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When it comes to finding the perfect getaway, it’s crucial to choose a destination that suits your travel style and delivers exactly what you’re looking for. The nine distinct cities that make up Greater Palm Springs—Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella—have what you seek, no matter what that may be. Whether it’s fun outdoor adventures in a unique landscape; a rejuvenating wellness retreat; or an inspiring foray into local arts and culture, this Southern California resort oasis has it all.

 

FOR THE WELLNESS-FOCUSED

la quinta spa

The average daily high in the winter months in Greater Palm Springs is 23°C.

For centuries, weary travellers have come to Greater Palm Springs to relax, rejuvenate and heal. It is the destination for health and wellness, where you can bask in soothing landscapes, world-class spas, natural hot springs and the latest,  cutting-edge treatments.

WHAT TO SEE

Let the healing that comes with being in nature begin as you ascend the Cross Trail Loop, an easy hike in the city of Palm Desert that features a 600-foot-tall cross at its mid-point. Not only can you take in the beauty of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains, you’ll also be rewarded with views of Greater Palm Springs below and Joshua Tree National Park beyond. Equally worthy of a visit are the striking multi-coloured stone walls of Painted Canyon, south of Coachella.

WHERE TO PLAY

Invigorate your body with a tennis match at one of the world’s most famous sports and entertainment venues: The Indian Wells Tennis Gardens. Open year-round to the public, the Gardens offer amateur players a chance to rally where the pros do. You can also get a thrill by catching one of their premier sporting events, such as the BNP Paribas Open in March.

Citrus & Palm.

WHAT TO EAT

For plant-based food that nourishes the body and doesn’t compromise one bit on flavour, a meal at Chef Tanya’s Kitchen in Palm Springs is a must. Tuck into the crowd-favourite El Cubano sandwich—or try one of the hearty and colourful salads on the menu. For fine-dining and a farm-to-fork experience, savour a meal at Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa’s signature restaurant, Citrus & Palm.

WHERE TO STAY

Beneath the shade of pink tamarisk trees and swaying palms, guests of Two Bunch Palms are inspired to embrace wellness—wholeheartedly. With a variety of beautifully crafted suites on its expansive 72 acres, the property has a bevy of on-site health and wellness offerings, including a comprehensive spa, free health workshops and access to a 600-year-old mineral spring. You’ll feel good about your stay here, as the whole resort practices sustainability.

Embrace luxury and community at Toscana Country Club

Looking to live large amid the wonders of Greater Palm Springs? At Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells, it’s easier than ever. Here, homeowners have immediate access to luxury amenities and premier sports facilities, like the property’s two scenic Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses. Toscana offers Mediterranean-style villas close to the club’s tennis and pickleball courts, multiple pools, an Italian restaurant and on-site spa, so you can spend more time enjoying the finer things in life.

 

FOR THE OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST

There are more than 50 miles of hiking trails at the top of Mount San Jacinto.

In Greater Palm Springs, adventure awaits those who love the great outdoors. Savour every moment as you explore the area’s epic landscape, lush golf courses, and countless hiking and biking trails.

WHAT TO SEE

Zoom through the twisted canyons of the San Andreas Fault or stargaze like you never have before—the choice is yours with Desert Adventures Red Jeep tours in Palm Desert. Curious to see more? Ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the largest rotating tram car in the world, along the cliffs of Chino Canyon and more than 8,500 feet up to the Mountain Station, where a museum, restaurants, an observation deck and 50-plus miles of hiking trails await.

WHERE TO PLAY

Try something new at Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, where they offer footgolf—half golf, half soccer—played on an 18-hole course. In the evening, stop in at the weekly VillageFest in Palm Springs, a lively, open-air market that features street food, music, dance and one-of-a-kind vendors showcasing the friendly local culture and cool handcrafted wares of Greater Palm Springs.

Desert Willow Golf Resort. Courtesy Greater Palm Springs CVB.

WHAT TO EAT

Nature surrounds you at the award-winning Café at Shield’s Date Garden, located on the expansive property of a date grove. Following your meal (order the stuffed dates!) tour the café’s on-site botanical garden, which is adorned with lovely stone statues. To feast on locally grown food, visit Cork & Fork, which calls itself casual dining but executes its dishes impeccably—the double-stuffed ravioli is a must.

