LOCAL GUIDES

Desert Daze: Your Palm Springs Local Guide

by Foujan Volk

The Hollywood socialites of the ‘50s and ‘60s flocked to the dry heat of the Palm Springs desert popularizing the escape in their time, and while the demographic has since slightly changed thanks to a number of music festivals and interior designers, the popularity (and dry heat) has stayed strong. The drive is an easy one; hop on the 10, try to avoid rush hour times, and drive East for about 2 hours. Once you get there, remember 2 things: 1) Palm Springs is a quirky town, revel in these quirks, and 2) wear sunscreen.

 

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Cheeky’s

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There are few things that can get us out of bed early only to go wait in a line, but the breakfast at Cheeky’s is one of them. Our typical order includes the spicy blood mary, chilaquiles, and the bacon flight. Because bacon. It’s arguably the best breakfast we’ve ever had in the desert, and while we dread the agonizing line, the food and service more than make up for it.

 
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Moorten Botanical Garden

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As obsessed with cacti, succulents, and desert foliage as we are? You need a one way ticket to the Moorten Botanical Gardens. Boasting over 3,000 variations of plant species, a cactarium (yes, a cactarium), and a family of roaming desert tortoises, it’s anything but your typical botanical garden. Take a camera, pay the $4 entry fee, and spend an afternoon roaming the few acres of desert horticulture heaven.

 
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Birba

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Situated next door to Cheeky’s, Birba is its dinner-focused sister restaurant. It’s got all of our favorite things: an ever changing seasonal italian menu, an impressive pizza spread that includes gluten free crusts, a primarily open-air floor plan, and a cocktail list that makes our mouths water. Try the Heated Snake (a habenaro-infused margarita), the seasonal gnocchi, and one of the housemade pizzas (we’re partial to the potato, pancetta, and egg concoction).

Integratron Sound Bath

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Located on a geomagnetic vortex in the mystical Mojave, the Integratron has become a popular destination for everyone from Gwenyth Paltrow to the ladies on our editorial team. Laying within the dome-shaped structure and bathe in the melodic mix of live and recorded crystal singing bowls; the experience can be uneasy but wholly worth it. It sounds a bit cult-y to those not familiar, the stories of the Integratron’s beginnings include an extraterrestrial named Solganda, but this once other-wordly time machine has turned into a sanctuary of sound.

 
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Workshop Kitchen

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Workshop Kitchen is our ideal kind of dining. They support local farms, their food is thoughtful and fun, and the space is what architectural dreams are made of. Don’t expect the same dining experience twice, the menu changes depending on the local farms’ harvest, but do expect artfully prepared Americana-style dishes and service that will make you want to come back again and again.

 

Tram Way

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If you’re a hiking enthusiast, or if you want an aerial view of the desert that will leave your Instagram followers breathless, you need to do this. At $24 per adult it’s a nominal price to pay for a day filled with exploring 54 miles worth of hiking trails in the Mount San Jacinto National Park and Wilderness Area. Check the weather before you head over, it can get pretty hot in the summer and even snows in the winter!

 
Cheeky’s
622 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 327-7595
Moorten Botanical Garden
1701 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
(760) 327-6555
Birba
622 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 327-5678
Integratron Sound Bath
2477 Belfield Blvd, Landers, CA 92285
(760) 364-3126
Workshop Kitchen
800 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 459-3451
Tram Way
1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 325-1449