Desert Getaway | Palm Springs, California

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Palm Springs is a desert getaway known for its beautiful hot springs, elegant resorts, and lavish spas. The downtown area features a lively shopping district and a variety of unique restaurants to try. Warm desert air and a relaxing atmosphere make it the perfect vacation destination to unwind. Treat yourself to some of our favorite places in Palm Springs!

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Riviera Palm Springs

Stay at the Riviera Palm Springs and get ready for a luxurious desert getaway. This iconic hotel has been a staple in Palm Springs since 1959. The noted architect Irwin Schuman designed the resort with inspiration from renowned Vegas hotels such as The Flamingo and The Sands. The resort became a hot spot for celebrities and sophisticates including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Elvis Presley. Relax in a lavish suite, sip cocktails by the pool and enjoy your retreat in paradise. Looking to pamper yourself? The SpaTerre Escape package includes deluxe accommodations and a $100 daily spa credit. Book your vacation today!

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Desert Hills Premium Outlets

Shop till you drop at the Desert Hills Premium Outlets. The outdoor shopping center offers one of the largest collections of designer outlets in the country. Located minutes West of Palm Springs and surrounded by picturesque mountains, it’s a true shopping oasis! The outlets feature over 180 stores including high-end brands such as Gucci, Prada, and Versace. You can save up to 65% off retail prices! It’s a shopping trip that’s sure to be worth your while.

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Trio Restaurant

Palm Springs locals frequent this vibrant restaurant that combines contemporary American cuisine with modern design and fantastic service. Situated on Palm Canyon Drive in the uptown design district, Trio Restaurant the perfect place to people watch as you enjoy dinner on the dog-friendly patio. Their daily happy hour features ½ price bar bites and discounted drinks from 11 am – 7 pm! We recommend the calamari appetizer – hand breaded, lightly fried, and served with a house-made Thai dipping sauce.

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Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

Visit the Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino for a complete destination vacation. This Vegas-style property offers exciting gambling options, golf courses, incredible dining, world-class entertainment, poolside lounging, a bowling alley and more! Whether you’re in Palm Springs for a romantic getaway or a trip with the family, Fantasy Springs Resort has something for everyone. Feeling lucky? Their award-winning casino boasts over 2,000 slots and video poker machines, 40 table games, and a massive bingo room.

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Costas Nightclub

Dress up and dance the night away at this popular Palm Springs lounge. Located inside the beautiful Desert Springs JW MarriottCostars is the perfect setting for a birthday celebration or an evening out with friends. The high-energy nightclub features live DJs and entertainment, a stylish atmosphere, and creative cocktails. Their new line of summer cocktails are inspired by the seasons high-fashion trends. Sample chic libations such as the Trendsetter, made with edible diamonds!

 

Desert Adventure | Palm Springs, California

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Nestled between scenic mountain ranges and miles of flowing sand, Greater Palm Springs is the perfect place to plan your next adventure. With numerous hiking trails, golf courses, and miles of open land, there are countless outdoor activities to enjoy. If your idea of a perfect vacation involves the great outdoors and a bit of thrill seeking, make Palm Springs your next destination. Here are a few of our favorite things to do!

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San Jacinto Mountain Peak

The stunning San Jacinto Mountains line the Eastern border of Palm Springs. At 10,834 feet above see level, San Jacinto Peak is the second highest mountain in Southern California and the pinnacle of the mountain range. The Marion Mountain trail is the shortest route up to the peak – a steep climb of over 4,600 feet in just under 6 miles. Though rigorous, the trek is definitely worthwhile. The view from San Jacinto Peak is truly a gem. Hikers who reach the summit are rewarded with breathtaking scenery unlike any other, spanning from Palm Desert all the way to Catalina Island.

