An adventurers long weekend in Palm Springs.



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Palm Springs is know for being the stomping grounds of the stars however it is prime country for an outdoor adventure. Whether you are hiking between two deserts in the Joshua Tree National Park or discovering the flora of the deserts at the Moorten Botanical Gardens you will discover how living this desert is by the end of the weekend. Along the way you will work up quite an appetite, but have no fear you can dine at such outstanding and awarded restaurants as Cuistot and enjoy the experience at Tommy Bahama's Tropical Cafe.

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Day 1 - Indio


Your first day in Palm Springs will be one to remember and if you have rented a car this is one reason to have made it a convertible. The drive out to the Joshua Tree National Park is an excellent opportunity to drop the top and enjoy the weather in the desert. The national park offers many picnic areas and it is best to either get food to go from the Fantasy Springs Resort, at one of their many restaurants or pick up something on your way out of town. On your way to the park is the Oasis Visitor Center where it is a good idea to stop and pick up some quick information at the Ranger Station. After your trek through the national park you can either return to the Fantasy Springs Resort and enjoy any of their three fine restaurants or you can get the night started by enjoying the amazing French, American and Californian cuisine at Cuistot. If you are feeling up to it head over to the Velvet Palm and enjoy the drinks and DJ Matt as you dance the night away.


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Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

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Location:

84245 Indio Springs Pkwy
Indio, CA 92203

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tel: +1 760 342-5000


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Velvet Palm

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Location:

84-245 Indio Springs Parkway
Indio, CA 92203-3499

Contact:

tel: +1 800 827 2946


Day 2 - Palm Springs


There are two options for going to the Smoke Tree Stables: at 8am or 1pm. One option is to enjoy the cool and refreshing desert mornings. If the early ride is your preference it is best to eat breakfast on the hotel premises. Once you arrive at the stables you are in for a treat as you ride over mountain ridges and explore seldom used trails. After an exhilarating ride it is time to grab a bite to eat and Lyons English Grille, which is sure to hit the spot with its great selection of English entrees and huge selection of Irish and English beers. Now that you have recharged it is time to stroll through the flora of the desert at the Moorten Botanical Gardens, which offers over 3000 species of desert life. Next stop Melvyn's Restaurant where you will be greeted with outstanding cuisine and full bar, where you will be taken back to the 1920's, quite an adventure.


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Smoke Tree Stables

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Location:

2500 Toledo Avenue
Palm Springs, CA 92264

Contact:

tel: 760 327 1372


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Lyons English Grille

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Location:

233 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264

Contact:

tel: 7603271551
fax: +1 760 322 9833


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Moorten Botanical Gardens

Location:

1701 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264

Contact:

tel: 760 327 6555


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Melvyn's Restaurant

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Location:

200 West Ramon Road
Palm Springs, CA 92264

Contact:

tel: +1 760 325 0046 / +1 760 325 2323 (Reservations)
fax: +1 760 325 0710


Day 3 - Palm Desert, Palm Springs


Well now its off to Africa (no, it is still Palm Springs, but the Living Desert is sure to make you think otherwise) with its array of over 400 species of animals. After you have taken in all the desert has to offer it is time for another adventure this time in the urban jungle of Palm Springs. The Gardens on the El Paseo is your next stop where you can have quite an adventure perusing the many shops located in this area and when hunger strikes you have Tommy Bahama's Tropical Cafe to escape to. After your tropical experience at Tommy Bahama's your dinner will be in the Italian Ristorante Mamma Gina, where you will enjoy authentic Italian food. Now depending on how tired you are from your weekend you can head back to the Fantasy Springs Resort and call it a night or enjoy any of their three lounges.


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Gardens on El Paseo (The)

Location:

73545 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Contact:

tel: 760 862 1990
fax: +1 760 862 1884


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Ristorante Mamma Gina

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Location:

73-705 El Paseo
Palm Springs, CA 92260

Contact:

tel: +1 760 568 9898
fax: +1 760 568 6639


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