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Sassper’s : Worth the Visit to Palm Desert

Sassper’s : Worth the Visit to Palm Desert

Worth the Visit to Palm Desert

Sassper’s is the newest restaurant to open in Palm Desert and all I can say is WOW! We needed a new tapas bar in the center of the Valley and this went up in a great location a block off El Paseo.

The room is bright and open and has a large bar with a patio in the back and a traditional dining area in the front. David and Molly Sasson are the proprietors, and they have poured their personalities into the décor and food. They should be very proud of what they created with the help of consultant Bill Birkhead.

The bar is run by a very friendly mixologist named Javier that hand-crafts the signature cocktails that pay homage to history of the Palm Springs area. They have assembled a nice selection of craft liquors including the Art In The Age specialty liquors (a real plus in my book).

In three visits I’ve tried almost everything on the menu and have challenged the bar with a selection of uncommon drinks, and they’ve done a great job with everything ordered.

A great start is a meat and cheese plate that has three types of cured Spanish meats and three types of aged cheese. It’s perfect with a classic craft cocktail.

Next up is a wonderful ceviche with crostini. This small dish is not only beautiful to look at, it delivered huge flavor as well.

You must try the steak and cilantro empanadas, which pack a blend of flavors and textures. The dough for the empanadas is light and crispy, with a wonderful savory steak filling that is dipped into a slightly sweet, slightly spicy and creamy cilantro dipping sauce with a hint of garlic and a touch of jalapeno.

The salmon crostini, with an herb cheese and a balsamic reduction, was a major hit. The flavors were bright and bold and worked well together.

As for the single-serving paella, it was one of the best I have ever tried. The seafood and rice were perfectly cooked and the saffron, paprika, spices, and seafood broth created a flavor profile that should not be ignored.

Perfect Palm Springs Itinerary

Palm Springs is a Californian vacay destination famous for its hot springs and fancy vacation rentals and hotels. If you’re going there, I’m already jealous! To help you plan your trip, I’m sharing the perfect Palm Springs itinerary.

Once you’ve had a bit of time relaxing in your hotel or Airbnb, you may be itching to get out and see what else there is to do.

I’ve gathered some of my favorite things to do here to help you make the best trip. From horseback riding to interesting art installations, you’ll find it all here! All you need are a couple of days or you can even make it a one-day weekend trip!

Palm Springs Travel Guide: What to Eat & How to Burn it Off

Up until recently, what little knowledge I had about Palm Springs was limited to Don Draper’s brief visit during season two of Mad Men. Truth be told: that 30-minute episode was enough to pique my interest so when Palm Springs kept popping up in my Reader Survey, I knew it was time.

Between the rich history entwined with Hollywood stars, attractive desert climate and mid-century modern architecture in every direction, there is much to be desired about Palm Springs. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to explore this city for the 14th edition of my wellness travel series, What to Eat & How to Burn it Off.

If you’re looking for a great hotel to stay in during your next visit to Palm Springs, look no further than ARRIVE . Truly, from the moment you arrive, you are treated like royalty. (Pun intended.)

In fact, while my luggage was routed to my room I was ushered to the hotel bar for a complimentary cocktail upon arrival. Is there anything better after a long travel day?

Stylish, modern and sleek are a few words that came to mind when I stepped into my guest room.

Of course, this Michigan gal didn’t fly to California to spend much time in her hotel room. The pool was calling my name.

If there’s one thing Palm Springs makes very clear: you’re here to relax, recharge and unplug.

Worried about the desert heat? Don’t worry, there are misters for that.

As much as I could have relaxed poolside the entire trip (and I highly urge you to do that if you wish!), I had too much to eat, see and do during my first visit to Palm Springs!

When it comes to What to Eat, Palm Springs has everything you’re looking for whether it be farm-to-plate California cuisine, Southwest flavors or hearty comfort food. Hands down, the best breakfast of the trip was at Reservoir located right at the hotel. Pro Tip: Let the well-trained wait staff bring you a selection of their favorite menu items which rotate frequently. The crispy potatoes were worth every calorie and the shakshuka was one of the best I’ve ever tasted.

For lunch, head over to King’s Highway Diner located inside the Ace Hotel & Swim Club. It’s hard to step inside this retro diner without feeling like you’ve immediately stepped back into time.

From the scratch-made Mexican food to the watermelon radishes to the charcoal beverages on the menu, you can’t eat here without feeling like a true Californian. We’re not in the midwest anymore, Toto.

For a tasty lunch spot near Joshua Tree, Crossroads Cafe has everything you could want before or after your hike: juicy burgers, vegan options, fresh salads, homemade soups and more. More about Joshua Tree shortly!

If you find yourself in the El Paseo neighborhood, be sure to grab a bite to eat at EVZIN , a Mediterranean restaurant. The lamb burger is moist, flavorful and big enough to split with a friend.

Craving a salad instead? The Chicken Tawook Fattoush was perfectly spiced and full of fresh, local California veggies.

Of course, there was no way I could visit Palm Springs without getting my hands on authentic Mexican food. Lucky for me, my photographer has family in the area so he knew just the spot for us to visit: El Revolucionario in Cathedral City. Go for the sopes. Go for the homemade salsa bar. Whatever you do, just go.

For a slightly more upscale dining option, grab dinner at Citrus & Palm located in the Miramonte Indian Wells Resort. You can dine indoors or sit outside near the beautiful fire pits. The menu changes seasonally but you really can’t go long with their wide variety of locally sourced meats, vegetables and seafood.

If you want a great restaurant for a girl’s night out, Eight4Nine is a super trendy restaurant and lounge located in the fashionable Uptown Design District of Palm Springs, just down the street from ARRIVE Hotel. The staff is extremely friendly and the menu has a little something for everyone.

My final dining recommendation in Palm Springs is Workshop Kitchen + Bar . The 2015 James Beard Award winning restaurant for best restaurant design offers a seasonal menu made with food sourced from local farms.

The seafood dishes and the duck fat fries really stole the show for me. You can’t be the atmosphere and the service is top notch. This restaurant would be ideal for a fancy date night or girl’s night out.

Of course, you can’t visit Palm Springs without exploring the cocktail scene. Tiki bars are all the rage right now but I knew I had stumbled upon a gem when I stepped inside Bootlegger Tikki and my favorite song from the movie Beetlejuice, Day-O, was blasting through the sound system. Pro Tip: Order the beef jerky from the bar snacks menu.

My second recommendation for incredible cocktails in Palm Springs is Truss & Twine which is the second venture of the same team who started Workshop Kitchen. Truss & Twine’s menu of classic cocktails is broken down by era including the Golden Age, Prohibition, Tiki and more. The place spoke to me so much that I went back twice. Don’t miss out on this gem!

Last but not least for What to Eat (and drink!) in Palm Springs, don’t miss Customs Coffee . The neighborhood coffee joint is located right at ARRIVE Hotel, making it a great spot to fuel up on your way out the door each morning to explore the local area.

Speaking of explore, now that we’ve covered What to Eat it’s time to talk about How to Burn it Off! Of course, with weather as beautiful as it is in Southern California, there was no way I was going to spend my time inside a gym this trip.

Whenever I travel, I love to carve out time for yoga to stretch my body out a bit after a long day in a tight airplane seat. The Saguaro Palm Springs offers outdoor yoga classes which are ideal for all levels.

Even if you don’t take a yoga class, be sure to grab a drink at The Saguaro just to check out this colorful, retro hotel.

For incredible photo opportunities and various hikes of all lengths, hit the road and explore the Palms to Pines Scenic Byway . Offering a full variety of ecosystems in the Lower Sonoran region, it is located in the San Bernardino National Forest.

Be sure to bring your camera, the sunset views from Coachella Valley Vista Point are incredible. While you aren’t facing the direction of the sun, you can’t beat the candy colored purple sky that appears.

