Palm Springs: 'glam on'

Even though the US dollar has had an extensive overhaul in the last few months, Palm Springs still remains as a favourite get-a-way for a lot of Western Canadians. Its unique collaboration of Old Hollywood glam, fabulous restaurant choices, endless undulating golf greens and of course “SHOPPING” all combine to make for the perfect vacation spot. Throw in the world famous White Party every April and really, who could ask for more?

Palm Springs was a popular retreat for the Hollywood stars of the 30’s and 40’s, quickly becoming the “it” address for people such as Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore. It seems the Hollywood studios had a “Two Hour” rule which made the desert colony the perfect location to play! As a result you can explore the “Walk of Stars” in downtown Palm Springs featuring Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney and Sophia Loren to name but a few.

Personally, I prefer the compactness of Old Palm Springs or “The Village” as the locals call it. The main street is Palm Canyon Drive which is home to the weekly Thursday night Village Fest. Literally thousands of visitors browse through over 200 booths as well as take in fabulous entertainment, food kiosks and local stores and galleries. The hotels in the area range from small newly renovated boutique hotels to elaborate spa resorts. Restaurants abound with limitless choice in style, cuisine and flair. Some of my favorites are:

Las Casuelas Terraza: fantastic Mexican food – home to the wicked Cadillac Margarita! Dancing to live music in the open courtyard every afternoon and again later in the evening.

Pinocchio's: fun all day restaurant which features excellent breakfast options as well as some very “spicy” servers! Located just off Palm Canyon on Taqhitz Canyon Way.

Shanghai Red's Oyster Bar: truly amazing brunch served both Saturday and Sunday. Over 100 options! The best fish tacos ever!

Tyler's Old Fashioned Burgers: informal but fantastic burgers, sandwiches and salads. One of Palm Springs' “originals”. Absolute “must do”!

Now Palm Springs isn’t all about food and shopping. There is a lot for the avid adventurer and sports enthusiast as well. Everyone knows about the golf but are you aware that the area offers literally hundreds of hiking and cycling options as well? The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is a fun (not if you’re scared of heights though) ride to the top of San Jacinto Mountain – 8500 feet! Once at the top there are hiking trails as well as spectacular viewpoints. Palm Springs’ equivalent to North Vancouver’s Grouse Grind is their Bump & Grind! Terrific cardio boosting hike located in Rancho Mirage. Take a Desert Adventure tour to the middle of the San Andreas Fault Line and also explore deep into the desert landscape. Once all your exercise is done be sure to check out the numerous spa options located in Desert Hot Springs!

To best explore and experience all that Palm Springs and area has to offer, I would recommend renting a car during your vacation. The public transport is limited at best and the vast expansion of the area impossible to cover without one.

Palm Springs – so close – so fun – so GLAM!

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Joy has long been a believer in the art of travel: the belief that a vacation is something to be anticipated savored and then long remembered as one of life’s great adventures. 
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