Friday, November 02, 2007

Travel Tips: Palm Springs and Palm Desert

Carol and I recently went to Palm Desert, California after the Podcast and New Media Expo in Ontario, California.

Here are some of the highlights in case you are ever in the area.

Where To Stay?

Marriott Palm Desert

We stayed at the Marriott Palm Dessert. The hotel recentl;y had a multi-million dollar make over of the lobby and spa. Too bad we didn't get to sleep in the lobby or spa. the rooms and hallways are in need of updating. Seriously. The hallways are in pretty bad shape. If you are considering it, call and ask if any rooms have been updated.

The lobby has a few bars including a sushi bar. We had a nice pizza and a few beers and watched the Red Sox from a couch in front of a nice sized big screen tv.

Where to Eat and Shop?

El Paseo is known as the Rodeo Drive of Palm Desert. It's a lot nicer than the main stretch of road in Palm Springs. Palm Springs wasn't that impressive. Kind of run down.

Challah French Toast

For breakfast we went to Sherman's. It's a great Jewish deli. The first time I had the usual eggs and toast and the second time I had the challah french toast. Amazing!

Cafe des Beaux-arts was a nice place to go for lunch.

We had dinner at Pacifica Seafood Restaurant, Palm Desert one night. Great bar to have a meal and some drinks. Fun staff.

There's a Tommy Bahama's here that also has a restaurant on the top floor. We enjoyed it so much, we went there twice. The first time we ate out on the rooftop deck and the second time we ate at the bar.

The Chop House, Palm Springs was really great for a nice steak dinner. We split the meal and had some nice wine. There's also a Chop House in Palm Desert.

Yard House Taps

How can you pass up a restaurant that has the world's largest selection of draft beer? We went to the Yardhouse one night. Although they have the largest selection, a local place here in Boston has a larger selection of belgian beer. Good place for a burger and a beer. It's HUGE.

For shopping there's the Desert Hills Premium Outlets.


  1. Sorry to see your comment that you thought Palm Springs was rundown.

    It is a very vibrant and fun town. We moved from Chicago and specifically picked Palm Springs to move to. A Hard Rock Hotel and Mondrian hotel has picked Palm Springs for their newest locations.

    What my wife and I especially like about Palm Springs is it has many unique small businesses instead of the big chain businesses found in Palm Desert.

    We agree with your restaurant choices. All of them are very good.

    For people wanting to learn more about Palm Springs they should visit our city site at

    Glad to see you had such a nice time in our beautiful valley.

  2. Thanks for the nice feedback and the link to the cafe listing on our webpage!

    Gretchen Connelie
    Tommy Bahama Cafe Marketing