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Off-Roading

Drive over rough terrain and adventure through the sands of Palm Springs on an exhilarating ATV! Off Road Rentals is a premier rental facility located just west of Palm Springs, offering on site rentals for over two decades. They provide safety equipment, hands on instruction, and everything you need to take a self-guided tour through the surrounding desert. Off Road Rentals is open from 10:00 am until sunset, 365 days a year!

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Skydive Palm Springs

Looking for the ultimate adrenaline rush? Experience the thrill of skydiving in Palm Springs. Free fall from 15,000 feet in the air! State of the art equipment and experienced, well-trained staff members ensure you’re safe. Their world-class drop zones and talented professionals will make it the most exciting adventure of your lifetime! Book your first trip or become a certified California skydiver.

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Golf

Home to over 2,000 scenic golf holes spanning across 120 courses, Palm Springs is referred to as the “Golf Capital of the World”! One of our favorites is the Escena Golf Club, ranked as the #6 Public Course in California by PGATOUR.com. Escena offers back tees stretching nearly 7,200 yards, four sets of tees, and plenty of room to roam. Picturesque mountains and desert skies frame every tee shot, and abundant palm trees and waterscapes create the perfect setting.

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San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour

Get up close and personal with an active earthquake fault line! This tour gives you an inside look into the San Andreas Fault in an open-air jeep. Wind your way through a labyrinth of natural geological formations and canyons while your guide shares stories about the landscape, wildlife, and history of the California desert. The adventure continues as you walk between the steep canyon walls, explore a natural palm oasis, and take in the natural beauty of the area! Reserve your spot online today.

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Aerial Tramway

Soar over Palm Springs and marvel at the landscape like you’ve never seen it before. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is the world’s largest rotating tramcar. Climb aboard for a 10-minute journey that takes you up the cliffs of Chino Canyon to an elevation of 8,516 feet. It’s wheelchair accessible and open to all ages. The spectacular views make this an experience you’ll never forget!

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Ace Hotel

Relax in style with the modern, artsy ambience at the Ace Hotel. Their stylish suites come equipped with garden patios, fireplaces, record players, and old vinyl. The property features two outdoor pools, a lively bar, diner-themed onsite restaurant, and in-room spa services. Book a suite or patio room and save 20% when you use the promo code “STRETCHOUT”! Reserve your room online today to take advantage of this summer steal.

Shelter Island | San Diego, California

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Shelter Island is a waterfront neighborhood of Point Loma. Though it’s known as an island, it’s actually connected to the mainland by a narrow strip. It was originally a sandbank visible only at low tide and was built up and developed in the 1950s. It’s now home to several resorts, marinas, restaurants, and attractions. From water activities to fine dining, here are some of our favorite things to do on Shelter Island.

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The Bay Club Hotel & Marina

Spacious guest rooms, waterfront views, and a private marina make the Bay Club Hotel the quintessential San Diego vacation destination. Soak in the sunshine as you relax by the pool, or enjoy panoramic views of the San Diego Bay as you dine at the Quarterdeck, their onsite restaurant and bar. Book the Romantic Island Getaway package for and treat someone you love to water view accommodations, dinner for two, champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries.

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Pearl of the Pacific

Make sure you see the “Pearl of the Pacific”, located in Shelter Island’s Pacific Rim Park. It’s an outdoor work of art that is a symbol of San Diego’s connection to China, Mexico and Russia. The images on the park’s tiles represent the four countries that make up the Pacific Rim: the Chinese dragon, and American shore bird, Russian Siberian tiger, and Mexican Quetzalcoatl. The scenic waterfront location is a popular destination for weddings, picnics, and just laying out to relax.

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Stand up paddle boarding

Adventure out on the water and float across the gorgeous San Diego Bay on a standup paddleboard! Shelter Island is the ideal location, surrounded by calm waters for beginners and open ocean access for thrill seekers and more experienced riders. Commonly known as SUPing, it’s a fun activity for everyone to enjoy! Visit Action Sport Rentals located in the Kona Kai Resort on Shelter Island to rent a board for up to 8 hours.

