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Run the desert

An insider’s guide to Palm Springs on foot

By Cassie Shortsleeve

In partnership with American Express Platinum, Furthermore curated cultural, musical, and fitness recommendations for Palm Springs, California. If you’re headed to the desert town this month, look no further for travel inspiration. Just one more way American Express Platinum has your back no matter where you go.

Fitness might not be the first thing that comes to mind during a music festival, but Palm Springs—the famed desert town near where Coachella takes place—is particularly enticing for athletes. During the first weekend of this year’s festival, David Siik, Los Angeles–based creator of Equinox’s Precision Run program, led four morning jogs.

“The desert makes you feel exposed physically but, almost more importantly, emotionally,” he says. “It affords you an opportunity to see yourself in an entirely different way. The vastness and stillness of the desert can wash your soul and untangle your thoughts.”

In Palm Springs, a well-executed route snakes through historic neighborhoods, scenic overlooks, and challenging terrain. For those who missed the runs—or are simply curious about exercising in the area—Furthermore caught up with Siik, who lives in the town part-time. He shared his intel on desert-running and local landmarks.

Tell us about the desert run

“The 5K route starts at The Avalon Hotel Palm Springs [the site of American Express Platinum House]. We wound through Old Las Palmas—arguably one of the most famous neighborhoods in Palm Springs—which is full of beautiful streets and historic homes previously owned by old-Hollywood celebs like Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Liberace, and more. After, we made our way along the base of the San Jacinto Mountains for a shakeout back toward The Avalon.”

Why this route?

“Palm Springs is all about mid-century architecture and the elegant heritage of a celebrity retreat. But many people who go to Coachella never get to experience it, so it's an incredible way to take in the history and breathtaking views. Running is a refreshing contrast from the music festival. [On this route, you get] to enjoy the peace and stillness of this oasis in the desert. Since it's flat with very little elevation, the run is approachable for many different levels of athletes.”

How should you prep for running in the desert heat?

“First, the obvious: water. As important as it is to have water with you on medium to long runs, it’s also very important to be hydrated before you run. In hot, dry climates, I recommend about 20 ounces of water at least one hour to 90 minutes before a run or 10 to 12 ounces 30 minutes before. If you are jogging in the morning, drink a full glass of water before you have coffee, to rehydrate. I’d also suggest beating the heat and running at sunrise instead of sundown. The streets absorb heat from the desert sun all day and radiate it even after the dusk hits.

Then, consider your wardrobe. Wear sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and/or a long-sleeve sun shirt. Ciele hats have a very cool urban-running vibe.”

Any other insider tips for runners in the area?

“Running along the base of the mountain is beautiful, but to get an elevation view in the desert, do a short run to the base of Cactus to Clouds Trail and then hike up (17.5 miles) to enjoy the views as you ascend. It’s steep at parts and quite challenging, but a lovely option.”

The athlete’s guide to festival style

Creative ways to wear a running singlet, active swimsuit, and hikers

In partnership with American Express Platinum, Furthermore curated cultural, musical, and fitness recommendations for Palm Springs, California. If you’re headed to the desert town this month, look no further for travel inspiration. Just one more way American Express Platinum has your back no matter where you go.

By Julia Malacoff

Festival season is officially here, and any experienced concert attendee knows that the long days and nights call for lightweight, quick-drying clothes that still feel fashion-forward. Conveniently, today’s active and athleisure pieces provide the comfort of performance-quality materials without sacrificing the bohemian, outdoor-friendly festival style.

Ahead, 8 picks to see you through spring and summer concerts.

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  • Left on Friday Peak Suit

    Active one-pieces aren’t just for swimming laps anymore. Case in point: This swimsuit that features a sexy, strategically-placed cutout but won’t leave you overexposed while dancing. Try it with lacy white shorts for the perfect mix of sleek and boho.

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  • Satisfy Running Race Singlet

    Perforated fabric provides plenty of ventilation and a simple black-and-white colorway presents unlimited pairing options. This one feels especially festival-appropriate thanks to the rock 'n' roll–inspired graphic.

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  • District Vision Chadwick Mountain Racer

    For long hours on your feet during sets, sneakers are a natural choice. Luckily, the coolest pairs right now have a hiking-ready aesthetic and the performance benefits to match. These include a grippy rubber sole meant for wet weather, so they’re ideal for days when the forecast includes rain.

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  • Year of Ours Biker Ribbed Stretch Shorts

    Comfortable enough for a full day of concerts, these ribbed bike shorts can be worn with the matching bralette for a coordinated look. Alternatively, grab a cool graphic tee and knot it at the waist. Add some cat eye sunglasses to complete the look.