Another fun activity that is ideal for people of all fitness levels is the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway . Offering guided nature walks, hiking, snow shoeing, cross country skiing and more, there is truly something for everyone, no matter what time of year you visit Palm Springs.

If you’re a long-time fan of the Biggest Loser TV show like I am, you might want to experience the Biggest Loser Resort , a JW Marriott property located in Palm Desert.

Offering high-quality health and wellness programs, a full service spa and first class amenities, it offers everything you’d expect from a JW Marriott plus hands-on nutrition counseling and exercise programs. The total body assessment tool was hugely eye opening and helped me learn more about my total body health, muscle mass and more.

The true highlight of my visit? Joshua Tree National Park . In fact, I loved it so much I’ve decided to write an entirely separate post dedicated to spending one full day in Joshua Tree. Keep your eyes peeled for that post coming soon!

In the meantime, let me know what destinations you’d like to see me cover in the future! I’m always taking recommendations and love hearing from you.

Disclosure: Greater Palm Springs coordinated my hotel accommodations, meals and activities during my stay.

Curious to see more of my travel destinations? Check out my Pinterest board!

  • Post author:Wendy
  • Post published: June 25, 2020
  • Post category:Palm Springs
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You should visit Palm Springs in summer. Seriously. Yes, I know it will be really hot, but you’re going to spend most of the day in the pool drinking margaritas, so you won’t care about the heat.

And in the event you want to spend some of your time out of the pool, there are plenty of other things to do. This LGBTQ friendly town offers museums, tours, and great restaurants.

We’ve been visiting Palm Springs for many years and never tire of it. It’s stylish, relaxing, and fun. So whether you live in Southern California and want a weekend getaway, or you’re visiting from further away and want to explore the desert, this town won’t disappoint.

The Saguaro Hotel Palm Springs

Where To Stay–The Saguaro Palm Springs

After almost three months of quarantine I was itching to get away. So when I heard that Palm Springs had given permission to their city’s hotels to open up I decided it was time to travel again. The Saguaro Hotel was among the first to open, so we booked a two night stay and hit the road.

You may have seen pictures of this hotel with its brightly colored walls. The lobby is also very colorful with slightly skewed decor. You may feel like you’ve stepped into a design centric comic book.

While this is not a luxury hotel, it is a really fun destination, and in my opinion among the best hotels in Palm Springs. Funky artwork can be found everywhere, from the lobby to the hallways and even the rooms. Twisted pool noodles can be found hanging on the wall of every bathroom. Technically they are art, but it turns out many families take them off the wall to use in the pool.

And did I mention the resident dog, Queso Fundoggo, who usually hangs out with the staff at the front desk? He even has his own Instagram account.

The pool at Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs

Most of our stay was spent at the pool. If you’re coming on a weekend, get there early to reserve your chairs. On Saturday there was an excellent D.J. playing a nice variety of music. And don’t leave without partaking of the margaritas. If you get hungry don’t hesitate to order from the poolside menu. I loved the sweet potato tacos so much I emailed the chef for the recipe. He kindly responded with detailed instructions. (Since I became a vegetarian in January I am really appreciative of well executed veggie dishes.)

What To Do in Palm Springs in the Summer

A Palm Springs summer will often reach temperatures above 100 degrees. So you have two options for sightseeing during the summer--appreciate the outdoor activities early before it gets too hot, or go indoors for the air conditioning.

There are two museums I’d recommend in Palm Springs if you’d like to stay indoors. The Palm Springs Air Museum features exhibits and aircraft from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Many of the docents are veterans and happy to provide in depth information about the exhibits. The Palm Springs Art Museum has over 12,000 objects rooted in modern and contemporary art.

Windmills in Palm Springs

Last summer I took the Palm Springs Windmill Tour and loved it, despite the outside temperatures of 100 degrees. Fortunately, most of the tour is spent inside an air conditioned bus. But it’s a wonderful opportunity to learn all about wind power and get up close to these giant wind turbines.

If you’re traveling with kids or grandkids, you’ll want to check out the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens in nearby Palm Desert. But it will get hot here, so plan to arrive when they open. When my kids were younger we loved to feed the giraffes and explore the animal hospital. They also offer educational sessions called Animal Encounters and Keeper Chats.

Date shake at Shield's Date Gardens

You simply can’t leave Palm Springs without sipping a date shake. And these are even better in the summer when you’ll need help cooling off. I’ve been drinking these for longer than I care to admit, and I never tire of them. There are two places I’d recommend for date shakes Hadley’s and Shields Date Gardens.

If you’re short on time, plan to stop at Hadley’s on your way to or from Palm Springs. It’s located in Cabazon right off the 10 freeway. If you have more time, definitely go to Shields which is located in nearby Indio. Not only will you get a large and delicious shake, but you can also watch the famous film, The Romance & Sex Life of the Date .

Azucar Restaurant

Where To Eat In Palm Springs

I’m not going to provide an exhaustive list of Palm Springs restaurants. Instead, I’ll share a few of my favorite places where I’ve recently dined.

A long time favorite for locals and visitors is Las Casuelas Terraza . Located on Palm Canyon Drive in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, this family-owned Mexican restaurant always serves the classics like enchiladas suizas, chimichangas, and carnitas. If the weather’s not too hot, request an outside table.

Next door to Las Casuelas is pastel colored Lulu’s California Bistro which serves a great weekend brunch. You’ll enjoy three courses including an appetizer, entree and dessert. I personally recommend the bagel and salmon with all the fixings.

Watermelon salad at Azucar

For dinner with a great view--or a special occasion--make reservations at Azucar . At the suggestion of my daughter, Jessica, we requested a table on the upstairs patio which allows for lovely sunset views of the San Jacinto mountains. Both the food and drinks at Azucar Palm Springs are delicious. I had a creative and tasty watermelon salad that I plan to recreate at home.

I've been visiting Palm Springs in the summer for many years and it never disappoints. If you just have one night to getaway it will be worth it, but if you can stretch it to two, that's even better. While I usually fill my travel days seeing as many sights as possible, in Palm Springs I just relax. And when I come home I feel so much better.

Andrea's Agenda - Palm Springs, California

In honor of Coachella this week: When you're thinking of a place to go for a fun vacation and you don't live in California, Palm Springs may not be the first place to pop in your head, but I'm here to tell you, it's worth putting on your short list. A common weekend getaway for Cali folks, Palm Springs is a "bijou" city with a ton of character, style, and the ultimate relaxation experiences. You can feel the glitz and glamour of the history there as you walk the small streets, as the city is known for being a go-to vacation spot for Hollywood celebrities such as Elvis, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin, and Elizabeth Taylor. It's also located in the Coachella Valley, so for you music festival folks, there's no reason not to add this place to your bucket list.

My story with Palm Springs begins with my sweet husband, and I can't think of a better city for couples to visit. Each year, Tres has to visit Palm Springs for work. Well, one year about six years ago I went along for the ride and never wanted to miss the trip again. We have been every year since and find something different to do every time! About two hours from LA, two hours from San Diego, and one and a half hours from Temecula Valley wine country, the day-trip possibilities are endless - not that you need the day trips though, Palm Springs is the perfect 3 day getaway all on its own!

I want to burst with complete overwhelming happiness when I visit this little California city. To lay poolside with closed eyes, feel the warm sun - that you know is there for at least 300 days a year - then open your eyes and see a painted backdrop that includes what is one the grandest, bluest pools you've ever soaked up, and peeking up behind it are snow covered mountain tops, Palm trees, cactus, and a glowing orange desert. That is Palm Springs. Aside from just getting on a plane and taking the trip, here's a list of what I recommend when you arrive.

Best brunch in Palm Springs. Get the bacon flight and the fresh squeezed blood orange mimosa. Also, the BLT and fried chicken sandwich are fabulous!

A hidden speakeasy tiki bar -- this place is awesome. It has become our new favorite cocktail spot. The drinks are unique with fun surprises, and I highly recommend the cheese board.

