Greater Palm Springs Weekend Getaway Guide – Ride the World’s Largest Rotating Tram Car, Try some Date Shake, lounge by the pool, and simply enjoy the chill vibe of the desert.
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What a privilege it is to actually live in the desert and avoid the traffic that ensues when your daily commute is as busy as that of the LA metropolis unless of course, it’s festival weekend. In the greater Palm Springs area or Coachella Valley as the locals call it, it’s like driving in a resort on a daily basis. Not only are there hardly any traffic but the palm trees that we typically associate with resorts are aplenty and is simply part of the local landscape.
Do note: It is hot in the area during the summer, 110 degrees hot. The only time it gets really cold in the area is November to January. Spring and Fall are not bad but for a dip in the pool, summer is best.
If you’ve never been, check out our greater Palm Springs weekend getaway guide below and know the Coachella Valley beyond the Coachella Festival or as a bachelorette party destination.
WHERE TO STAY:
La Quinta Resort and Club – A Waldorf Astoria Resort – La Quinta, CA
La Quinta Resort has been around since 1927 and has been a secluded retreat for the Hollywood elite. It is home to 5 championship golf courses, tennis courts, fine dining, a spa, and 41 swimming pools. Yes, that’s not a typo, there are 41 onsite pools.
You can choose from a casita, villas, or suites with private pools. You can also dine within the resort – from steak at Morgan’s in the Desert, Mexican fare at Adobe Grill or comfort food and cocktails at Twenty6.
The resort is beautiful, from the entrance lined with cypress and palm trees all the way to the very long water feature and big antique doors.
Check out Hotel Rates in the Palm Springs area.
WHERE TO EAT:
Cafe at Shields Date Garden – Indio, CA
One must make a stop at Shields for breakfast at their cafe or to visit their store to share a date shake and bring home some date cookies. Our faves at the cafe? Bacon wrapped dates, date burger, and I can’t even remember everything else we ordered but you can’t go wrong. I would suggest dining al fresco when the weather is nice and go on a walking tour at their biblical garden than winds around the 17-acre date farm. It is a free tour if you dined or bought something at the store.
Check out more pictures and our dining experience at Shields Date Garden and Cafe.
Old Town Coffee Company – La Quinta, CA
Make a stop at Old Town La Quinta. A quaint outdoor shopping and dining village and grab coffee or some pastry (I’m still eyeing the pistachio muffin, LOL) at Old Town Coffee Company. The Canadian bacon on a bagel was really good. Then walk around to see the other stores before you head out to your next destination.
THINGS TO DO IN THE GREATER PALM SPRINGS AREA
Watch a Sunday Polo Game – Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA
The Empire Polo Club where the Coachella Festival and the Stagecoach Festival are both held every year is actually home to polo games (thus the name) every Sundays running from January to April. Tailgaters are welcome but food and beverage is also available for purchase. If you’ve never watched one, do so when you’re visiting the greater Palm Springs area.
Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert – Rancho Mirage, CA
Traveling to the desert with little ones? Take them to the museum. In the cooler months, there are trikes on the lawn and kids can bike with the beautiful snowy mountain in the background. You can bring your own lunch or order from them. We have an annual membership and come here a lot in the summer. The kids would make crafts, play pretend, solve puzzles, get in on their scientific exhibits and more.
Palm Springs Aerial Tram – Palm Springs, CA
Riding the Palm Springs Tram is a must in the winter. The place is so beautiful with snowy rocky cliffs as you ascend and beautiful pine trees once you’re at the 8516 feet elevation above. Make sure to book ahead if it’s a holiday or you won’t be able to ride.
Check out more of our pictures and experience at Palm Springs Tram.
The Living Desert Zoo – Palm Desert, CA
Ride a camel, feed a giraffe, watch a reptile show, pet some animals and more. One day is seriously not enough to see it all at The Living Desert Zoo. I would suggest walking towards the right side if you wish to ride the camel (seasonal) and feed the giraffes, then just come back another time for the rest of the left side or you can pay to ride the shuttle to help you with the walk. You can also join a group safari.
Luxury Shopping – El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA
Go on a luxury shopping spree at El Paseo. The Rodeo Drive of the desert. Shop on luxury labels and chic boutiques, savor gourmet cuisine and wander through an array of art galleries.
Attend a Festival – Indio, CA
If you’ve never had, attending the Coachella Festival or Stagecoach Festival (country music) is a must at least once in your life. This 3-day music festival is a lot of fun then you can get hook and will want to go every year. That is if you were able to get tickets right when they go on sale, they sell out fast. There’s also a Tamale Festival that happens in Indio every year. Do check all of them out.
Looking for a sporty crossover? The Toyota C-HR is a 4-door 5-seater that’s perfect for the weekend getaway with friends. The Toyota C-HR comes in just two trim levels. We drove the base XLE and it came with dual-zone automatic climate control and traffic-adapting cruise control. Though it may look like there’s not enough trunk space, we were able to haul a lot in it actually. It drives 27 miles/gallon in the city and 31 miles/gallon on the highway. Learn more: Toyota C-HR.
CHECK MORE TRAVEL IDEAS AND OTHER WEEKEND GETAWAY GUIDES:
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