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TOP EIGHT STUFF A SHAR PEI ENJOYS IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY:
1. PALM SPRINGS DOG PARK: http://palmsprings.com/points/dogpark.... Nice drinking fountains for fresh water, kiddie pools for the water hounds, 1.6 acres to roam, and lots of scoopers (in case you forget your baggie). There's a smaller park for the tiny dogs.. A FAVORITE PART: Police park there, so the creepy people go elsewhere. It's next to the Palm Springs airport, so if you're lost, just follow the planes landing near El Cielo and Tahquitz Canyon Rd and you'll see Civic Center...this park share a parking lot with City Hall (at Civic Drive North). Shar Pei Uncle Rico didn't want to leave.
2. WESTIN MISSION HILLS RESORT, RANCHO MIRAGE: Geese! Ducks! Seniors! Uncle Rico loves 'em all, and they are at every turn at this place (at Dinah Shore & Bob Hope Drive). DOWNSIDE: NO DOGS OVER 35lbs were allowed in the rooms, so just went to the conference meeting rooms and inspected duck ponds between meetings. THE STAFF kept petting him, never advising that he was too large to be there, so perhaps that 'Under 35lb' policy is flexible.
3. SHERMAN'S DELI, PALM SPRINGS: 401 E. Tahquitz Canyon (east of Palm Canyon Drive). Dog Water right on the Patio. They make their bread fresh right there, so there are amazing bakery smells ( Uncle Rico found amazing dog 'history' smells). Servers were attentive to the dog water...possibly more than the patio guests. Sandwiches are jam-packed with lean meat, so there's plenty to share with your fur person and fill up. DOWNSIDE: don't go on a diet, the cakes and pastries going by will dissolve all will-power.
4. LAS CASUELAS MEXICAN RESTAURANT: 368 N. Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs. The server brought Uncle Rico his water bowl at first request, and then the Margaritas...so all were happy. It's a VERY busy section of Palm Canyon Drive so Patio Dining isn't quiet, but it's fun for people watching and even car watching. Very good fajitas. Very fresh, crisp salad. Very Happy Dog didn't have to wait in a car.
5. CAHUILLA HILLS PARK, Edgehill Road (Hwy 74 south to foothills, follow signs to park): Off Leash fun-for-all. Locals with well-behaved beasts were there when we dropped by. Sand, no grass, but bunnies and lizards make it fun. Uncle Rico enjoyed all the smells and the running (just not all the stop-n-go to get there). THE TRIBE WON'T LET DOGS IN INDIAN CANYONS, keep the $10 fee and go here for a doggie desert hike.
6. THE PLAZA RESORT: GOLF CLUB DRIVE, PALM SPRINGS... ONLY $45 PET FEE for the entire week! THE favorite fido-friendly lodging (maybe because Trader Joe's is 1 block down Hwy 111). Full sized Frig, full size oven/stove and nice dinette. Uncle Rico LOVED the night desert breeze from the patio, hard to get him in. Quiet & clean & friendly. Going back soon.
7.. UNIVERSITY DOG PARK, College Drive (near Portola & College), Palm Desert: NICE family dog park, could be a little bigger, but filled with great doggie smells and cool green grass. And nice neighbors.
8. PEABODY'S COFFEE BAR, south Palm Canyon drive, Palm Springs: Morning walk through Downtown? Uncle Rico loved being able to strut in to order coffee (tough to get a server to come to the patio for service, so we stepped in, got the java, excused ourselves to the patio). Nice selection of brews...just wish they could pull together a more concerned server staff.
HONORABLE MENTION: . HYATT REGENCY PALM SPRINGS: Uncle Rico got a lot of 'action' at this hotel, petted by visitors every time he left the room. The 'doggie' area was filled with construction supplies but there were trees and grass around the corner in a safe neighborhood. He had a great time strutting up and down Palm Canyon Drive and being told he was handsome by passers-by. For reasons unclear, this writer was never charged the $100 per night charge. Other dogs were absent ...likely because of the extra $100/night charge.