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PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
Romance factor: Palm Springs once brought to mind two of the world's least romantic things: golf and Bob Hope. But this desert escape has transformed its once-kitschy motels into destinations that recapture the glamour of Old Hollywood. So make like Clark Gable and Carole Lombard and plan a weekend tryst.
Love nest: Hope Springs is a desert oasis. The 47-year-old vintage motel has classic midcentury-modern furniture and a striking courtyard pool surrounded by cacti. There are three hot mineral pools that are never crowded, and a menu of spa treatments like milk-and-honey body wraps.
Fuel for the fire: Nearby restaurant Copley's on Palm Canyon knows the best pairing with its New American cuisine is, of course, California wines. Niman Ranch pork chops are dressed with herbs from the restaurant's garden, and scallops are set on corn puree with homegrown microgreens. Dine on the stone terrace, and take comfort in knowing that the spot also has the appropriate amount of California cred: The rustic cottage was once home to Cary Grant.
Hope Springs Resort
Tel: 760 329 4003
Doubles from $195