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Palm Springs vs Palm Desert

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Palm Springs vs Palm Desert

4 of us, all in our 40's, are planning for a week in the area in early March. We're golfers, wine drinkers, and fine diners. Wondering which community is better to stay in for the above activities. We're also thinking of trying to find a condo so that we can get 2 bedrooms and bath.

Any advice much appreciated.

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1. Re: Palm Springs vs Palm Desert

We like Palm Desert for our stays in the desert. Check out Vrbo.com for condo rentals. (vacation rentals by owner) We usually stay in condos in Desert Falls Country Club, but there are many to choose from. Lots of great restaurants along Hwy. 111.

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Yes, Palm Desert/Rancho Mirage/Indian Wells are more upscale than Palm Springs.

Personally I would try to be close to El Paseo in Palm Desert so that I could walk to shopping and restaurants.

Palm Springs has the advantage that there are a lot of hotels and resorts near Palm Canyon so you don't have to drive a lot to shop and dine.

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Unfortunately , I have to agree with the others. Palm Desert will be better suited for your agenda. I was recently shocked , upon returning , to see what had become of Palm Springs since I used to live there 27 years ago. As I understand it from local friends, it went downhill as soon as Sonny Bono became Mayor and instituted a host of restrictions on peoples activities several years ago (a far cry from the way I remember him -- he used to "order-up" naive blondes with his cocktails from the obliging club owners at Zelda's, Pal Joey's and Cecil's . The place is now like a ghost-town compared to what it once was. What a shame -- P.S. was a great place. All the new money has gone into Palm Desert , Indian Wells and La Quinta.

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4. Re: Palm Springs vs Palm Desert

Palm Desert...no doubt about it. It's a little more upscale the Palm Springs, but close enough that you can drive over and check out the main drag if you have any interest.

Marriott Desert Springs has villas that you can rent...they are right on the JW Marriott property and close to golf courses and spa. It's also a short drive from El Paseo where you will find many great restaurants and shops.

I strongly recommend you try Omri & Boni's in La Quinta and Wally's Desert Turtle. Both are fantastic dining experiences.

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I believe DMcD's opinions about Sonny Bono are inaccurate:




In fact, the local people were so pleased with his job as mayor that the lelected him to represent them in Congress.

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