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  • Aimé Leon Dore Navy Logo Zipper Pocket Shorts

    Retro color blocking adds an ‘80s revival vibe to these sporty shorts, while three easy-access pockets mean you can skip a bag. Consider styling them with a simple grey tee or an oversized sweatshirt in a pastel shade.

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  • And Wander Dyneema Pouch

    Breeze through festival security with this transparent pouch. Since it’s meant for hiking and made from a virtually indestructible fabric, your essentials will stay safe. Wear it hands-free as a crossbody or use the attached carabiner to secure it to a belt loop.

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  • Stone Island G0124 Garment Dyed Quilted Micro Yarn Vest

    For spring events when days are hot but evenings are cool, a quilted vest that’s not too heavy serves as a great layering piece.

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  • Avocado Multicolor Mercury Bra

    The tie-dye trend isn’t going anywhere, so you can expect to see plenty of it in the wild this  season. Show off toned shoulders with this asymmetrical sports bra, which works well with denim cutoffs or white jeans. Tie a light sweater around your waist for when the sun goes down.

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48 hours in Palm Springs

Hike, shop, and golf in this old Hollywood retreat.

By Morgan Goldberg

In partnership with American Express Platinum, Furthermore created a guide with curated cultural, musical, and fitness recommendations for Palm Springs, California. If you’re headed to the desert town this month, look no further for travel inspiration. Just one more way American Express Platinum has your back no matter where you go.

About two hours east of Los Angeles, Palm Springs is a serene, stylish oasis in the Sonoran Desert. Once frequented by stars like Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor, the city still charms with its mid-century modern architecture and old Hollywood glamour. Now, visitors come to recharge at luxurious resorts, play premier golf courses, absorb impressive art, and more—all with views of the San Jacinto Mountains. Palm Springs is also well-known for its proximity to the yearly Coachella music festival, held in nearby Indio, California. This year, it will take place on two consecutive weekends starting Friday, April 12 and ending Sunday, April 21.

Here’s what to do in this California retreat.

WHERE TO STAY

Built in 1929, the Avalon Hotel and Bungalows is a dreamy estate of Spanish-style casitas complete with refreshing pools, flowering gardens, and quiet courtyards. A watering hole for golden-age celebrities, the hotel was a go-to of Marilyn Monroe, who favored rooms 108 and 109. The Avalon, which will host American Express Platinum House during this year’s festivities, is walkable to a number of restaurants and locally-owned boutiques.

For a private, specialized experience, look to L’Horizon Resort and Spa. The 25 bungalows feature exposed pine ceilings, industrial light fixtures, and individual outdoor patios. Expect special touches like complimentary poolside foot and back massages and personalized room signs.

Day 1

Begin your trip at King’s Highway. Order the smoothie of the day or the overnight oats, which are soaked in coconut milk and topped with walnuts, strawberries, and banana brûlée.

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  • Option 1: culture

    Visit the Palm Springs Art Museum for a dose of visual creativity. The 28 galleries include contemporary exhibits and Native American Cahuilla artifacts in addition to collections of colorful glass and desert photography.

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    Head to the Agua Caliente Tahquitz Visitor Center in the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation, about a mile from downtown. From there, hike the steep, two-mile Tahquitz Canyon Loop Trail which features a 60-foot waterfall and ancient rock art.

For lunch, check out LA import Wexler’s Deli, where classics like lox, sturgeon, and pastrami are on offer alongside house-made condiments and freshly baked bagels. Try the grilled albacore salad with gem lettuce, fingerling potatoes, olives, and lemon vinaigrette.

Next, hunt for vintage at The Frippery, where you’ll find desert-appropriate caftans and floppy hats. At a la Mod, shop for mid-century modern furniture.

In the evening, dine at Workshop Kitchen + Bar, a local mainstay. Standout dishes include octopus carpaccio and the farmers market spring vegetables with celery root purée, sunchoke, carrot, and turnip with rosemary and poblano. When you’ve finished your meal, sip on a refreshing cocktail like the Hemingway Especial with white rum, lime and grapefruit juices, and a little maraschino liqueur.  

Day 2

Get up early to avoid the wait at Cheeky’s, perhaps the most beloved brunch spot in the city. The menu changes weekly, and diners flock here for their organic scrambled eggs and assorted vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free offerings.

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  • Option 2: culture

    The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway travels above Chino Canyon, providing sweeping views of cliffs and the valley below. After the ten-minute trip, you’ll be at an elevation of 8,500 feet with access to observation decks, two documentary theaters, and a natural history museum.

