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OUTDOOR DINING PALM SPRINGS

It’s hard to beat dining outside under palm trees with mountain views and blue skies in the oasis called Palm Springs. Enjoying a warm meal and a chilled cocktail, with a gorgeous California sunset in the background, is a vacation must. These local Palm Springs restaurants have the perfect patios for outdoor dining. Here’s where to enjoy your next al fresco meal!

Birba

Italian inspired funky hip outdoor restaurant. Serves food later.

https://birbaps.com/

So.Pa

Decadent, refined, and intimate, ‘foodie’ menu that offers a unique alfresco dining experience.

https://lhorizonpalmsprings.com/sopa-restaurant

Blue Coyote

Casual Mexican and Southwestern restaurant in downtown Palm Springs. Famous for the “Wild Coyote” margarita.

http://www.bluecoyotegrill.com/

Spencer’s

A real favorite of tourists and locals alike. Beautiful outdoor garden that serves the classic extensive menu of delicious options. Great for a date night!

https://www.spencersrestaurant.com/

Copley’s

Dine at the previous Cary Grant estate, this romantic restaurant offers elevated American dishes served on an exquisite candle lit patio.

https://www.copleyspalmsprings.com/

John Henry’s Cafe

A local’s favorite. Traditional American menu made with love, served on a cozy patio.

https://johnhenryscafe.com/

Le Vallauris

An absolutely beautiful tree lit patio that serves very traditional, and delicious French Cuisine.

http://www.levallauris.com/

Antigua Kitchen and Bar

One of he biggest outdoor patios on Palm Canyon Drive, American and Latin American dishes made with locally sourced farm to table ingredients.

https://antiguapalmsprings.com/

And a few Lunch & Brunch options as well….

Tyler’s Burgers

Tyler’s is considered by many to have one of the best burgers in town. Only open for lunch, served on a cozy covered patio.

http://www.tylersburgers.com/

Cheeky’s

Made from scratch creative breakfast, brunch & lunch menus. Did someone say bacon flights & specialty cinnamon rolls??

https://cheekysps.com/

Farm

French inspired menu served in a secret wisteria garden tucked behind the plaza buildings. Absolutely delicious, made with love food served fresh every day.

https://www.farmpalmsprings.com/

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DESERT STARGAZING

One of the most striking desert experiences is looking up at the night sky and seeing the abundant stars and heavenly bodies above you. With the restriction of street lamps, Palm Springs has preserved the natural beauty of the night sky nurturing this amazing and ancient experience. Of course, our favorite stargazing spot is the hot tub at Santiago, but when you’re ready to dry off, you might want to check out some of these other great spots to see the stars.  Showing nightly!

Rancho Mirage Public Library Observatory

Opened a little over a year ago, this state of the art observatory is open to the public with programs, exhibits, and events. The impressive observatory is happy to welcome guests to learn more about astronomy with telescope-viewing and stargazing. Knowledgeable guides point out gems in the dark sky and answer questions — and yes, it’s all free.

If you’re interested in a “Star Gazing” event, pre-registration is required.  These events fill up quickly once announced.

Calendar of events
http://ranchomiragelibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar

For a “Behind the scenes” Observatory Facility Tour (no registration required) meet in the Library Lobby, Tuesdays through Saturdays, two tours a day. (9am and 3pm) for a 45 minute tour

Observatory
71-100 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

ranchomiragelibrary.org 

Sky Watcher Star Tours

For the ultimate deluxe experience, check out the folks at Sky Watcher Star Tours.  Their two hour guided stargazing tours in Joshua Tree include large 10” telescopes, binoculars, chairs, pillows and blankets and a picnic basket filled with snacks!

https://www.sky-watcher.com/

Do it yourself type?

Here are a few of our favorite secluded spots where you can pull off the road and find your own private viewing scene:

  • Joshua Tree National Park has an abundance of locations which can be accessed without hiking at night. The National Park Service has made it part of its mission to protect and preserve dark night skies so we can admire the MIlky Way. 
  • Coachella Valley Preserve is located in Thousand Palms, just down the road from Palm Springs on Ramon Road. You can find a spot away from the road and stargaze knowing the San Andreas Fault is practically under your feet
  • Sky Valley, California is an appropriately name town just east of Palm Springs. Just pull off the main road (DIllon Rd) and find a safe spot to stop and enjoy the view.
  • Whitewater Canyon Preserve is located north of Palm Springs. As you drive up the canyon to the preserve, you’ll find several great areas to pull off for your stargazing pleasure.

One of the most striking desert experiences is looking up at the night sky and seeing the abundant stars and heavenly bodies above you. With the restriction of street lamps, Palm Springs... Read More »