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Le Vallauris is Palm Springs’ preeminent French-Mediterranean restaurant. Enjoy French classics like foie gras, cured duck breast, or rack of lamb, all while surrounded by gorgeous flowers, twinkling stars overhead, and the warm desert air. (Photo provided by Visit Palm Springs)

Eat, stay, and play at these exclusive Palm Springs gems

Supporting small businesses not only helps local economies, but it can also just make you feel good. When you go on vacation, you want a unique experience, with thoughtfully designed hotels, distinctive shops, and award-winning local restaurants. So, start planning a trip to Palm Springs, where you can check out these locally owned and operated gems, for the ultimate desert getaway.


Le Vallauris

Palm Springs' preeminent French-Mediterranean restaurant is the place to go in town for a romantic fine dining experience al fresco. While the interior is elegant, the outdoor patio, which is heated in the winter, cooled in the summer, and lined with giant ficus trees is the focal point of any dinner here. Enjoy French classics like foie gras, cured duck breast, or rack of lamb, all while surrounded by gorgeous flowers, twinkling stars overhead, and the warm desert air.


Arguably one of Palm Springs' best breakfasts, visit Cheeky's for a laid-back meal with friends. Their weekly rotating menu offers up farm-to-table fare that is both seasonal and locally sourced. Sip on a spicy bloody mary, freshly squeezed juice, or acai smoothie; dig into a delightfully original benedict or tartine; then follow it up with one of their made-from-scratch pastries, like their famous croissant-dough cinnamon rolls or seasonal pies.


Chef Johannes Bacher creates award-winning, modern, global cuisine in this upscale casual eatery. His subtle, creative dishes are inspired by his travels around the world, as well as his Austrian roots. Enjoy impeccable service and world-class food in a trendy yet laid back atmosphere. Chef Bacher has been honored by countless food critics and magazines, including Best Chefs of America and featured in Mimi Sheraton's book "1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die" for his Wiener Schnitzel.


La Serena Villas

Run away to your own private villa, while staying within walking distance to the famous Palm Canyon Drive, where you will find fabulous restaurants and shopping. Each room in La Serena has its own private patio, complete with a romantic outdoor clawfoot tub, fire pit, and built-in benches. The furnishings and design of each villa were meticulously remodeled in 2016, though the property was built in 1933, making for a classic Palm Springs combination of old glamour with all the modern amenities of a 5-star hotel.

Holiday House Palm Springs

This 28-room boutique hotel is a designer's dream. Originally opened in 1951, its interior has recently been remodeled, but retains its mid-century modern flair. Beautiful blue and white Gio Ponti-inspired tiling, luxurious and contemporary bathroom hardware with an oversized shower, curated art pieces, and an extensive minibar await you in every room. Choose from Good, Better, or Best, for room upgrades including an expansive wet bar, balcony with mountain views, or outdoor patio and shower.

The Willows Historic Inn

Step back in time—without sacrificing luxurious modern amenities—in this private hotel perfect for a romantic weekend (or weeklong) getaway. The Willows Historic Inn, like many properties in Palm Springs, was once a millionaire's private luxury hideaway, modeled after Spanish estates in the Mediterranean. The Bishop House next door, a fully restored property that was built by the same architect in the same year, is now part of the complex. With a combined total of 17 guest rooms, it maintains its elegant seclusion amongst lush terraced gardens and views of the surrounding landscape. Enjoy a complimentary gourmet three-course breakfast, lounge by the private pool, then take evening wine and hors d'oeuvres on the veranda.


Stewart Galleries

You might think you're in a museum, but the Stewart Galleries is indeed a retail shop, featuring an impeccable selection of fine art and antiques. It has become the Coachella Valley's premier destination for the trend-conscious decorator as well as the aesthetically aware collector. Stop by to browse pieces by noted Californian artists, as well as classic American and European art and antiques, and one of the largest selections of English, Continental, and American Majolica ceramics.


Located in the heart of the Uptown Design District of Palm Springs, Pelago is a home goods store for the design savvy. Their curators have been seeking out unique and interesting pieces for their flagship store in the Oakland Hills for over 20 years and have recently brought their flair to the desert. Browse their extensive collection of furniture, dinnerware, floor mats and rugs, jewelry, and accessories for a one-of-a-kind selection.

Revivals Stores

Looking to score some killer thrift finds while in Palm Springs? Look no further than Revivals, voted Best of the Best Thrift and Vintage Clothing Store by Palm Springs Life Magazine readers, Best of the Valley Resale store by readers of The Desert Sun newspaper and Best Thrift / Best Furniture Store by readers of Desert Outlook Magazine in its Ultimate Pride contest. With three locations in the Palm Springs area, you're bound to find plenty of high quality, gently used home goods, vintage clothing, art, records, books, furniture, and more.

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