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Geek Out on Films in Palm Springs

Geek Out on Films in Palm Springs

The Saguaro Hotel

This desert enclave is a mecca for midcentury modern design buffs. But Palm Springs is a destination for film lovers too, with seven festivals throughout the year, including one for the city’s LGBT following.

WATCH
In June, International ShortFest celebrates its 18th season (June 19-25). In September, it’s Cinema Diverse, the Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (Sept. 20-23). All festivals take place at the historic Camelot Theatres.

STAY
A trip to Palm Springs requires a glamorous pool. You’ll find it at The Saguaro (from $149), a colorful Joie de Vivre hotel. By contrast, boutique hotel Alcazar (from $79) is more laid-back with all-white rooms, private terraces, and access to stylish cruisers for biking around.

EAT+DRINK
For Palm Springs Restaurant Week (June 1–10), local kitchens—like Copley’s on Cary Grant’s former estate near Camelot Theatres—offer three-course prix-fixe dinners at $24 and $36. If you’re staying at The Saguaro, don’t miss Tinto, a Basque-inspired tapas bar, and El Jefe, a Mexico City-style taqueria and tequila bar, both opened by Iron Chef winner Jose Garces.