This little quaint coffee joint is the "hiding spot" for Bootlegger Tiki. The coffee is superb, the indoor atmosphere is relaxing, and the patio is fun.

Best breakfast in Palm Springs. Their fresh squeezed orange juice is too good for words. Order whatever your favorite thing for breakfast is, and I bet it will be the best you've ever had! I love the french toast and bacon.

There are more than a handful of mexican restaurants in Palm Springs, but this is my all time favorite. It may be because the food is so delicious or maybe because it's tradition for me and Tres to eat here every time our plane lands, but we love the patio and the margaritas!

Walking by it, you'd never think to go, but you should most definitely have lunch here! Known for their fish tacos.. They're a must-eat!

I love this place for dinner. The atmosphere is trendy and the food is unique. I'm a fan of the Crawfish Pot Pie.

The perfect date spot, this restaurant is classic and romantic. The patio is the perfect place to really soak up the night-time relaxation of the beautiful desert.

Awesome wood-fired pizzas with great outdoor seating. I love the view from the top of the restaurant out onto the street, and the firepits make it cozy.

Great wine selections, good appetizers, and wonderful cheese plates. Another great patio for people watching!

You are transported from the California desert to a quaint French cafe when you come here. It's so authentically french with delicious coffee, perfect croissants, and melt in your mouth crepes.

I have to be honest and say I like the decor and atmosphere of this place better than the food. However, the menu is inventive and it's fun to try as many of the small plates as you can. The cocktail menu is fun and there's plenty of wine to choose from off the large list.

I love this hotel. It's so modern-old school sophisticated. If anything, walk through the hotel and head to the Sidebar Lounge for a drink.. It's well worth it!

A fun, free spirited feel, this hotel has trendy, yet casual appeal. The bar is some kind of fun and open late with fun cocktails to boot.


This is a great outlet mall right outside of Palm Springs. Lots of upscale stores for lower prices. And if you're an All-Saints fan, they have an All-Saints outlet. I've yet to find one anywhere else, so need I say more?!

If you're driving to the outlet mall from Palm Springs and you happen to see what you MAY think is a scene from Pee Wee's Big Adventure off the side of the road, you're not mistaken. The scene from the movie with Pee Wee, Simone, and Andy was filmed right at this museum. Maybe you're not a Pee Wee fan (who are you. ), but these gigantic Dino's are still something random but interesting to see.

To be in the desert in 90 degree weather and within minutes be shivering on top of snow covered mountains, looking down at that hot mean, desert is worth a tram ride! Such a unique experience with lots do do when you get up there!

If you like wine, you absolutely cannot miss the short drive to Temecula. A legit wine area, it reminds me of a mini Napa or Sonoma with great wines you may have never heard of before. The wineries and restaurants are superb, and the scenery is the most beautiful farmland you've ever laid eyes on. If you go, don't miss the Almond Champagne at

. We also did a hot air ballon ride once, and that was worth the trip over alone.

Things to do in Palm Springs

1. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

To get the Santa Rose Mountains and Santa Jacinto Mountains’ best aerial views, you should take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway . Opened in 1963, it is the world’s largest rotating tramway car.

It takes you a 10 minutes exciting ride from the Valley Station to the Mountain Station. Although it is a short ride, it will the most memorable experience in Palm Springs for you.

This 2.5 miles tramcar ride takes you up to an elevation of 8526 feet. Are you excited?

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Get ready to grab every scenery within that 10 minutes.

Once you reach the end of the ride, you’ll see the magnificent Santa Jacinto State Park and acres of the wilderness area. If you visit here in the summer, you can take guided nature walks, hikes, and camping. Then, you can discover more native fauna and flora in the park.

And if you visit in the winter, you can get skiing experiences even with your kids.

After experiencing all the exciting things, do not forget to visit the Peaks Restaurant to eat delicious, fresh, locally sourced food while watching the scenic Coachella Valley. (things to do in Palm Springs)

Address: Address: 1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262, United States.

2. Things to do in Palm Springs: Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Canyon Drive area offers you the most fun and enjoyable things because it is the major downtown area in Palm Springs, CA. There are world-class museums, shops, delicious restaurants, and many other fun attractions.

Yes, it is not just a place to drive your car.

You’ll meet Palm Springs Art Museum, Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, Ruddy’s General Store Museum, Palm Springs Theater, Cornelia White House, Welwood Muray Memorial Library Palm Springs Historical Society like famous attractions.

On the other hand, plenty of souvenir shops, clothing boutiques, and book shops are available along Palm Canyon Drive.

After experiencing all this fun stuff, Palm Canyon Drive offers you plenty of restaurants that serve various international cuisines if you need to eat something. Ex: Chinese, Mexican. French, Italian, Japanese, Thai, and more. (things to do in Palm Springs)

Address: Palm Springs, CA 92262, United States.

3. Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Air Museum is a non-profit educational institute that demonstrates the role of pilots, warplanes, and other real American fighters who did a great job to win World War II.

Opened in 1996, this museum is located on North Gene Autry Trail. You can see WW II combat aircraft, artifacts, aviation artworks, reading materials, and many other things if you visit there.

Altogether there are three exhibit hangers, an educational center, a theater, and a gift shop. And if you are interested in history, the museum is open for you every day.

On the other hand, the museum allows renting the space for your special celebrations and parties. (things to do in Palm Springs)

Address: 745 N Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92262, United States

4. Things to do in Palm Springs: Palm Springs Art Museum

Palm Springs Art Museum or the Palm Springs Desert Museum is the largest cultural institution in the Coachella Valley. Opened in 1938, this museum contains a large permanent collection and many temporary exhibits representing regional art, natural science, and performing arts.

Therefore visiting this museum is definitely one of the best things to do in Palm Springs CA.

Spreading over 75,000 square feet, the museum features an auditorium and several museums with sculptures, art glass, and impressive contemporary arts.

The contemporary art collection is more highlighted. Many artworks in this collection represent the era from the mid-century modern art movement to the 20th century.

There are attractive photos taken by many famous photography artists like Diane Arbus and Andy Warhol.

And as I mentioned earlier, the museum’s natural collection includes exciting exhibits under biology, archaeology, geology, and many other science themes.

Also, the museum’s Annenberg Theater shows enjoyable music, dancing, and theater performances for entertainers.

Now it is clear all the reasons why you should visit Palm Springs Art Museum. Check the above official link for upcoming events and exhibitions. (things to do in Palm Springs)

Address: 101 North Museum Drive, Palm Springs, California, United States. Phone: 760-322-4800

6. Things to do in Palm Springs: Indian Canyons

Indian Canyons are a group of canyons that contains exciting trails for hikers, horseback riders, and picnickers.

It has been a top tourist destination since the 19th century. Why does it call Indian Canyons? Because, before the 18th century, the area was inhabited by Indians. Especially in Palm Canyon, Murray Canyon, Chino Canyon, Andreas Canyon, and Tahquitz Canyon.

They were spending a rich natural life by growing all the crops that they need. Ex: melons, squash, beans, corns, medicinal plants, and many others. Today you can see the remnants of their simple but rich lifestyle.

House pits, irrigation systems, dams, rock art, ditches, reservoirs, and many other impressive remnants are still available in the Indian Canyons. Therefore all of these canyons are included in the National Register of Historic Places.

So, whether you are a history lover or adventure seeker, visiting Indian Canyons is one of the best things to do in Palm Springs CA.

Address: 38520 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, California, Phone: 760-323-6018. Map

7. Coachella Valley Preserve

The name Coachella Valley is famous for its Music and Art Festival. But, more than that, it offers wonderful natural beauty for everyone.

Located in Thousand Palms, Coachella Valley Preserve is 880 acres of protected natural area that contains a unique ecosystem. Therefore it is an all-time top tourist attraction near Plam Springs, California.

Coachella Valley Preserve

Its palm woodland oasis, desert wetlands, and endangered reptiles are highlighted more.

