Palm Springs: Where to Stay | Where to Eat and Drink | What to Do
If you’re in need of a little R&R Palm Springs is the place for you. I’ve been going to Palm Springs for a number of years and it’s the perfect little getaway. It’s only a 2.5 hour flight direct from Vancouver and boom, you’re in the sunshine.
Be sure to rent a car in Palm Springs. You’ll want to be able to drive from the airport to your hotel, and then be able to easily get around to all the places you want to go. Make sure to check with your credit card provider to see if your credit card includes extra insurance for rental cars. If it does, you can decline the collision damage waiver and excess liability which can save you about $20 USD/day.
Where to Stay in Palm Springs
The Omni Rancho Las Palmas is in Rancho Mirage and is super nice. It’s directly across the street from “The River” which is a large entertainment plaza that includes Starbucks, a movie theatre, restaurants like Cheesecake Factory, PF Changs, The Yard House, Flemings Steak House, and stores such as Forever21 and Mac. I’ve stayed here a few times and it is always great! The rooms are nice, the pool is beautiful pool, and they have pretty sitting areas. Photo courtesy of hotels.com
Miramonte Resort and Spa in Indian Wells. I’ve never personally stayed here, but the photos look beautiful and the location is good. Photo courtesy of miramonteresort.com
Where to Eat and Drink in Palm Springs
The Cliffhouse in La Quinta. The food here is ahhhh-mazing. If you don’t mind eating early, they have a fabulous deal called “sunset dinners”, a 2 course meal for $21. My favorite dish is the sugar spiced salmon. They also have a blackberry cabernet sorbet that’s delicious. I’d recommend using open table to book yourself a reso.
Pacifica on El Paseo. This is the same company as the Cliffhouse so there are similar menu items. It is quite pricey but the food was delicious. They’re dining room patio overlooks el paseo and has a nice ambience.
Cheesecake Factory in Rancho Mirage is always good. While it’s not fine dining, there’s lots of menu choice and its pretty affordable. Plus who doesn’t like cheesecake?
PF Changs in Rancho Mirage is Americanized Asian cuisine. Whenever we go here we usually order a bunch of sharing dishes so we all get a little of everything.
Big Rock Pub is on the La Quinta/Indio border and looks a lot like a Hard Rock Café. The food is average pub food (nachos, onion rings, club sandwich) but it was decent and affordable. The patio is really pretty.
Jackalope Ranch The building and bar is really cool and the patio area is beautiful. If you’re in the area I’d recommend stopping in for a drink but TBH the food sucks. This bar is in Indio, so it is not too far if you’re staying in La Quinta.
What to Do in Palm Springs
Shop! The shopping here is endless. A list of my favorite stores in the area:
- Nordstrom Rack
- Saks Off Fifth
- So many shoes!! There is one of these in Palm Desert and one in La Quinta.
- Total Wine
- If you’re a wine drinker this store is insane! It is organized by varietal instead of region, so if you need me I’ll be happily browsing the chardonnay isle.
- Desert Hills Premium Outlets
- These are about a 30-40 minute drive from Palm Desert, but it is all easy highway driving. They are pretty big and involve a LOT of walking so wear comfy shoes. If you sign up for there “VIP insider” program ahead of time you can print a coupon to get a free coupon book.
- El Paseo
- El Paseo is the ritzy street in Palm Desert that features lots of luxury brands such as Tiffany, Louis Vuitton, Tesla, Apple etc. Some stores on El Paseo (Kate Spade, Banana Republic, JCrew) have an outlet version at the outlets mentioned above, so I would recommend checking the outlets out before shopping on El Paseo.
See a show. There are a few casinos and theatres around so be sure to check their concert listings ahead of time
Golf. Personally I am not a golfer but there are lots of courses around.
Hike. There are lots of hikes in the Palm Springs area, you can read about them here. Be sure to be prepared with lots of water.
Palm Springs is a little slice of heaven on earth. If you have an questions on something not covered on this post please feel free to reach out!