Our take on the perfect midwinter break, full of balmy weather and Rat Pack glamour

David Lansing

Think of Palm Springs as a cocktail: Mix one part Rat Packglamour, a shot of desert beauty, fill to the top of the glass withbalmy days, and stir up the perfect desert midwinter getaway. Thatit's only about 110 miles east of Hollywood has long been reasonenough for Angelenos to claim it as their private hideaway, but inthe last few years, as it has blossomed with boutique hotels and― finally ― some decent eateries, snowbirds fromSeattle to Salt Lake City have claimed it as their own as well. Read the fullstory...

GETTING THERE

Palm Springs is 112 miles east of Los Angeles. The airport isserviced by 14 airlines. Visit www.palm-springs.org or call800/347-7746.

WHERE TO EAT

Copley's on Palm Canyon. Contemporary American cuisine in aSpanish-chic cottage once owned by Cary Grant. $$$$;621 N. Palm Canyon Dr.; 760/327-9555.

The Falls Prime Steakhouse and Martini Bar. Popular localwatering hole with fresh-squeezed cocktails, eclectic small plates.$$$$;155 S. Palm Canyon; 760/416-8664.

Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro. Thin-crust pizzas andcocktails. $$$;155 S. Palm Canyon; 760/778-6000.

WHERE TO STAY

Del Marcos Hotel. Built in 1947 and designed by William F.Cody; decorated with pop art. 16 rooms from $139; www.delmarcoshotel.com or800/676-1214.

The Horizon Hotel. Another Cody design from 1952; originallya hideaway for a Hollywood mogul and his friends, restored in '04to its glamorous mid-century roots. 22 rooms from $210; www.thehorizonhotel.comor 800/377-7855.

Orbit In. Restored 1957 hotel, with 9 rooms filled withEames and Noguchi furniture. From $219; www.orbitin.com or877/996-7248.

Parker Palm Springs. Built in 1959; in 2004 designerJonathan Adler turned it into a Moroccan retreat with a spectacularspa. 144 rooms from $245; www.theparkerpalmsprings.comor 760/770-5000.

WHAT TO DO

The Living Desert. Native plant-filled gardens and a zoo.47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert; www.livingdesert.org or760/346-5694.

Modernism Week. Celebrating everything midcentury Feb 16-25,with a design sale, lectures, and rare tours of the Frey House (Feb19; $50). www.psmodcom.com

Palm Canyon. A native palm-shaded oasis. $8; 38500 S. PalmCanyon; www.indian-canyons.com or800/790-3398.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Glass-walled cars whisk you6,000 feet to Mt. San Jacinto State Park. $22; at west end ofTramway Rd.; www.pstramway.com or888/515-8726.

Palm Springs Modern Tours. Three-hour exterior tours ofmidcentury-modern buildings. $65; 760/318-6118.

WHERE TO SHOP

ModernWay. Eclectic mix of midcentury furnishings andaccessories. Closed Tue-Wed; 2755 N. Palm Canyon; 760/320-5455.

Retrospect. Restored midcentury furnishings and new piecesfrom vintage designs. 666 N. Palm Canyon; 760/416-1766.

Studio One 11. High-end decor from the '40s to the '70s.Closed Tue; 2675 N. Palm Canyon; 760/323-5104.

Trina Turk. Classy feminine resortwear. 891 N. Palm Canyon;760/416-2856.

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