Not Your Mother's Palm Springs

The desert oasis is making a big comeback with new hotels and nightlife aimed to give the city a vibe that rivals Vegas and Miami.

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The Curve in Palm Springs, CA
The Curve in Palm Springs, CA

The Curve in Palm Springs, CA

Anthony inspects the hotel sign in front of The Curve in Palm Springs, CA. 960 1280

  

The Curve in Palm Springs, CA

The Curve in Palm Springs, CA

A look at the main pool at the 150-room boutique hotel. 960 1280

  

Inspecting a Bed Frame

Inspecting a Bed Frame

Anthony inspects the bed frame in one of the rooms. 960 1280

  

HGTV Interior Designer Casey Noble

HGTV Interior Designer Casey Noble

Anthony opens the hotel lobby door for one of HGTV’s top interior designers, Casey Noble. 960 1280

  

Lobby Before Renovation

Lobby Before Renovation

A shot of the lobby before renovation begins. 960 1280

  

Inspecting the Chandelier

Inspecting the Chandelier

Anthony and Casey inspect the chandelier in the lobby. 960 1280

  

Anthony Speaks to the Owners

Anthony Speaks to the Owners

Anthony speaks to the hotel owners, the general manager and the heads of housekeeping and maintenance after his initial inspection. 960 1280

  

Taking Measurements

Taking Measurements

Casey and George take a bunch of measurements in the hotel lobby. 960 1280

  

Inspecting the Bed Sheets

Inspecting the Bed Sheets

Anthony inspects the bed sheets in one of the rooms. 960 1280

  

Anthony Talks to the Head of Housekeeping

Anthony Talks to the Head of Housekeeping

Anthony talks with Paul, the head of hotel maintenance and housekeeping, near the pool. 960 1280

  

Inspecting a Mattress

Inspecting a Mattress

Anthony inspects one of the mattresses in a poolside cabana. 960 1280

  

Anthony Talks to the Hotel Owners

Anthony Talks to the Hotel Owners

Anthony talks with hotel owners Robert and Allen as well as their GM Jennifer about what direction he sees the hotel moving in. 960 1280

  

Bubble Rollers in the Bumper Pool

Bubble Rollers in the Bumper Pool

A few of the bubbles that are used for pool’s Bubble Rollers sit in the bumper pool. 960 1280

  

Anthony Hops in the Pool

Anthony Hops in the Pool

Anthony hops into the bubble roller in the pool. 960 1280

  

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Hot Air Balloons

Hot Air Balloons

Soar to new heights to get a unique perspective of Palm Springs, CA. There are several tour companies that offer hot-air balloon rides, including Balloons Above, Caliente Tropics and Sunrise Balloons. Some local tour companies provide guided tours for families or romantic escapes with champagne for couples. 960 1280

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Sherman's Deli

Sherman's Deli

For more than half a century, Sherman’s Deli has been serving up Kosher-style favorites from matzo ball soup to hot pastrami sandwiches. It also offers some of the most decadent desserts in Palm Springs, California. Other popular casual dining spots include Cheeky’s, Aspen Mills Bakery, Bit of Country and Pinocchio in the Desert. 960 1280

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Palm Springs Follies

Palm Springs Follies

The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies celebrates music and dance from the 1940s through the disco era of the 1970s. The cast ranges in age from mid-50s to 80+ years young. With lavish, Vegas-caliber productions, performances are held 5 days a week, October to May. The Follies are located in historic Plaza Theatre-- a charming, neon-encrusted historic movie house that is an attraction unto itself. 960 1280

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Palm Spring Art Museum

Palm Spring Art Museum

Located at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, the Palm Springs Art Museum is a true treasure. The modern building, designed by renowned California architect E. Stewart Williams, houses an extensive collection of international modern and contemporary art. The museum is also known for its contemporary and studio art glass exhibits. 960 1280

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Gay Palm Springs

Gay Palm Springs

It is estimated that nearly half of the population in Palm Springs identifies as gay or lesbian, and it consistently ranks as a top destination for LGBT travelers. The city boasts more than 2 dozen resorts that cater to the gay community, along with a lively night scene with several gay bars and nightclubs. Visit the Gay Palm Springs website for more information. 960 1280

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Desert Adventures

Desert Adventures

Jump into a big red jeep for your next adventure-- exploring the Palm Springs area. Desert Adventures, an outdoor adventure and eco-tour company, offers tours to see the San Andreas Fault, Palm Springs Indian Canyons and Mecca Hills. 960 1280

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Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway

Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway

Dubbed the “Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway,” Elvis Presley’s first Palm Springs home is where he and Priscilla enjoyed their honeymoon and frequently stayed during their first year of marriage. The house is a wonderful example of the mid-century modern architecture that is found throughout Palm Springs. Elvis fans and architecture enthusiasts alike can take a guided tour of the privately-owned house. 960 1280

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Forever Marilyn Monroe

Forever Marilyn Monroe

Moved from Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, the Forever Marilyn statue has a new home in Palm Springs. The 34,000-pound sculpture is located at Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way, where it will remain until June 2013. 960 1280

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Nature lovers should visit Joshua Tree National Park, located approximately 35 miles east of Palm Springs. 960 1280

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Palm Springs Walk of Stars

Palm Springs Walk of Stars

The Palm Springs Walk of Stars is a nostalgic reminder of the city’s historic and current ties to Hollywood. Palm Springs was home to several celebrities, including Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball. The city continues to attract a new crop of stars with the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, which has grown in popularity. 960 1280

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Escena Golf Club

Escena Golf Club

PGATour.com names Escena Golf Club as one of the top 10 public golf courses in California. Escena is not only one of Palm Springs’ most challenging courses, but it’s also one of the most beautiful. There are more than 100 golf courses in Palm Springs and the surrounding Coachella Valley. 960 1280

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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Since its completion in 1963, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway has carried more than 12 million visitors up the stunning cliffs of the San Jacinto Mountains. The 12-minute ride on the world's largest rotating tram offers riders breathtaking views of Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley. At the top, travelers can walk along nature trails and visit the Mountain Station’s educational center, gift shop and restaurants. 960 1280

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The Saguaro

The Saguaro

With its colorful palette inspired by local fauna, The Saguaro is one of Palm Springs’s newest hotels. Including The Saguaro, there are more than 100 hotels in the city, which means there’s something for every taste and price range, including full-service resorts, boutique hotels, historic inns, private vacation homes and condos. 960 1280

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Knott's Soak City Water Park

Knott's Soak City Water Park

Looking for a way to cool down during your stay in Palm Springs? Head to Knott’s Soak City Water Park. The city’s only water adventure park, it has 16 acres of water rides and attractions, including the Sunset River, Surf Rider, Pipeline Point and Riptide Reef. 960 1280

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Indian Canyons

Indian Canyons

The Indian Canyons -- located on Agua Caliente tribal land just minutes from downtown Palm Springs – is an amazing natural desert setting that visitors can explore along its more than 100 miles of hiking trails. The Palm Canyon’s groves of fan palms are particularly beautiful. 960 1280

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