Sure, the deserts in SoCal are known to host popular festivals. But Palm Springs is a beautiful tourist destination, too! Whether it’s a laid-back weekend getaway, or family friendly outings, there’s something for everyone. Not to mention the variety of trendy hotels in the area! Check out our to-do list and hotel picks for Palm Springs:
WHAT TO DO & SEE
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For those craving art outside of festival, Desert X is the perfect destination.
It is a contemporary art exhibition open yearly from February to April, and features a select group of artists to showcase their work.
The best part? It’s free and open to the public!
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MOORTEN BOTANICAL GARDEN
This historic landmark was opened in 1939 by husband and wife, Chester and Patricia Moorten.
These gardens continue to be family-owned and operated with thousands of specimens sourced from around the world, including Baja California, South Africa, and Mexico.
In addition to plants and gardens, a collection of rocks, crystals, fossils, and gold-mining relics are present to enhance the desert theme.
Moorten Botanical Gardens and Cactarium is about 1.5 miles away from Downtown Palm Springs.
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PALM SPRINGS WINDMILLS
This desert site may be a popular spot for a photo opp, but the Palm Springs Windmills offer an informative two hour tour that takes you behind the fences!
The tour takes place on their private grounds, and you will be given an overview of renewable wind energy, and a history of the windmills from 1982 to today.
Finally, a private luxury bus takes you on a tour of the farms off property, and ends with a free date shake at the Windmill Cafe!
The Palm Springs Windmills are approx. 6.5 miles away from Downtown Palm Springs.
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Visit one of the most iconic roadside attractions! This family friendly stop was featured in cult classic films, and features over 50 life-like dinosaurs, a dinosaur dig, fossil panning, and access to climb Mr. Rex! This fun roadside attraction is the perfect stop before heading to Downtown Palm Springs (17 miles away).
PLACES TO STAY
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If Barbie had a dream vacation hotel in Palm Springs, The Saguaro would be it! The vibes are retro, fun in the sun, and with lots of vibrant pops of neon! This trendy hotel is perfect for a weekend getaway, or for hosting events, such as a bachelorette or birthday party. Each room offers indoor and outdoor sitting areas, work stations, and organic bath products and linens.
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ACE HOTEL & SWIM CLUB
When you wanna stay in the desert, but not actually stay in the desert, book a room at the Ace Hotel. The retro vibes continue, but with a earth-toned desert twist. You’ll feel like you’re camping under the stars, around a campfire with your guitar, or straight out of a 70’s film!
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Artistic and boho more down your alley? Rise and sunshine at the gorgeously cozyParker Hotel! It’s bright, open, and resonates desert valley festival vibes, while being picture perfect; it’s every blogger’s dream. Have breakfast while being surrounded by lush palm trees, or wander through property and get lost in the greenery, fruit trees, and herb gardens. Relaxation options are endless with options of pampering rooms, pools, bars, and dining areas, all with its own unique and intricate decor.
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V PALM SPRINGS
Totally modern, upscale, and chic. The V hotel brings sophistication to the desert with simple and sleek decor, geometric accents, and the perfect color scheme to put you in a cool mood, and trendy asian fusion dining.
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AVALON PALM SPRINGS
Extra, extra, see what the Avalon Hotel is all about! Bougie Hollywood creates an upscale oasis in the desert. Modern and minimalist furniture, clean white decor, picturesque grounds with perfectly manicured gardens, secluded pools with cabanas, and Spanish-inspired bungalows create the ultimate retreat. Lounge around and feel like a true celebrity.
WHERE TO EAT
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Feeling cheeky? We definitely are. Breakfast and brunch is taken to a whole different level! Cheeky’s offers classic cult faves, such as chicken and waffles, oatmeal, and eggs benedict.
But they mix it up with seasonal menu items, such as vegan fried rice, smoked salmon rillette, and artichoke squash blossom scramble!
Our mouths are already watering. Cheeky’s is open 7 days a week and, to keep you on your toes, their menu changes weekly!
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ROOSTER & THE PIG'S
A small, independently owned restaurant with just 48 seats in house, so plan your dinner trip here accordingly! The dinner menu offers Vietnamese comfort faves with a modern twist.
East fuses with west in items such as the Charred Brussel Sprouts with garlic and chinese sausage, and Spring Rolls stuffed with turmeric crab, cucumber, asparagus, mint, and sesame seeds. These flavors are sure to pique anyone’s taste buds.
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Dinner with a view and upscale ambience? Look no further. SO.PA offers a menus of breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, desserts, cocktails, wine, and beer. Dishes are served in an intimate environment complete with lush greens, outdoor lighting, and a fireplace.
It’s probably best to leave the kiddos at home if you’re planning on dining here. Have some one-on-one time with your boo!