You can take guided hikes from October to March to observe the unique fauna and flora in Coachella Valley Preserve. And also, horseback riding trails are available for adventure seekers. Before that, please visit the Visitors’ Center and collect more information.

Address: Thousand Palms, CA 92276, United States.

8. Things to do in Palm Springs: International Banana Museum

International Banana Museum is located in Mecca, California. That means around 30 miles away from Palm Springs.

And yes, it is a one-room museum dedicated to the banana. Are you a banana lover? Well, this small museum contains more than 20,000 items related to bananas. Therefore, this museum was included in the Guinness World Record as the world’s largest museum dedicated to a single fruit.

International Banana Museum

Opened in 1999, International Banana Museum contains banana-based record players, perfumes, clothes, decorations, and many other fun things.

And also, they offer you delicious banana-based foods and drinks. After eating them, you can ask for those recipes as well. They are always willing to offer recipes for you.

So, this is really one of the most fun things to do in Palm Springs for sure.

Address: 98775 CA-111, Mecca, CA 92254, United States

9. Palm Springs VillageFest

Palm Springs VillageFest is an entertaining street fair that attracts many people from all over the state to have fun. Happening every Thursday night on Palm Canyon Drive, this street fair offers you a chance to buy attractive antiques, artworks, craft pieces, fancy items, books, delicious street food, and much other fun stuff.

And you can hear fresh live music while shopping in the Palm Springs VillageFest. Local solo singers, music groups, and instrumentalists are always ready to entertain you.

As mentioned earlier, foods play a huge role in this fair. So, if you are a food lover, do not miss this weekly fair. (things to do in Palm Springs)

Address: 401 S Pavilion Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262, United States. Phone: 760-320-3781. Map

10. Things to do in Palm Springs: Golfing

Palm Springs is famous for golf, just like other nearby cities. Ex: Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, and Palm Desert. Actually, there are over 100 championship-level golf courses in these cities. And most of them are accessible for anybody. Therefore, those golf courses have long waiting lists in the high seasons.

Since Palm Spring’s weather is ideal for golf, even professional golf players are attracted, especially in the winter season. But, summer has extreme temperatures. So, only mornings are ideal for playing golf.

Here are the popular and scenic golf courses in Palm Springs.

PGA West, Indian Wells Golf Resort, Indian Wells Resort Hotel, Indian Canyons Golf Resort, Marriott’s Shadow Ridge, etc. (things to do in Palm Springs)

Are you a golf lover? Plan your golf tour to Palm Springs.

11. Palm Springs Walk of Stars

Located downtown, Palm Springs Walk of Stars is a historical landmark that showcases famous stars’ names who lived in the greater Palm Springs area.

So, you can see the names of many influential figures, singers, actors, entertainers, and leaders on this Walk of Stars. Ex: Elvis Presley, Liberace, Elizabeth Taylor, President Ronald Reagan, President Dwight Eisenhower, and many more.

Palm Springs Walk of Stars

There may be some unfamiliar names for you. However, walking on the Walk of Stars is one of the most fun things to do in Palm Springs.

You can take a picture of your favorite famous figure’s name. You’ll also learn a lot about these famous people and the way they were influential in society.

Address: 10 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, United States

12. Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway

Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway or The Alexander Estate is a famous guest house in Palm Springs CA. It is also called the House of Tomorrow.

Showing an impressive mid-century modern architectural style, this guest house is more famous as Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley’s honeymoon destination in 1967. Actually, they had spent almost a year in this guesthouse.

Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway Palm Springs

Therefore, this place hosts some special events to celebrate Elvis’s Birthday and other special days. If you are an Elvis fan, you can join with those events or join with daily tours to see a world-famous star’s lifestyle.

And also, you can rent this wonderful place for your wedding or any other special event.

It is a nice example to have an idea about Palm Spring’s natural beauty. Even Elvis Presley loved Palm Springs. Are you going to miss it?

Address: 1350 Ladera Circle, Palm Springs, California, United States Phone: 760-322-1192

13. Things to do in Palm Springs: Moorten Botanical Garden

Moorten Botanical Garden is a unique family-owned botanical garden located in Palm Springs CA. It has unique features as it is specialized in cacti and other desert plants.

Spreading for a one-acre land area, this garden is located on South Palm Canyon Drive. The couple Patricia and Chester established it in 1938 by collecting various desert plants from Mexico, Baja California, Guatemala, and other Central American countries.

Now you can see over 3000 plants in the garden categorized under various geographic regions. Since it looks unique and beautiful, people rent this place for celebrations like weddings, anniversaries, and parties.

And group tours are also available for the visitors. Actually, this is a wonderful place to visit in Palm Springs with your kids. They will know more about desert plants. (things to do in Palm Springs)

Address: 1701 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California, United States Phone: 760-327-6555

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14. The Living Desert Zoo and Garden

Living Desert is a combination of a zoo and a botanical garden located in Palm Desert.

This place was opened as a resort 50 years ago and then converted into a world-class zoo and a botanical garden.

Now the zoo is the home for around 500 animals under 150 species. The animals represent animals from Africa, North America, and Asia. Ex: Gazelle, Hyenas, leopards, badgers, camels, foxes, wolves, coyotes, and many more.

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

The zoo also offers you guided walks, animal feeding/grooming/training sessions, and wildlife shows. However, the best time to visit the zoo is mornings. Then, you can see fresh and active animals. The most famous session is the daily giraffe feeding session. Visitors are allowed to feed giraffes from a tower.

And on the other hand, the botanical garden offers you a chance to observe fauna and flora in various desert ecosystems. Click the above official link to know the schedule. (things to do in Palm Springs)

Address: 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260, United States

15. Palm Springs Historical Society

Palm Springs Historical Society (a non-profit organization) is located in 2 19th century buildings. And it has a small museum that is filled with memorable, historical exhibits. On the other hand, the society offers many walking and biking tours under various themes.

If you like to know more about the city’s architecture, Native American history, and celebrity residences-like things, it is ideal for taking a walking tour.

Since Palm Springs Historical Society is located near downtown on Palm Canyon Drive, you can easily find the place as well.

If you are a history lover, add this place to your list.

Address: 221 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, United States

16. Things to do in Palm Springs: Sparrows Lodge

Looking for getting the VIP treatment for affordable rates? Sparrows Lodge will help you with that. It is one of the most famous and unique lodging places to stay in Palm Springs.

All its amenities are unique and attractive. Also, since it is located in a scenic place facing East Palm Canyon Drive, many honeymooners are attracted to this place. This is also a relaxing place that is ideal for experiencing the wonderful Palm Spring’s climate.

Actually, this place was first constructed as a luxury resort for Hollywood stars in 1952. Its name was Castle’s Red Barn. Now, it is Sparrows Lodge. But, still, you can see authentic features of the old Red Barn.

What are the unique features of this lodge?

Hand-painted signs of two sparrows at each room, impressive metal lockers, exposed ceiling beams, deep horse troughs as bathtubs, original artworks, and more.

And especially, there’s a traditional communal barn for summer gatherings. So, Sparrows Lodge is an amazingly romantic and relaxing getaway for everyone. (things to do in Palm Springs)

Book your accommodation at Sparrows Lodge from this link.

Address: 1330 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California, United States Phone: 760-327-2300

17. Celebrity Home Bus Tours

Celebrity Home Bus Tours is a tour agency that takes you to the glamourous houses of celebrities’ in Palm Springs. So, it shows the past and present lifestyles of celebrities who lived and live in Palm Springs.

For example, the most popular Merilyn Monroe’s residence, Elvis Precely’s residence, and many others.

You can experience their luxury lifestyle, learn more about unique architectural designs, and view scenic surroundings.

If you are a fan of Hollywood stars, do not miss this Celebrity Home Bus Tours in Palm Springs. Feel the taste of luxury life. (things to do in Palm Springs)

Visit the above official website to know more about the packages.

