You may have heard of the outdoor hot springs of Palm Springs. You’ll find plenty of relaxation sessions at this famous spa. And don’t miss a hearty breakfast at Elmer’s Café. A local institution, this breakfast joint serves traditional American fare and serves it all day long. And if you’re traveling on a budget, there’s no better place than a Days Inn by Wyndham Palm Springs.
Gifts are also plentiful in Palm Springs. You’ll find gifts that celebrate Palm Springs’ Midcentury Modern style. You’ll find unique souvenirs, stylish clothing, and funky home goods at stores like Trina Turk. There’s also a wide selection of Palm Springs swag at Destination PSP. But, the most interesting gift is definitely the one you bought yourself! Here are some ideas:
VillageFest: One of the most unique Palm Springs experiences is the annual VillageFest, which transforms downtown into a giant street party. During VillageFest, over 180 vendors set up shop along Palm Canyon Drive. This quarter-mile stretch is closed to traffic and filled with shopping, delicious snacks, and live entertainment. When the weather is right, this event starts early in the evening and lasts until 10pm. There are no shortage of activities for all ages!
Agricultural heritage: Palm Springs is a historic center for agriculture. In fact, 90 percent of the dates grown in the U.S. are grown in the Coachella Valley. The desert climate allows for the cultivation of dates year-round, even in harsh conditions. Palm Springs is located just 107 miles from Los Angeles, so it’s easy to imagine the impact on the economy in that period. If you’re traveling to Palm Springs, don’t forget to pack your sunscreen, water, and sunscreen.
Drinks: If you’re in the mood for some wine, a visit to a vineyard or a brewery is definitely in order. The city also has a thriving craft beer scene, with La Quinta Brewing Company making locally-inspired beers. The Dead o’r Alive Bar and bottle shop also stocks natural wines. You can also find cider and booch at local restaurants and breweries. And if you’re looking for a souvenir to take home, consider one of these local breweries.
Golf enthusiasts will be thrilled to know that Palm Springs has several great golf courses. There are nearly a dozen public and private courses in the city, and most are open year-round. One of the most picturesque courses in the area is the La Quinta Resort & Club Mountain Course, which is considered one of California’s most scenic. Jack Nicklaus, another popular golfer, designed the Escena Golf Club. And SilverRock Resort is blessed with rare shade in the shadows of the Santa Rosa Mountains.
The first white explorers to visit Palm Springs were Jose Maria Estudillo and Jose Romero in December 1823. They were looking for an overland route to the Pacific Ocean. Estudillo and Romero made the first record of the town’s existence, as well as the existence of Agua Caliente. And while there isn’t much history about the Cahuilla, they are definitely worth a visit.