Palm Springs has been a popular vacation spot for the LGBT community for decades and the warm and sunny weather is one great reason visitors continue to return to this desert wonderland. Here are some ways to enjoy the great outdoors and take in all that Palm Springs has to offer, and perhaps cool off a bit in the process.
Enjoy a Few Mimosas with Brunch
Enjoying a weekend brunch in Palm Springs is a great start to the morning. Head over the Hard Rock Hotel for Saturday drag brunch or Rio Azul Mexican Bar and Grill, which features one of the best drag shows in town on Sundays. It is known as the Desert Divas Drag Brunch and comes with bottomless mimosas, for an extra but reasonable charge. Bottomless mimosas are a pretty big deal in Palm Springs so they can be found in a lot of restaurants including Tropicale Restaurant and Coral Seas Lounge, Pinocchio in the Desert, Trio Restaurant, Reservoir and Escena Lounge and Grill.
Take a Ride on the Aerial Tramway
Taking the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up to the top of San Jacinto Peak, which offers the most amazing ambiance and views of the town below. The Tramway goes up 8,500 ft to the top where the weather can easily vary by 30F degrees from the desert floor below. You’ll also find shops, a restaurant and great hiking paths at the top. Be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen, lots of water and a hat or glasses to protect against the sun.
Find a Local Pool Party or Enjoy the Afternoon at Your Hotel Pool
The truly nice resorts have pools, sometimes more than one, and if it's a men's resort are frequently clothing optional. There can be no better way to cool off in the afternoon sun then relaxing poolside. There are a few gay resorts worth checking out and some even offer day passes like All Worlds Resort, Santiago Resort and Vista Grande Resort. If your hotel doesn’t have a pool or you prefer a more mainstream crowd, head over The Ace Hotel & Swim Club or ARRIVE Palm Springs and purchase a day pass to enjoy the sun, large pool plus food and beverage services.
Hit the Shopping Spots Downtown
Even if you just stick to the boutique-laden shopping extravaganza known as Arenas Road, the chances of you hitting each and every shop are slim to none. Unless, of course, you're planning on moving to Palm Springs permanently. Hot shopping spots on and around Arenas Road catering to the LGBT community are listed below:
One-stop shoppers can also check out downtown's Main Street Palm Springs shopping area.
A Few Suggestions for Dining Alfresco
Fortunately, the desert cools off considerably at night, so evening dining shouldn't be a problem. You may want to stay in the air conditioning during the day if alfresco dining is your major priority. If coming from a cold climate, however, sitting outside – even if it's really hot – is a refreshing change of pace. Here are a few suggestions for Palm Springs dining:
- Brickworks Bistro – Basically, this is a pizzeria on steroids. Balcony tables are the best seating opportunities where you can enjoy cocktails and artisanal pies.
- Lulu California Bistro – Modern and funky with patio seating for people watchers.
- Peaks At San Jacinto – If for no other reason, a visit here is worth it just for the ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Best view ever!