18. Things to do in Palm Springs: Chef Tanya’s Kitchen

Chef Tanya’s Kitchen is an amazing low-key eatery run by the famous and talented chef Tanya Petrovna. She opened this restaurant in 2017. Since then, it got the fame for all the delicious vegetarian dishes.

Its deli sandwich is more highlighted, and it contains delicious vegetarian ingredients like vegan cheeses, pickled cabbage, avocado, tofu bacon, chickpea tuna salad, and more.

They also offer special vegan sandwich offerings like barbecue rib, Cubanos, and pastramis on rye. For lasagna lovers, there are various vegan lasagna dishes for dinner.

So, if you are looking for delicious vegan dishes in Palm Springs, visit Chef Tanya’s Kitchen.

Address: 706 S Eugene Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92264, United States Map

19. Things to do in Palm Springs: Sonny Bonno Statue

Sonny Bonno was a famous American singer, songwriter, and actor. After marrying the famous American singer Cher and created the pop duo, Sonny and Cher, he became more famous.

But, after he was elected to the US House of Representatives and became Palm Spring’s acting mayor for four years, everybody realized that he’s more than an artist. He was very helpful and influential for the people in Palm Springs.

While doing all these good things for society, he faced an unexpected skiing accident and died in 1998.

As an honor to him, the Copyright Term Extension Act was named Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act in 1998.

You can also show your honor to this wonderful artist and politician by visiting the Sonny Bonno Statue. Located in Palm Springs’ memorial park, this statue is one of the top tourist attractions in the city. (things to do in Palm Springs)

Address: 155 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, United States

20. Palm Springs Windmill Tours

Another fun tour operator in Palm Springs.

Palm Springs Windmill Tours takes you to a modern wind turbine farm located near the city. They also educate you with all information about wind turbines, how they work, the functions, and more. Therefore, it is one of the best things to do in Palm Springs with kids.

Palm Springs Windmill Tours

If your kids are curious about science and technology, taking a Palm Springs Windmill Tour will be a good idea to impress them.

The guides are ready to provide every story about the windmill. And finally, kids are getting an opportunity to see real windmills and see how they work. Then, they can compare the difference between imagination and reality.

So, Palm Springs Windmill Farm is one of the best places to visit in the city. (things to do in Palm Springs)

Address: 62950 20th Ave, Palm Springs, CA 92258, United States

21. Things to do in Palm Springs: Tahquitz Canyon

As mentioned earlier, Tahquitz Canyon was a continuous residence of a Native American tribe named Agua Caliente Cahuilla for over 2000 years. And again, this amazing natural beauty is one of the top tourist attractions in the state.

It is located in Coachella Valley’s the San Jacinto Mountains near Palm Springs.

Especially, Tahquitz Canyon is more famous among adventurous hikers. Its two miles hike is filled with many uphill movements and roughness. But, the hike is scenic and finally retreats you with the stunning Tahquitz Falls.

If you are confident with your hiking skills, plan your hike to this Tahquitz Canyon trail on any day from October to June or on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between July to September.

Keep in your mind that there are minimal facilities for hikers (even no restrooms). Surely bring water, an appropriate dress, sunscreen, and other essential things. (things to do in Palm Springs)

22. Things to do in Palm Springs: Baby Sculptures

Before visiting the Palm Springs Art Museum, you will notice these unique Baby Sculptures near the museum. They are large outdoor sculptures that show the forward-thinking attitude of Palm Springs, CA.

The famous Czech sculptor David Cerny is the creator of these meaningful sculptures. Instead of having plump, innocent faces, these babies have bar codes on their faces. Actually, David Cerny wanted to highlight how branding takes the place of peoples’ emotions in the present world through those bar codes.

Baby Sculptures is a meaningful and unique thing to see in Palm Springs. Especially for art lovers.

23. Yoga in the Park by Power Yoga

Do you like to do yoga in a park?

Power Yoga Palm Springs offers you excellent yoga sessions in the Wellness Park every Saturday morning. This class is lead by yoga experts, and it is open to anybody who loves to do yoga. Actually, this class aims to spread the importance of doing outdoor yoga sessions.

The park’s natural setting helps anyone to relieve their stress and focus on the breath. So, if you plan a relaxing holiday in Palm Spring, start your day with one hour Power Yoga session.

Address: 333 N Palm Canyon Dr UNIT 214, Palm Springs, CA 92262, United States

24. Things to do in Palm Springs: Crochet Museum

Do you like crocheted items?

If you visit Crotchet Museum , you can touch so many soft and tender crocheted products. Actually, crocheting was a very famous thing among ladies in the past. And this museum takes you back to those good old days.

Who made these wonderful crocheted works?

Sheri Elf is the designer of this museum and all the content of it. She is a famous community builder, self-healer, artist, songwriter, singer, and an excellent chef in the United States.

Although this is a small museum, the content is impressive and heart-touching. We should appreciate Sheri Elf’s skills and her effort in doing such a wonderful project.

Plan your visit for this weekend.

Address: 61855 CA-62, Joshua Tree, CA 92252, United States

25. The Purple Room Supper Club

Do you like to visit an old-school supper club?

The Purple Room Supper Club is such a fun place located in Palm Springs. They always ready to offer you delicious surf and turf dishes with intimate music and fun comedy shows.

Having a long history, this place has been performed by famous stars like Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. That’s why it is still famous as one of the best entertainment spots in the country.

The Purple Room Supper Club

Still, The Purple Room Supper Club hosts the best performers in the state. Therefore, it is totally worth spending a night at this fun place. You’ll surely be impressed with its quality live music and delicious foods.

Visiting The Purple Room Supper Club can be considered one of the coolest things to do in Palm Springs.

Address: 1900 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264, United States

26. Things to do in Palm Springs: Desert Adventures

Desert Adventures is a sightseeing eco-tour agency in Palm Desert, CA. Located on Lennon Palace, they offer various adventure tour guides in the Greater Palm Springs Area.

Desert Adventures is also called Red Jeep Tours and Metate Ranch Events because they use red Jeep Scramblers for the Metate Ranch tours. And they have experienced guides and drivers to guide you.

Since their tours are educational, in-depth, fun, and location-specific, there’s a huge demand.

Usually, Desert Adventures offer 800-acre Metate Ranch tours in the Indio Hills, sightseeing bus tours, hiking tours, school programs, Palm Spring City, and Celebrity Home Tour, stargazing tours, sunset tours, Joshua Tree National Park Tours, and more. (things to do in Palm Springs)

Address: 74794 Lennon Pl ste b, Palm Desert, CA 92260, United States Phone: 760-324-5337

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27. Things to do in Palm Springs: RoboLights

RoboLights is a top tourist attraction in Palm Springs.

It is a large yard filled with exciting sculptures. And also, its colorful light shows under various themes (religious, scientific, cultural, and social) are mindblowing. That means this park covers not only Christmas. It covers plenty of special things in the world.

Who created this colorful park?

Kenny Irwin Jr., a famous American car race driver, is the founder of this place.

If you are looking for electrical excitement in Palm Springs, visit RoboLights. You’ll have a fun time.

Address: 1077 E Granvia Valmonte, Palm Springs, CA 92262, United States

28. Ace Hotel and Swim Club

Looking for a scenic bohemian-type hotel near downtown Palm Springs?

Ace Hotel and Swim Club is such a great hotel that offers you scenic views of Palm Springs. Since it is located near top attractions like Joshua Tree and the Salton Sea, tourists love to book accommodation here.

There are over 170 rooms, and all of them have all the facilities. Some rooms have a private garden patio. And the others have fireplaces, old records, and players.

That means this hotel is a great communal place that offers you opportunities to make new friends. So, book your Ace Hotel and Swim Club accommodation from this link.

29. Things to do in Palm Springs: Sunnylands

Sunnylands is a 200 acres estate and a nonprofit organization handled by Annenberg Foundation Trust.

It is really a wonderful mid-century modern estate owned by the former business couple Walter Annenberg and his wife.

Since it is scenic, calm, and attractive, it has hosted many US presidents’ national meetings. So, it serves as a West Coast Camp David for several presidents.

