Palm Springs Travel Guide

Palm Springs.  Heat, sunshine, margaritas and palm trees.  That’s all you need to know.  Seriously.  Not enough?  Ok, we can tell you more!  We love the desert – be it for a relaxing getaway for a weekend or a rockin time at Coachella!  We can’t get enough of this sunny escape!  Here are the must see’s and must do’s for your desert vacay…

Let’s start with where to stay.  Our first choice is always the Ritz.  Even if you don’t stay there, go there for a drink on their patio with an unreal view of the valley.  It’s our favourite spot!  We also love the Parker, Ace and brand new Kimpton.  If you’re staying longer than a weekend getaway, definitely check out a vacation rental – so nice to have your own private space and pool!

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Now, let’s tackle some shopping!  So in Palm Desert there’s the street of El Paseo and in Palm Springs there’s North Palm Canyon.  Both have lots of shops, El Paseo is definitely higher end with Tiffany’s and Saks, but both are worth the stroll.  For the more elbows-out and adventurous feeling shopper, check out the Desert Hills Premium Outlets for all your shopping needs (and more)!

Once you’re done shopping, you’re definitely going to want to eat!  There’s no shortage of places to do this – and do it well!  Let’s start with happy hours before we tackle our main courses.  In Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage, check out Tommy Bahama for their island hour and Roy’s for their happy hour.  Both places also have spectacular pineapple based martinis that are worth sipping on!
For dinner in Palm Desert you cannot go wrong at Pacifica for seafood or Il Corso for Italian and Mastro’s for steak.  For dinner in Palm Springs, our hands down fave (in the whole Coachella valley) is Copley’s.  It has the most magical patio and it is actually Carey Grant’s former house.  If you’re craving Italian check out Kalura and if you’re just looking for a quite bite of the best fish taco and tuna poke you’ve ever had, try Ruben and Ozzy’s.  Sometimes we actually dream about their oyster shots.  Just sayin’…
Mexican in the desert gets it’s own nod.  In Palm Desert be sure to try Armando’s (we recommend the Cadillac margarita) and in Palm Springs try the Blue Coyote.
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Now that you’re full and shopped out – let’s talk about what to do with your days and time that’s not spent by the pool or with a margarita in your hand.  There’s plenty of hiking around the area.  The most popular one is called the Bump and Grind.  It’s very manageable and worth doing – if not for the exercise, then for the views.  
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For the more adventurous hikers, try Joshua Tree.  Just a short drive away and the most scenic day you’ll have.  It’s beautiful and really worth it!
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When you’re legs are done with the hiking and you need the spa to relax, try The Spring Spa.  It has 3 mineral pools and the massages are amazing.  To use the grounds only it’s $50 or if you get a massage for $100 you can use the grounds.  You can take your own food and booze and they don’t mind at all.  It’s so worth your time and day there!
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Palm Springs, for a week or a weekend is one of our favourite spots and getaways.  It’s like a second home to us and we love it for that.  If you are traveling there and have any more questions send them our way and we’ll be happy to send you more ideas!

Palm SpringsHappy sunshine!


Samantha and Michelle


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