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Favorite Restaurants and things to do in Palm Desert

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Hubbie and I will be traveling to Palm Springs next week. We will be staying at Marriot DesertSpring Villas . We are looking for some good restaurant recommendations and fun things to do. We will have a car
 
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Our favorite restaurants in the greater Palm Springs area: Si Bon, Koutouki (the parking lot was pretty torn up by the city back in January), Old Spaghetti Factory, French Corner Cafe, Tommy Bahama, La Quinta Cliff House, Babe's BBQ (You've got to be hungry), Catalan. There are also a bunch of chain restaurants - Cheesecake Factory, Yard House, Olive Garden etc etc.

If it is your first time, you may want to do the tram ride. Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is excellent. We've been to Joshua National Park, no for us but a favorite for hikers. There are museums and a Thursday night market in Palm Springs. Street Fair at the College of Desert if you want to look at knickknacks. The Gardens on El Paseo, great shopping, art galleries and restaurants.

Lots of great golf courses that don't break the bank.
 
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Our favorite restaurants in the greater Palm Springs area: Si Bon, Koutouki (the parking lot is pretty torn up by the city back in January), Old Spaghetti Factory, French Corner Cafe, Tommy Bahama, La Quinta Cliff House, Babe's BBQ (You've got to be hungry), Catalan. There are also a bunch of chain restaurants - Cheesecake Factory, Yard House, Olive Garden etc etc.

If it is your first time, you may want to do the tram ride. Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is excellent. We've been to Joshua National Park, no for us but a favorite for hikers. There are museums and a Thursday night market in Palm Springs. Street Fair at the College of Desert if you want to look at knickknacks. The Gardens on El Paseo, great shopping, art galleries and restaurants.

Lots of great golf courses that are don't break the bank.
Thanks for all of these suggestions. There are a number that we haven't tried yet. Thanks!

Here are some of our old favorites:
1. Morton's (bar menu)
2. Ruth's Chris' (bar menu)
3. Marriott Fisherman's landing (Use Marriott card for discount)
4. Sherm's NY Deli (we go there every trip)
5. Grill-a-burger
6. Ristorante Mama Gina's
7. Cafe Des Beaux Arts
8. Papa Dan's (use Marriott card for discount)

BTW, I think that the French Corner Cafe is not currently open for dinner.
 
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We are booked for Christmas week with the kids. Any suggestions for families and kids? How is the pool temperature in December? They love pools so I suspect they will want to play in the pool everyday.
 

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JW Marriott at Desert Springs had gondola rides in the evening that was fun. We used it to dine at Mikado (Japanese Teppanyaki), and you see swans along the way. They stopped it during COVID and back in January they had not restarted.
 

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We are booked for Christmas week with the kids. Any suggestions for families and kids? How is the pool temperature in December? They love pools so I suspect they will want to play in the pool everyday.

There is a little shack thing for kids activities. They also had magic shows every week and I think they also stopped during COVID. I am no help when it comes to pool because we mostly golf. The website shows that pools are heated.

 

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The resort's recreational center is home to the Maze Kids' Club, an activity center where kids ages 4 and up can enjoy the facilities and programs with their parents. The center does not offer supervised kids' programs, with the exception of occasional Kids' Night Out programs for children ages 4 to 12. The center offers bicycle rentals, fitness classes, Wii, iPads, a rock-climbing wall, table tennis, Foosball and a 15-seat movie theater. A demonstration kitchen is also located here, with special sessions for families like candy sushi making and pizza cooking lessons. The Shade is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Den
For teens, the Den, also located at The Shade, provides a place to get away from their parents from 4 to 8 p.m. daily. The Den features a flat-screen TV, Wii, Xbox and iMac computers for connecting with friends back home.
 

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+1 each for Sherman's Deli, Papa Dan's, Babe's BBQ, Tommy Bahama, and Mikado (it's open again according to their website). Also Las Casuelas Nuevas for Mexican.
 

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About 1 hr away, visit Pioneertown and dinner at Pappy and Harriets

Integraton- If you can get an appointment for a sound bath give it a try. I'm not into new age, but I do enjoy interesting and unusual things. If you can't get an appointment, they can put you on a waiting list. Visit their gift shop and relax in a hammock for awhile. You can go see Giant Rock and and Gubler orchids farm while you wait to see if you can get in. Gublers also has a large selection of carnivorous plants to look at.

Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Museum- Purposely dilapidated sculpture garden, very interesting to see how "junk" is remade to art.

The Tram- I know I am prone to vertigo so I took some bonine before we did it and I was fine.

Boomers- 2 mini golf courses, racetrack, end with the bumper boats because you will be soaking wet. A 2 hour time purchase was enough for us to do the outdoor activities, if you are military or retired military there is a substantial discount.
 

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I think there's a couple of farmers' markets that are great with lots of local arts/crafts--check online to see when they are. I've seen a couple recommendations for Sherman's deli (there's two--one in PS and one in Palm Desert)--great brisket! If you like Mexican food, any of the Las Casuelas restaurants have a margarita as big as your head. Good food too.
 

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Just returned from Palm Springs yesterday. Second year in a row we ate only at Sherman’s during our three day trip. Pastries and cabbage rolls and brisket, oh my!
 

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Just returned from Palm Springs yesterday. Second year in a row we ate only at Sherman’s during our three day trip. Pastries and cabbage rolls and brisket, oh my!
We go to Palm Desert two to four times a year and always eat (once) at Sherman's. The portions are big enough that the left-overs provide an extra lunch or dinner.

One of my favorites is the French Dip. It is very consistent and good at Shermans. Plus I like the Kraut and deli pickles.
 

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Thank you everyone for all your suggestions. We ended up going to Pacifica for seafood, mimmos for Italian, Pueblo Viejo for Mexican, Tropical in Palm Springs, Tommy Bahamas, and SiBon for Mother,’s Day brunch. We had great meals all week. Service was good too. Our favorites were SiBon, Pacifica and Tommy Bahamas.
 

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Thank you everyone for all your suggestions. We ended up going to Pacifica for seafood, mimmos for Italian, Pueblo Viejo for Mexican, Tropical in Palm Springs, Tommy Bahamas, and SiBon for Mother,’s Day brunch. We had great meals all week. Service was good too. Our favorites were SiBon, Pacifica and Tommy Bahamas.
Glad you have enjoyed your time there. Sibon is our favorite and we sometimes ate 3 meals a day there.
 
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