Palm Springs uncovered

Palm Springs uncovered

It's understandable why, as wintry weather sets in elsewhere, travelers flock to Palm Springs for warmth and sunshine. Heavy clothes are quickly replaced by T-shirts and shorts — or, at some resorts, no clothes at all. Palm Springs is a hot spot not only for snowbirds but also for those who...

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Weekend Escape: Relaxation uncovered in Palm Springs

Weekend Escape: Relaxation uncovered in Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a hot spot not only for snowbirds but also for those who choose to vacation in the buff, with the Terra Cotta Inn among...

SoCal Close-Ups: A date with the Coachella Valley

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Tour Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, where presidents will meet

Tour Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, where presidents will meet

President Obama and China's President Xi Jinping will meet this weekend at Sunnylands, the 200-acre Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage. It...

Palm Springs revival has deals for a song (or close to it)

Palm Springs revival has deals for a song (or close to it)

The Rat Pack lives again — or at least Palm Springs, once the party pad of Sinatra and the boys, does.

The Willows: A hidden retreat in Palm Springs

The Willows: A hidden retreat in Palm Springs

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Palm Springs' 'goat trails' by mountain bike

Palm Springs' 'goat trails' by mountain bike

Rocky and mostly barren, the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountains southwest of Palm Springs offer terrain hospitable only to king snakes,...

A visit to 1959 Palm Springs

A visit to 1959 Palm Springs

Dwight Eisenhower, on holiday from the White House, whips a golf club beneath a blue October sky. Frank Sinatra, driven indoors by a...

San Gorgonio windmills can teach you a lot

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Hyatt Grand Champions in Indian Wells: Bring on the heat

Never mind that it's 108 in the shade. At the Hyatt in Indian Wells, low-rate specials with cool activities appeal to kids and adults.

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In Borrego Springs, development dreams -- and pitfalls

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Pool-centric Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa emerges from a makeover

Like those misguided victims on extreme makeover TV shows, so many hotels and resorts these days are renovating themselves into properties...

Seeking more TLC at Palm Springs' Colony Palms Hotel

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Palm Springs, a guide to its ins and outs

Like Frank Sinatra, Palm Springs has fallen in and out of fashion, but never out of style. Given its desert and mountain scenery, historic...

Palm Springs' image in book creates uproar

Robert julian's little neighborhood is on the southwest side of Palm Springs, where the San Jacinto Mountains begin to rise from the...

Ace Hotel & Swim Club is a hybrid apart in Palm Springs

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