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Escape to Palm Springs

Head to the desert for warmer temperatures, outdoor exploration, and an opportunity to rekindle romance.

Courtesy of Riviera Palm Springs Resort & Spa

The cold weather may have some of you longing for warmer days and sunnier skies. As Valentine’s Day approaches, consider a quick getaway where you can briefly escape the cold without having to travel out of state. Rekindle your romance in more pleasant 70-degree weather by visiting Palm Springs.

From now until February 28, the Riviera Palm Springs Resort and Spa is offering the A Starlite, Star Bright Package. Experience wine tasting at the Starlite Lounge before heading to Circa 59 restaurant to share a dinner for two around their fireplace. For dessert, get cozy outside for s’mores under the stars. Cuddle under a blanket, make s’mores around your fire pit, and do some stargazing.

The package also includes an evening ride on the world famous Palm Springs Aerial Tram, which takes you atop Mount San Jacinto to feel as though you were among the stars. Your day ends with a Twilight Massage Treatment at SpaTerre, where you can relax with soothing rituals from Thailand, Indonesia, and Bali. There is also a personalized astrological card turndown to see what destiny has in store for you.

Courtesy of Palm Springs Aerial TramwayOutside of the resort package, there are plenty of things to do during your stay. With temperatures averaging 72 degrees in February, take pleasure in outdoor activities such as hiking, street fairs, and celebrity monuments before exploring Palm Springs’ indoor offerings.

Escape the every day hustle and bustle by hiking one of the many desert and mountain trials found in Palm Springs. You can escape to natural springs and experience breath taking views, like the ones you’ll see at Joshua Tree National Park and the Coachella Valley Preserve.

Not into hiking? You can still get an incredible vantage point by taking a trip on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the largest rotating tramcar in the world. While you’re there you can have lunch, dinner, and a drink at 8,500 feet by visiting Peaks Restaurant, Pines Café, or the Lookout Lounge.

Various street fairs and farmers markets occur weekly in Palm Springs. Thursday night Villagefest is a street fair with arts, crafts, entertainment, and a farmer’s market. On Saturday mornings and early afternoons, visit the Open Air Market, which features jewelry, arts, home fixtures, and apparel vendors, as well as prepared foods and baked goods.

Courtesy of Forever MarilynNightlife can include visits to the various lounges, bars, and clubs, but opt for a more unique experience by attending a social or dance class. The Desert Dance Academy has a Friday night ballroom and Latin dance social and class, while the Palm Springs Dancers offer different weekly dance events at the Palms Springs Pavilion Ballroom.

Palm Springs has been a celebrity hotspot since the days of the Rat Pack in the 1960’s, so don’t miss the 26-foot, 34,300-pound “Forever Marilyn” sculpture that arrived in May of last year. You can also take a stroll though Palm Springs’ version of the Star Walk of Fame. Or who knows, maybe you’ll run into James Franco or Paris Hilton, who have been known to make appearances at the Riviera. Even the stars flock to Palm Springs for some much needed warmth in the winter.

To book the A Starlite, Star Bright Package, visit Riviera’s website. Prices start at $410 per night. 1600 North Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 327-8311, psriviera.com.