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80 Degrees in Perpetually Hip Palm Springs

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. ( TheStreet) -- As most of the country sits under inches of ice and bemoans meteorological phenomena such as thundersnow, Palm Springs is a land of 80-degree winter days about to roll into its high season. Flanked by the annual Palm Springs Modernism Week (Feb. 17-27), celebrating the city's midcentury architectural heritage, and Coachella Music Festival (April 15-17), this year with Kanye West and the Kings of Leon as headliners, the weeks between Presidents Day and Easter are the busiest for this desert utopia.

Since opening in early 2009, Ace Hotel & Swim Club has been a top draw for an under-40 party crowd enjoying a weekend pool scene that walks the line between hipster and bohemian. Rooms at the Ace are camping chic -- walls wrapped in canvas with super-comfy amenities and rock star glamour that doesn't skimp on the details -- and most weekends feature afternoon DJs at the pool, as well as special live-music events and dance parties during festival weekends. Those who aren't hotel guests can pay a day-use fee or get an annual membership that includes full use of the resort amenities and discounts on food and drinks.

The Ace Hotel & Swim Club is a top draw for Palm Springs' under-40 party crowd and boasts a weekend pool scene that walks the line between hipster and bohemian.

For a bit more bang, at least architecturally, Palm Springs is home to a number of small design hotels such as the Orbit In, Movie Colony Hotel and Horizon Hotel, which was built in 1952 by architect William F. Cody as a small getaway for an oilman and his actress wife. With just 22 rooms (including one private residence) on 2.5 acres, the Horizon is a series of post-and-beam bungalows with refurbished rooms featuring flat-screen televisions, dramatic fireplaces and bathrooms with walls of glass facing private outdoor gardens.

Given the sizable second-home market in Palm Springs, an equally large amount of vacation home rentals are available for those looking for a little more space than a hotel offers. Try booking a home in the city's Movie Colony or Old Las Palmas neighborhood, once home to such celebrities as Elvis Presley, Dinah Shore and Liberace and close to the city's downtown. Here you'll find rental agencies such as Beau Monde Villas offering a well-appointed selection of architectural inventory with impeccable maintenance, sophisticated interiors and even L'Occitane bath products.
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