Where to Eat, Shop, Live & Play in Palm Springs

Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

- Hip and bright, The Saguaro hotel is designed for a peak Palm Springs experience. Soak in Palm Springs’ consistently summery weather in the colorful poolside cabanas (each come with a dedicated server, stocked fridge and TV), and take in scenic views of the San Bernardino mountains. Rooms offer indoor and outdoor seating areas and great views of the pool, garden, city lights or mountain range. If you’re looking for relaxation, take part in the daily yoga classes or pop into the spa for a treatment. 

GO RETRO HERE - Craving some classic Palm Springs nostalgia with a hint of Rat Pack? Melvyn's is an old school restaurant that was a favorite haunt for Sinatra’s notorious crew. Get spiffy, grab a martini and listen to live piano (starts in the lounge every night at 7pm) or make a reservation and order Melvyn’s iconic Steak Diane (pan-fried beefsteak) and have it prepared tableside. 

HUNGRY? GO HERE - Rather fabulous and known for their hand-cut meats and steakhouse staples, Mr. Lyon’s is a beloved Palm Springs mainstay. Come to the speakeasy-style bar for a whiskey sour and a shrimp cocktail, or slide into a green velvet booth for a locally sourced New York strip steak in the dining salon. 

SHOP AND STROLL HERE - Whether you’re looking for a souvenir, a new pair of shoes or a quick bite, Palm Canyon Drive truly has it all. This palm tree-lined thoroughfare is home to the Palm Springs Walk of Stars and everything from bars and restaurants to jewelry boutiques and art galleries. Swing by day or night—the palms are lit with twinkle lights after sunset. 

TAKE A HIKE HERE - Looking to earn your lounge time by the pool? Set out for a hike on Painted Canyon, near Mecca. This 4.2-mile, out-and-back trail is moderately trafficked, offers great views and is suitable for all skill levels. Painted Canyon is a popular spot for bird watching from September through April, so keep your eyes and ears open.

TREASURE HUNT HERE - With locations in Palm Springs, Cathedral City and Palm Desert, Revivals is a go-to shop for “mixed-century” vintage furniture, light fixtures, new and used home goods and vintage apparel. Refresh your home and your closet in one fell swoop. 

GET PERSPECTIVE HERE - Spanning more than 2.5 miles along the cliffs of Chino Canyon and over the Mount San Jacinto State Park, Palm Springs’ Aerial Tramway is the world’s largest rotating tram car. Throughout the roughly 10-minute ride, tram cars rotate, providing spectacular views of the valley below. Once you disembark at Mountain Station (elevation 8,516 feet) grab a meal at one of two restaurants, snap pics from the observation decks, stop into the natural history museum and two documentary theaters, or set out on a day hike—the peak accesses more than 50 miles of trails.


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