four pools and gorgeous grounds. Here I am below before my dip in the big pool...

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I think I'm ready now to face the craziness of the holidays... Have you been to Palm Springs? What's your favorite thing to do? (Not a sponsored post)

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