Retro-cool desert culture beckons all kinds, from international golf pros and old-money millionaires to affluent gay couples and leather-clad bikers.. In Short A legendary escape for 1950's and '60s L.A. socialites, Palm Springs has a timeless vibe, a mix of Spanish Colonial, upscale ranch and mid-century modern. A population as varied as the architecture is devoted to the dry heat, mineral-springs spas and surprisingly lush scenery. Accommodations fit any style, from Atomic Age chic or Asian boutique to four-star country club. Recreation highlights include golfing, shopping, and relaxing under poolside misters; the desert and air museums are popular air-conditioned destinations.