Desert Escape | Palm Springs, California

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Palm Springs has long been thought of as Southern California’s luxury destination with 350 days of sunshine per year, making it ideal for playing golf and relaxing by the pool. More recently, Palm Springs has become a year round arts and culture destination with the remarkable Coachella Valley art scene, lively farmers markets, performing arts theaters, and the very first Palm Springs Life Festival.

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Parker Palm Springs

The Parker Palm Springs has a style that’s simultaneously classic and modern. Elegant rooms feature unique furniture, art, and decorations. The resort offers an incredible culinary package for food enthusiasts. The Glutton’s Delight deal offers low rates ($249 for weekdays, $299 for weekends) on a chic estate room, and includes a $250 credit for food and non-alcoholic drinks that you can use at any of their on-site restaurants or for room service. Make sure to eat at Norma’s, their 5-star diner that serves gourmet breakfast and comfort food all day. Wake up with a stack of Nutella Packed Jacks with pineapple and raspberries, or stop by at night to build your own Pie Shake from a variety of ice creams, fillings, and crusts. You’ll also want to check out Mister Parker’s, an intimate lounge that serves bistro-style food. They have an extensive wine list and make an amazing Moroccan Spiced Salmon, served with green hummus and pomegranate reduction.

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Palm Springs Life Festival

Be a part of the inaugural Palm Springs Life Festival, a season-long event running from March 20 to April 24 that will pull together fashion, food, wine, music, and art throughout the Coachella Valley. The festival will incorporate the already well-known Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival, which brings together chefs and fare from all over America, and Fashion Week El Paseo, the largest fashion week on the west coast. Other events include the In Vino Veritas series of wine tastings, a meet and greet with the stars of Project Runway, and a variety of concerts. See world-famous violinist Midori perform classics by Bach in a solo recital on Friday, March 25. Check out the full list of events and buy tickets here.

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Ristorante Mamma Gina

You won’t find a more authentic Italian restaurant in Palm Desert than Ristorante Mamma Gina. Its sister restaurant opened in Florence in the 1950s, and the Palm Desert location has been serving delicious Italian cuisine for thirty years. Stop by any time for their “All Day Happy Hour” and try the Mango Mojito, one of their specialty cocktails made with mango simple syrup and fresh lime, mango, and mint. For lunch, we recommend the Ravioli Neri, homemade black ravioli filled with ricotta and lobster in a vodka rose sauce.

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VillageFest

VillageFest is a vibrant street fair with live entertainment that takes place every Thursday from 6-10pm in Downtown Palm Springs. Stroll through booths of art, crafts, jewelry, fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables, snacks, and more. Find Bean Boys Coffee and try one of their 83 varieties of coffee, and don’t miss the Antique Galleries of Palm Springs booth, which has antiques and collectables in the mid-century style that Palm Springs is so famous for.

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Desert Art Tours

Desert Art Tours, led by art consultant Richard Almada, offer a unique way to experience the fantastic art of the Coachella Valley. They have museum, gallery, and even shopping tours. We recommend the Public & Private Art Tour, where you will learn about the stories behind the public art located throughout the Valley. You can enjoy a glass of wine as you view the current exhibitions at the local gallery stops along the way.

Winter Getaway | Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs, widely known for hot springs and desert heat, is the perfect destination for a winter getaway. The climate is consistently sunny and mild, hovering around 70 degrees in the late months of the year. Relax by the pool, explore nature, and take in the striking desert scenery. Escape the snow and sleet and spend your holidays in beautiful Southern California!

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Palm Mountain Resort & Spa

Retreat to the Palm Mountain Resort and Spa, a peaceful oasis nestled between gorgeous mountain peaks and Downtown Palm Springs. Catch views of the beautiful landscape while you relax in the outdoor hot tub and pool. The colonial resort is a short walk away from the fantastic shops and restaurants on Palm Canyon Drive. Book the Hotel Room & Spa Package and receive a 60-minute spa or facial treatment! 

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Joshua Tree National Park

The cooler winter months are a great time to visit Joshua Tree National Park. Enjoy the natural beauty of the landscape and rock formations without the harsh summer heat! There are numerous hikes, campsites, and outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy. We love the Hidden Valley Trail. It’s a relaxing one-mile loop that takes you through the heart of the desert rocks! Be sure to wear layers and bring extra water.

