Need to get away from everyday life and pamper yourself in the perfect surroundings? Whether you want to do everything or nothing at all, Palm Springs is the perfect luxury getaway.

If you are lucky enough to begin your day in Palm Springs, there is no better choice than the Spanish Colonial boutique hotel of Alcazar Palm Springs. This hidden gem offers romantic charm while remaining an intimate experience.

Ideally located on North Palm Canyon Drive it is walking distance to downtown Palm Springs. The hand-painted walls throughout the structure captivate the desert ambiance and make you feel at home. Enjoy a quick bite from the continental breakfast before heading out to enjoy your day.

Embrace the desert oasis and get comfortable in your new surroundings by working on your tan at the Inn’s chlorine-free saline pool. The relaxing atmosphere can’t be compromised with a gorgeous view of the mountains in the background. As you unwind in the desert sun, feel the calmness engulf you.

Relaxed and refreshed, journey to North Palm Drive for shopping and lunch. Stroll down the boutique filled avenue, and stop into the high end store Trina Turk for attire. This trendy, modern boutique carries high quality wears for even the most disconcerting shopper. Bold patterns mix with flirty flowers in the new lines for the season.

Adagio Gallery is the next stop for a sampling of southwestern art work, and then Bon Vivant for antiques and collectibles. Palm Canyon Drive has been described as being the heart and soul of Palm Springsand features world class dining, shopping, and history. As you stroll through the streets, glance down and take note of the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. Over 250 stars embellish the sidewalks of North Palm Canyon. You might see the names of Lauren Bacall, Marlene Dietrich, or Debbie Reynolds while you window shop.

For lunch, stop in at Maracas, conveniently located amidst Palm Canyon Drive plaza. Grab an ice cold beer while you munch on crisp tortilla chips and fresh salsa on the outdoor patio. For a refreshingly healthy lunch, try the skirt steak salad-a bed of leaf lettuce, spinach and radicchio tossed with apple slices, fennel, roma tomatoes, gorgonzola cheese, crispy onions, and balsamic vinaigrette.

Afterwards, continue the desert shopping spree, and duck into Dazzles and 20 First to check out mid century furnishings.

If you happen to find yourself in Palm Springs on a Thursday evening, one must-do event is the VillageFest. Started in 1991, this weekly street fair features everything from artists, entertainers, local businesses and artisans among the open restaurants and shops. Purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables are popular, as well as hand made jewelry. The smell of baked goods and hand crafted soaps drift down the stalls in the casual open air marketplace.

For dinner head to Kaiser Grille. This old world steak house embodies the desert lifestyle with high quality food. You will appreciate this casually elegant restaurant for its immense layout, friendly service, and first-rate food. Have a glass of wine with your 14. oz. prime rib, and indulge in a luscious specialty appetizer as the knowledgeable staff entices you with the perfect desert.

End your evening by heading back to the inn for a midnight swim. Relax and gaze at the clear skies while floating in the pool, or lounge around the inner courtyard; complete with fountains, stone tables, and desert-themed motif. Jump into the Jacuzzi and admire the desert landscape one last time…a perfect way to end a perfect day in Palm Springs.

What & Where:
Alcazar Palm Springs
(622 N. Palm Canyon Dr; 760-318-9850)
Trina Turk
(891 N. Palm Canyon Dr; 760-416-2856)
Adagio Gallery (193 S. Palm Canyon Dr; 760-320-2230)
Bon Vivant (457 N. Palm Canyon Dr. #3; 760-534-3197)
(155 S. Palm Canyon Dr; 760-322-9654)
(1035 N. Palm Canyon Dr; 760-327-1446)
20 First (1117 N. Palm Canyon Dr; 760-327-5400)
Villagefest (Palm Canyon Dr; every Thursday; 760-320-3781)
Kaiser Grille (205 S. Palm Canyon Dr; 760-779-8946)