Lives in Corona del Mar, California
Since Jun. 2007
I live in So Cal splitting time between Corona del Mar and Coronado, work in San Francisco and travel on business way too much.
Historic Walking Areas
Educational sites, History Museums, Speciality Museums
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks
At the Desert Springs JW Marriott, you have tennis courts, a spa to rub out the kinks of the day with a massage, two 18-hole championship golf courses, pools that are hit with adults and kids alike, and more. Onsite is a wide variety of restaurants and lounges including Japanese, seafood, and contemporary American cuisine.
The River at Rancho Mirage is a great outdoor shopping and dining venue with water features running through it. Dining options range from east coast favorite Five Guys Burgers to the tony Fleming's Prime Steak.
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens started as the Living Desert Museum in attempt to preserve some desert in its natural state as development blossomed in the area. From that modest beginning it has grown a significant botanical garden and zoo that highlights desert animals and participates in important captive breeding programs.
The desert communities of Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, and the surrounding communities have a relatively small population, but you'd never know it by the quality of shopping offered — and nowhere more so than in the El Paseo Shopping District. You might be forgiven for thinking you were on Rodeo Drive or Fifth Avenue, but no, you really still are in the California desert. Not only does the El Paseo Shopping District have great stores, but many fine restaurants as well.
Lavender Bistro is one of the nicest spaces in the desert, and it serves great food to match the ambiance. French doors open to a beautiful patio where the tables are shaded by trees and the trees covered in lights. This is one of the most romantic restaurants in the Coachella Valley.
Did someone say pool party? The Saguaro Palm Springs is evidence of why Palm Springs is hot again. This ain't your mamma's Palm Springs. The crowd is young and hip, the hotel bright and vibrant, and the fun infectious. You don't need to be young to enjoy a visit here, just young at heart.
Chester 'Cactus Slim' Moorten was a Hollywood actor who followed many colleagues into the desert for rest and relaxation. Moorten and his wife Patricia fell in love with the desert and especially the plucky vegetation that survived in this harsh environment. That was the beginning, and they collected various species of cacti and planted a garden. What began as modest hobby in 1939 is now a significant botanical garden with over 3,000 species of desert cacti and desert plants from around the globe.
The Palm Springs Air Museum is a relative newcomer in Palm Springs, established only in 1994, but it has one of the finest collections of WWII era war planes, many of which were built in Southern California. There are currently 29 aircraft in the museum, some of which you may recognize from various Hollywood productions!
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is one of Palm Springs' absolute must do's. It is the world's largest rotating aerial tramway. You never need to worry about where to stand because the cabin rotates to give you stunning views on a constant basis. The tram delivers you to an over 8,500 foot (2,600 meter) mountain top. At the top you can play in the snow in winter, hike trails during summer, or eat a meal in an upscale restaurant. The views are unbelievable and never-ending.
Desert Hills Premium Outlets, a few miles west of Palm Springs, is truly a shoppers' paradise. When combined with the nearby Cabazon Outlets, it provides shoppers with a selection of over 200 shops. Bargain hunters from all points flock here.
Spencer's Restaurant is one the many highly regarded restaurants in the Palm Springs area. The restaurant is set against the San Jacinto Mountains and features California-Pacific Rim cuisine.
The Ingleside Inn is one of Palm Springs' most celebrated and storied old hotels. Built as a private estate in 1925 and converted to an inn in 1935, it has hosted a veritable 'who's who' of Hollywood and society. There is a timeless grace and charm to it.
If the desert communities of Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, Bermuda Dunes, La Quinta, and Indio were a living creature, Palm Canyon Drive (Highway 111) would be the artery of life giving blood. The road winds its way through the desert with shops, restaurants, hotels, country clubs, and housing developments feeding off it. A drive down the highway is a great introduction to the area.
The Palm Springs Art Museum is an impressive regional museum of contemporary art, sculpture, studio art glass, and architecture archives. The permanent collection is comprised of an array of Classic Western American Art, contemporary Native American Art, and an Architecture and Design section. It is also known for the Annenberg Theater, a live performance venue that brings a variety of acts from Broadway shows, to vocal groups, to soloists.
VillageFest is the Thursday night open air street fair and street market. Three blocks of Palm Canyon Drive in Downtown Palm Springs are closed off to traffic so that an eclectic array of artists, vendors, entertainers, and local farmers can take over.
Le Vallauris is one of the finest dining venues in the Coachella Valley. It has a small, intimate dining room, an expansive patio, and rooms for private parties. The cooking is classically French and uses local ingredients that are naturally grown and raised whenever possible.
Much of the Coachella Valley lies on Native American land, and in the past few decades that has meant a growth of Las Vegas style casinos. The biggest and best is the Agua Caliente Casino. In addition to the table games and slot machines, the casino is home to some of the best dining and entertainment in the valley.