Palm Desert Guide

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JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

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Palm Springs International Airport – PSP
Distance from hotel: 12.2 miles SE

JW Marriott Desert Springs does not provide shuttle service.

Estimated taxi fare: 45 USD  (one way)

Ground Transportation

Executive Black Car Service
A Transportation LLC
(760) 849-4100
Estimated fare: 80 USD (from airport one way)

Things To Do

The Polo Season Empire Polo Club offers polo games that are open to the public from January – April. General admission is free to all of the polo games. There is a $20 per car parking fee for General Admission and tailgating.

Saddle up and head to the horse show of the year! Watch as riders and their horses jump, leap and gallop their way across the course with amazing grace and skill. HITS – which stands for Horse Shows In the Sun – specializes in hunter/jumper horse shows that judge both horse and rider from the time they enter the ring to the minute they leave on a variety of factors – like grace, style, presentation and appearance.

Aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, World’s Largest Rotating Tramcar, you will experience a breathtaking journey up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon. Begin the 10 minute ride at the Valley Station – elevation 2,643 ft. and end at the Mountain Station – elevation 8,516 ft. No matter what the season, whether you are enjoying spectacular views or hiking in a pristine wilderness, a one-of-a-kind experience can be had by all. Please visit website for hours and ticket prices.

The Living Desert is a remarkable zoo and botanical garden representing the desert environments of North America and Africa. Please visit website for hours and ticket prices.

Palm Desert offers a variety of trails for hiking enthusiasts as well as those who simply love the outdoors and the rich history of Palm Desert and the Santa Rosa San Jacinto National Monument.


Locals’ Favorite Palm Desert Area Restaurants

Recommendations provided by part-time desert residents Corky and Betty Anderson

78164 Avenue 52, La Quinta, CA 92253 (Washington Street)
Distance from hotel: 10 miles

$$$$ American, Steakhouse, Contemporary


Arnold Palmer’s Restaurant features Progressive American cuisine, including fresh seafood, steaks, and some of Arnie’s great comfort foods. This one-of-a-kind restaurant features an impressive wine room that houses 2,500 bottles of wine and an exclusive Chef’s Table for special events. A variety of live entertainment in the evening in Arnie’s Pub sets the atmosphere for guests to enjoy a unique dining experience. The extensive newly remodeled patio offers stunning views of the Santa Rosa Mountains, a cozy outdoor fire pit for guests to gather and a putting green where visitors can work on their game.

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50949 Washington St, La Quinta, CA 92253
Distance from hotel: 9 miles



Genuine Italian ambiance and food.

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78120 Calle Tampico, La Quinta, CA 92253-2900

Distance from hotel: 10 miles


The Sandbar menu is deliciously diverse, ranging from prime New York steaks to sautéed or panko sole, crispy roasted duck, Mediterranean pasta, and our popular buttermilk-battered fried chicken.

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78-250 Highway 111, La Quinta, CA 92253

Distance from hotel: 7 miles

$$$ American


From the moment you approach the Cliffhouse you are surrounded by the dramatic sights and sounds of this desert destination. Jutting from a massive rock outcropping above the desert floor the Cliffhouse is renowned for its spectacular views across the valley and providing a lively, casual destination to enjoy a menu of American classics with innovative preparations focused on premium steaks and seafood at great prices. The historic ranch house ambiance complete with a massive fireplace, expansive windows and rustic beamed ceilings creates a warm welcoming environment from which to gaze at the magnificent mountains, share a meal and conversation and stay awhile. The menu highlights vibrant flavors from the valley along with a generous selection of fresh fish and seafood. The wine list has been thoughtfully chosen to complement the food and provide reasonably priced selections including rare and limited bottles.

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222 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262-6312

Distance from hotel: 13 miles

$$ Mexican


The recipient of numerous awards for food, service and architecture, Las Casuelas Terraza is a favorite of locals who consistently vote it Palm Springs’ “Most Popular Restaurant.”  Terraza’s two leafy patios, live music, delicious food and fresh drinks, make it ideal for a romantic date, a festive lunch or fun family night out.

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78073 Calle Barcelona, La Quinta, CA 92253-2922

Distance from hotel: 10 miles

$$$$ French, American


At Lavender we combine the finest meats and seafood with the freshest organic ingredients to create unforgettable dishes. Dine indoors in a warm, cozy atmosphere or on our stunning tree-lined patio. Lavender Bistro also prides itself on providing superb live music daily to set a warm and friendly atmosphere for you and your guests. For every occasion, to change the ordinary into extraordinary, come join us at Lavender Bistro, “the best kept secret of La Quinta”, for a memorable dining experience.

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73-405 El Paseo, Suite 120, Palm Desert, CA

Distance from hotel: 4 miles



Mastro’s collection of sophisticated, classic Steakhouses and Ocean Club Seafood locations are recognized for their combination of world-class service, highly acclaimed cuisine and live entertainment in an elegant yet energetic atmosphere. A truly unparalleled dining experience…

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49499 Eisenhower Dr, La Quinta, CA 92253-2722

Distance from hotel: 9 miles

$$$$, American, Contemporary


Morgan’s in the desert, by James Beard Award winning Chef Jimmy Schmidt, welcomes guests for dinner with Contemporary American Cuisine, boutique new world wines, crafted vintage cocktails, and live entertainment. Join us at the piano bar, in the hacienda dining room or on the fire-lit courtyard. Join us for a relaxed yet refined dining or cocktail experience.

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74-880 Country Club Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Distance from hotel: 0.3 miles

$$$$, Steakhouse


Whether it’s our steak, our seafood, the award-winning wine list or our hospitality, we strive to exceed our guests’ expectations.

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74740 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260-3806

Distance from hotel: 4 miles

$$$$, American, Steakhouse


Ruth’s Chris steakhouse is famous for its exceptional food and wine. The restaurant serves the best USDA prime steak sizzling hot.

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73505 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Distance from hotel: 4 miles

$$$$, Steakhouse


Sullivan’s Steakhouse blends amazing food with live music to create an unmatched fine dining experience. Make a reservation today!

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75-188 California 111, Indian Wells, CA92210

Distance from hotel: 3 miles


Located in the heart of the Coachella Valley in the beautiful city of Indian Wells, The Nest has long been a favorite of celebrities, golf and tennis legends, and locals alike.  It’s no wonder that The Nest is at the top of the Things-To-Do in Palm Springs list, as we like to say, at The Nest life begins after five. You can find classic dishes like Frog legs and Escargot on our new dinner menu but our newly appointed Executive Chef JC Valadez has added some modern classics as well like Seared Ahi and Porcini Mushroom Ravioli with Pancetta and Balsamic Glaze.  Don’t worry about leaving hungry all of our entrees still come with soup or salad.

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45100 Club Dr, Highway 111 & Club Drive, Indian Wells, CA 92210

Distance from hotel: 3 miles

$$$$, American


Where to go & Who to know in Indian Wells is Vicky’s of Santa Fe. Known for its exceptional food, generous portions, friendly service & high energy live music. Serving the best American Cuisine of Prime Steaks, Fresh Seafood, Rack of Lamb, Veal and Pork Chops, Rotisserie Chicken, Burgers and more, plus nightly creative Specials. We’ll welcome you with our warm hospitality and delight you with our extraordinary selection of California wines. Reservations accepted in the main dining rooms only. An inviting bar and piano lounge round out your dining experience. The deserts’ best live music venue with local and nationally known musicians appearing nightly and some afternoons. It’s a place whether you come for dinner, the bar or the lounge you are guaranteed a good time.

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