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    Book a tee time in advance to play 18 holes at one of Indian Wells Golf Resort's two acclaimed courses. About 40 minutes from downtown Palm Springs, the resort boasts a 53,000-square-foot clubhouse and provides lessons and clinics with PGA instructors.

The Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge serves cozy, simple fare that spotlights farm fresh produce. The lunch menu has a Mediterranean salad, seasonal fruit and burrata, and avocado toast with baby greens.

Though you’ll have to arrive at 4:45 p.m. to get in line, a meal at Rooster and the Pig is worth it. The casual, no-reservations Vietnamese eatery showcases carefully-sourced ingredients at their peak. Don’t miss the fresh summer rolls with fillings like lemongrass pork and turmeric crab or the charred Brussels sprouts.

Round out the weekend in the desert with tropical beverages at Bootlegger Tiki. The festive, kitschy bar celebrates the glories of rum in cocktails like “I Feel Matcha Better,” with two types of the tropical liquor, coconut, lime, lemongrass, ginger, and matcha tea.

Workout playlist: Coachella 2019

A curated lineup featuring this year’s festival performers

By Rob LeDonne

In partnership with American Express Platinum, Furthermore created a guide with curated cultural, musical, and fitness recommendations for Palm Springs, California. If you’re headed to the desert town this month, look no further for travel inspiration. Just one more way American Express Platinum has your back no matter where you go.

The 2019 iteration of Coachella is set to continue the festival’s reputation as a hive for the hottest acts in music, with headliners including Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, and Australian psych rock act Tame Impala. Whether you want to get hyped for one or both weekends, or you’re listening from afar, Furthermore created a cardio-forward playlist featuring many 2019 performers. The lineup kicks off with actor/DJ Idris Elba’s “Sweat” and explores both ubiquitous smashes and lesser-known tracks, like Kids See Ghosts “Reborn” and “Tie Me Down” by Gryffin and Elley Duhé .

How to survive Coachella

Attend the music festival without wrecking your routine

edited by Emma Stessman

In partnership with American Express Platinum, Furthermore created a guide with curated cultural, musical, and fitness recommendations for Palm Springs, California. If you’re headed to the desert town this month, look no further for travel inspiration. Just one more way American Express Platinum has your back no matter where you go.

Though there’s no shortage of fried food, cocktails, and late nights, festival pros know how to get the full experience without sacrificing health. This year will be the fifth time that Justin Jacobs, London-based Tier X program manager, attends Coachella. Here, he shares his top tips for conquering the wild desert weekends in Indio, California.                    

Master the flight

Book an early-morning flight to Palm Springs, instead of a red-eye or afternoon journey. “You have a full day when you arrive to shop for groceries, prep meals, and relax before the weekend begins,” Jacobs says.

To prevent giving in to travel-induced hunger, pack ready-to-eat options in your carry-on. “I opt for whole food bars, packaged salads, fresh fruit, or trail mix,” he says. “[And] I always buy a huge bottle of water at the airport to stay hydrated.”

Make time for meal prep

Though top chefs like Native’s Nyesha Arrington and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine are among those hosting pop-ups and events at the festival, making a majority of your meals can help you stay on track. “Having healthy food on hand is key,” Jacobs says. “My housemates and I do a huge grocery trip the day before [the festival starts] with smaller morning trips throughout the weekend.”

He recommends buying plenty of easy-to-prepare, mix-and-match options like proteins and vegetables for the grill and salad greens. “Make more than needed and store leftovers for festival days,” Jacobs recommends. “I use roasted sweet potatoes for breakfast home fries and save grilled onions and peppers for fajitas later in the weekend.”

Consider supplements

Travel diets tend to be less nutrient-dense, so Jacobs packs plenty of supplements. Fish oil, probiotics, greens powder, vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin B12 are among his go-tos. “For Coachella, I also add in curcumin to lower inflammation,” he says.

Jacobs also suggests supplementing with melatonin before bed, since the stress of travel paired with the excitement from the weekend can make it hard to maintain a solid eight-hour sleep schedule.

Combat festival soreness with regen and mobility work

“If your hotel or condo has a hot tub and a pool, spending five minutes alternating between each can simulate a contrast bath to rapidly change tissue temperatures and increase circulation,” Jacobs says. “This can be especially helpful if you've got any aches and pains from dancing and walking.” Add some mobility work for your hips, shoulders, and ankles, which may be sore from long hours of standing.