Love is always in the air in Greater Palm Springs. This is, after all, where Frank and Barbara married and where Elvis and Priscilla Presley honeymooned. Today, the romantic allure of Greater Palm Springs continues to draw couples to find their oasis – and, here, you’ll find your cheat sheet to romance in Greater Palm Springs.
DAY ONE: SWEEP YOUR SWEETHEART AWAY
What could be more romantic than waking up with your beloved by your side at one of Greater Palm Springs’ most enchanting hotels? Take, for example, The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn, an elegant, eight-room hideaway and one of the oldest, most storied properties in the city. Once a favorite of Albert Einstein himself, you can now make the Willows your own love nest for your Palm Springs stay.
If you can manage to leave your little private paradise, you’ll enjoy a three-course gourmet breakfast set beside a stunning 50-foot waterfall—certainly a meal you won’t soon forget.
You may also opt for the hopelessly romantic Parker Palm Springs, whose whimsical gardens make it nearly impossible to resist a playful chase through lush lawns and fragrant paths. Another winner for a romantic rendezvous is La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA WEST, where your private suite welcomes you for a weekend of romance by the fireplace, followed by a dip in your own private outdoor pool and hot tub.
The couple that relaxes together stays together. To that end, you’ll find most of Greater Palm Springs’ spas cater to couples with treatments, packages and specials for two. At The Well Spa at Miramonte Resort and Spa in Indian Wells, couples find a new sense of ease – and a dash of silliness – with one another in the spa’s signature Painting Party, where couples turn one another’s bodies into art with an assortment of colorful muds.
At Azure Spa & Salon at The Riviera, couples can explore one another’s bodies with body buffs, masques and lotions in a private steam room.
Only in Greater Palm Springs can you rent a historic home for the night and truly sweep your sweetheart off his or her feet. An evening in a luxury vacation rental like Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms Estate will be talked about for years to come, especially when combined with a private dinner catered by a hired chef.
Top this all off with a horse-drawn carriage ride for two through Palm Springs with Big Horse Carriage Company, and you’re likely to find your beloved falling head over heels for you all over again.
DAY TWO: ELEVATE YOUR LOVE
You’ve always known that you and your sweetheart could rise above anything – and in Greater Palm Springs, that includes the world itself. Nothing is quite as spectacular as watching the sun rise over the oasis from an unparalleled perch in the clouds in your very own private hot air balloon. Several companies offer private rides through the skies of paradise, and you can make this moment truly special by adding special touches like a bottle of champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries or even a mid-air proposal, if you’re looking for an unforgettable way to pop the question.
Hold your sweetheart close as you’re whisked atop the majestic San Jacinto Mountains on one of the world’s largest rotating aerial tramways, courtesy of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Before you set off on an afternoon of exploration in San Jacinto National Park at the top of the tram, pack a picnic basket for two to make your trip to this idyllic locale a romantic affair. After scoping out the perfect picnic spot for a lovely lunch, spend an hour or two wandering the picturesque nature trails.
Another option for picturesque views is the Vista Point viewpoint along Highway 74. Perched above Palm Desert, you'll enjoy sweeping views of the Coachella Valley.
Romantic dinner for two? You’ll find plenty of options boasting intimate dining areas and fine cuisine in Greater Palm Springs. One pick that’s sure to impress is Le Vallauris in Palm Springs, a classic French restaurant whose tree-canopied patio was practically made for romance. Meanwhile in Rancho Mirage, the sweeping views from the cliff-side Edge Steakhouse at The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage are as striking as the restaurant’s dry-aged steaks and international wines.
After dinner, enjoy world-class performing arts at the renowned McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert. An evening spent enjoying a classical concert, Broadway show or world-famous performance brings a fine end to your romantic stay in the oasis.
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