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Sportfishing

Looking to take a fishing trip? H&M Landing is the oldest, most experienced sportfishing company on the West Coast! They’ve represented San Diego’s finest passenger fleet since 1935. Whether you’re looking to take the family out on a private charter or seeking the excitement of offshore fishing, their experienced staff and various boats will guarantee a memorable experience! They offer half-day up to multiday trips. Book online in advance to secure your spot!

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Bali Hai Happy Hour

Relax, grab a bite, and sip on a refreshing island cocktail at the Bali Hai Restaurant, a local favorite that’s been around for over 50 years. They serve delectable coastal Asian fusion cuisine and are known for their world famous Mai Tai. The restaurant is located right on the edge of Shelter Island and offers extraordinary views of the San Diego Bay and downtown skyline. Stop in for happy hour any weekday from 3 pm – 6 pm and enjoy discounted appetizers. Stay a while and catch the sunset over the water!

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Concerts by the Bay

End your night with live music right on the waterfront! Humphrey’s theater has been bringing talented musicians and entertainers to San Diego since 1982. Situated between Humphreys Restaurant and Half Moon Inn & Suites, the 1,400 seat outdoor theatre is the perfect place to spend a summer evening. Check out the concert schedule online and buy your ticket today!

Julian | San Diego, California

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Julian is a quaint mountain getaway, just an hour east of San Diego County. The historic gold mining town is full of culture and old-world charm that will take you back to a simpler time. Escape from the busy city lifestyle and experience a piece of history. Next time you visit Julian, check some of our favorite spots!

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Julian Gold Rush Hotel

This Victorian-style hotel will take you back to the gold rush era. Built in the 1890s, the Julian Gold Rush Hotel is a nationally registered historic landmark recognized as the oldest continuously operating hotel in Southern California! Reserve the Julian California Bed & Breakfast package for a truly unforgettable experience. The package includes a two-course breakfast, afternoon tea, and a gift basket full of specialty Julian treats. Book your stay online today.

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Cedar Creek Falls

Julian is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty you don’t want to miss. Cedar Creek Falls is a stunning 80-foot waterfall that plunges into a large natural pool, commonly known as “Devil’s Punch Bowl”. The scenic six-mile route takes you through the beautiful backcountry hills of eastern San Diego. The trail is a strenuous hike with little shade, and is not advised for those who are not regularly active. If you decide to take on the challenge, wear a hat and don’t forget to bring plenty of water and sunscreen.

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Eagle Mining Company

Step back in time and experience an authentic, old-fashioned gold mine! Eagle Mining Company offers exciting and informative tours that take you through a mining operation that dates back to the 1870s. Bring the whole family and explore 1,000 feet of underground tunnels, a museum and rock shop, a gold panning facility, picnic areas, and more!

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Bailey BBQ / Julian Brewing Company

After a day full of adventure, indulge in a hearty meal at Bailey BBQ. This local favorite serves up slow smoked, wood pit barbecue and handcrafted brews from Julian Brewing Company. Located right on the main street, the restaurant has been a staple in Julian since the late 1970s. We recommend the burnt ends brisket sandwich with a side of beer battered onion rings. Be sure to come in on Saturday nights for live music and dancing!

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Julian Cider Mill

The Julian Cider Mill has been family owned and operated for over 30 years. Their artisan products, like the local raw local honey and homemade fudge, continue to draw in residents and visitors alike. The famed Julian apple cider is seasonal with the local harvest and is only available between September and January. However, their delicious berry cider is offered year round. Can’t make it to Julian? Call in to place an order and they’ll ship it anywhere in the continental U.S.!

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Julian Pie Company

No visit to Julian would be complete without a slice of that signature apple pie. The Julian Pie Company began in 1986, and has since expanded to two locations and multiple retailers across San Diego. Times may have changed, but the traditions and flavors remain the same. Have a seat out on the patio and enjoy fresh apple pie a la mode. Be sure to order a few pies to take home with you!