Cork & Fork.

La Quinta Resort & Club.

WHERE TO STAY

Hike, bike, golf, swim and more at La Quinta Resort & Club. This upscale hideaway, featuring hacienda-style casitas, makes it easy to embrace the beauty of the area. Find your centre with an outdoor or indoor yoga class, rent a bike to pedal one of the property’s many surrounding paths or get out on the golf green and enjoy the sunshine.

Feels like home

For those considering a permanent address in Greater Palm Springs, the versatile Andalusia Country Club shouldn’t be overlooked. Surrounded by the Santa Rosa Mountains, this Spanish-style resort community in La Quinta is known for its stunning views, packed resort event calendar and ease of access to the natural wonders of the area. Considered a premier golf destination, La Quinta is a stone’s throw away from prime amenities, such as fine dining establishments, luxury shops and world-class entertainment.

 

FOR THE ARTS AND CULTURE BUFF

Greater Palm Springs is brimming with culture. Find creative dining options, masterfully curated museums, internationally loved music festivals and a legacy of distinct, midcentury modern architecture everywhere you go.

Sunnylands Center & Gardens. There are at least 55 art galleries in the nine cities that make up Greater Palm Springs.

WHAT TO SEE

Since Greater Palm Springs is famous for its midcentury modern aesthetic don’t miss a visit to Sunnylands Center & Gardens in Rancho Mirage, an estate known as “America’s Midcentury Masterpiece.” If, after your visit, you’re inspired to create a masterpiece of your own, visit Old Town Artisan Studios in La Quinta, which offers classes in pottery and more.

WHERE TO PLAY

Galleries and museums abound throughout Greater Palm Springs. The new Gerald Patrick Art Studio, in Palm Springs, is a standout, showcasing its namesake artist’s brash use of colour and form in many mediums. For high-end shopping, visit the El Paseo shopping district in Palm Desert, where you’ll find an impressive roster of stores and boutiques, including Gail Jewelers, which crafts gorgeous diamond and custom pieces that are truly timeless.

Gail Jewelers.

Purple Room.

WHERE TO EAT

Enjoy dinner and a show with PS Underground in Palm Springs. The group hosts incredible themed shows and experiences where everything, right down to the food on your plate, is an adventure. For a more classic dinner-and-a-show experience, head to the city’s famous Purple Room (once a Rat Pack hangout) for live entertainment and a full dinner menu.

WHERE TO STAY

Surround yourself with art at the aptly named Holiday House. Originally built in the 1950s, this whimsical boutique hotel in downtown Palm Springs was recently redesigned and includes original artwork in each room. You can also go all out and stay at the lavish Kimpton Rowan, which offers a rooftop pool and bar, two chef-driven restaurants, and a location in Palm Springs that is in the heart of all the action.

Kimpton Rowan.

All Season Long College of the Desert

Street Fair | Every weekend, this sprawling open-air market draws huge crowds who are eager to browse its hundreds of stalls, which offer everything from fresh-cut flowers and fine art to food-truck fare.

 

EVENTS: NOVEMBER THROUGH MARCH

 

November

22-24
McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auction

23
Props & Hops Craft Beer Festival


December

7-8
Indio International Tamale Festival

7
Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade

8
Ironman 70.3 Indian Wells La Quinta


January

Every Sunday
Sunday Polo Games at Empire Polo Club

Every Sunday
Sunday Polo at Eldorado Polo Club

2-13
2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival

14–19, 21–26 & 28–31
Desert Circuit Horse Show

15-19
American Express Golf Tournament

23-26
Southwest Arts Festival


February

7-8
22nd Annual Tour de Palm Springs

13-17
Art Palm Springs

13-23
Modernism Week

14-23
74th Annual Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival


March

8-9
Native Film Fest

9-22
BNP Paribas Open

27-29
Palm Desert Food & Wine

Start planning your escape to relaxation, adventure, creativity and sunshine today at visitgreaterpalmsprings.com.