As Grace noted, there are some options out there for getaways. We've rounded up our favorite Desert Getaways already, but thought the whole area of Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs deserved another look: this time, houses you can rent with a bunch of friends:
The Martini House located a couple of miles from Downtown Palm Springs, the house has 4 bedrooms, a pool and hot tub and runs about $500/night.
The Vibe House has 5 bedrooms and is totally updated and modern (not to mention awesome). There's a heated pool and spa and more flatscreens than you can count. This one's a bit more at around $600/night.
Rent A Wexler that's been totally updated and restored. It's a 3 bedroom going for about $250/night.
The WIlliams Roadhouse in Indian Wells is a 3 bedroom decked out in danish modern furniture, has a pool and is nestled up near the mountains for a super quiet and private stay. Runs $350/night.
Have you rented a place that you'd like to rave about? In Palm springs or anywhere else within driving distance of LA? Please do share (we're looking for something at the end of September, before we hunker down for 'winter').