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Escape winter. One popular Palm Springs, Calif., hotel option,
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The city's spacious streets are perfect for exploring on two wheels; Bike Palm Springs rents everything from easy-does-it Townie fixies to Fuji mountain bikes; they've even got stylish tandems, perfect for a winter afternoon saunter down Palm Canyon (bikepsrentals.com).
THE PALM SPRINGS FOLLIES
It's amazing to see performers in their 70s and 80s kicking their heels up on stage, and if you haven't taken the time to witness this you haven't been to Palm Springs. Now in its 22nd season, the Follies features famous guest stars and international variety acts along with more "seasoned" performers, most of whom have had long histories on Broadway and film.
IN HOT WATER
Mildew-scented hot tubs, nudists who ought to have the sense to cover up, dated and depressing decor--there's still plenty of that in Desert Hot Springs, the take-the-waters enclave just a few minutes from the action in Palm Springs proper.
But there are a growing number of re-imagined, intimate hot springs resorts that have guests raving. The seven-room Sagewater Spa (our current top pick) has fully equipped kitchens in each sleek, updated room. Book a watsu treatment in the mineral water pool (sagewaterspa.com).
Not that you have to go to Desert Hot Springs; The Saguaro has a cool little setup, offering locally themed treatments such as a date shake wrap (jdvho
Truthfully, this is just scratching the surface of all there is to do, see, and savor . For more information and a planning guide, visit palmspringsoasis