Palm Springs: Classic vs. New

How to go midcentury or modern in Palm Springs.

Midcentury Spa

Spa Resort Casino: Take advantage of Palm Springs’ mineral waters, flowing from the San Jacinto Mountains, with the Taking of the Waters treatment, an old sanitorium favorite. Treatments start at $40;

Modern Spa

Palm Springs Yacht Club: In The Parker’s newly renovated spa, a coed relaxation area features a saline pool, two whirlpools, a candlelit nap room and, best of all, cocktails. Treatments start at $60;

Midcentury Brunch

Spencer’s: This stalwart features seven variations of eggs Benedict, like the surf and turf, made with crab cakes and filet mignon. Brunch starts at $20;

Modern Brunch

Cheeky’s: Market-driven dishes based on local ingredients change weekly, but staples include a delicious yam sandwich with cilantro, feta and tomato. $ Brunch starts at $15;

Midcentury Dinner

Copley’s: Located in part of Cary Grant’s former home, there’s an elegant outdoor terrace and dishes like lavender-and parsley-scented rack of lamb. Dinner starts at $50;

Modern Dinner

Trio: This is dinner as spectator sport. Stick with standards like the skirt steak or sea bass and delve into the vibrant Palm Springs singles scene. Dinner starts at $25;

Midcentury Art

Palm Springs Art Museum: Opened in 1938, it has a wonderful selection of modern art and temporary exhibits, like “Comic Art Indigéne,” featuring Native American artists, starting June 17.

Modern Art

Michael H. Lord Gallery: This three-year-old gallery on the North Palm Canyon shopping strip displays local artists like Nel Ivancich and big names like Robert Rauschenberg.

Midcentury Nightlife

Melvyn’s: With waiters in tuxedos, old Hollywood photos and Veal Ingleside, Melvyn’s channels midcentury Palm Springs, often with the same players and patrons. Dinner starts at $40;

Modern Nightlife

Torme’s: Mel Tormé’s daughter, Melissa, opened Tormé’s last October to rekindle Palm Springs glamour. With great food and live music, she succeeded. Dinner starts at $30;

$ Establishment accepts no charge/credit cards or accepts cards other than the American Express Card.