Sunnylands’ unique art collection, park-like grounds, and many other unique features attract many tourists annually. Although it is located around 30 minutes away from Palm Springs, it is totally worth visiting this wonderful estate. (things to do in Palm Springs)

Address: 37977 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, California

30. Lucille Ball Statue

Lucille Désirée Ball was a famous American actress, model, comedian, and producer who lived in Palm Springs, California. She got huge fame from her weekly show “I Love Lucie” and attracted millions of fans.

As a tribute, a statue of sitting her on a bench by looking at the city was designed outside of a coffee shop on Palms Canyon Drive. So, if you are a fan, you can visit this memorial, Lucille Ball Statue, and express your admiration.

You can even sit on the bench with her and take a selfie. It will really be a memorable photo for you. (things to do in Palm Springs)

Address: 100 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, United States

31. Things to do in Palm Springs: Visit a Date Farm

As mentioned earlier, Palm Springs and Coachella Valley have a rich historical background on the agricultural side. Among the grown crops, Date was always on the top. And still, these areas produce more than 90% of the total date production in the USA.

We all know that date is a Middle East fruit. But, Palm Springs also has the optimum climatic conditions to grow them. Date cultivations were first started in the 20th century by the tribes.

If you are inserted in visiting a date farm, The Shields Date Garden is one of the best farms to visit. It is located in Indio (just 30 minutes away from Palm Springs), and it is a 20 acres wonderful date farm.

They always ready to offer you guided tours around the farm and show video clips related to date farming. On the other hand, its cafe serves you delicious date-related foods and drinks. (things to do in Palm Springs)

Are you ready to eat more dates?

Address: 80225 CA-111, Indio, CA 92201, United States

32. Workshop Kitchen and Bar

Workshop Kitchen and Bar is a stylish eatery where you can eat innovative New American eats and drink seasonal craft cocktails. Located in renovated 1920s colonial El Paseo building (a former movie house), this fine dining restaurant has an attractive architectural design.

And also, chefs and owners are always ready to offer you the most demanded American classics made with fresh ingredients taken from local farms. Therefore, you’ll get a seasonally rotating menu that includes poblano roasted pepper, fried duck eggs, grilled tomatillo sauce, market veggie enchiladas with white corn, kale, cotija cheese, pizzas made in a wood-fired pizza oven, and many other unique dishes.

If you are looking for a fresh and unique dish for your dinner, please visit Workshop Kitchen and Bar in Palm Springs CA.

Address: 800 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, United States

33. Things to do in Palm Springs: Rio Azul

Looking for delicious Mexican cuisine in Palm Springs CA?

Rio Azul is one of the best festive dining rooms that serves delicious Mexican food. Since they have secret family recipes, they offer unique dishes with unique flavors.

Chef Ernesto Gastelum is the restaurant owner, and he has found these recipes from his homeland, Mexico. He interestingly explains the origin of these recipes.

Ex: Abuelita’s Albondigas soup is a recipe from his grandmother, Tia Maria’s Green Corn Tamales, from his aunt Maria and many other house margaritas.

Although he has added some special flavors, the authentic Mexican taste is still there. So, it is totally worth visiting Rio Azul and try Chef Ernesto Gastelum’s excellent Mexica recipes on your Palm Springs tour.

Address: 350 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, United States Map

Where to Stay in Palm Springs

Apart from Sparrows Lodge and ACE Hotel and Swim Club, there are so many wonderful hotels to stay in Palm Springs CA. Here are some of the best options.

Avalon Hotel & Bungalows Palm Springs

Avalon Hotel & Bungalows Palm Springs is a 4-star hotel located in the middle of downtown Palm Springs. It has scenic bungalows and cottages to stay.

Avalon Hotel offers swimming pools, luxury spa treatments, delicious southern food from Chi Chi Restaurant, and many other facilities for you.

Also, the rooms are decorated in pure white color. Even the chairs, floor, and marbles in the bathroom are pure white. The whole environment has designed to relax your mind and soul. (Things to do in Palm Springs)

Address: 415 S Belardo Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262, United States

The saguaro palm springs

The Saguaro Palm Springs is a 3-star hotel located in Palm Canyon Dr. Actually this is a unique hotel as it looks so colorful. Normally, hotels are not painted in rainbow colors. But, The Saguaro Palm Springs has purple carpeting, lime furniture, blue bedrooms, and bright outdoor paintings.

This massive hotel offers you great service, a spa, a scenic pool, a lot of space to have fun, and many other facilities. Especially, The Saguaro attracts many bachelors for partying on weekends. So, if you are in Palm Springs with your friends, this place will be ideal for having fun. (Things to do in Palm Springs)

Book your The Saguaro Palm Springs accommodation here.

Address: 1800 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264, United States

L’Horizon Resort & Spa

L’Horizon Resort & Spa is a 3-star hotel located in Palm Canyon Dr. Having 25 relaxing bungalows, an open-air spa, a pool, and many other luxury features this hotel offers you breathtaking views of the San Jacinto Mountains, California.

Room designs are sharp, and each room contains private outdoor showers and copper hooded fireplaces. So, if you want to spend a comfortable and relaxing holiday in Palm Springs, book your accommodation at L’Horizon Resort & Spa here. (Things to do in Palm Springs)

Address: 1050 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264, United States

Hotel California

Hotel California is a 3-star hotel located in Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA. It is a relaxing place that contains all the facilities that you are looking for. A stunning spa, a delicious restaurant, comfortable rooms, an attractive interior, a lush courtyard with banana trees and palm trees, and a fountain are the most highlighted features of Hotel California. (Things to do in Palm Springs)

So, if you are looking for a relaxing and fresh holiday, book accommodation at Hotel California .

Address: 424 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264, United States

Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs

Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs is a 4-star hotel located in Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs. The most highlighted features of this hotel are decorative modern rooms, a hoppin’ pool with a food and drink bar, a fitness center, a meeting space, and a wonderful spa.

Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs

Also, Margaritaville is a famous wedding venue in Palm Springs as well.

Just book your Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs accommodation here.

Address: 1600 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, United States

If the above hotels do not match your budget, just check below. There are plenty of hotels that match your budget.


I’m sure it’s no secret to those closest to me that I am one hundred percent OBSESSED with Palm Springs. As a family, we have been going down to the area for over 15 years and it is without a doubt my favorite destination on the West Coast! It’s unlike any other place I’ve ever been…it’s rich in history, mid-century modern style, glam flamboyancy and basically everything fanciful that swings on the edge of pushing the envelope. It’s filled to the brim with stylish oldies (read: spritely and fashionable senior citizens), celebrity culture (including vintage Hollywood retirees) and is a mecca for the gay lifestyle, as over the decades word spread that Palm Springs was the place where the beautiful people dropped their inhibitions. Basically, SIGN ME UP! For reals though, I’ve been trying to get my husband to move to Palm Springs since day ONE of marriage. Hey, I’ve converted him to a Oregon Duck (he used to be a Oregon State Beaver), so anything is possible! travel guide to greater Palm Springs California

So, without further ado, I’m excited to share with you my travel guide to greater Palm Springs, California… so that you can plan the best trip ever to the area and not miss one single thing to see, eat or enjoy!


The best time to visit Palm Springs and the Palm Desert area is between September and May, when the daytime temperature settles between the 70s and upper 90s. During the prime summer months of June through August, the weather can be extremely hot. During the summer months you can find locals and visitors exploring indoor attractions such as the galleries, museums, and shops I mention at the end of this post.

Palm Springs is roughly a two-hour drive from the Los Angeles area, however if you’re coming from further away you may choose to fly. Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) has some great flights available is a serviced by over 8 different carriers.

Once you’ve arrived, consider only renting a car if your hotel falls outside of the downtown Palm Springs area and is located in nearby towns such as Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, La Quinta or Indio. Personally, the area is so spread out, we enjoy having a rental car to get around to explore.

