SOAK UP CULTURE HERE – Palm Desert was the first city in Riverside County to adopt a public art ordinance requiring developers to incorporate art into their projects or contribute to an arts fund, creating an artistic harmony between the city’s buildings and open spaces. Each year, the Public Arts Department organizes a biennial El Paseo Exhibition, displaying unique works of art from local and international artists along the median of the posh El Paseo shopping district—which also happens to be home to some world-class galleries also worth exploring. Checkout our guide to some of the area’s best galleries here.
SHOP & DINE HERE – Speaking of El Paseo, once you’ve perused the art galleries and installations, head over to The Gardens on El Paseo for some good old fashioned retail therapy. The open-air shopping oasis boasts a curated collection of world-renowned boutiques, including St. John, Gucci and Ralph Lauren, alongside high-end eateries like Mastro’s Steakhouse, Pacifica Seafood Restaurant and Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar.
SPEND A DAY AT THE ZOO HERE – Living Desert is driven by the mission to conserve the world’s delicate desert habitats through preservation, education and appreciation. This unique zoo and botanical garden—voted #6 on Conde Nast Traveler’s list of 10 Best Zoos in the US—features geographic replicas of everything from Baja California’s Viscaino Desert to the exotic plains of Madagascar. Giraffes, zebras, mountain lions and cheetahs roam the land from Africa to North America, while an interactive Discovery Center, home to one of the largest G-scale model train displays, features animal presentations, nature trails, cafes and a Petting Kraal.
TAKE A HIKE HERE – Palm Desert and the surrounding area is home to some of Southern California’s most incredible hikes and stunning lookout points. With the spring season upon us, now is the perfect time to checkout some of The Agency’s favorite trails from La Quinta to Joshua Tree, including South Lykken Trail and the sacred Indian Canyons.
LIVE HERE – Nestled behind the gates of the popular Ironwood Country Club, this sleek and sophisticated two-bedroom, three-bathroom, corner condominium showcases 1,525 square feet of reimagined living space and incredible southern mountain views. Represented by Cathy Muldoon and Safia Lasman, highlights include an entertainer’s great room with sliding glass doors to a private, in-ground spa and high-end kitchen with white quartz countertops. Upstairs, the roomy master is light and bright with access to one of two private decks immersed in the stunning desert landscape—perfect for enjoying a glass of wine and watching the sunset.