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Tahquitz Creek Golf

Palm Springs

Desert decadence with a splash of Hollywood glamour

FIRST-TIME ESSENTIAL  Climb near 6,000 feet in 10 minutes aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Any vertigo will be assuaged by the jaw-dropping panorama at the top: the palm- and cactus-flecked Coachella Valley carving its way through the rocky San Bernardino and Santa Rosa Mountains. TIP: At the top, let the kids scratch a Jeffrey pine tree and breathe in the sweet smell of butterscotch.

MAXIMUM EXPOSURE  The stunning landscape—emerald-green fairways and perfectly pruned palms backdropped by the San Jacinto Mountains—along local favorite Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort’s two sunny courses is sure to keep your spirits soaring (even if your short game isn’t).

FOR LOVERS  We dare you to not fall deeper in love at Korakia Pensione, a Moroccan-inspired oasis complete with firepit-lined pools, exquisite stone fireplaces, and—of course—white canvas curtains blowing in the desert breeze., from $169 

EAT THIS  At the newest entry in Palm Springs’ dining scene, downtown Lulu’s generous helpings of California cuisine, from quinoa stuffed acorn squash to sautéed tilapia, are guaranteed to keep you fueled up for your desert adventures.

  • 1 flight from PDX daily
  • 74 average high temp in February
  • 130 golf courses in Palm Springs

REST YOUR HEAD  Fashionable Portlanders will feel right at home in the affordable, 180-room Ace Hotel & Swim Club, an ode to midcentury chic. You won’t have Stumptown and Kenny and Zuke’s next door, but this Palm Springs cousin has something even better: two bustling outdoor pools and lounges., from $129

WHAT YOU DIDN’T DO LAST TIME  Take a tour of the town’s abundant midcentury modern architecture in style. Scoot Palm Springs rents scooters by the half day and provides tour maps to some of the city’s coolest residential wonders, such as renowned architect Richard Neutra’s seminal Kaufmann House.