With Coachella this weekend, we asked brand consultant and the ever-stylish Karen Kimmel to give us some tips on where to stay, eat, drink, and hang out in the Palm Springs area.
For Coachella recommendations, we're counting on Karen Kimmel, an in-the-know brand consultant who has worked with companies like Nike, Fendi, and Marc Jacobs. Kimmel is also the founder of Crafting Community, a weekend-long family getaway that encourages togetherness, creativity, and quality time. The sixth annual Crafting Community (May 1-3) takes place at Palm Springs' Ace Hotel & Swim Club, so it’s no surprise that Kimmel has become an unofficial expert on the hottest spots in the Coachella Valley. Read on for her must-see, must-do, and must-shop stops in the area.
Where to Stay
Arguably the hardest hotel to book during Coachella, the Ace Hotel & Swim Club is Karen Kimmel’s favorite place for lodging in the Palm Springs area. “The guest list is [...] always diverse and reliably interesting,” she says. But if you're looking for something a bit more subdued and quiet, Kimmel prefers Korakia Pensione, which she describes as “an awesome, unique oasis.” Ace Hotel & Swim Club, 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, 760-325-9900; Korakia Pensione, 257 S. Patencio Road, Palm Springs, 760-864-6411
Where to Drink
For poolside drinks, follow Kimmel's lead and head to the The Purple Palm at the Colony Palms Hotel. The bar features an outdoor dining space, along with a rich history—famed mobster Alfred Wertheimer, a member of the Purple Gang, opened the hotel in 1936 and ultimately lent his name to the lounge. 572 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, 760-969-1818
Where to Brunch
For bottomless bloody Marys and avocado toast, Kimmel skips the long wait at Cheeky’s in favor of King’s Highway, which is nestled inside an old Denny’s at the Ace Hotel. There, you can feast on delicious beverages like the date shake (local dates, almond milk, and vanilla gelato) or Kimmel’s favorite dish, the fish tacos (mahi mahi, mango habanero sauce, and frisée radish). 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, 760-325-9900
Where to Shop
Palm Springs is home to more vintage furniture stores and finds than you could ever take with you. To really narrow it down, stop by Kimmel's must-visit boutiques like a La Mod, which displays "an eclectically curated collection of neat finds from the '80s and '90s," and Raymond Lawrence, “a super-fun shop to wander around—especially if you are also a fan of Technicolor Lucite." a La Mod, 844 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, 760-327-0707; Raymond Lawrence, 830 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, 760-322-3344
What to Do
For Kimmel, the Palm Springs Art Museum is a “one-stop shop for all things Palm Springs Modern [...] especially their new, fabulous Architecture and Design Center.” For even more inspirational period architecture, visit the A. Quincy Jones-designed Sunnylands estate, which was home to Walter and Leonore Annenberg. The mid-century estate, which is considered the “Camp David” of the West, has housed countless public figures and celebrities—thanks to its free access and garden and architecture tours, it's well worth a stop. Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Dr., Palm Springs, 760-322-4800; Sunnylands, 37977 Bob Hope Dr., Rancho Mirage, 760-202-2222
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