Palm Spring is a lovely place and there are lots of things to do – but when you have just one weekend and you don’t want to rush too much what would you choose?
As I said, you really may do lots of things according to your liking and personality, searching the internet . Here I’ll share what we, my husband and I, did in that short time and we had a great time.
In fact, there are so many things to do that before going I was a bit overwhelmed. But the main point was to relax and this choice was just the right balance.
We went there in early February. The weather was beautiful – just warm and cozy around 75 degree fahrenheit.
There are great golf courses, night clubs, hiking options to the canyons, browsing in the consignment stores and probably many other things to do.
This is what we chose:
It was an amazing experience. Here is the world’s largest rotating tramcar ever constructed.
The 10-minute, 2.5-mile ride, begins at the Valley Station – elevation 2,643 feet and ends at the Mountain Station – elevation 8,516 feet. You’ll be able to see the different kind of flora and fauna at the different levels of the mountain. Way down there, the valley looks spectacular, especially at dusk and when it is lighted at night.
There are two restaurants, one have a sit down dinner option, the other one has casual cafeteria style. There are gift shops and several nature trails that will fascinate you. You may buy tickets in advance but there was no need for that and we bought it when we got there.
Listen to the amazing story and watch the movie how this world’s largest tramway was made – how an electrical engineer, Frances Crocker’s dream ( in 1935 ) finally became true after many decades, overcoming many hurdles. The movie is shown at the lower level level auditorium.
The whole thing did not take us more than a couple of hours, and we took it quite leasurely.
Next day we headed to the Art Museum.
The Art Museum in Palm Spring is quite nice. They have a great collection of glass work including Dale Chihuly
There were several works of other contemporary artists too and we lucked out as there was a wonderful docent explaining the details of the individual glass art. It was also written beside the exhibits.
The other great attraction was Richard Diebenkorn’s exhibition.
There were lots of his paintings. I was especially interested in his Berkeley Years. Being a person from Berkeley area myself, it was extra fascinating for me. There was also a movie show in the museum explaining his work, temperament, inspirations which was an added bonus.
There were other activities going on too, which we could not afford to see. And the exhibits do change, so check out before going there what you want to focus in.
It was a trip very worth it.
Palm spring has a good collection of consignment stores for furniture and artifacts.
The third attraction that I want to share with you is the Moorten’s Botanical Garden.
Moorten’s Botanical Garden
/This cute botanical garden is a special place for a great collection of cactii and desert flowers. The place has a tranquil feel to it and some kind of magic is tucked away at several nooks and corners. You’ll see the world’s only cactarium here that houses many unusual cactii. There are plants for sale too quite reasonably priced.
Where to eat:
Again there are too many choices. Our host, Robert from the Bed and Breakfast where we stayed suggested us a place called Tropicale. We loved the ambiance- sitting out in the patio with the local people having great time on a sunny day. The food was great. I’ll love to go there again.
Where to stay:
There are several options, again. We wanted to try out the Airbnb and got a room in Robert’s condominium home. It was clean, cozy with a swimming pool and Jacuzzi. He was a great host- friendly enough to have a little chat and be helpful and professional enough to understand our need of space . It felt like coming to an old friend to visit in his home.
We had a great little mini vacation in Palm Spring for a weekend. Hope this sharing helps you.