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Rooster and the pig

Chef Tai Spendley creates contemporary Asian cuisine with French technique at Rooster and the Pig. The Vietnamese American restaurant and beer bar features a playful and progressive menu with carefully sourced ingredients. The 50 seat location opened earlier this year and has quickly become a favorite among locals. The menu changes seasonally, so ask your server about any new additions. Pair your meal with a unique house cocktail like the Green Lantern made with gin, cilantro, jalapeno, and lime!

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Palm Canyon Theatre

Experience the Palm Springs culture with a local show! What was once a school gymnasium is now home to the Palm Canyon Theatre, a non-profit organization that holds musicals, plays, and even a kids’ summer camp. The award winning, professional entertainment and arts education center is currently in its 19th season. All December long, witness the holiday spirit live on stage in “A Christmas Story: The Musical.” Buy tickets online to relive the classic 1983 holiday movie.

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For a unique holiday experience, check out RoboLights, a spectacular art installation that is actually the largest residential light display in the country! Local artist Kenny Irwin Jr. creates a fantastical science-fiction themed winter wonderland that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. The spectacle is a Palm Springs tradition that has garnered attention from the New York Times. It’s free to the public and will run until January 3rd.

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.

End of Summer in Palm Springs | Palm Springs, California

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Palm Springs is such a great vacation destination because it offers so many different activities for visitors. Here are just some of the many things to do during your time in this great resort town!

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Have a spa day

Palm Springs is especially known for their spas and salons. Pamper yourself for a day with a facial, manicure, massage, or all of the above!

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Go on a day trip

By travelling just a short distance, you’ll find many great areas surrounding Palm Springs. Pick an excursion and head out. We recommend a visit to the quaint mountain town of Idyllwild, which is full of fun shops and delicious local eateries.

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Take a tour

You’ll find countless tours to go on in the area! If you love beer, take a brewery tour. A celebrity tour will show you homes of famous Hollywood stars in Palm Springs. Or, go on a guided desert adventure!

End of Summer in Palm Springs | Palm Springs, California

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As the season begins to wind down, it’s time to start planning your end of summer trip. Book a Palm Springs getaway package soak up the warm desert sun together!

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Palm Mountain Resort

Located in downtown Palm Springs close to shops, dining, nightlife, and casinos, the Palm Mountain Resort offers warm hospitality and a comfortable stay. For a truly memorable trip, book their Palm Springs Aerial Tramway package. Escape the dry desert climate and get a birds eye view of Palm Springs from the Aerial Tramway. Relax in a cable car as you climb 5,873 feet up into the cool San Jacinto Mountains. The package includes a one night stay, two adult tickets to the Tramway, and continental breakfast at Ruby’s diner.

Labor Day Getaways in Southern California | San Diego and Palm Springs, California

You’ve been working hard, so go ahead and treat yourself to a sunny vacation this Labor Day! Southern California is the perfect destination for a long weekend. The scenic coastline, palm trees, and warm weather will melt your stress away. Two of our favorite places to visit are San Diego and Palm Springs. Whether you’re looking to relax and unwind or get up and get active, there are plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy. These Labor Day getaways will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

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Palm Mountain Resort & Spa

Soak up the endless Palm Springs sunshine at the Palm Mountain Resort & Spa. This quaint, colonial style property puts you right in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. The tree-lined terrace features a sparkling outdoor pool, hot tub, and lounge chairs with the San Jacinto Mountains as the backdrop. Pamper yourself in the luxurious spa or stroll through downtown Palm Springs and peruse the many shops, galleries, and restaurants. Hike the nearby Tahquitz Canyon to get a closer look at the nature and wildlife of the surrounding desert. Browse their current packages and save on your Labor Day getaway!

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 Kona Kai Resort & Spa

The Kona Kai Resort & Spa is an elegant waterfront property on San Diego’s Shelter Island. It’s a tropical retreat that overlooks the San Diego Bay and features a private beach and marina! Relax in a poolside cabana and let the attentive staff make your stay as comfortable as possible. They also offer various activity rentals and water activities. Hop on a jet ski for fast paced thrills or skim across the bay on a stand up paddleboard. Watch the sunset over the San Diego Bay from your own private balcony at the end of the day. The Kona Kai Resort is truly a slice of paradise. View current packages.