The Palm Springs Visitors Center (2901 N. Palm Canyon Dr.; www.palm-springs.org or 760/778-8418) is a good first stop for general information, as well as for buying a map of the stars' homes ($5).
Palm Springs Art Museum. A good collection of contemporary art, housed in an airy space. Closed Mon; $13, $5 ages 6-17. 101 Museum Dr.; www.psmuseum.org or 760/325-7186.
Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa. Classic desert spa retreat; also offers dining and lodging (from $195). 67-425 Two Bunch Palms Trail, Desert Hot Springs; www.twobunchpalms.com, 800/472-4334, or 760/329-8791.
Riccio's. Classic Italian for 27 years. $$$; lunch Mon-Fri, dinner daily. 2155 N. Palm Canyon Dr.; 760/325-2369.
Zin. Modern-style American bistro with windows opening to the downtown action. $$$; dinner daily. 198 S. Palm Canyon Dr.; 760/322-6300.
Movie Colony Hotel. Designed by famed modernist architect Albert Frey in the '30s, the hotel still has star power. From $189. 726 N. Indian Canyon Dr.; www.moviecolonyhotel.com or 888/953-5700.
Orbit In. Lovingly midcentury modern, with a saltwater pool. There are two options: the Hideaway (with larger grounds; from $159) and the Oasis (from $179). 562 W. Arenas Rd.; www.orbitin.com or 760/323-3585.
Palm Springs is a capital of vintage and contemporary design retailers. Here are a few of our faves.
Galaxy 500. 1007 N. Palm Canyon Dr.; 760/320-7776.
Modern Homes. 456 N. Palm Canyon Dr.; 760/320-8422.
ModernWay. Closed Tue-Wed. 2755 N. Palm Canyon Dr.; 760/320-5455.
Palm Springs Consignment. 497 N. Indian Canyon Dr.; 760/416-0704.
Trina Turk Boutique. 891 N. Palm Canyon Dr.; 760/416-2856.