1) Just Modern: the mod is out of control here. I mean it's like two women sat down and said "let's revisit the 60s and make this as bright as possible with a funky vibe." As a matter of fact they have a picture I would love to hang a wall big enough to hang of exactly that. Two women chillin' by the desert oasis, cocktails I'm sure at the ready. I highly recommend the postcard set for $19.99 of 100 repro old postcards that you can change out into small frames in your house for that bit of Palm Springs when there is 12" of snow outside. I mean you can even trick your dog out here with his or her own Airstream!
Location: 901 N Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
2) Ernest Coffee: This place is no joke on the coffee. You want an am coffee booze drink? This is YOUR place. They are right on their website--look for the Tiki torches and you will find Ernest Coffee. Also home to Bootlegger Tiki, stiff and fruity drinks.
Location: 1101 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(Street parking available with additional parking in the rear off Camino Del Corte)
3) Great Shakes: I think I am becoming lactose intolerant, but this place makes HOMEMADE salted caramel...puts a mini doughnut on your milkshake...and makes flavors you will say, yum! I had the lemon, lavender, and blueberry. You will die in milkshake heaven.
Location: 160 South Palm Canyon Drive, Suite A, Palm Springs, CA 92262
4) The Thursday night Palm Springs Village Fest: I found a set of earrings and necklace made from coffee beans. Really cool. A lot of handmade finds by local artisans.
Location: Downtown Palm Springs Thursday nights, 6pm-10pm
5) Who's Next?: A bit of France's St. Tropez in downtown. I love the thebodyb.com bottle covers and the $18 acrylic scarves great for a "warm" Northeast night or a "cool" Southern one.
Location: 184 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
6) Shields Date Farm: I am a known date-a-holic. I have converted my husband as well. I brought them back from Palm Springs and I brought them back from Abu Dhabi. Have you ever really thought to how dates are produced? Trust me once you find out those little gooey nuggets will have you thinking, "wow, that is some serious dedication!" Nerd out and read about it. It is truly an agricultural marvel and you won't look at those little caramel nuggets the same! http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/06/10/320346869/forbidding-fruit-how-america-got-turned-on-to-the-date
Rumor is the cafe is great, I just never had time to go.
Location: 80-225 U.S. Highway 111, Indio, CA 92201-6599
Mail Order: (800) 414-2555 or (760) 347-0996 Café: (760) 775-0902
7) The Shops at El Paseo: People gawking, people walking...stores, stores, and stores.
Location: Located on El Paseo in Palm Desert, CA on El Paseo, Between Hwy. 74/Monterey and Sage
8) Sightsee! Going for a drive, picking lemons, picking grapefruit...you won't regret it. So I will say I don't know what is about the lemons and the grapefruit in Palm Springs, but they have a sweet zest and no bite. Perfect for a great glass of homemade iced tea. I never did the aerial tramway, since it was $25, but I'm sure the views are quite wonderful and worth it. The houses are amazing, the landscaping, artwork, furniture, you name it!
L'Atelier Cafe: France in CA. The quiche is flaky, eggy, and filling. For $6.95, your hips might lie to you after.
Townie Bagels: How can you not love a place that values it's townies?
10: The Airport: I will very rarely if EVER say an airport is awesome. This one might not be great in bad rain or heavy wind, but touche to Palm Springs for designing it with the automatic vacation mode even if you are headed there for work or pleasure.