Vacation time at Ace Hotel, Palm Springs. Photo Credit: @admiralackbar
Cool nights, warm days, turquoise pools, nodding palms and stylish lodgings welcome fall visitors of both the two-legged and four-legged varieties to the Greater Palm Springs resort area. With so many dog-friendly lodgings, finding places to rest your heads (and paws) couldn’t be easier.
We’re partial to several dog-welcoming establishments, including the Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, a four-star establishment at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains, whose jagged silhouette rims the background. Also in the luxury category, La Quinta Resort & Club has taken pet-friendly to a new level with its PAWS La Quinta Experience, geared to make pets feel as pampered as their people from the moment they arrive.
All the usual motel chains are represented in Palm Springs, and the city also abounds in boutique motels and resorts sporting retro architecture and modern amenities. The desert-modern Ace Hotel & Swim Club, a refurbished Westward Ho! Property dating to 1959, is one such gem. Caliente Tropics, a tiki-themed blast from the past; and Riviera Palm Springs, with an Old Hollywood theme, are among others.
Head up into the nearby San Jacinto Mountains to the getaway towns of Idyllwild and Big Bear to experience a different kind of SoCal environment. In Idyllwild, you’ll find pet-friendly cabins at Quiet Creek Inn and the Idyllwild Inn, both very representative of the region. Big Bear Frontier Cabins in the town of the same name is another magnet for dog lovers, offering lodging in motel rooms or knotty-pine-paneled cabins on the shores of Big Bear lake. Or, choose a renovated 1940s cabin at Blue Horizon Lodge, just 200 yards from the water’s edge.
Photo Credit: @admiralackbar