After spending the day sightseeing in Palm Springs you will likely have worked up an appetite.
Here are four great restaurants you don't want to miss.
Jake's Palm Springs - Jake's is a hip, casual American bistro tucked away in the Uptown Design District. Guests can dine in the intimate dining room or outside under the desert sky, where they will enjoy gourmet comfort food and delicious cocktails. Menu options include rack of lamb, grilled swordfish, and filet mignon.
For the gaming crowd, Coachella Valley offers six casinos from which to choose. These include Morongo, Augustine, Spotlight 29, Fantasy Springs, Red Earth, Spa, and Aqua Caliente. The two closest and most popular casinos in Palm Springs are Spa Resort Casino and its sister property, Aqua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa.
The Spa Resort Casino is in downtown Palm Springs and Aqua Caliente is in nearby Rancho Mirage. Both offer over 1,000 slot machines, high-limit rooms and table games such as Blackjack, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow and others. These casino floors have something for everyone.
The McCallum Theatre is a well-known performing arts center bringing culture and arts entertainment to Palm Desert. The venue opened in 1988 after more than 10 years of fundraising and planning. The popular musician and radio and television personality Fred Waring donated performances to raise the initial funding. Later financial contributions came from Terry Hahn and Bob Hope. Gerald Ford was an early member of the theater's board of directors.
The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is one event you won't want to miss; the upcoming Festival runs from January 2-16, 2017. Over one hundred films from all over the world will be showcased along with many special events, from galas to celebrity appearances.
The Festival kicks off with its signature showpiece event and biggest fundraiser - the annual Black Tie Awards Gala on Monday, January 2. Here you have the opportunity to dine among A-list celebrities along with some of the industry's most important people, then attend the awards ceremony. The entire evening reflects the ambiance of old-style Hollywood glamour and glitz.
Back in 1908, Palm Springs was just a small village in the desert with few creature comforts; there was no electricity, telephones or gas, and very little water - the roads weren't even paved. So what drew Nellie Coffman to this dot on the map? Well, at first it was the climate, which she and her husband, Dr. Harry Coffman, hoped would cure her relentless cough. But she stayed because she loved, in her words, the "space, stillness, solitude, and simplicity".
Nellie and her husband purchased a sturdy home with a granite fireplace on two acres of land near hot mineral springs; it was located across a seven-mile expanse of desert from the train station. At the time, there were more Cahuilla Indians living there than white folks, who numbered only about twenty.