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PS trip this weekend, need activity and food suggestions

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PS trip this weekend, need activity and food suggestions

Hello,

I'll be taking my 80 year old mother to Palm Springs this coming Sunday for 3 nights. We will be flying into Palm Springs and staying at the Best Western in Palm Desert. I'm planning on spending a day in JTNP, one in Palm Springs and one for something else. Since my mother can't hike, we will not be doing any hiking. I'm thinking about taking the tram but I don't know if there are any easy flat walking trails up there since it's the winter time. We probably won't be going up there if it's just for a 10 mins tram ride and 10 mins up there looking at the scenary. We enjoy the national parks and also outdoor dinning. Can someone suggest some leisure activities for us? Is one day enough for JTNP?

Since we will be staying in Palm Desert the first night, can someone recommend a good restaurant with outdoor patio?

Thank you.

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1. Re: PS trip this weekend, need activity and food suggestions

Try Agua Pazza at the River for a nice patio. But don't feel limited. There are scores of options.

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Hey I think a full day in JTNP is too much, but if you are with an 80 who can't hike, how can you even do one day?

The tram would be a great option.

Nice patio restaurants would be Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Café, La Brasserie Bistro and Bar, La Spiga Ristorante Italiano, Workshop Kitchen + Bar, The Falls and Purple Palm at the Colony Hotel.

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Thanks for the suggestion. Where are the good places for photos of the West?

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If you drive up to Pioneer town from Palm Springs you will go through a lot of territory that reminds you of an old west movie set. In fact, Pioneer town was used as a base for many of the western movies made in the 30's 40's and 50s.

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Agreeing on Pioneertown, virtually adjacent to JTNP

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Also consider Paseo Drive (the Rodeo Drive of the desert) as they have a free shuttle to take you around f the walking between stores get tiring. Then head up Palm to Pines highway toward Idylwild and stop at the overlook to see the valley from another view.

And the young 70 year old docents at the Palm Springs Air Museum might put a spring in mom's step. And finally you can just drive around and find the homes of the famous people who have lived in Palm Springs.

http://tinyurl.com/PalmStars14

Have fun landing at my favorite airport,

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For Sunday the predicted afternoon high is a nice warm 81 with a nighttime low of 51. I really like the tramway, but if you're not going to do any hiking around at the top, it might not be worth the $23.95 fee ($21.95 for seniors). Once you get off the tram in the top station, there is a viewing platform and a restaurant and gift shop. I've never eaten there so I don't know what the food is like. There is a long curving sidewalk leading downhill to the trails in Mt. San Jacinto State Park.

In the park are some short easy trails around the forest. However, to get back to the station requires walking back up that long sidewalk, uphill, which can be strenuous for some people. And it's at an elevation of 8,516 feet above sea level, so the air is thinner up there. It's normally about 30 degrees cooler at the top station than at the bottom. Today it only got up to 53 at the top station. So if you do go up there it will definitely be cool, even though warm and sunny at the bottom. I don't think there is any snow there at this time.

Something else you might consider is driving the Palms-to-Pines Highway (74) up to the mountain town of Idyllwild. It's an artsy community in the forest, with galleries and gift shops. The GastroGnome is a good restaurant there, and you can eat outdoors there if you want. Say "hi" to the friendly cat at the door who is named Hemingway because he has a thumb like Hemingway's cats.

To get from Idyllwild back to Palm Springs you can either return via the 74 that you came up, or else take Highway 243 north out of Idyllwild through the forested Mt. San Jacinto State Park, then down the mountain to Highway 10 east. The last part of the drive just before the 10 might be a bit scary if you are unaccustomed to mountain driving, it's not dangerous, just that you are up really high for a bit. You will end up in the Cabazon area, where you could stop at the Hadley's Orchards store which has been there for decades, or the dinosaurs tourist attraction, or the outlet mall, or even gambling at the Morongo Casino. Then take 10 east to 111 south back to Palm Springs.

You might also consider visiting a day visit to one the of the resorts at Desert Hot Springs just north of Palm Springs.

Edited: 19 January 2014, 04:24
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This is great information, thanks so much!!!

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