What’s better than a weekend in Greater Palm Springs? A long weekend in Greater Palm Springs.
Just when you’re relaxed and immersed in the glorious desert life, Sunday comes around and it's time to head home—or is it?
Plan your oasis escape for a long weekend and savor the pleasure of three beautiful days and nights of bliss. Take your time to sun by the pool, indulge in your favorite pastimes and discover new experiences throughout the valley’s nine exciting cities. Whether you’re with friends, family or alone together, there’s no end to the fun you’ll have.
Cheers to the Weekend
Cocktails are a way of life in Greater Palm Springs, so why not start your evening with sunset sips overlooking the oasis? The hilltop Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage offers amazing views from its lobby lounge and The Edge steakhouse. The La Quinta Cliffhouse Grill & Bar boasts wide-open vistas in a cozy, rustic ambiance. Meanwhile, the lights of Palm Springs twinkling across the valley are inspirational at Essense at Two Bunch Palms in Desert Hot Springs.
For dinner, expand your culinary horizons. Hundreds of highly rated, unique restaurants are waiting. Go old school at Shame on the Moon, a hidden gem in Rancho Mirage, with delicious surf and turf and a wait staff who calls you by name. Or trendy modern at the Lulu California Bistro in downtown Palm Springs – the Tower of Avocado & Ahi Tuna Tartare is a must. French favorites are fabulous at the Café des Beaux Arts in Palm Desert. And Morgan’s in the desert at La Quinta Resort & Club is garnering raves for freshly sourced contemporary American fare.
Be sure to have a nightcap at Melvyn’s Casablanca Lounge, the Rat Pack-perfect go-to piano bar in Palm Springs. And follow the locals to Wilma & Frieda’s Café in Palm Desert or Palm Springs for brunch one day.
Exploring the Outdoors
Discover the desert's natural beauty. See North America’s only true oases—palm-shaded springs bubbling from the ground—on a Desert Adventures’ San Andreas Fault Jeep Eco Tour. Ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway 8,516 feet to the top of San Jacinto Mountain and hike along marked trails through the Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area. Enjoy a date shake at legendary Shields Date Garden in Indio. Then visit the Western world’s largest date producing region, located right in Greater Palm Springs, with Tallgrass Hiking & Tours.
If you’re a golfer, tee off on the Stadium Course or the Greg Norman Course, both at PGA WEST in La Quinta; the Clive Clark-designed Eagle Falls Golf Course at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio; Palm Desert’s picture-perfect Desert Willow Golf Resort or one of the other 100-plus championship courses. Tennis? Play where the pros do at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home of the BNP Paribas Open.
Art, Culture and Shopping in Greater Palm Springs
Enjoy an afternoon of fashion and culture strolling along stylish El Paseo in Palm Desert. Peruse designers from Escada to Louis Vuitton and trendy boutiques like Nicole and the Cactus Flower Shoe Salon. View important contemporary works at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert and Impressionist, modern and post-war artists including Picasso at the Heather James Fine Art gallery.
And don’t miss the amazing resale opportunities. Find Chanel, St. John and others for pennies on the dollar at Re-Deux in Rancho Mirage and YOLO Clothing Consignments in Cathedral City. Consider spending Saturday morning at the weekly College of the Desert Street Fair in Palm Desert. More than 300 merchants sell everything under the sun.
Go Midcentury Mod
Experience the architectural genius of the desert’s midcentury modern architects with Palm Springs Modern Tours led by Robert Imber, the valley’s reigning midcentury architectural guru. Iconic midcentury modern buildings are sprinkled throughout the desert with Palm Springs, which boasts the largest concentration of modernist buildings on earth.
Voilà! Before you know it, you’ll be planning your next three perfect days in Greater Palm Springs.
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