An Expert Look into the Offerings of Greater Palm Springs

Written By: Sara Hyland  Favorite Places in Greater Palm Springs
Photographed By: Joe Magnani and Jared Schlachet   Favorite Places in Greater Palm Springs
Model: Christie Chaplin of Brand Model and Talent Agency  Favorite Places in Greater Palm Springs

When you set off to explore Greater Palm Springs on your day off, it is important to know where to go. Sure, we have our favorite local go-to spots, but have we really sought out all that the land we love has to offer? To start your adventure, you’ll need a nice brunch at the Indian Wells Golf Resort’s restaurant, Vue Grille & Bar. Next, you’ll need a good source of relaxation, and Miramonte Resort & Spa will cover that wonderfully. Third, a delectable destination for drinks and dinner are arguably the most important part of a day off, and Le Paon takes care of that. Then there’s a fun activity, and Executive Sushi Chef Engin Onural’s sushi workshop is that and more. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway provides time outdoors along with a dose of exercise, and, finally, the Gardens on El Paseo cover the most important part of any day—shopping!

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Indian Wells Golf Resort

If you’re looking for a lovely interactive Sunday brunch experience, stop by the Indian Wells Golf Resort’s Vue Grille & Bar. This establishment is equipped with a classic omelet station, a succulent carving station for prime rib and more, scrumptious Belgian waffle stations, a build-your-own ice cream sundae bar and a tempting build-your-own Bloody Mary station. Vue gives patrons the opportunity to be involved in culinary creation. Guests can enjoy the extensive wine list and spirit selections as well as velvety craft beers while savoring a taste of the Coachella Valley in the Sticky Coachella Date Cake. Oh, and did we mention Candied Pepper Bacon is on the menu?  

Native Knowledge: The Vue’s stunning view of the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains makes for idyllic golf tournaments, group outings and dream weddings.

44-500 Indian Wells Lane
Indian Wells, CA 92210
760.346.4653

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Miramonte Resort & Spa

The Well Spa at Miramonte Resort & Spa does not come up short on forms of relaxation. Providing award-winning services in an environment reminiscent of a Tuscan villa, the Well Spa boasts offerings each season, 13 treatment rooms, and a co-ed courtyard with its own private saltwater pool. Choose from a resort package that includes a spa treatment, book a monthly spa special or snatch a group deal to bring a bestie or significant other! Treatments include a eucalyptus-infused steam room, river bench water therapy, Vichy showers, a meditation room and more. This 12,000 square-foot spa facility is built to ensure its guests leave healthier and happier.

Native Knowledge: Hundreds of years ago, a natural well was discovered in the California Desert, and those waters continue to refresh visitors today at the Well Spa.

45000 Indian Wells Ln
Indian Wells, CA 92210
760.837.1652

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Le Paon Contemporary French Cuisine

When there’s a giant sparkling peacock in the general vicinity, you know you’re in the right place. In this case, the right place happens to be Le Paon, or “the peacock,” a French restaurant on El Paseo. Combining “old world class” with modern French Cuisine, owners and brothers Eddie and Antoine Babai have found the perfect mixture. Dine under the brilliant light of an illuminating chandelier at this award-winning, 4-star restaurant. Brother Eddie Babai is also the executive chef, classically trained at the Cordon Bleu in Paris. Patrons can rest assured knowing when they’re ordering escargots or crème brulée, they’ll be served the real deal.

73399 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760.610.5320

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Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge

Sushi making is an art. Executive Sushi Chef Engin Onural proves this on a daily basis with the masterpieces that emerge from his kitchen at Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge. It truly is a treat for him to share his knowledge with his honored guests. The workshop Chef Engin offers, titled “Art of Sushi Making 101,” promises to teach students the basics so they are enabled to create their own sushi at home. These basics include: tools needed, the proper way to cook rice and preparation of classic rolls. The best part? After the workshop has concluded, everyone gets to enjoy the sushi they made, a side of miso soup and a bubbly glass of champagne. Seating is limited, so sign up now!

Native Knowledge: At the end of the “Art of Sushi Making 101” workshop, students are awarded certificates of completion.

73-111 El Paseo, Ste 103
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760.346.1500

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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Have you ever wanted to dine 8,516 feet in the air? Well, you’re going to have to take an unconventional form of transportation to get there. The world’s largest rotating tramcar—the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway—travels almost two miles along the stunning passages of Chino Canyon. With ten minutes to take in the view, the tramcar spins slowly, allowing for a 360-degree perspective. After arriving at the top, that’s where the true adventure begins. Choose from one of the three restaurants available at the top of the tramway, hike one of the historical trails, set up camp at a cozy site or simply stroll on a peaceful nature walk.

Native Knowledge: Peaks Restaurant features various fresh vegetables and greens from the Coachella Valley, dry aged meats and poultry as well as fresh breads from local bakeries.

1 Tram Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
888.515.8726

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The Gardens on El Paseo

For an ultimate premier shopping and dining destination in the Southern California desert area, stroll down the glamorous Gardens on El Paseo. The Gardens make up the center of El Paseo, featuring fashionable and chic tenants in an outdoor garden setting. The beautiful desert landscaping and picturesque views lining the sidewalks remind tourists they aren’t quite shopping on Rodeo Drive, but just might be somewhere better. Shop with your friends Kate Spade, Tiffany & Co., and Louis Vuitton. You deserve it. You’ve earned it. The Gardens’ website has it down: “You have the right to remain fabulous.”

Native Knowledge: The city offers complimentary courtesy cart rides to customers—the ideal way to be chauffeured down the streets and feel like a star.

73545 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760.862.1990

5 Hiking Trails Atop the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

  1. Long Valley Discovery Trail: An easy level trail only a ¾ mile loop that allows for a fun introduction to the plants and animals of the mountains.
  2. Desert View Trail: A one-and-a-half-mile loop of scenic forest views with a little bit of a climb to work the legs.
  3. Round Valley: A two-and-a-half-mile trail with fairly level paths and short climbs leading to the gorgeous Round Valley.
  4. Wellman’s Divide: The view at Wellman’s Divide after the one-mile hike from Round Valley is breathtaking. The dome of the Palomar Observatory is visible, but the hike may be strenuous for beginners.
  5. San Jacinto Peak: This 5.5-mile hike will take you to the second highest point in Southern California.

5 Hidden Gems at The Gardens on El Paseo

  1. The Art of Shaving: Exceptional to their peers, The Art of Shaving makes it their business to provide the best shaving products to men ranging from clean shaven to lumberjack status.
  2. von Wening Art: From portraits, to impressions, to abstracts, find yourself at von Wening Art for one-of-a-kind oil paintings.
  3. b. alsohns Jewelers: For premium jewelry, quality jewelry designers from all over the world, as well as fine Swiss watches, head down to b. alsohns Jewelers.
  4. Between The Sheets: Bringing the finest in home furnishings, Between The Sheets is the consumer’s go-to for every eccentric taste in décor.
  5. BB·one: A unique contemporary fashion boutique with a sophisticated edge, BB·one appeals to the shopper looking for trendy, practical and stylish sportswear by loved labels.

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