The annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival starts today in Indio, California, and we couldn’t be more excited to escape the city for the sun-soaked desert. We’re looking forward to hearing musicians Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Ellie Goulding and Haim perform live, not to mention partying with some of our favorite fashion friends—Opening Ceremony, Cynthia Vincent, Harper’s Bazaar and Elyse Walker. Los Angeles–based designer Trina Turk has a home in Palm Springs (nearby the famed music fest) and has been fortunate enough to spend several weekends in the desert, which is why we asked her for the in and outs of Palm Springs.

“There is something about that turn off the freeway onto highway 111 that just instantly puts you in a relaxed state of mind. The combination of the weather, the desert landscape, the architecture and the lifestyle makes it easy to adopt a carefree attitude and just enjoy the days,” says Turk.

Trina Turk swim.

Trina Turk swim.

NM: When I arrive, I…
TT: Go to Birba for Mediterranean-inspired cuisine—we love to sit at the bar on Fridays after the drive into town from L.A.

Birba pizza.

Birba pizza.

NM: The go-to shopping spot…
TT: I love shopping for vintage at Bon Vivant. They have mainly decorative accessories for the home along with cool hippie and modernist jewelry.

NM: The go-to spot for lunch…
TT: Norma’s at the Parker has a terrific rock lobster and mango salad, but please note it’s not a cheap lunch!

Norma's Restaurant at The Parker Hotel.

Norma’s Restaurant at The Parker Hotel.

NM: I’m very inspired by…
TT: The annual Palm Springs Modern Heritage Fund home tours—usually in November. We’ve been going on the tours for 10+ years.

NM: Secret only a local would know…
TT: Albert Frey’s second house in PS is a jewel box of a bachelor pad nestled up among the rocks.

Albert Frey's Palm Springs residence.

Albert Frey’s Palm Springs’ residence.

NM: Not-to-be missed breakfast spot…
TT: Cheeky’s, if you can get there early or don’t mind waiting. They have the best steel cut oatmeal with berries.

Trina Turk in Palm Springs.

Trina Turk in Palm Springs.

NM: A trip to Palm Springs isn’t complete without…
TT: Stopping into our flagship Trina Turk boutique on N. Palm Canyon Drive in the Uptown Design District.

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