I have never been to Palm Springs, California, before but hubby Rick and I flew there recently for our older son Alex’s wedding. I was impressed with the rugged beauty of the place. It reminded me a lot of arid parts of Spain, with its palm trees, mountains, bougainvillea and many varieties of cacti.
Palm Springs is a place where movie stars and other celebrities have hung out. Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore all had homes here. Singer Sonny Bono of Sonny and Cher fame was mayor of Palm Springs for a few years. There are also stars in the sidewalk, like Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, listing the names of famous people who lived here or visited on a regular basis. Here is a gigantic tribute to one famous movie star who visited Palm Springs.
This Marilyn Monroe statute is out in from of the Palm Springs Art Museum. This museum has lots of interesting art, including paintings, glasswork and statutes. Hubby took 120 photos while we were there! I didn’t take any as it was the day after our son’s wedding and I had enough of taking photos. My camera and I deserved a rest.
There was another museum we saw there focusing on architecture and design. They had an exhibit featuring different chairs designed by people from around the world over the course of many years. I recognized a Herman Miller black leather chair we had in my parent’s house that was designed in the 1960s. Many of the chair designs looked impressive but not particularly comfortable for sitting in.
The town has many good restaurants, all of them with outdoor seating. If you want to eat indoors, you have to show that you have been fully vaccinated. We could do that, of course, but felt safer eating outside. Three restaurants I recommend are Eight4Nine for a delicious dinner. I recommend the clam and corn chowder to start. Secondly, Tyler’s Burgers is outstanding for lunch. We highly recommend their burgers—-beef, turkey and veggie—as well as their delicious coleslaw. See photo below. For a big and delicious breakfast, we recommend Elmer’s Restaurant. They have a variety of pancakes, omelettes, crepes and other breakfast options. The Dutch Baby looked really good, although I ordered two fried eggs with turkey sausage, hash browns and a biscuit. And for the benefit of you English folks, a biscuit is not a cookie! It’s round, similar to a scone, but softer and eaten with butter and sometimes jam.
We also visited the small Moorten Botanical Garden. Established in 1938, this private arboretum “was created to share the beauty and extraordinary varieties of desert plants from around the world,” according to the handout we received after paying the $5 entry fee. So if cactuses are our thing, this is the garden for you! Here are some photos I took there.
There is much to see and do in Palm Springs but be prepared to spend a ton of money as even casual vegan-friendly delis like Palm Greens Cafe will charge you $10 for some drinks. Dinner for two was always over $100. Individual glasses of wine typically start at $10 to $15. We saved money by eating breakfast in our hotel room and having Mexican food, sandwiches or burgers for lunch. But the high prices here made me miss Spain, where you can get a great glass of wine, if not a whole bottle, for €3.
As is the case in other California cities, like San Francisco and Los Angeles, there were homeless people in Palm Springs. This made me sad to see but given the high price of food there, I can imagine housing prices being beyond the reach of most people, including ourselves.
And in case you are wondering about our son’s wedding, that went off without a hitch. I will end with a photo I took of our son and his lovely bride just after the conclusion of their wedding ceremony.