La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria – Dating from 1926 and set on 45 acres, this bright golf resort is a sight to be seen! The rooms are luxurious and warmly decorated, and in true Waldorf Astoria fashion, you will be left wanting for nothing. Even if you are not staying at this gorgeous resort, consider strolling the ground and having a meal onsite at one of their six restaurants.

Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs – Close to eateries on a downtown Palm Springs street with views of the San Jacinto Mountains, this chic hotel is 3 minutes’ walk from the Palm Springs Art Museum and 2 miles from Palm Springs International Airport. It’s also “the place” to be seen in the evening as it’s buzzy vibe is contagious and attracts people from hotels all around.

The Westin Desert Willow Villas – This hotel is located in Rancho Mirage and is perfect if you are traveling with your family or a larger group. Each villa has either a kitchenette or a full kitchen, and the resort features a kids’ club, BBQ area and a warm restaurant/bar with a terrace, as well as a gym and an 18-hole golf course. This is a wonderful place to call home for a long weekend or week.

One of the newest hotels in Palm Desert, Hotel Paseo.

Hotel Paseo, Autograph Collection – Located in the heart of Palm Desert, Hotel Paseo is a luxury boutique hotel steps away from upscale shopping, art galleries, restaurants, and nightlife on El Paseo, also known as “The Rodeo Drive of the Desert.” It’s also the newest hotel, having opened in 2018 and features a full-service onsite spa, yes please.

Parker Palm Springs – If you want to dive right into Palm Springs at it’s finest, then this resort set on a 13-acre complex featuring decor by designer Jonathan Adler, is right up your alley. This chic, upscale resort offers a terrace eatery, an opulent restaurant, and a bohemian bar, plus a cocktail bar and a lemonade stand. Photo opps abound!

Lobby at The Parker. Say No.

Ritz Carlton, Rancho Mirage – Strategically perched on a 650-foot bluff overlooking world-famous Palm Springs and the picturesque Coachella Valley, this upscale resort offer sweeping views unlike no other. All spaces are thoughtfully-designed to complement the desert mountain location by featuring natural elements of stone, wood and fire – which reflect the local landscape, hues and regional surroundings. This is sophisticated luxury at it’s finest.

JW Marriott Desert Springs – This luxury resort set amid lakes and gardens, is a welcome retreat. Featuring amenities including an active lobby complete with gondola rides throughout the properties meandering waterways, six restaurants serving everything from fresh sushi to locally sourced culinary delights, two championship golf courses and an onsite spa. You will never want to leave.

Triada Palm Springs, Autograph Collection – Located in the heart of the Movie Colony district, this hotel offers amazing views, a charming, intimate environment, lavishly appointed rooms and suites, and a stunning location. I especially love the charm and location of this hotel. It’s perfect for a weekend getaway to the Palm Springs area as you can walk to almost everything.

The below restaurants are what’s popular and delish right now, including some of my old favorites!

EIGHT4Nine Restaurant is located in the fashionable Uptown Design District of Palm Springs, and offers a welcoming and friendly atmosphere for any meal of the day! They even offer Happy Hour cocktails and food selections all day, every day in the lounge!

Ristorante Mamma Gina located on El Paseo Drive, this cozy Italian restaurant serves up authentic meals and is one of my favorite places in the valley. With white linens and a classy atmosphere, Ristorante Mamma Gina is the perfect spot for your next date night or family get together.

Farm eating at this restaurant is like being transported to the south of France and I could seriously eat here every single day. I love everything from their crepes to their authentic croque madame and monsieur to the delightful prix fixe menu they offer (only on Friday and Saturday nights) for $52 per person. My favorite thing on the menu is the Bacon, Chicken and Waffles…seriously. do. not. miss. this.

AC3 Restaurant & Bar is a collaboration between Andrew & Juliana Copley of Copley’s Restaurant and Tony Marchese of Trio Restaurant. Two of my very favorite restaurants. It’s located in Palm Desert on El Paseo Drive and the food is divine. I particularly love their Happy Hour and Bar Bites Menu which is served nightly and their weekend Brunch!

Trio Since opening in 2009, Trio has generated recognition as one of Palm Springs top Restaurants and is listed as TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Percent of Restaurants Worldwide, is a Zagat highly-rated restaurant, and has been local favorite since opening day! Every single time we are in town, we come here for dinner right before Village Fest and it’s always one of our favorite meals of the trip!

Cheeky’s I still remember the very first time we ever went to Cheeky’s to enjoy the “Bacon Flight”. Seriously, bacon prepared five different ways?! Yes, please! That had my family’s name written all over it! It was delicious, it always is. Go early to avoid the line.

Copley’s was once the guesthouse of actor Cary Grant. Talk about history! Copley’s has a stand-out Spanish theme with adobe-tiled roof, olive trees, and a dining patio with a fire pit. They serve up American cuisine with tropical and European influences is served at this restaurant and are only open for dinner. Reservations are highly recommended!

Speakeasy wine bar at The Parker.

Mister Parker’s is the secret restaurant inside The Parker Palm Springs (like its sister property, the Parker Meridien in New York). Once inside behind the velvet curtain there’s old-school decor that includes dark-wood paneling and a mirrored ceiling. The menu is classic French, including escargot and pan-roasted duck, and if you’re up for a splurge, they also offer caviar service. Also, if you’re looking for a place to grab a drink on property at The Parker…consider heading over to Counter Reformation, a wine bar speakeasy hidden through the main lobby doors towards the gardens.


Village Fest Every Thursday night from 6-10 pm, this street fair in downtown Palm Springs features local artisans, crafts, food, and entertainment! It is one of my total favorites! Seriously the people watching alone will keep you coming back. Do not miss this!

Dinner at LuLu’s before Village Fest!

Cruise Around Downtown Palm Springs – Almost every hotel in Palm Springs offers guests the use of complimentary bikes for exploring the many pretty neighborhoods. Consider hopping on and pedaling around the beautiful mid-century modern buildings and gardens with a tour through Indian Canyon, Twin Palms, and the Historic Tennis Club neighborhoods. There will be plenty of photo opps too!

Moorten Botanical Garden I’m a sucker for succulents and I adore this place. It’s a small unique botanical garden with many types of cacti, trees, and desert vegetation.. It’s a great way to spend a leisurely few hours.

Hike the Desert The area around Palm Springs & Palm Desert has some amazing hikes. Just be sure to back lots and lots of water, wear layers, apply sunscreen and bring a map! Oh! And please beware of rattlesnakes. Here are a few of my favorites…Visit a real Oasis along the Palm Canyon Trail within Indian Canyon hike the Tahquitz Canyon Trail to see a 60-ft waterfall or meander the Murray Canyon Trail.

Aerial Tramway The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is absolutely one of the best experiences in the area. We went the last time we were in the area, and it was absolutely breathtaking. Just make sure that you do not have any medical issues in which being at a high altitude could cause a problem.

View from the top after taking the Aerial Tram!

Palm Springs Home Tours I’m obsessed with mid-century modern architecture and Palm Springs is the mecca! Cancel out all your prior feelings on guided home tour and go! This is one of my favorite activities in the area as they are super fun and informative!

Palm Springs Art Museum This is the perfect hideaway from the heat and a great place to discover local and well-known artists!

If you’re itching to get out and about, there are several easy day trips from Palm Springs. There is sprawling wine country in Temecula which is about hour-and-a-half out of town. You can also head up towards Joshua Tree for amazing sunrises and sunsets. Nearby Joshua Tree is Pioneertown which is worth a stop for the barbecue at Pappy & Harriet’s and the celebrity sitings! Last time we were up in Pioneertown we met half the cast of Grey’s Anatomy!

If you like flea markets, and fun finds check out The Estate Sale Company, a 90,000-square-foot consignment warehouse in south Palm Springs that locals swear by. Rumor has it that when Palm Springs’ elderly, second-home owners pass away, the entire contents of their homes are brought to the shop. If you find something you’d like to take home- they will even ship it for you!

