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    The Palms Hotel
    The pool at The Palms in Borrego Springs.

    Your job: Decide to get out of town and fast. Our job: Help you find where you're headed. This week, Worth the Drive takes us to...

    The Palms Hotel: It's a beautiful and funky mid-century inn located in the town of Borrego Springs, which is plum in the middle of the Anza-Borrego State Park, which is due east-ish of San Diego. Will we call movie-ready The Palms "cool"? Yes, we will. Not annoying cool, but old-school cool. A grown-ups' getaway.

    Anza-Borrego State Park: The roomiest of all the California state parks, which is saying something. And, come spring, the desert-flower-iest.

    Borrego Springs: Could this Southern California outpost be our own Marfa, Texas? It's got the remoteness. The wild vistas. The glorious heat. The growing art scene, and a few amazing, much-written-about restaurants. We won't compare one to the other, since every city should stand on its own, but we'll say that Borrego Springs has a certain Marfa-ness to it.

    Rachel Cobb, San Diego Botanic Garden

    We just Googled... "Marfa" and "Borrego Springs" to see if others were saying the same. Not yet, apparently. But maybe soon?

    Springtime: That's busy time for the Anza-Borrego area. Photogs, flower watchers, hikers. Prices start at $189. In the summer, when no one else is around, San Diegans can score some great rates.

    No phones at The Palms: Phonelessness is so fantastic and so rare these days. Picture it: you, a cocktail, the shimmering pool, and no one yammering at you about the inconsequential gossip back home. Happiness.