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Where Do I Take My Visiting Houseguests In Palm Springs? Up The Tram Again?

Palm Springs Area Recreation

It happens all the time. We live in Palm Springs, the quintessential tourist destination that has so many great things to do and has the cursed mild winter that brings all our frozen friends from the north here trying to thaw out.  And the question is always the same: Where to take them??  What are we going to do?  Not the Tram again!  Arrrrrghhhhhhh!

So while in our Facebook Group this morning, the question came up from a member on this very subject.  How to entertain the out-of-town guest.  So I took all the responses and came up with a few itineraries of things to do and places to eat. These are just the favorites of the Palm Springs Neighborhoods Group on Facebook and certainly doesn’t represent all the many things to do in town but at least this gives you a place to begin.

  • Dig out fedoras and head on down to the Ace Hotel to hang with the hipsters and enjoy their ceviche, then spend the evening walking through Downtown.
  • Breakfast at Bit O’ Country, followed by hiking Ladders Canyon, and through the slot canyons out in Mecca Hills. Or a day trip driving through Joshua Tree National Park in the afternoon  and for a late lunch up the hill, stop in at Pappy And Harriet’s in Pioneertown. Later, try dinner at Cowboy Way BBQ.
  • Dancing by tripping the lights fantastic at Toucan’s or Zelda’s
  • Lox at Manhattan in the Desert; hiking and stop by at the Tahquitz Canyon Visitor’s Center, Lunch at Krony’s Pizza, then an afternoon drive-by of my favorite architecturally significant buildings.  And if children are in the group, The Children’s Discovery Museum, The Living Desert, The WW II Air Museum, brunch al fresco at Peabody’s – or soon LULU always a good idea.
  • For some a trip to the Viceroy, and the Riviera for a drink is always great; sneak in a meal at Melvins’ or Le Vallauris,  so much a part old P.S. history.  And you can always opt for a ride up the Tram.
  • It is fun to reach out to some of the Small Hotels of Palm Springs like The Orbit Inn, The Movie Colony Hotel or The Parker and arrange a tour.  The hotel owners are usually very accommodating.  You can do the same with some of the art galleries in town – like Michael Weems and Shawn Savage.  Let them know ahead of time when we are coming and sometime they’ll put out a little spread for a private showing.  Makes the guests feel special. Uptown Design District vintage shops are a must as is drinks at the Colony Palms.
  • Other good things to do: The Museum (free on Thursday evenings) Village Fest, Moorten Botanical Gardens; Cabot’s Pueblo Museum in DHS, The Back Street Art District. Food and drink? Koffi, Zini Cafe, Zin, LULU (as of tomorrow) to name a few. Then there’s Manhattan Deli,  soon The Red Tomato and the new eateries now in Smoketree!!
  • Start with breakfast on the patio, then up the Tram with a packed picnic and a decent hike.  Home for quick swim and then naps, later adult beverages by the pool and dinner @Trio or maybe Copley’s.  Then home by the fire-pit for a nightcap.

So there you have it! While it’s not THE most definitive list it is one that came from real people and not the marketers which means it will be lots of fun.


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