Greater Palm Springs: Let the Sunshine In
Fly over Greater Palm Springs and you’re sure to spot a number of unforgettable sights: the sparkling Salton Sea, the sandy hills of Joshua Tree National Park, the San Jacinto Mountains dotted with the pines of the ancient San Bernardino National Forest (to name a few).
Of course, the best way to experience the many wonders of Greater Palm Springs is on the ground. After all, this Southern California paradise is known and loved as a sanctuary for health and wellness, an immense outdoor playground and a hub for dazzling cultural delights.
Within the nine cities that make up Greater Palm Springs — Desert Hot Springs, Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella — are infinite possibilities for the perfect getaway, no matter your vacation preferences.
Brimming with Culture
Art lovers, music buffs, foodies and luxury shoppers alike will be delighted by the unique cultural mosaic of Greater Palm Springs.
For those seeking an easy and inspiring foray into the visual arts scene, El Paseo, in Palm Desert, is a perfect choice. Numerous galleries and art spaces abound, including the vibrant and colourful CODA Gallery, the tasteful and contemporary HOHMANN gallery, and the stunning J. Willott Gallery, which is known for its state-of-the-art showroom. Meanwhile, in Palm Springs, be sure to take in the city’s midcentury modern architecture; wander and see some of the area’s famous buildings, or even take a guided tour of stand-out sites.
Love to shop? Greater Palm Springs is your ideal destination. From high-end boutiques and major American retailers to a wide selection of one-off stores, there are options for everyone. Enjoy a day of treasure-hunting for that one-of-a-kind find at the curated vintage shops in Palm Springs, or browse iconic brands in the El Paseo shopping district in Palm Desert. Nicknamed “the Rodeo Drive of the Desert,” El Paseo is known and loved for designer fashion, fine jewelry, luxury home goods and art galleries.
When strolling along El Paseo, be sure to stop in at one of the only two locations of Gail Jewelers in the world. Gail Jewelers creates fine accessories made to stand out and stand the test of time. The knowledgeable jewelers here create pieces that are not only visually stunning but also comfortable to wear. Designed to showcase an owner’s special sparkle, Gail’s stunning collection of rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings feature materials like yellow diamonds and onyx stones — and each piece is a wonder to behold.
For those who consider cuisine as a work of art in its own right, Greater Palm Springs is the perfect place. Late winter and early spring are especially ideal times for foodies to visit, thanks to scrumptious events like the Greater Palm Springs Food and Wine Festival in mid-February and the Palm Desert Food + Wine Festival in late March. For something a little less formal, be sure to indulge at some of the authentic and innovative taco joints that can be found in the Coachella Valley.
Spring is also an ideal time to visit to attend the area’s world-famous music festivals, including the star-studded Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, the Stagecoach Country Music Festival and the Joshua Tree Music Festival.
With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, Greater Palm Springs is the destination for a wide range of outdoor activities.
In Indio, polo events take place throughout the year, at both the Empire Polo Club and Eldorado Polo Club, and there are stables and riding trails throughout the valley, including ones that circumvent Lake Cahuilla, in La Quinta.
For all the hikers out there, trails leading to beautiful desert panoramas are everywhere in Greater Palm Springs and the surrounding landscapes of the San Jacinto and San Bernardino Mountains and Joshua Tree National Park. Whether you take an easy-going nature walk or a more challenging ascent, there are stunning vistas and unique local vegetation to be discovered (like aloe plants and white bird of paradise flowers). Fans of biking can also hit the trails on their own or choose a guided expedition with a local outfitter.
Of course, if it’s a fairway you prefer, Great Palm Springs is still where to go. Practically synonymous with golf, this area has more than 100 renowned courses and is an annual pit-stop for tournaments such as the PGA and LPGA Tours. Tennis, too, is a major draw for visitors to the area, as the BNP Paribas Open (second only in size to the Grand Slams) takes place in March at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Enjoying the draws of Indian Wells is effortless for the members of the Toscana Country Club, a luxury residential community known for its Mediterranean design and exceptional amenities. At Toscana, olive, palm and cypress trees sway in the breeze throughout the grounds, which include tennis and pickleball courts, an onsite wine cellar, an Italian restaurant, a spa, a pool, and two scenic Jack Niklaus Signature Golf Courses. On Toscana’s impeccable property, the slow, warm sunsets provide a glorious background for a lingering al fresco meal or nighttime swim.
Find your healthiest, most serene self by diving into the wellness scene in Greater Palm Springs. The area is always well ahead of health trends, and there are numerous innovative and restorative wellness experiences in each of the nine cities. Try the Warm Honey Massage at The Spa at Westin Mission Hills or sink into the thermal mineral spring water pools in Desert Hot Springs.
Seeking more peace? Visit the zen Joshua Tree Retreat Centre or try an invigorating outdoor yoga class held beneath the wide-open California sky. Nourishing, nutrient-rich food and drink options are often right at your fingertips, too, making it effortless to fully embrace full-bodied well-being.
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