Sunnylands Center & Gardens
37977 Bob Hope Dr., Rancho Mirage
The fact that Sunnylands serves as the Camp David of the West Coast kind of does this stunning estate a disservice: And while it's still frequented by many presidents and politicians, it's open to the public. Designed for the Annenbergs by A. Quincy Jones in the '60s, it is one of the more stunning examples of mid-century architecture, and it's situated on meticulously manicured grounds. Book well in advance for tours, though you can always stop by to see the permanent exhibition, which offers a great survey on some of the home's big moments over time.
Raymond Lawrence (Closed)
71800 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage
In a town where vintage is king, Raymond Lawrence (the moniker is a splicing of the owners’ names) is a breath of fresh air. Though still pretty heavy on kitsch and brightness—technicolor lucite is everywhere—the tiny shop-in-shops are a joy to peruse and a dream if you’re on a hunt for small giftables (silly-yet-functional kitchen accessories, home decor, apothecary items). Don’t leave before exploring the stationery section—it's packed with hilariously raunchy cards and pretty notebooks.
The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage
68900 Frank Sinatra Dr., Rancho Mirage
The Ritz is by far the largest—and definitely the fanciest—place to stay in Palm Springs. The truth is, unless you’re looking to explore the town or take a drive to Joshua Tree, there’s really no need to leave the hotel grounds. There are three kickass pools and inviting little nooks to take in the surroundings, you can find a really good steak and insane views of the desert at the Edge Steakhouse, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better Sunday brunch spread than the one at State Fare Kitchen. And of course, there’s the Ritz Kids club to keep the littles occupied so you can clock in some blissful spa time.
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