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For snowbirds and fans of Americana, Palm Springs seamlessly marries old-school fun with sophisticated modern culture.
Nicole Hayden, Desert Sun reporter Sweet seeking sex Palm Desert weekend adventurer, offers a list of her favorite desert memories and experiences yet to tackle. These are the things in the Coachella Valley you'll want to add to your bucket list. The romance of the unclaimed West with land still left to stake as your own is mostly a long-ago dream. But a reminiscence of that can still be felt in Slab Citya makeshift community of RV snowbirds, wandering artists and individuals fleeing a capitalist world.
The community sits atop the former Fort Dunlap, abandoned by the U. Marine Corps in The base was dismantled except for the slabs that served as its foundations. The community has built faux-streets, a coffee stand, shacks and even a library around those slabs. Nearby, visitors can find a murky hot spring, a sculpture garden and Salvation Mountain, a man-made hill coated in paint and messages of love. The drive to Niland is about an hour and a half. It might be tempting to camp overnight in Slab City for a fourth date, but that might best be saved for a fifth date advising from personal experience.
The desert community is not short on astronomy experts Rancho Mirage even has a city astronomer. But the most organic way to soak up that knowledge is during a star-gazing party, which are hosted in Joshua Tree and in Palm Desert. Starry nights: Top spots for stargazing in the Southern California desert.
Do you have a friend with a pickup? Friends reading this, can we please go this weekend. Check it out: She's a Grammy-winning accordionist who played Coachella. Now, she's making movies. Are you a low-desert dweller in need of a low-cost date or a new cactus? Then head to Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium in Palm Springs, a 1-acre family-owned garden filled with cacti and succulents. For those in the high desert, the Cactus Mart in Morongo Valley delivers a plethora of cacti to purchase.
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I am not a fan of sound baths or meditation or anything that requires I sit in quietude. According to its website, the dome is a resonant tabernacle and energy machine siting on a powerful geomagnetic vortex. I spent my sound bath staring up at the ceiling, marveling at the history, wonder, hope and architectural feat of the building. Bathe in sound: Sound bath a 'transformative' experience. In the middle of a field in Desert Hot Springs, a resident has built a beautiful private hot spring and rents it out in two-hour increments on Airbnb.
During the spring time, it is surrounded by wildflowers while glimpses of snow-capped mountains can be seen in the distance. Shhhh: I found my new favorite hot springs, and other gems to explore Sweet seeking sex Palm Desert the desert. Tucked into the sleek, modern de of Palm Springs is a little escape to what feels like a chic Midwestern lodge complete with interior wood walls and a large stone fireplace. The unique offering from Sparrows Lodgethough, is the family-style supper offered twice a week around a long, family dinner table outside.
On Wednesdays, the supper centers around a chicken entree and on Saturdays, the entree is steak. The menu changes for each dinner and reservations are required. This little boutique cheese shop is a secret gem of Palm Springs. I follow On the Mark on Instagram so I can marvel at charcuterie boards they make each week. I go for the bite-sized food pairings that go with each drink, such as homemade pulled barbeque chicken nachos to complement the beer and cheese drizzled with honey to pair with wine.
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Cheesy: This new shop in the Joshua Tree area sells wine, beer and crystals. Shields Date Garden in Indio has been educating visitors about dates for nearly a century. The garden has a cute s shake counter where you can sip on the sweet treat before heading to the sample counter to try the variety of dates grown on the acre grove. Out on a date: These are our top 5 date shakes in and around the Coachella Valley. Instead, the menu offers breakfast options like pork chops and cheezy grits or French toast bread pudding.
For lunch: brisket, smoked chicken and falafel are all promising.
Pie in the sky: Resurrecting Sugarloaf: Landmark cafe on Highway 74 reopens with limited hours for now. Boomers a chain is advertised as the best family entertainment around and I completely believe that. The tacky but lovely venue offers miniature golf, go-carts, arcade games, bumper boats, batting cages and a very small rock wall that even I could scale.
Tucked into a strip of businesses in Indio hides the well-known secret of TKB. The sandwiches are large and flavorful, with desserts that are arguably even better.
Head to these Palm Springs locations. Fields of aromatic lavender. Lavender soap. Lavender lip balm. Lavender crowns. Lavender tea. Lavender chocolate ice cream.
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Lavender honey ice cream. Lavender lemonade. Lavender-braised beef. Lavender balsamic vinegar. Lavender olive oil. Lavender selfies. Lavender dreams. The highlight of the outing was paying extra for a family-style dinner buffet cooked with ingredients freshly picked from the farm. The dinner was served in an old olive grove on the garden property, with string lights twinkling above large wood farm tables. Wildflower mania: Poppy fields in Lake Elsinore re-open to public amid super bloom apocalypse. The wait is worth it. Menu favorites are the fried chicken and the duck fat potatoes sprinkled with rosemary and lemon aioli.
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The best homemade ice cream in Palm Springs is served up at Kreem. Other favorites: banana cream pie and their newly released peanut butter flavor. The shop also offers a large, diverse selection of vegan ice creams including activated charcoal, ube, chai and chocolate.
S'mores ice cream: Palm Springs is getting a new ice cream shop, and we got the tasty scoop. Just a short drive from the desert takes you back in time and to cooler temperatures to pick apples, pumpkins and sunflowers at the base of the mountain in Yucaipa. The property is both dog and child friendly, but if you have -eating dog please leave it at home.
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Apple a day: For autumn appetites: Take a visit to Oak Glen. This is on my personal bucket list — beautiful horses on beautiful winding trails through the desert, along streams and palm groves. During the summer, one-hour trail rides at Smoke Tree Stables leave every hour from 8 a. For double the price, riders can take a 1 hour, minute stroll from Andreas Canyon to Murray Canyon and back. That ride leaves at 9 a.
Ride along: Healing horses offer different kind of therapy. But, there are two things I love at the Ace: the photo booth and the banoffee pie. The banoffee pie is layered with toffee, banana and whipped cream.
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The vintage photo booth slows down time as it develops actual film instead of printing a digital strip. The photos will come out wet and coated in chemicals. Look back at the transformation. I enjoy slipping into this hidden bar through the winding gardens of The Parker Palm Springs hotel simply for the religious cheese and wine experience it offers, complete with saint cards to take with you.