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The Palm Springs Guide

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Palm Springs first drew crowds as a wellness destination in the early 1900s (dry heat), before evolving into a super-mod Hollywood escape in the ’50s. It’s changing again—a little more hipster, a little less swinging ’60s—though the awesome dry heat remains. And did we mention that it’s just two hours from LA, assuming you don’t get stuck in traffic? We’ve rounded up the best accommodations, restaurants, and cultural highlights.

Bootlegger Tiki

Bootlegger Tiki

1101 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Movie Colony | 760.318.4154

Brainchild of Jaime Kowal and Chris Pardo (the dynamic duo behind neighboring Ernest Coffee), Bootlegger Tiki—with its totem poles, novelty lighting, and various pictures of topless ladies on the walls—is the epitome of a kitschy tiki bar. Best part: happy hour is a daily occurrence here, meaning the elaborate rum-centric concoctions (Mai Tai, Daiquiri, Blue Hawaii, and more) can be enjoyed at deep discounts from 4 to 6.