This winter we got to spend three weeks in Palm Desert California and I wanted to share about our travels!
Where we stayed:
Omni Rancho Las Palmas. Rancho las palmas has both a Resort / Spa and local residence inside their golf resort. Jon did a lot of golfing (there are three 9 hole courses on site) I enjoyed their yoga classes every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and their numerous tennis courts. There was tons to do within walking distance; Starbucks, shopping & dinning at The River and the weekend street fair held at The College of The Dessert.
Where we ate:
Mitch's on El Paseo. This was hands down our favorite restaurant in Palm Desert! Best Sushi, (and thats saying something coming from a Seattle girl!) best atmosphere and amazing service (Mitch, the owner, welcomed us at the host stand and dropped by our table later in the night to check on how things were). Also, Lavender Bistro. Lavender was beautifully set up, amazing food and they had live music the night we were it! I got a seared Ahi Tuna with coconut milk rice and two impeccable sauces that I had to order more of. Finally, Fresh Agave Mexican Bar & Grill. Oh girlfriend. Hands down best margarita I've had in a long time. They made them with only lime juice, fresh agave, and tequila with muddled limes. Delicious! Service was amazing and each entry came with a dinner salad.
What we did:
Children's Museum of Palm Desert. This Children's Museum had something for kids of all ages, and it was huge! We easily could have spent two days here just exploring. Camping at Joshua Tree National Park was one of my favorite memories from our trip. Camp sites were only $25 (bring however many people you can fit in your tent/car/rv), your out in the middle of a national park so the stars at night were spectacular, and there were tons of hikes to chose from during our stay. We chose to hike Ryan Mountian. it was rated a 'Challenging' hike. it was 3 miles round trip, 1,000 feet in elevation and it took us 2 hours to complete. For sure a booty buster but the view from the top was incredible. I would definitely not take kids on this hike. The kids loved the Living Desert Zoo. And Vienna came on a hike with Jon and I through the Tahquitz Cannyon and at the top there was a beautiful waterfall!