Photography By: Kristin Teig8 Itineraries for Romantic Getaways in Greater Palm Springs—Heart Eyes Guaranteed Locale Magazine Editors February 9, 2020 Spread the loveEven Cupid Would Approve of These Romantic Greater Palm Springs Getaways Written By: Marsela Warshaw Palm Springs Romantic Getaway If Cupid wasn’t so busy shooting arrows, he’d be a travel agent. Why? Because romance and vacations go together better than chocolate and strawberries. We’ve lovingly created a list of eight places in Greater Palm Springs to stay, play and eat for you and your fellow shot-by-Cupid significant other to discover. 1 | Feeling Forever Young in Palm Springs Greater Palm Springs Romantic Getaway Photography By: Nathan Cox Photography By: Nathan Cox Eat at: Birba Killer outside patio setting, homemade pizza and pasta and handcrafted cocktails. Need we say more? Stay at: ARRIVE This 21-and-over hotel is the perfect place for couples to ignite the spark—literally. Director of Marketing Dana Kuritzkes says, “Fire pits are lit every night by the pool for couples to cozy up [to] and enjoy the spectacular mountain views.” Play at: Palm Canyon Road Take a stroll and enjoy various Palm Springs bars, shops and yummy dessert spots—specifically a mai tai at Bootlegger Tiki and a scoop of non-dairy ice cream at Kreem! 2 | Romance Is Always in Fashion in Palm Desert Palm Springs Romantic Getaway Photography Provided By: Greater Palm Springs CVB Photography Provided By: Ristorante Mamma Gina Eat at: Ristorante Mamma Gina Recreate the spaghetti scene from the Lady and the Tramp at this local gem of a restaurant! We recommend the Veal alla Zingara paired with a buttery chardonnay. Stay at: Hotel Paseo From being perfectly located to offering gorgeous rooms and views, this sleek luxury hotel will not disappoint. Opt for a heavenly king-size bed, and don’t forget your swimsuit! Play at: The Shops on El Paseo Couples who shop together stay together. The Shops on El Paseo, also known as the Rodeo Drive of the desert, is a splendid place full of luxury retailers to treat yourself or each other…or both. 3 | Indulge in Some (Planned) Spontaneity in La Quinta Palm Springs Romantic Getaway Photos Provided By: Greater Palm Springs CVB Photos Provided By: La Quinta Resort & Club Eat at: Lavender Bistro Is there anything more romantic than a dinner on a stunning patio surrounded by fresh flowers, twinkling lights and live music? No, but the warm Valrhona chocolate lava cake is up there too! Stay and Play at: La Quinta Resort & Club: A Waldorf Astoria Resort Warning! You may never want to leave this perfectly placed resort at the foot of the stunning Santa Rosa mountains. And with 41 outdoor pools, 23 tennis courts, seven restaurants, five golf courses and an award-winning spa, there won’t be a reason to! 4 | Live a Storybook Romance in Indian Wells Palm Springs Romantic Getaway Photography By: Laura Perkins Photography By: Laura Perkins Photo Provided By: Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa Eat at: The Pink Cabana This Instagram-worthy restaurant’s decor and French-Moroccan cuisine will take your breath away. Doll yourselves up, eat your fill and take pictures—lots and lots of pictures! Stay at: Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa Director of Marketing Cindy Kratochvil says, “With our intimate gardens and stunning views, Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa is the perfect getaway for couples. Bright bougainvillea, fragrant citrus trees and the Santa Rosa Mountains set the stage for a romantic resort experience.” Sign us up! Play at: Fantasy Balloon Flights A hot-air balloon ride may be the most romantic thing in the history of—well—ever! Sip champagne and nuzzle up while enjoying a bird’s eye view of the Coachella Valley. 5 | Put the Sweet Back in Sweetheart in Indio Palm Springs Romantic Getaway Photography By: Stephanie Cardona Designs and Photography Photography By: Stephanie Cardona Designs and Photography Eat at: Tu Madres Cantina & Grill This local favorite takes a special and delectable take on traditional Mexican food. It even offers vegan-friendly options. Get a queso fundido blanco to share, then select whatever plates catch your eye—and don’t forget a margarita (or two). Stay at: Airbnb Choose from many Indio Airbnbs that fit you and your partner’s styles! Every traveler knows that it’s the best way to feel at home when you’re away from home. Play at: Shields Date Garden It’s a date! This date garden, founded in 1920, is a must-visit. Take your sweetie on a stroll through the garden, watch a film in the theater and, of course, enjoy a famously scrumptious date shake. 6 | Reconnect: Mind, Body and Soul in Desert Hot Springs Eat, Stay and Play at: Two Bunch Palms Detox, reconnect and get romantic in this 72-acre, nature-loving resort that is surrounded by ancient palms and has world-renowned, mineral-rich hot springs. This is not your ordinary spa experience. Indulge in a holistically approached treatment aimed to heal, replenish and revive. Plus, the Restaurant at Two Bunch Palms, the property’s impressive restaurant, will nourish your body with sustainable, fresh, local, organic and seasonal foods. 7 | Run Away Into the Sunset (Temporarily) in Joshua Tree Photography By: Lance Gerber, Provided By: Greater Palm Springs CVB Eat at: Pappy & Harriet’s Okay, it’s a bit of a drive, but trust us: this is a must-visit! With tasty, heaping food options, fun and simple drinks and a small but lively music venue, you’ll see why Pappy & Harriet’s is a hotspot for locals and visitors alike. Stay at: Airbnb Joshua Tree has so many gorgeous Airbnb options for you and your partner to create the perfect escape. Seriously, you’ll be wowed at the selection! Play at: Joshua Tree National Park There is simply something magical about Joshua Tree sunsets…and this is the best place to experience one. Climb up on a rock, sit on a blanket and get blown away by the way the sun kisses the mountains goodnight. 8 | Play Your Cards Right in Rancho Mirage Palm Springs Romantic Getaway Photo Provided By: Greater Palm Springs CVB Photography Provided By: Greater Palm Springs CVB Eat at: Acqua California Bistro This five-star, eclectically decorated restaurant located in the River Mall guarantees a memorable dining experience. Owner Jerry Keller recommends starting with the fish chowder, then the escargot (Don’t forget to dip your bread in the butter sauce!), followed by the Atlantic salmon and finish your meal off with the flourless triple chocolate cake. Stay and Play at: Agua Caliente Stay at this luxurious high-rise hotel with stunning desert and mountain views of the Coachella Valley. Slot machines, poker rooms, table games—you name it, Agua Caliente Casino has it. If gambling isn’t your thing, there is usually a live show or concert (and always a relaxing getaway to the spa) for you to enjoy!