Palm Springs Life Magazine’s Judith Salkin recently took a look at Palm Springs’ evolution into one of the most happening places you can find in Southern California.

Judith writes that most tourists and visitors hotly anticipate Palm Springs’ signature annual events: October’s season-opening Modernism Preview Weekend; Pride Weekend in November; “Parade Season” throughout the fall; the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Tour de Palm Springs cycling benefit in January; Modernism Week in February; and the ShortFest film festival in June. However, they’re also attracted by a new crop of boutique and name brand hotels surrounding the Downtown and Uptown business districts, resulting in part from Palm Springs’ economic incentive programs for improvements to existing hotels. Choices range from small, historic properties like the 16-room Colt’s Lodge, Sparrows Lodge, and L’Horizon on East Palm Canyon to the recently opened 32-room ARRIVE Hotel that now anchors the Uptown District the hotel dining options add to the city’s eclectic mix of eateries. The ARRIVE offers an artisan Ice Cream & Shop(pe), Customs Coffee that features beans blended and roasted by the Joshua Tree Coffee Company, Reservoir with mixed Latin and Asian influences, Sandfish for whiskey and sushi, and The Draughtsman, a gastropub set to open soon. Major name properties still to come include the 155-room Kimpton in the heart of Palm Springs in 2017 and the 142-room Virgin Hotel, the first on the West Coast for the brand, near the Kimpton, that is expected to open in 2018.

The city’s harvest of new food options are all homegrown, including Tipper’s Gourmet Marketplace, an upscale deli and sandwich spot, Watercress, a Vietnamese bistro, Broken Yolk Café, for egg lovers, Truss + Twine, for classic cocktails and food (from the owners of Workshop Kitchen + Bar), Frankinbun’s haute dogs; and Woody’s Burgers.  And there’s new nightlife too, like Bardot at the Hard Rock, and a new club going in above the Broken Yolk.

Adding in the all the city’s traditional activities like pedaling around town on highlighted bike lanes, hiking trails, and Indian Canyons, the Palm Springs Art Museum and its Architecture and Design Center, shopping on Palm Canyon, or coming to town to enjoy the parades (PSHS Homecoming, Palm Springs Pride, Veterans Day, Festival of Lights, and Black History Month), and new retail businesses like the much-anticipated West Elm furniture store and H&M all mean that there are so many ways for guests to enjoy the city.



  • Mayor: Robert Moon
  • Mayor Pro Tem: Chris Mills
    Council Members: ?Ginny Foat, Geoff Kors, J.R. Roberts
  • Year Incorporated: 1938
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  • Total Population: 45,402
  • Annual Growth Rate: 0.76%
  • Median Age: 53


  • Bachelor’s Degrees: 7,620
  • Graduate/Professional Degrees: 5,317


  • Average Household Income: $64,123
  • Median Household Income: $39,381


  • Healthcare, Social Assistance: 14.80%
  • Accommodation and Food Services: 13.62%
  • Retail: 11.05%
  • Services (Excluding Public Administration): 7.74%
  • Professional, Scientific, Tech Services: 7.61%
  • Business and Administrative Support: 7.15%
  • Construction: 7.06%
  • Arts, Entertainment, Recreation: 6.35%
  • Educational Services: 5.43%
  • Real Estate, Rental, Leasing: 4.66%

To read Judith Salkin’s original article and view the accompanying pictures, courtesy of Palm Springs Life Magazine, please visit: