Palm Springs, a mere two hours from L.A., posed as the perfect getaway for Hollywood's elite throughout the 30's, 40's and 50's. These days travelers from across the globe come to enjoy its spas, resorts, outdoor recreation and endless opportunities to ease back and relax. Let's say you have two days to explore this delightful desert oasis. Here is day one.
Start your day with some tasty vittles. A local favorite is More than a Mouthful. They've got an extensive selection of Benedicts and egg dishes including a Seussian classic "green eggs and ham." A pasty blend of pesto gives the eggs a charming green hue with mini cubes of ham that meander on the outer rim of your plate.
Old Hollywood Tour
After breakfast, it's time to explore Old Hollywood. A Celebrity Tour takes you past an assortment of architecture once inhabited by movie stars and entertainers such as Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore and many more. You're tour guide also throws in little Hollywood snippets that will either shock you or leave you chuckling whole-heartedly.
If the Celebrity Tour doesn't entice you, then perhaps the Spanish Colonial housing and unique architecture will. As Mount San Jacinto towers in the backdrop, there are tours through the city that explore mid-20th architecture, and depict how it has become a pivotal aspect in structural design studies.
Time to Eat
There are a couple of great dining choices within the vicinity. Try Tyler's for some hearty burgers, or the eccentric atmosphere of Spencer's for European and Pacific Rim dishes. They've even got an in-house piano maestro.
The Palm Springs Art Museum
After your tour and some treats, it's time to peruse the Palm Springs Art Museum. The museum showcases a versatile blend of Mesoamerican pieces, Western art, contemporary California paintings, and American photography from artists such as Andy Warhol, Frederic Remington, Duane Hanson and numerous others.
The Fabulous Palm Spring Follies
As the evening ensues, the Fabulous Palm Spring Follies put on a remarkable show. These "eternally young ladies" are all at least 50 years old, while some are even in their 80's. You'd never know it the way they strut, dance and kick in those Vegas-glam costumes.