The Calm Before Coachella
Whether stopping through for the festival or a hit of desert sunshine, explore Palm Springs like an insider.
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As co-founder of online fashion bible The Coveteur, Erin Kleinberg is on an airplane virtually every other day, traveling with her team to document the closets and personal style of some of today’s most recognized and respected fashion players. Based in Toronto, she racks up a hefty amount of miles dashing from LA to NYC to Paris (and everywhere in between). But when it's time to settle in for some R+R, Kleinberg's getaway for solitude and relaxation has always been Palm Springs. Before Coachella takes over town this weekend, we asked Kleinberg to give us the lay of the land. Here, her rundown of the quieter, gentler, healthier side of town.
"I am obsessed with the hotels here, even though we stay in a Melrose Place-style condo in the south end of Palm Springs. The Viceroy is super quaint, private and the landscaping is phenomenal. A more obvious choice is The Ace, which is just objectively dope. Their kale salad is bomb! But my heart and soul belongs to the one and only: The Parker. From the massive, well-manicured grounds to the three pools, to the giant hammocks and chess sets to the very berry brioche French toast at Norma's. I am smitten! And they have reformers in the gym; that gets me every time!"
"There is a little place right next to The Ace called Koffi. That is the go-to for local caffeine needs."
"The chicest store here is by far Trina Turk Residential in the design district. Jonathan Adler is rampant and they have the most well-curated collection of coffee table books and knick knacks!"
"Okay, so this is Palm Springs' best kept secret: It is called Palm Greens Cafe. Their Suzanne Somers smoothie is orgasmic! I always grab one post-Pilates, it has kale, spinach, banana, mint, apple and spirulina. The shop is filled with cute health dudes saying 'righteous' and playing rad 80's music. Hilarious side note: Last Christmas, I got my beloved bevy and I actually walked past Suzanne Somers in an Escalade. Random!"
"Staying in the most southern point of Palm Springs feels like being at the edge of the world! You're legitimately encased by massive lofting mountains, which are sprinkled with snowflakes on the top; somehow it is super calming. Being so close to the mountains in the desert allows for many impromptu hikes and trails right in our backyard. Usually we curate our own offbeat hike, but some stellar ones include: The South Lykken Trail and The Long Valley Loop Trail."
"Toughest. Call. Ever. It's a toss up between this new intimate Italian joint called Birba that has all outdoor seating and a ton of beautiful fire warmers. Their burrata and beet salad is chronic, and their eggplant bolognese could easily turn any vegan to be a carnivore. The owners also have this sick breakfast place called Cheeky's and actually just built a hotel called Alcazar attached to the two restos. You basically never have to leave the compound."