El Paseo is a unique nine-block shopping district in Palm Dessert filled with over 200 delightful little shops, restaurants, art galleries and more!

Uptown Design District One of my favorite spots to shop and take in the scenery is the Uptown Design District which abounds with cool interior shops, vintage stores, and fashion boutiques for the “not afraid to spend” types.

Desert Hills Premium Outlets I love to shop and this is my favorite outlet mall in the history of outlet malls. They have EVERYTHING including ridiculous deals at big-name brand outlet stores including Barneys, Balenciaga, Frette, John Varvatos, and many more. It’s definitely worth the drive out there.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my travel guide to greater Palm Springs always, if you ever have any questions or suggestions please leave them in the comments below and thanks for reading!

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Great Shakes in Palm Springs California

Have you ever been to Great Shakes in Palm Springs California? They are the best. Bar none. Am I right?

Welcome to Great Shakes in Palm Springs California

One of the things that my cousin Gail said was not to be missed, was a milkshake from a place called Great Shakes. Great Shakes is an adorable 50s style milkshake and candy emporium on the main drag in Palm Springs, California. So of course, we had to go.

The main drag in Great Shakes in Palm Springs California

The legendary “Rat Pack” from left: Peter Lawford, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and “the chairman of the board” Frank Sinatra

We wanted to visit Palm Springs anyway. For so many years I had read about it being The place that movie stars went to relax and play. Those of us of a certain age, know exactly who the Rat Pack was. Don’t you? Well the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford came to this desert oasis to enjoy the sunshine and fine dining.

Great Shakes in Palm Springs California

Welcome to Great Shakes
The best shakes ever!

All the goodies you could want!

Great Shakes is a fun, retro store that will bring out the child in everyone.

But before we could drive around to check out the homes of the rich and famous, we needed sustenance. So our first priority was to stop at Great Shakes for our decadent lunch of milkshakes. Well let me tell you, these are no ordinary milkshakes. You can choose from one of their creative pairings or use your own imagination and have a custom milkshake.

The very tempting menu at Great Shakes

Steve’s Peanut Butter Brownie on the left and my Banana Fudge Malt on the right

Steve and I saw combos that we loved on Great Shakes’ menu. I ordered the Banana Fudge Malt and Steve had the Peanut Butter Brownie. Each milkshake comes with a long spoon inserted into the extra wide straw and through a miniature vanilla iced donut. Who says you can’t have your cake and milkshake too?!

The shakes were flavor packed and so thick and creamy. It was totally necessary to use that spoon to get those luscious bits of banana and fudge in mine and the brownie bits in Steve’s. Also the shake was so thick that it was hard to sip through the straw until about halfway though the shakes.

Don’t you love those grass skirts that the palm trees wear?

Liberace’s star on Palm Springs Walk of Fame

Elvis Presley’s star on Palm Springs Walk of Fame

Frank Sinatra’s star on Palm Springs Walk of Fame

A statue of former Mayor of Palm Springs, the late Sonny Bono

We enjoyed our shakes while strolling up and down the main boulevard. We even saw a statue of the late Sonny Bono who was once Mayor of Palm Springs. But it was those milkshakes that I can’t get out of my head. Those milkshakes from Great Shakes in Palm Springs California were the absolute best we have ever had!

By the time we got back in the Jeep to check out the rest of Palm Springs, we were stuffed. Hard to believe how filling a milkshake could be.

Stunning homes and fabulous landscaping in Palm Springs

And practically across the street from the one above we found this property!

The well manicured landscaping made the residential areas of Palm Springs so gorgeous. Of course, there was also the absurd there too. We came upon a property that looked like it was a perpetual holiday display. There were so many oddities that we couldn’t stop staring. So we got out of the car and took some pix. Honestly we couldn’t see the house for the decorations. There was everything from Christmas items to the Transformers!

Frank Sinatra’s home is designated an historic site

Frank Sinatra’s home in Palm Springs

There were other homes that seemed to sprawl across the lawn. And then there it was. Frank Sinatra’s Palm Springs hideaway. You actually can’t see much of it because it’s behind a privacy wall. Unfortunately due to Covid it was closed to the public. It would have been so cool to actually see how “old blue eyes” lived and played.

On the ride back to Redlands Steve and I discussed how there was no way we wanted a big dinner. By 7pm we were still too full to eat. But those milkshakes were worth every single calorie.

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Tahquitz Canyon

Palm Springs has an abundant beauty that is eye-catching and spiritual rewarding at the same time. The Tahquitz Canyon has a 60-foot long waterfall that draws in tourist all season long. The Canyon is a wealth of rock art, ancient irrigation systems, wildlife, and flora.

If you want more insight into the Canyon and its surroundings you should visit the Tahquitz Canyon visitor center. The center also offers educational and cultural exhibits.

  • Explore the visitor center and watch ‘The Legend of Tahquitz Canyon’ in the theatre.
  • Enjoy the 60-foot waterfall in all of its majesties as it runs down the hilltop.
  • There is a wealth of rock art, ancient irrigation systems, wildlife and flora to explore in the canyon.

Low-Cost Adventures in Palm Springs

I’m not a “sit by the pool all day” kind of vacationer because I get bored sitting still for that long, especially when it’s just the two of us all day. I like to get out and DO things, which, as you can imagine, cost money…

Moorten Botanical Garden – If you love cacti as much as I do, this cute desert garden is for you. For just a $5 entrance fee, you can see so many gorgeous types of desert plants and take fun photos around the property.

Hotel Events – During one visit last year, Andrew and I went to a beer-tasting event at The Ace that I really loved. For a reasonable entrance fee, you could sample as many beers as you wanted from a huge selection of vendors. Be sure to look for events like these (as well as vintage festivals, musical events, etc.) at the hotels and even ask around once you arrive. There’s always something to do, and sometimes you just need to ask a local for their tips!

Bike or Scooter Rental – If you can brave the weather, try renting bikes at The Saguaro or scooters at The Ace to see Palm Springs from a new perspective.

Aerial Tramway – For $26 per person, you can ride the aerial tram all the way up the mountain for extraordinary views of the desert. Andrew had the chance to ride it earlier this year and the photos he sent me made me SO jealous (because I love heights and great views). There’s a very expensive restaurant at the top of the mountain, but you can hike and enjoy the views for free! Plus, there’s snow in the wintertime.

Robolights – This epic Christmas lights display is completely worth the $5 entry fee if you visit Palm Springs around Christmastime. The owner/artist has been opening his home to share his eccentric art for over 20 years, and although I haven’t been able to visit during the holidays, my friends say it’s amazing. Outside of the traditional holiday period, you have to make an appointment to view the art within the gates. So far I’ve only checked out from the street.

Photo Opps You Can’t Miss

Cabazon Dinosaurs – Located about 30 minutes from Palm Springs, these dinos are fun little adventure. Once you’ve been there, you probably won’t need to go a second time, but it’s a free photo opp and a random tourist trap that’s fun to check out. Door Tour – I like to drive through the Palm Spring neighborhoods to gawk at the architecture and photograph the beautiful doors. You can check out this Door Tour Guide from The Salty Canary for some specifics, but I recommend the Kings Point neighborhood and the Party Lions. Unfortunately, #thatpinkdoor is no longer allowing visitors on the property but you can drive by it if you still want to take a peek. When visiting these neighborhoods, always be respectful of the owners’ property and privacy!

The Saguaro – Regardless of whether or not you’re staying here, you can still pop by The Saguaro for fun colorful photos outdoors. There’s a wall in every color just begging to be photographed!

I know vacations are expensive, but hopefully these simple tips on how to visit Palm Springs on a budget can help you enjoy your stay without draining your bank account. Choose times to splurge and times to save, and always consider what’s most important to you when planning a vacation. Is it food? The hotel? Excursions? Make a plan and always remember to ask the locals what they recommend, and you may find fun low-cost things to do while you’re there!

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