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Palm Springs/Palm Desert advice

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Hi all,
We are heading for our first trip ever to the Palm Springs area in 2 weeks.
(Used an AC for a week at Marriott Shadow Ridge).
Looking for advice on things to do..we love nature (already planning
a trip to Joshua Tree NP !) and museums. Also looking for some good
mid-priced restaurant recommendations.
Thanks in advance for any info you can provide!
Deb
 

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The Living Desert in Palm Desert is nice. I haven't been in a few years, but it gets you up close to owls, eagles, coyotes, wolfs, etc.

In Palm Springs, you can take the aerial tramway up the mountain and maybe find some snow. Lots of trails and stuff up there, but be prepared for a big drop in temp.
 

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I don't know how it has been since the 2008 crash, but I used to love doing model home tours in the upscale Palm Springs area golf communities. Oh how the other half lives...
 

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We're in the Desert now, enjoying fabulous weather. Sunny and 80. One of our favorite restaurants is Acqua Pazza in The River shopping center. There's a 3-course feast, appetizer/entree/desert, $19.99. Same feast between 3-5 p.m. is $15.99. Happy Hour all day. And the same menu is at their new sister restaurant, Lulu, in downtown Palm Springs.
 

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Thanks all..great suggestions! Keep them coming ! Hope we have the 80
degree weather when we go in 2 weeks :)
 

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Hiking and Nature

Salton Sea and Indian Canyons. Also allow more than 1 day for Joshua Tree National Park.
 

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I have never been, but I know they get rave reviews. The Palm Springs Follies

Visit Shields Date Garden in Indio and watch the film about the sex life of a date and have a date shake...mmmmmm :) They have date samples and sell grapefruits as well.

If you like casino gaming, there are a few Indian casino's in PS and the area.

Makes me want to take a short road trip over there, haven't been in a year or so. Enjoy, I think it's an incredibly beautiful area.
 

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We went to the Palm Springs Follies - have been twice, actually.

It is a good show, I enjoyed it and my mother-in-law did too. My mother found it a bit loud - she has hearing issues and with one ear completely deaf and a hearing aid in the other, she found it difficult.

Bev
 

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Hi all,
We are heading for our first trip ever to the Palm Springs area in 2 weeks.
(Used an AC for a week at Marriott Shadow Ridge).
Looking for advice on things to do..we love nature (already planning
a trip to Joshua Tree NP !) and museums. Also looking for some good
mid-priced restaurant recommendations.
Thanks in advance for any info you can provide!
Deb

We have been here in Palm Desert two weeks and suggest the following:

Mikado's at the JW Marriott for the entertaining chefs that throw shrimp tidbits into your mouth by flipping a spatula and many other tricks. If you go right at 6pm you get discount. Take the free boat ride from the lobby to restaurant.

Do the Street Faire in Palm Springs; the Art Walk in El Paseo/Palm Desert -- it is a very high end bunch of stores with amazing art. They serve free wine and snacks. Casino in Rancho Mirage. Enjoy!
 

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Here are my restaurant reviews from our trip in 2010. In 2011 we also went to The Cliff House in La Quinta, which I would definitely recommend.

Sherman’s Deli – Rather uninspired dinner and service. My wife had the soup/sandwich combo, my daughter had fried matzo and I had broiled chicken. The main reason we went here was to buy some corned beef for lunches and lox for breakfasts. The corned beef was very poor, only had one sandwich and then tossed the rest. The lox, on the other hand was fabulous, best I’ve ever had. Cost for dinner was $35, the corned beef was $13 per pound and the lox was $30 per pound.

Chop House Palm Desert – A truly outstanding dinner. I had the small filet with a Caesar salad. Wife had the filet Oscar with spinach salad, and daughter had the NY Strip with Caesar salad. The filets were very good but the NY Strip was incredibly good. We also split a side of mac and cheese which was phenomenal. Wife’s dinner came with desert so we shared a crème broulet. We also had one bottle of wine with dinner. Total cost was $147, most expensive dinner of the trip but well worth it. We did get 10% off the food portion with our Marriott Vacation Club privileges card.
Devane’s Old Town – Kind of a mixed bag here. I had the seafood paella which did have lots of stuff in it but I did not care for the flavor. Wife had the special fish of the night and daughter had them make up some pasta with calamari in spicy sauce (very spicy as it turned out). Service was very good, bread was great but I would not go back. Cost was $79.

Picanha – The second truly outstanding dinner of the trip. This is a Brazilian style steakhouse and every single meat dish (carved skewers at the table) was incredibly flavorful. The salad bar was kind of small but that didn’t really matter much to us. The normal price is $29.95 per person but between 5:30-6:30 it is only $23.95. Then we also received a 20% discount for the MVC privileges card so our cost ended up being $72. I’ve been to a few churrascarias over the years and this was the tastiest of any. Highly recommend.

Murph’s Gaslight Palm Desert – This is simply a place for pan fried chicken. You get a very complete family style dinner, including soup, salad, corn bread, mashed potatoes, gravy, black eyed peas, and a bunch of very good chicken. Service was very friendly and he even brought us some more chicken so we’d have plenty to take home with us. We had enough left over for three lunches. I would recommend this place but go early in your trip so you can have time to eat the leftovers. Total cost was $53, with a 20% off coupon I found on line.

Maracas Palm Springs – This is one of my two favorite Mexican restaurants in the country (the other is Papasito’s in Austin, TX). It is located right in downtown Palm Springs by the Sonny Bono statue. I know that Mexican food is very subjective taste for people, but I do love this place. Excellent service. We shared a queso fundido appetizer, which was the best I’ve ever tasted. My wife and I each had two tacos, complete with beans and rice and my daughter had the carne asada. Cost was $58.

Daily Grill – This was our final night’s dinner and we went on Friday for the prime rib special. You get a very large (they say 16 oz, but I think it was more) prime rib, great baked potato and creamed spinach. It isn’t cheap, but it is a real nice place and the food is excellent. Cost was $103, including one glass of wine for my wife.
 

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I recommend Sullivan's steak house in the El Paseo area. Excellent food, service and atmosphere! I must warn that it is a bit pricy so good for a special occasion.
 

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Thanks so much all! I'm going to print this thread & take it with me.
I'll report back in when we return...can't wait :)
 

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Take a Hummer tour into Joshua Tree NP, it's fabulous! Inquire at Shadow Ridge. The tour takes you place you could not possibly get by yourself.

Ditto on the good advice about the Living Desert. I was just there a few days ago. It's fairly close to Shadow Ridge also.
 

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I second the recommendation for the Mikado - if they still do it, the Ceviche is to kill for, and the boat ride gettin to it :clap: is fun.
 

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Took a Windmill tour this afternoon. Very interesting

Technically they are called wind energy conversion units, but they are modern day windmills. Over 43 windfarms with over 3000 windmills in the Palm Springs area.

Tour pick-up point would be about a 20 minute drive from Shadow Ridge. Our guide/driver (Tom) had worked in the industry and was very knowledgeable.

Here's the website for more info:
http://thebestofthebesttours.com/
 
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