Fortunately, the United States has no shortage of evocative places in which to tramp. Here are seven of our favorite hiking hotels out West.
Built as a family retreat for a Hollywood producer in the 1950s, L'Horizon Resort & Spa has gotten a refresh and now encompasses one residence and 24 bungalows.
Fans of midcentury-modern design will love strolling Palm Springs' Uptown Design District with its galleries, coffee shops, art stores and clothing boutiques.
The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn is a Mediterranean villa of just eight rooms. It has an atmosphere of gracious tranquility and is close to downtown.
In Palm Springs, we stayed at L'Horizon Resort & Spa, a boutique hotel encompassing a residence and 24 individual bungalows, plus an alfresco restaurant.
SO.PA and Workshop Kitchen + Bar ushered in a new food era in Palm Springs, and with the addition of other restaurants, the dining scene is now adventurous.
It is a delight to stroll through the neighborhoods of Lisbon's historic center. This fall, I stayed in a number of smart new heritage hotels there.
Mr. Harper discovered two new luxury boutique hotels in Lisbon and one newly refurbished Palm Springs hideaway with Hollywood roots.
In the stark shadows of a Palm Springs hillside footed with ancient desert willows, William Mead found a winter refuge.
Large, comfortable resorts fill the spaces between the fairways in Palm Springs, but none could be considered a luxury hideaway. My favorite property in the city remains The Willows.
The casual visitor to Palm Springs could be forgiven for regarding the city as architecturally undistinguished. But much of the beauty of its buildings reveals itself only when you have penetrated the outer walls.
My favorite property in Palm Springs remains The Willows, an eight-room mansion built in 1925 into the side of a mountain, a five-minute walk from the heart of downtown.
It takes only about an hour to reach the northwest entrance of the immense (1,234 square miles) Joshua Tree National Park from The Willows, and the trip is well worth the effort.
We ate most meals in Palm Springs during our recent visit, but Palm Desert to the south has its own collection of tempting restaurants, as well as an upscale shopping street called El Paseo, lined with top designer names.
In 1935, an overheated electrical engineer named Francis F. Crocker dreamed of a way to reach the cool, snowy heights of San Jacinto Peak.
Despite the affluence of Palm Springs, the dining scene is rather uninspiring. Nevertheless, there are standouts.