Insider’s Guide: An L.A. designer’s 8 Palm Springs hot spots

December 10, 2015 | By | Comments (5)
On our January cover: Designer Sarah Sherman Samuel at Palm Springs' Korakia Pensione. (Thomas J. Story/Sunset Publishing)

On our January cover: designer Sarah Sherman Samuel at Palm Springs’ Korakia Pensione. (Thomas J. Story/Sunset Publishing)

L.A. designer Sarah Sherman Samuel loves a weekend escape to low-key but high-style Palm Springs. Here are her must-hit desert gems—for more, follow us on @sunsetmag as Samuel takes over our Instagram feed the week of December 14.

The Grotto, a mineral-waters pool at Two Bunch Palms (Sarah Sherman Samuel)

The Grotto, a mineral-waters pool at Two Bunch Palms (Sarah Sherman Samuel)

Lounge
Two Bunch Palms
Located just outside of town, this resort is home to a relaxing spa and tranquil mineral springs where you can soak in one of the two carved pools under a canopy of palm trees. We stayed here when I was 8 months pregnant, and a dip in the 99° water was simply perfect. twobunchpalms.com

Eat
Cheeky’s
If you are just passing through Palm Springs, you may never know to stop by this small breakfast spot. But it is no secret to the locals. You will most likely have to wait in line to get a table (first come, first serve—and it is always full), but it is worth it for the best brunch in town. The menu changes weekly, but the kale smoothie and the jalapeño bacon are ALWAYS a good idea. cheekysps.com

Sip
Birba
Cheeky’s sister spot, Birba, is my favorite watering hole in town. Its open-air dining, twinkle lights, and a drink called the Heated Snake have me returning again and again and again. birbaps.com

Ernest Coffee
Get your morning coffee (they serve Stumptown) or a happy hour bubbly at this darling cafe. ernestcoffee.com

The Grotto, a mineral-waters pool at Two Bunch Palms (Sarah Sherman Samuel)

A greenhouse collection at the Moorten Botanical Garden. (Sarah Sherman Samuel)

Go
Moorten Botanical Garden
Looking for cactus heaven? This is it. I love to stroll through this peaceful garden to check out all the different varieties of cactus and get some major landscaping inspo. Learn more about this garden—and six more desert stunners—on sunset.commoortenbotanicalgarden.com 

High above the Coachella Valley on the Palm Springs Tramway. (Sarah Sherman Samuel)

High above the Coachella Valley, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway ascends Mt. San Jacinto. (Sarah Sherman Samuel)

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
For gorgeous panoramic views overlooking Palm Springs and the San Jacinto Mountains, you can jump on the aerial tramway for a 10-minute ride up to 8,500 feet! While at the top, take a hike—or just grab a drink a the Lookout Lounge. Either way, bring a coat! pstramway.com

Sleep
Korakia
This gem of a place will have you feeling like you’ve been transported somewhere along the Mediterranean. Various cozy bungalows and cottages are sprinkled throughout the property along with two pools and a lounge area where movies are played each night for viewing under the stars. korakia.com

One of the pools at Korakia Pensione, a Moroccan-inspired B&B. (Sarah Sherman Samuel)

One of the pools at Korakia Pensione, a Moroccan-inspired B&B. (Sarah Sherman Samuel)

The Amado
If you are looking for a classic midcentury-modern hotel to rest your head, book a stay at the Amado. The boutique hotel has only six bedrooms, and each one is designed to let the modern architecture shine. theamado.com

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  3. Patricia Dodd

    thank you for all of the great tips. By chance do you know of a home for rent that was built out of PS into the rocks, with lots of big windows. I think I read about it on Sunset long ago and I cant fint it. It’s a home, an architectural gem.

    January 3, 2016 at 8:04 pm
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    […] In other crazy news… I am on the cover of Sunset Magazine this month! I also did an instagram takeover for them and contributed to their site with a mini guide to Palm Springs. […]

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  5. Susan

    On our way to Palm Desert/Palm Springs for the winter (from Colorado). Thanks for all the good info.

    December 20, 2015 at 4:04 pm

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