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Road Trip to Palm Springs

2020 has brought life as we knew it into uncharted territory.  And in doing so, has forced us to come up with new and creative ways to work and play.

Palm Springs Palm Trees. Photo by Angela Fairhurst

Now’s the time to notice the beauty around us and to venture to places that are closer by and can safely be explored.

Wind mills off 10 freeway on way to Palm Springs. Photo by Angela Fairhurst

Palm Springs is only two hours down the 10 freeway from Los Angeles. In the Sonoran Desert of Southern California.  The area of the Coachella Valley is surrounded by mountains and canyons and offers a variety of hiking trails.

Coachella Valley Desert. Photo by Angela Fairhurst

Downtown has been revitalized with Stylish hotels such as the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs sitting central to the core shopping district with boutiques, designer shops and restaurants.

Kimpton Rowan Entrance. Photo courtesy of Kimpton Rowan/Laure Joliet

The Kimpton Rowan has a modern desert vibe. In keeping with Kimpton’s brand, each hotel echoes the community.

Lobby Staircase. Photo courtesy of Kimpton Rowan/Laure Joliet

The two-story lobby has a striking design complete with a fireplace surrounded by bookcases and comfortable seating in which to lounge.

Lobby Fireplace. Photo courtesy of Kimpton Rowan/Laure Joliet
King Room. Photo courtesy of Kimpton Rowan/Laure Joliet







The seven-story hotel has 153 keys colored in simple hues.  The rooms are contemporary, stylishly decorated with well-appointed bathrooms making for a comfort oasis in the middle of the desert heat.

Rooftop Pool. Photo courtesy of Kimpton Rowan/Laure Joliet

The rooftop pool makes for a good hang during the day with superior vista points and sunset views at dusk.

Juniper Table.  Photo courtesy of Kimpton Rowan/Laure Joliet

Juniper Table is the hotel’s casual dining option using local, seasonal and organic ingredients.  They serve light breakfast in the mornings, Mediterranean-inspired shareable snacks, salads, and entrees starting at midday.  The open counter offers fresh juice, craft soda, draft beer, wine and cocktails.

Palm Springs Art Museum. Photo by Angela Fairhurst

Greater Palm Springs is rich in arts and culture experiences. Art lovers will find plenty to set their sights on, even if it’s just outside or in galleries.

There are also some fine eateries to check out including the Workshop Kitchen & Bar, a James Beach awarded farm-to-table restaurant located in what was originally a 1930’s movie theatre.  The industrial chic interior is as edgy and creative as Chef Michael Beckman’s locally sourced New American Fare and classic cocktail menu.

Workshop Kitchen & Bar.  Photo courtesy of Workshop Kitchen & Bar

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