The Perfect Three-Day Weekend in Palm Springs
by Jonah Flicker
Among the Hollywood set, Palm Springs has been a favorite weekend getaway since since the days of the Rat Pack. Luckily, the allure of Palm Springs hasn’t changed much since its days as Frank Sinatra’s playground; visitors can enjoy hip hotels, excellent restaurants and bars, and unmatched views of the beautiful Mojave Desert.
Not sure how to spend your vacation in Palm Springs? Here’s an itinerary for three days of fun at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mountains.
There are plenty of boutique hotels to pick from, but The Parker is one of my favorites, with stylish rooms as well as outdoor patios and stand-alone villas. The hotel sits on beautiful grounds laced with footpaths, and features two saline pools, a fire pit, two restaurants, and a bar.
Head on over to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and catch a ride in one of the rotating cars up to the Mountain Station. At about 8,500 feet, the views from here are spectacular. If you’re in the mood for a hike, there are over 50 miles of trails easily accessible from the visitor center.
If the lack of oxygen is making you dizzy, head back downtown and recharge with a hot dog at Frankinbun, whicih serves all-natural dogs served on Parisian baguettes. Try a classic Snap Dog, or go for something different like the Chicken and Waffle on a Stick.
Evenings are always lively in Palm Springs. For a taste of the modern scene, check out Chi Chi, a restaurant focused on what it calls “the tradition of California wellness and clean living” at the boutique Avalon Hotel. Afterward, stop by for a drink at the decidedly old-school, retro-chic Melvyn’s at theIngleside Inn, a favorite of Sinatra.
As the desert morning begins to heat up, an iced coffee is probably in order. Stop in at Joey for a latte and a croissant (there’s more substantial breakfast fare, too). After fueling up, it’s time to embark upon a Palm Springs Modern Tour to check out the city’s midcentury architecture—one of Palm Springs’s main attractions.
Later on, have some lunch at King’s Highway at the Ace Hotel, a former Denny’s that is now run by the team behind Brooklyn’s Five Leaves in partnership with the Ace. Then take in the desert flora at the Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium, where you can walk among the beautiful native plants and cacti that call the low desert home.
As night approaches, sip on a fruity cocktail garnished with mini umbrellas and flowers at Bootlegger Tiki‘s happy hour, located in the old Don the Beachcomber restaurant space. Then skip the hotels and dine with the locals—make your way to an unassuming section of S. Indian Canyon Dr. for some Vietnamese food at the new Rooster and the Pig.
Palm Springs is well known for its thrift and vintage stores. If you’re in the mood to shop, visit The Frippery for resort, mod, and bohemian fashion, or check out Boulevard for midcentury furniture and home furnishings.
The Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge is open to the public for lunch service. The menu at this restored 1950s hotel is simple and fresh, focusing on small bites, salads, and sandwiches. After, if you have time and transportation, make the 30-minute drive to Shields Date Garden in neighboring Indio to try one of their famous date shakes—and don’t skip the “Romance and Sex Life of the Date” film that screens in the small theater.
Finally, check out the Palm Springs Art Museum for its modern and contemporary exhibits. Then end your stay with dinner and drinks at Mr. Lyons, an updated version of a traditional steakhouse where you can sip classic cocktails and share a porterhouse for two with foie gras and dry-aged fat butter.
20 Palm Springs Restaurants to Explore During Coachella, 2016 Edition
Lizbeth Scordo on Mar 31, 2016, 12:22p
Ah the Coachella conundrum: Stay on the festival grounds all day and night the whole entire weekend to make sure you don’t miss anything. (A magical N.W.A. reunion, perhaps?) Or take a break from staring at the stage through a sea of all those same black felt hats and go get sit-down dinner somewhere. Hopefully, you’ll be able to swing both during your desert jaunt (and try some of the fare cooked up by Coachella’s lineup of onsite chefs while you’re at it). From brand-new hip hotel restaurants to tried-and-true taco shops, here’s a rundown of the restaurants worth leaving the festival grounds for.
The kitschy space is exactly where you’d expect to find a place called FrinkinBun but the food is no joke. Owner Tristan Gittens gets the dogs and sausages (including a jalapeno hot link, Portugese smoked version, and Bavarian-style) from local producers, serves them on a French baguette made by nearby bakery L’Artisan, and offers his own accoutrements including live sauerkraut, grilled peppers and onions, and chili. The homemade organic spicy ketchup and date chutney are his take on recipes his Indian dad passed down. There’s also a menu of craft beers and a freezer cart full of Coolhaus ice cream sandwiches, which will be 2-for-1 during Coachella, when the place plans to stay open till midnight to quell those post-festival hot dog cravings. And while you’re waiting for your frank, study the groovy wallpaper created by Gittens’ wife, designer Candice Held.
The sausages are locally sourced, and accompaniments like sauerkraut and spicy ketchup will be made in-house. The baguettes in which the dogs are served are fresh and baked daily, as well. There will also be sides like artisan chips, sodas, ice cream, and craft beer and wine.
There will be classic sausages available, like Kielbasa and Bratwurst, but Frankinbun will also serve specialty “concept dogs,” like chicken and waffles on a stick.
P: 760-318-4841, Visit Website
540 S. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm springs, CA, 92262
Some call it a Frankfurter, some a Hot Dog, others a Sausage, we just call it FRANKINBUN! Because we care about food and we care about you, we source only the highest quality products. From our basic hot dog to our veal and pork Bratwurst, we find the absolute best and bring it to you. We serve our Franks on a Parisian Baguette which is made fresh every morning. All of our Sausages are in natural casings which gives Frankinbun its signature “SNAP”. We personally make our Vegan dogs which are soy and gluten free. We have a large selection of gourmet drinks, snacks, and ice cream along with a variety of gluten free options. Don’t forget to try our Live Sauerkraut (the only of its kind in the valley) and our selection of chutneys.
Friday, February 19, 2016 Hot Dog Hot Spot: Frankinbun
|The Friendly Staff|
|The Portuguese/Hawaiian. Yes, it is as good as it looks|
|Pick up some original condiments to take home|
Frankinbun is an addition that the city should be excited about. No looking down your nose at this hot dog joint. It’s a first class, gourmet eatery that peddles an American Staple. Carey Grant would be proud to eat here. Wait…I think he is dead. Come to think of it, you will be too someday. Live or visit Palm Springs? On your deathbed one regret you will have is not downing a dog at Frankinbun. Don’t die bitter….grab a friend and head to Frankinbun and enjoy some of Palm Springs’ newest and finest cuisine.
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Palm Springs local Tristan Gittens opened his new eatery, Frankinbun, located at 540 S. Indian Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, on Jan. 30 with a grand opening celebration to follow in February. From the basic hot dog to veal and pork bratwurst, Frankinbun serves locally sourced gourmet sausages, all beef hot dogs, and house-made vegan dogs on fresh baguettes baked daily. Frankinbun prides itself on high-quality ingredients, lower fat content, and encased in natural casings to give Frankinbun its signature “snap.” Among the offerings are classics such as kielbasa, bratwurst, linguica, and the Coney Island style all beef “Snap Dog.” Specialties include sauerkraut, date chutney made with local dates, and a proprietary organic spicy tomato ketchup. Accompaniments range from artisan chips and gourmet sodas to ice cream by popular niche brand Coolhaus along with craft beer and wine. Online ordering is available at www.frankinbun.com