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Rancho Mirage is one of nine cities in the Palm Springs area, and with 12 golf courses in 24 miles, it is perhaps the best for winding down. Peeling away from the pampering of resort life may be tough, but getting out into nature is well worth the effort.
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101 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
Walking around downtown Palm Springs, we were stopped in our tracks by 26 feet and 17 tons of steel and aluminum: Forever Marilyn by artist Seward Johnson. Even if you haven't seen The Seven Year Itch, this cinematic moment has been an icon for...
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73-061 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260, USA
This open air, palm lined plaza is a fabulous place to discover luxury labels, locally owned boutiques, art galleries, and specialty shops. Often they host events like First Friday evening Art Walks, Jazz Concerts, and even their own Fashion Week....
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611 S Palm Canyon Dr # 6, Palm Springs, CA 92264, USA
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Palm Greens Cafe is dedicated to organic cuisine and serves a menu of entrees for all dietary preferences including meat, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and raw. Their raw twist on lasagna consists of thinly sliced zucchini noodles stuffed with...
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37977 Bob Hope Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, USA
Philanthropists and distinguished public servants, Walter and Leonore Annenberg, left behind their blush-brushed residence to benefit thought leaders and inspire the public. The 200-acre Sunnylands estate is an interior and exterior work of art...
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1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
Golf and sunshine are the main magnets that draw visitors to Palm Springs, but a 10-minute ride will take you up into a snowy evergreen forest. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway climbs up to a mountain wilderness at 8,500 feet (2,590 meters). The...
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Ryan Mountain, California, USA
Joshua Tree National Park is an arid expanse of two desert ecosystems surprisingly packed with hundreds of species of flora and fauna. The short but strenuous and sunny 1.5-mile hike up Ryan Mountain (5,457 feet) offers humbling views of the vast...
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Desert Shores, CA 92274, USA
The Salton Sea has some amazing spots for bird watching. Here, off of the abandoned Salton Sea Marina site, was a large number of birds (I'm not sure what species). They flew all together and were very responsive to the slightest motion by me,...
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45000 Indian Wells Ln, Indian Wells, CA 92210, USA
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Inside the beautiful Miramonte Resort & Spa is the farm-to-table fine dining experience of Chef Robert Nyerick’s Grove Artisan Kitchen. With its own herb and citrus garden on the grounds, flavors are fresh for the California cuisine. Seafood...
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622 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
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Local restaurateurs, Tara Lazar and Marco Rosetti, have the brunch business on lock down with Cheeky’s and in 2011 expanded into dinner by opening the outdoor pizzeria Birba just next door. The wood-fired pizzas are a delicious combination of...
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72695 CA-111, Palm Desert, CA 92260, USA
Kabobz Mediterranean Restaurant has two locations, one on Hwy 111 and the other on Country Club Drive. I visited the latter during lunchtime, treating myself to a meal. I ordered the Kabob Skewer and Saffron Rice dish with chicken pictured...
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4105, 71380 CA-111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, USA
Koffi has been caffeinating Coachella Valley residents with locally roasted blends since they first opened shop in 2002. Since then, they have expanded to three locations, all with the minimalist modern indoor/outdoor café setting and friendly...
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80225 CA-111, Indio, CA 92201, USA
Roadside attractions are often tacky but Shields Date Garden & Café is a sweet, nostalgic classic. Floyd and Bess Shields started gardening date palms without chemical fertilizers or pesticides on their 17-acre farm in 1924. Their garden-side...
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240 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
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Come when you’re hungry: This spot serves large, hearty sandwiches and is known and loved for the Dutch Crunch bread and variety of sauces, one of which is called, ‘The Bomb.’ If you visit the restaurant’s website and study the sauces in advance,...
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8332 Fleur Dr, Joshua Tree, CA 92252, USA
Whether you’re an advanced climber or a total newb, Uprising can provide you with a guide and everything you need for a special day in Joshua Tree—right down to a harness and shoes. Owner Sue Cram or one of her guides will customize your...