Palm Springs gets an average of 354 sunny days a year. It would be a shame to let any of those days go to waste. With a buzzing pool scene and vibrant flavor from Iron Chef Jose Garces, The Saguaro Palm Springs invites you to the desert for uncomplicated fun with some 1950s Technicolor.
A touch of old Hollywood glamour. Perhaps the best golf and spas in the west. Groundbreaking mid-century modern architecture. A party circuit unrivaled for its inclusiveness. There is only one Palm Springs, that's for sure. The Saguaro puts you right in the middle of it, just off famed Palm Canyon Drive a mile from downtown. Yet, in true Palm Springs fashion, a stay here is also about privacy and relaxation.
Palm Springs was initially popular with visitors for the health effects of its dry heat and clean air. The weather is still a huge draw, as are the hiking trails, golf courses, and pool scenes that go with it. There is fantastic antique shopping, especially from the mid-century era, due to the area's desert modern architecture that sprouted up in the 1940s.
The Saguaro concierge can help plan your Palm Springs experience, including ticket purchases and reservations. And there's always something interesting going on, so don't forget about the hotel's cultural programs.
Here are a few area attractions to whet your appetite.
Palm Springs is an epicenter of arts and culture in the desert. The Palms Springs Art Museum downtown houses a collection of modern and contemporary art that rivals most big city museums. Its Annenberg Theater hosts a variety of entertainment. The Palm Springs International Film Festival and Shortfest are known for spreading Oscar-buzz and attracting Hollywood stars. Coachella is the epic music and art festival that takes place over two weekends in April in Indio (25 miles away), drawing top-name acts and some 60,000 attendees. If your musical tastes are more Broadway, check out the world famous Palm Spring Follies and their "young" cast. Of course, Palm Springs is heaven for Modernism fans. Look out of for Modernism Week, take an architectural tour of structures by the likes of Neutra, Wexler and Frey, and visit the boutiques along Palm Canyon Drive.
The year round climate and neighboring San Jacinto Mountains create incredible outdoor recreation in and around Palm Springs. There at least 125 golf courses, breathtaking scenery and countless hiking trails. Visit the Coachella Valley Hiking Club for trail tips. Experience the world's largest rotating tramcar at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for a journey up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon, elevation 8,500 ft (and where you might see snow). The Tram is a gateway to the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, with many trails starting at the top. Afraid of heights? Go off-road and exploring the San Andreas Fault or nearby Joshua Tree National Park by foot, ATV or horseback. Or get your nature fix the easy way and visit Moorten Botanical Gardens, a one-of-a-kind desert arboretum and "The World First Cacterium."
No discussion of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley recreation is complete without mentioning golf. Voted as "2012's Top North American Golf Destination'" by the Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), the city is considered a premier enclave for the sport and home to more than 30 courses.
Palm Springs is a destination for LGBT visitors and culture, and is home to a large gay population. Gay culture is integrated into daily life here, meaning there are attractions for everyone and gay-friendly events are held year round. Palm Springs Pride takes place in November, drawing a diverse crowd. From gay and mixed clubs and bars to the out-of-hand White Party every April, there's plenty of action if you want it. For some, the daytime pool scene is more than enough. Whether you're looking for frisky or sedate, you'll find it in Palm Springs.